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he question on everyone’s lips this Fall: if the Cariboo Ski Touring Club invests in a bigger, better and faster Olympic tracksetting Pisten Bully, will that be bad luck and it won’t snow this year? But the season has prevailed and not only is the tracksetting even better but so is the facility. Cont’d on page 3

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Cont’d from page 2 With an enhanced rental shop, the club members and drop- in guests have been taking advantage of every snow day through Christmas break and weekends. In fact, from the look of the parking lot on most weekdays, it appears people are calling in sick to come out and ski. The kids’ programs are bursting with enthusiastic youth trekking through bush trails and taking off down the Adventure Park jumps while night lessons and guided ski tours buzz with the bustle of new skiers or improving skiers taking advantage of instructors and guides showing off the sport of cross country skiing at Hallis Lake. The annual Pancake Breakfast was a huge hit with over 200 visitors taking advantage of free rentals, skiing, tours and lessons plus a bargain toonie breakfast. And the recent Hallis Lake Loppet participants raved about the day’s conditions like sunshine, perfect temperatures and freshly groomed trails making it a brilliant event for all ages. And the ski school has 260 students each booked for three sessions totalling 780 on snow days this season for elementary aged youth in and around the community. Still to come this season are the Elementary School Races, more evening (under the lights) and weekend lessons, social events at the lodge, guided ski tours Wednesday nights, contests like the 75k Ski Challenge and many more activities with a full rental shop to fit any size, from two year olds and up. And with a new grooming machine, the 75kms of trails including lit tracks and dog loops are keeping everyone smiling skiing in the winter wonderland at Hallis Lake. So if you haven’t given cross country skiing a chance yet, don’t let another beautiful snow day slip away and check out all of the amazing activities available on the club’s website at

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March 13 SkeenaWild Film Festival Don’t miss the 3rd Annual Skeena Wild film festival. Displayed are photo contest finalist, art for an oil free coast, and more. Includes a film contest for short entry films. Located at the Houston Public Library from 7-9:30p.m.

March 15 & 16 Dress in your finest Blarney style! The Houston Curling Club is hosting a Curling Closing Mixed Bonspiel on March 15 &16. Entry fee per team is $200, three events, two men/two women per team. There will be cash and door prizes. Dress in your finest Blarney Style! Saturday dinner is a traditional Leprechaun favourite – Chinese. (Lee’s Garden, no MSG) Please register before March 14 2013. For more information or to register contact Arnold at 250.845.2132 or email:

March 17 – 20 Tier 4 Bantam Provincials The Houston Minor Hockey Association is hosting the

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the season on Friday, March 22 to 24. This is an adult tournament. For more information, please contact the arena at 250.845.7432.

March 25 – 28 Theme days at the Houston Leisure Facility

2013 Tier 4 Bantam Championship. Opening ceremonies are held Sunday. Games will begin Sunday, March 17 to Wednesday, March 20. Come out and support our local Bantams.

The Houston Leisure Facility is hosting Theme Days through-out the Spring Break for all ages. Mon. Mar.25 is Princess for a day, Tues. Mar. 26 is Superhero for a Day, Wed. Mar. 27 is Crafty Critters, and Thurs. Mar. 28 is a Puppet Show. To register or for more information, please contact the Houston Leisure Facility at 250.845.7420.

March 17 St. Patrick’s Day-Lucky Charm Swim

March 30 A Moon-lit Ride

The Houston Leisure Facility is hosting the all day event with games and activities for all ages.

March 22 – 24 Houston Whaler’s Tournament The Houston Whaler’s are hosting the last tournament of

Join the Houston Snowmobile Club for a moon-lit ride to the Telkwa Range on Saturday, March 30. All snowmobilers welcome. For more information, please contact Terry Close at 250.845.7984 or 250.845.8027 (days only.)

March 16 BC Children’s Hospital Doubles Bonspiel The Prince George Community for Kids in support of BC Children’s Hospital is hosting a Doubles Bonspiel, the event will take place at the Prince George Curling club. A maximum of 32 pairs can enter at a cost of $40 per person; the evening will be celebrated with awards and a burger buffet. There will be a silent auction, fun events and more. All monies raised are donated to BC Children’s Hospital. If you would like to curl, donate cash or prizes or just have questions please call Rick Mintz at 250.964.9182 or email homestaymom@

March 16 Prince George Cougars The Prince George Cougars are facing off against the Kamloops Blazers for some intense WHL hockey action. CN Centre 6p.m. - 9:30p.m. For ticket information, call Ticketmaster.

Prince George Upcoming Events Floor tickets are $49.94, plus service charge. Doors open at 6p.m.

