Week­end weather should be pleas­ant, not hot

The Prince George Citizen - - Local - Ted CLARKE Cit­i­zen staff [email protected]­i­t­i­zen.ca

It’s the last of­fi­cial long week­end of sum­mer and there’s a mixed bag of weather in store for Prince Ge­orge.

The good news is there’s no snow in the fore­cast. That means campers, walk­ers, run­ners, bik­ers, archers, ten­nis/pick­le­ball play­ers, gar­den­ers and any­body who ven­tures out­doors can get ac­tive with­out freez­ing or get­ting drenched, at least un­til Sun­day night.

After a pleas­ant start to the week­end Fri­day, ex­pect cloudy skies all day today with the high tem­per­a­ture of 20 C. No rain is ex­pected. Ac­cord­ing to En­vi­ron­ment Canada, after an overnight low of 7 C, the sun will break through the clouds on Sun­day and the mer­cury should climb to a high of 18 C, but show­ers are ex­pected at night (a 30 per cent chance) with the low dipping to 11 C.

Mon­day is fore­cast to be the best day of the Labour Day week­end with sun shin­ing all day and a high ex­pected to reach 21 C.

Sum­mer weather will be stick­ing around the rest of the week and it will be get­ting pro­gres­sively warmer with noth­ing but sun­shine and pre­dicted highs of 24 C on Tues­day, 25 C on Wed­nes­day and 25 C on Thurs­day.

If you’re look­ing for some­thing to do around town, the Prince Ge­orge Auto Rac­ing As­so­ci­a­tion is host­ing its an­nual hit-to-pass de­mo­li­tion derby week­end tonight (start­ing at 6 p.m.) and on Sun­day (start­ing at 1 p.m.). PGARA Speed­way is lo­cated north of the air­port off Ach­e­son Road.

The Sil­ver­tip Archers are host­ing the B.C. Out­door Tar­get Archery Cham­pi­onships at their out­door range off High­way 16 a few kilo­me­tres east of the city today (10 a.m. start) and Sun­day (9 a.m. start). Spec­ta­tors are wel­come.

On Sun­day, watch out for run­ners in and around Canada Games Plaza. They’ll be com­pet­ing in the 46th an­nual Labour Day Clas­sic road race, hosted by the Prince Ge­orge Road Run­ners. Run­ners will be chas­ing medals in sev­eral cat­e­gories, in­clud­ing the 17-mile run, 8.5-mile run, 8.5-mile walk, 8.5-mile wheel­chair, five-kilo­me­tre run and one-kilo­me­tre kids fun run. The race starts at 9 a.m. at Canada Games Plaza.

Rain or shine, a visit to the An­cient For­est, also known by its abo­rig­i­nal name Chun T’oh Whudu­jut, is al­ways worth the 113-kilo­me­tre drive east of Prince Ge­orge off High­way 16. Today from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. there’s a spe­cial event – Arts In the Park – planned for the old-growth cedar and sitka spruce for­est.

Vis­i­tors who ven­ture onto the path at the An­cient For­est will find lo­cal mu­si­cians and dancers tucked in the woods per­form­ing and artists – quil­ters, knit­ters, painters, sculp­tors, fel­ters, bas­ket weavers and wood turn­ers – dis­play­ing their cre­ative works of art.

Shut­tle bus ser­vice is avail­able from the CN Cen­tre park­ing lot leav­ing at 9:30 and 11 a.m. and re­tun­ing at 2:30 and 4 p.m. There’s also a bus from McBride train sta­tion (103 km south­east of the for­est) which leaves at 9:30 a.m. and re­turns at 2:30 p.m. Lunch is avail­able by do­na­tion to the Dome Creek Com­mu­nity As­so­ci­a­tion while sup­plies last.

On Sun­day, North­ern Lights Es­tate Win­ery is of­fer­ing free win­ery tours from 2-3:30 p.m. The win­ery is lo­cated along the Nechako River at 745 Prince Ge­orge Pulp­mill Rd.

Also on Sun­day, the Cale­do­nia Ram­blers are lead­ing a group hike to the Lepruchaun Ridge trail, 112 km east of the city. Hik­ers will meet at city hall at 8 a.m. and for a car pool fee of $10 will be driven to the trail­head. The 10-15 km hike is con­sid­ered mod­er­ately stren­u­ous with a climb which ranges from 600 to 900 me­tres. Hik­ers should bring in­sect re­pel­lant, sun­screen, wa­ter­proof boots and rain gear and carry plenty of wa­ter and a lunch. The hike takes six to eight hours.

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