I believe that one of Prince George’s greatest economic development opportunities is its abundance of indoor and outdoor recreational activities.
Yes, we are a winter community, but we can have a lot of fun in our snowy season, and in the summer months too! If you like the outdoors, we have the Greenway trails behind UNBC, the Hart ski hill for skiing, snowboarding or disc golf, Caledonia Nordic Ski Club for cross country skiing, snowshoeing, and mountain biking, Pidherny Recreation Site for mountain biking, hiking ,or snowshoeing, and numerous community treasures like Ginters meadow to go for a scenic walk. We have invaluable community associations that offer a wide array of programming for all ages, a lively arts and culture community, arenas for indoor and outdoor skating, 106 km’s of trails, and a wide variety of parks. Thanks to committed Prince George residents, our community is continually expanding and offering more for sports enthusiasts, like the The Prince George Kodiaks, which are a Canadian Junior Football League (CJFL) team located in Prince George,
We need to look to our neighbouring communities like Valemount and Burns Lake, who diversified their local economies and built their tourism strategies around recreational opportunities, like mountain biking and skiing. We need to actively engage with our recreational associations and communities, and ask them what their vision and priorities are for Prince George.
I think it is critical that we not only protect Prince George’s recreational opportunities, but invest in our natural assets for the future. It is the active lifestyle opportunities, affordable living, and abundant trails and greenspace that will not only draw people here for a visit, but keep them in Prince George for good.