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Backyard Travel | Forests For The World, Prince George, British Columbia

The Backyard Travel series is meant to showcase the beauty within Northern British Columbia. It would be a shame if I didn’t recognize Forests for the World, a demonstration forest located within the city of Prince George. There are a variety of trail routes within the park, some of which are wheelchair accessible. (Ps, the trail route to Shane lake IS wheelchair accessible!)

Forests For the World, Prince George, British Columbia, Tourism PG, Shane Lake

Photo Courtesy of Tourism PG

Forests for the World is located upon  Cranbrook Hill in the City of Prince George. If driving on Highway 97 (Central Street) turn onto 15th Avenue, heading south, make a right turn onto Foothills until you reach Cranbrook Hill Road. Cranbrook hill is a very steep hill, take caution while driving up, there may be other vehicles, pedestrians or even wildlife on the roadway.

The forest offers over 15kms of well maintained hiking trails, a lookout point, overlooking the city and distant mountains, a lake rest stop which includes a covered shelter, picnic tables, fire pit and even some firewood! (Just be sure to check if there’s any fire bans in effect!)

Forest for the World Guide

Credit: City of PG | Walking Trail Guide

Shane Lake, Shelter, Forests for the World, Prince George, British Columbia, Tourism PG

Photo Courtesy of Tourism PG

Spruce, Pine and Douglas fir trees build up the majority of trees you can see during your hike in the forest; though, there is a greater variety of flora to be seen. Wildflowers litter the sides of the path while you’re walking along, spot beavers in their natural habitat within Shane Lake and maybe you’ll get luck, or maybe unlucky :O, and spot a moose! I’m just kidding about being unlucky but I’m serous… you might meet a moose. :P

Shane Lake, Prince George, Forests for the World, British Columbia, Hiking

Photo Courtesy of Tourism PG

No matter the season Forests for the World has accessible trails, you just might have to slip on some snow shoes in the winter. While you’re at it, be sure to bring a fishing rod so you can join in for some ice fishing!

If you’re all done hiking early be sure to check out Tourism PG’s #TakeonPG Outdoors to find some other gorgeous trails Prince George and the region have to offer!

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21 Responses to “Backyard Travel | Forests For The World, Prince George, British Columbia”

  1. donoghuemc May 29, 2015 at 8:41 am #

    Forests for the World looks amazing – we’re in British Columbia right now actually, we spent all of our time on Vancouver Island and absolutely LOVED the hiking trails and just the whole natural scene. Putting the region back on my list for further exploration later down the track when we have the chance to return :)

    Meg Jerrard

    • dawnkealing May 29, 2015 at 9:40 am #

      Yes, please do !! It’s truly gorgeous up here in the North, I can assure you! ☺️ I’m going out hiking this weekend onto another trail system, this one is about 8 hours hike though but I’ll have tons of photos. Be sure to check back. ^_^ I want you to see all of BC but I also want to meet up with you! :)

  2. Vicky and Buddy May 30, 2015 at 4:35 pm #

    This looks like a beautiful area to explore! I still haven’t been to Canada, but it’s on my list. What time of year is best to visit?

    • dawnkealing May 30, 2015 at 4:43 pm #

      Anytime in the summer; though, closer to fall I would say is best, way less mosquitoes that would try to eat you alive.

  3. Jennifer @ Made all the Difference May 30, 2015 at 8:26 pm #

    It kills me that so many people never explore locations near their homes. I am glad to see you are. I will never forget to visiting a friend who was born in London and still living there who had never been inside St. Pauls or Westminster Abby.

    • dawnkealing May 31, 2015 at 9:54 pm #

      What?! :O Yikes, that is really sad. I can’t say too much because I have never been to Vancouver Island (If you were from British Columbia you would know how shameful that is. :P) Though, I have dedicated this summer to traveling around my home & my province to see places I haven’t been and experiences I am fortunate to be so close to! :)

  4. lesleycarter May 30, 2015 at 10:02 pm #

    I haven’t been to Prince George. As a Canadian, I love to find new places to explore in the provinces. I’ll add this to my list.

    • dawnkealing May 31, 2015 at 9:52 pm #

      Yay!! If you make it up north be sure to contact me! ^_^ Ps, I had no idea you’re from Canada! :O

  5. betsywuebker May 30, 2015 at 10:17 pm #

    What a wonderful place to visit. British Columbia has some of the most magnificent scenery in the world, but I really like how this makes the grandeur more personal.

    • dawnkealing May 31, 2015 at 9:51 pm #

      British Columbia has so much to offer, it truly is a hidden gem. Whenever I talk about Canada while traveling everyone says, Oh, Vancouver! Unfortunately that seems to be the most people visit when here yet there’s so much more in the north!

  6. deafinitelywanderlust May 31, 2015 at 1:38 am #

    I’m glad that you mentioned about wheelchair accessability! It’s a great for those who want to know about it. It seems like a beautiful place to hike! I haven’t been to Canada yet!

    • dawnkealing May 31, 2015 at 9:49 pm #

      I’m very much about finding locations that everyone can join in, this place is gorgeous and i’m glad everyone can experience it! I hope you’re able to make it to Canada sometime, especially BC! & if you make it up north be sure to get in contact! ^_^

  7. Orana May 31, 2015 at 9:14 am #

    I miss hiking! When lived in Cusco the mountains were literally right behind me house. My smallest toddler won´t walk!!! It makes hiking, and walking….difficult! I hope she grows out of it soon so we can go and walk trails as great as this one.

    • dawnkealing May 31, 2015 at 9:47 pm #

      Awweee, kids! I’m certain she’ll grow out of it and then cherish her walks with you, in time! :) I’m definitely envious your home is in Cusco, what a gorgeous place!

  8. Olga May 31, 2015 at 10:27 am #

    This looks so beautiful that I really hate myself for staying indoors this weekend! Should have gone hiking/camping/exploring some nature instead!!

    • dawnkealing May 31, 2015 at 9:46 pm #

      Hehe, I just got in from another hike in this region. We hiked for 7 hours today up a mountain; across creeks, up and up and up. We reached snow which caused our pace to slow a lot, we never made it completely to the top but I definitely feel worn out, i’ll have a post about it up soon.. it’s called Grizzly Den. (It’s name comes from exactly what you’re thinking, the route is Grizzly habitat!) :)

      All in all though, I feel as though I might not be able to walk tomorrow so you’re in a better position that I am. ;)

  9. Breadcrumbs Guide May 31, 2015 at 9:11 pm #

    I have always wanted to see a moose in the wild! I’ve heard they’re mean but it would still be so cool to see one. Maybe I’ll spot one this summer in the boundary waters!

    • dawnkealing May 31, 2015 at 9:42 pm #

      Hehe, moose only tend to be “mean” when you are in between their babies or getting too in their space. They definitely have the potential to do harm but I can’t say I have heard many stories of people being hurt by them. They’re beautiful to see in the wild, I hope you get your chance soon! :)

  10. adventurecyclistd June 1, 2015 at 11:04 pm #

    Looks a great place to spend some time!

  11. adventurecyclist June 1, 2015 at 11:04 pm #

    It looks a beautiful place to spend some time


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