In Prince George, we’re lucky to have rivers, lakes, forests, parks, trails and even a ski hill within city limits. Wherever you choose to live, you won’t be far from the opportunity to get outdoors. Here are a few neighbourhoods with features that we find really appeal to outdoors lovers.
Blackburn boasts great access to the lakes and trails east of the city. Popular spots a short drive away include Tabor Lake, Tabor Moutain, Purden Ski Village and Purden Provincial Park. If you’re into hiking, mountain biking, fishing, skiing, horseback riding, snowshoeing, or motorsports, you won’t have to go far to find the perfect spot. Many homes here are on acreages, which means there’s plenty of space to house your toys! Alder Hills Golf Course is also in this neighbourhood.
South of downtown, College Heights is one of the city’s most popular neighbourhoods because of the area’s great schools and proximity to big box stores. Prices here tend to be higher than in other parts of the city, but there is plenty of choice, from apartments to townhomes and spacious detached homes. Enjoy the convenience of a suburban lifestyle with easy access to the recreation areas southwest of the city, including West Lake Provincial Park.
This picturesque area features mostly acreage properties. Forests for the World is a hiking area with a stocked fishing lake (Shane Lake) that links up to the Cranbrook Hill Greenway. This trail system leads all the way to the Otway Nordic Ski Centre. At Otway, you’ll find world-class cross-country skiing facilities, snowshoeing trails and mountain biking trails.
North of downtown, residents here get more snow, and families make the most of it at the Hart Highlands Ski Hill. Access the Pidherny Recreation Site (multi-use but predominantly mountain biking trails) from this neighbourhood, or take a short drive to one of the area’s lakes. The popular Aberdeen Glen Golf Course is also located in the Hart. You’ll find mostly single family homes in this suburban neighbourhood.
Chief Lake & Old Summit Lake
At the northern boundaries of the city are two areas popular with outdoor recreation enthusiasts. These neighbourhoods also feature more acreage properties. Ferguson Lake Nature Reserve is a popular local spot for walking or fishing. Further afield, access Summit Lake and Crooked River Provincial Park by heading north, or drive west along Chief Lake Road to Eena Lake, Ness Lake, Eskers Provincial Park and more.
Homes in this area include high-end properties with river views, and there tends to be a little more space between homes than you’ll find in more central areas. North Nechako is a great option for those who are looking for that outdoorsy feel just a short drive from downtown amenities. The lower trail access to Pidherny Recreation Site is located here.
If you want to be part of one of PG’s newer housing developments, check out the homes at University Heights. Use the UNBC Connector Trail System along Tyner Boulevard to reach the university and the Cranbrook Hill Greenway.
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