April 14 Marianas Trench in Concert

April 5, 6 & 7 Artistic Gymnastics BC Championships

Marianas Trench are on their “Face The Music: With A Vengeance Tour”. Special guests Down With Webster and Anami Vice will join them. CN Centre, Doors open at 6p.m. Tickets at Ticketmaster for $29.50 and

Program includes Boys Competitive Team, Boys Rep Team, Competitive Girls Group 6, Competitive Girls Group 7, Girls Junior Rep Team, and Girls Rep Team. Location: Northern Sport Centre. For more information email:

April 1 Girl Guide Cookies go on sale

March 22 Healthier You(th) Workshop Lead by the YMCA Youth Leadership Corps, this free one day session will give teens from 12 - 18 fun tools to help them be healthy you(th). Meet new people! Snacks and prizes will be provided. YMCA 9:30a.m. - 3:30p.m. For more information email Colleen Bush

March 23 Urban Farming: Sustainable City Living The Downtown Community Garden is proud to invite you to “Urban Farming: Sustainable City Living in your Backyard, in your Community, and in the World”. Listen to guest speaker Don Bassermann as he shares his passion for “urban farming”. His talk on local food production is inspiring and informative and delivered in a manner that is energizing and infective. There is a suggested donation of $2. Location: PG Public Library (Main Branch) 1p.m. - 3p.m.

March 25 Volbeat with Danko Jones Danish rock band Volbeat joins up with Canadian rockers Danko Jones for a double bill that will have everyone rocking the night away at the CN Centre. Tickets are $41.94 for the stands, plus service charge.

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The funds raised from cookie sales support programs that give girls the chance to discover new interests, learn valuable leadership skills and make lasting friendships. To find Girl Guide cookies in your area check out and click on Cookies!

April 6 & 7 Hospice Society Antiques & Collectibles Fair The annual Prince George Hospice Society Antiques & Collectibles Fair returns. Admission: $4 Adults, $3 Seniors, Free for Children 12 and Under .Weekend passes are available. All proceeds from admission go directly to the Prince George Hospice Society. For more information call 250.563.2551 or email

April 6 Natalie MacMaster in Concert Columbia Artists presents legendary fiddle player Natalie MacMaster. 7:30p.m. - 10p.m. at Vanier Hall. Tickets available at Ticketmaster for $45-$55 (plus service charges).




$45 plus service charge. This is an all-ages show.

Prince George Farmers’ Market The year round Farmers’ Market is located on 1074 6th Avenue. A wide range of local meats including Bison and Beef, locally grown vegetables, bread and baking, eggs, jams, jellies, preserves, salsa, honey, fair trade coffee, arts, crafts, soaps, as well as a coffee bar and hot food. The indoor market operates year round every Saturday from 8:30a.m. - 2p.m. For more information email

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Let the Golden Raven be your guide to discover North Central BC’s premier museums, galleries and cultural facilities. These designated attractions will allow you to connect with the passionate people and colourful history of the region. Immerse yourself out rich culture and unique heritage. Go to to discover the history in the Regional District of Fraser-Fort George. Tourism Prince George, #101 – 1300 First Avenue. Phone 250.562.3700. Toll-Free 1.800.668.7646.

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The Canada North Resources Expo launches exciting new features Prince George, B.C. – The producers of the all new Canada North Resources Expo (CNRE) are pleased to report that the event is well underway.  Booth sales are going extremely well, with lots of machinery exhibits and several exciting features planned that will showcase the Big Iron front and centre at this mammoth event. The CNRE comes at an exciting time for this region and the industry as a whole.  “We are so pleased to be the host city for Canada North Resources Expo 2013. As BC’s northern capital and the largest supply and service centre for one of the fastest growing regions in Canada, Prince George is the ideal location for this show,” said Heather Oland, CEO of Initiatives Prince George. “With $70 Billion in resource projects planned and underway in northern BC over the next 10 years, there is a lot of business to be done and we look forward to welcoming everyone to Prince George,” said Oland. Northern B.C. is bustling with activity in regards to forestry, mining, pipelines, energy generation, transportation, oil &

May 31-June 1 CN Centre, Prince George, BC gas and so much more. This event will showcase the leaders and rising stars of all of those industries. The event will focus on the machinery, products, technology, services, talent and manpower needed to get the infrastructure developed, as these mega-projects ramp-up. Cont’d on page 10

