Take a break from the SummerFest happenings and dive into the food scene of Prince George
If beer is more your pleasure, then set your sights on Pacific Western Brewery. Founded in 1957, PWB is Canada’s longest operating BC-owned brewery. Currently there are 12 beers in the PWB lineup, including the Cariboo Genuine Draft, which has been in production since its inception.
Dining around Prince George is one of the highlights of any visit and most places are open for lunch and dinner.
Three not-to-miss stops while in Prince George:
Nancy O’s – A modern take on an Irish pub, Nancy O’s offers an incredible lineup of British Columbia-brewed beers. Knowledgeable staff walk you through the finer points and help discover your perfect brew. Hungry? Their elevated pub food will have you wishing for a bigger stomach. Come for the food and beer, but stay for the atmosphere. There’s no shortage of Irish hospitality.
Pro tip: There a high probability of live entertainment because Nancy O's hosts more than 185 bands a year.
The Twisted Cork – The sumptuous wood and brick interior is nod to barrel- tasting in southern France. Twisted Cork’s classic menu features tried and true favourites, including French onion soup, crab cakes, and cassoulet. A hearty tapas menu makes for terrific shared plates. The wine list here is deep, and those looking to sample B.C.-based grapes are in luck. Over half the menu includes vineyards throughout B.C.
Pro tip: Don’t miss the live music on Thursday nights. Canadian singer-songwriter Britt Meierhofer’s performance adds a special touch of romance. Explore the Twisted Cork offerings here.
Cimo Mediterranean Grill - They say the devil is in the details and here, they’ve got that dialed in. Delicate house-made pasta is made fresh daily. Try the saffron-infused cioppino loaded with seasonal seafood. Wine lovers will delight in Cimo’s award-winning list.
Pro tip: If you can get it, nab a bottle of Northern Lights’ Seduction, a limited release that’s balanced and crisp. Well-chilled, it’s a perfect summer sipper. Find out more about Cimo’s here.
Three favourite things to do in PG between meals:
Join the Two Rivers Canoe Club during their weekly practice on the welcoming water of the Nechako River Tuesday nights from mid-April through July. Bring your canoe to Cottonwood Island Park and learn about marathon paddling techniques and water safety with a fun group of knowledgeable people. If you don't have a canoe, stop by anyway and watch from the shore.
Two Rivers Gallery – The visual feast begins as soon as you pull up to the building. Curved windows braced by carved wood beams mimic the bottom of a canoe. Inside, the collection is well curated with both permanent and rotating galleries.
Pro tip: Take a peek upstairs at MakerSpace and open studios.
Books & Company – Find your next summer read here. Regional authors are featured and offer a new perspective. In the cookbook department, True North offers a look at Canadian Cooking from Coast to Coast. While I won’t be making the seal meat mortadella anytime soon, it was a fun glimpse into the forays of a chef. The kids' section at Books & Company is particularly cool. There’s an entire display dedicated to Aboriginal stories. Check out The Orca Chief, Painted Skies, and Dipnetting with Dad.
Put down the wine and lick the chocolate off your fingertips, and click to discover more reasons to visit Prince George.
Two Rivers Gallery has wonderful art or you can create your own.
Love to read while drifting in your canoe? Pick up the latest at Books and Company
Downtown SummerFest is just one of many events happening in July, so much so the town is calling the entire month "Celebrate Prince George Summer Festival". For more on this event and other things to do in the area, check out tourismpg.com
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