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n CANADA NORTH RESOURCES EXPO Cont’d from page 8 Show Management recently attended the BC Natural Resource Forum in Prince George. Traffic and interest at their booth was excellent and the buzz around this new event was extremely positive.  “Contractors and dealers alike are already talking about CNRE, and making plans to attend,” explains MaryAnne Arcand, Chair of Resources Expo, and Executive Director of the Central Interior Logging Association. “Concurrent events will bring billions of dollars’ worth of projects and their representatives together to showcase contract opportunities. Our steering committee is energized and excited, full of creative ideas to make this the best Expo Prince George has ever seen,” said Arcand.  The Canada North Resources Expo will surely be a must attend event for decision makers, buyers, industry workers and their  families to see the latest products and services required by these flourishing industries , in one place at one time... • Forestry- harvesting, woodlots, community forests, silviculture, pulp and chips • Oil & Gas- drillers, exploration, pipeline,

well servicing • Mining- exploration, construction • Independent Power Producers - run of the river, wind farms, solar • Bio-mass Industry - wood pellets, power co-generation, bio-fuels • Resource Industry Professionals - engineers, foresters, planners, GIS technology, project managers, consultants, technicians • Power Transmission Lines • Transportation Industry - air, rail, land, sea; from hot shot to heavy haul • Suppliers and Service Providers - equipment, manufacturing, machining, camps, caterers • Training and Employment Services career planners, assessors, training schools, post-secondary institutions, HR managers And the list goes on… Show Management is excited to launch the “Recruiting Here” feature. Visitors are encouraged to come with resume in hand! Your next career could start at the CNRE. Exhibitors who are looking to grow their ranks and hire new employees will display signage indicating they are on the hunt for new talent! Cont’d on page 12

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n CANADA NORTH RESOURCES EXPO Cont’d from page 10 The event will also showcase live equipment demonstrations and Chrysler Canada will be offering their Ride & Drive program on-site. This two-day, biennial event, will attract decision makers from all over British Columbia, Alberta and beyond. Day two of the event will be the Future of the Industry Day where industry people will be encouraged to bring their families to the CNRE. This will enable them to introduce and educate the next generation to these thriving industries and possible career choices.  Anyone who purchases a regular admission ($10.00) on this day or have pre-registered will receive free entry for their families. To celebrate the launch of this event, we encourage visitors to pre-register in advance on our website. The benefits include receiving half price off the cost of admission at the gate.  Doing this will also ensure speedy entry into the event and will keep visitors up to date on all the latest happenings with this event. For complete show details, visit Media contact: Denise Miller, Publicist Master Promotions Ltd. 1-888-454-7469

Exhibitor Contact: Mark Cusack, National Sales Manager Master Promotions Ltd. 1-888-454-7469

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15th Annual

Country Bluegrass Jamboree Where the Rivers Meet Country Bluegrass Jamboree

Bands from around B.C. are set to entertain April 18 to 21, 2013. Concession, security, and RV parking on site. Advance tickets $30 available at Circle S Western Wear or Ken 992-5696 or $35 at the door. “Come for the music and stay for the fun and dancing�.

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alf the winter season has gone by in the mountains of Valemount, and while the manufacturers are releasing the newest rides for next season, and people are planning their summer vacations, we are still actively ripping the fresh snow daily.

As the spring weather approaches, some of you may be thinking that it’s time to trade tracks for wheels. NOT IN VALEMOUNT. Cont’d on page 16

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Cont’d from page 15 Spring is one of our favourite times of year around here as it lets some of the adrenaline seeking riders cover more country, climb higher and experience thrills…and spills; while the more mild weather allows safer and more pleasurable experiences for families as they avoid the winter cold. The warm weather typically improved visibility allows newcomers to the sport to feel more at ease in the mountain environ-

ment and for the experienced rider looking to bring his family along, these same elements (warm temps and good views) allow for longer days on the hill with loved ones. Allan and Clemina are two favourite spring time riding destinations in the Valemount area; depending on how late you plan on coming, it would be a good idea to contact the VARDA office to discuss the conditions on the access. Clemina Creek has produced some amazing rides in early to mid June. Cont’d on page 18

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Cont’d from page 16 For more info try one of these great sources: Valemount Area Recreation Development Association (VARDA) www. valemountrecdevelopment. com or 250.566.4817 Tourism Valemount or 250.566.4435 Valemount Visitor Information Centre (Opens May 10, 2013) 250.566.9893


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Celebrating Waste Reduction Week

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Garage Sale Bonanza 

SAT APRIL 20TH • CN CENTRE PARKING LOT Open to the PUBLIC 9 am to 1 pm

 To book a stall or for more information call: REAPS 250-561-7327 email: or call RDFFG 250-960-4400    VENDORS - 100 + STALLS  •  • Set up starting at 8 a.m. • Book a stall ($10 donation)  • Sell items from the trunk of your car • Donate left over items to AimHi •   •    •


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REAPS Annual Plant Sale

Sunday, May 26th

10:00 am – 2:00 pm at the Compost Demonstration Garden 1950 Gorse Street (Near Fort George Park and Exploration Place)

Featuring veggies, perennials, herbs, hanging baskets, vines, and shrubs. Donations of plants and garden tools welcomed (we are happy to dig/pick up). For more information 250-561-7327,,

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Gateway to the North  

Northern BC entertainment guide