Evacuee numbers hit 3,000 in city

It has been two weeks since the City of Prince George established an emergency reception centre at CN Centre and the number of evacuees is now close to 3,000. This number includes nearly 1,000 children and like all children wrapping up their summer vacation, they’re wondering what there is to do. Well, the simple answer is, “a lot!”

Leading into the weekend, here are some of the available local amenities:

  • Free admission to the PG Aquatic Centre and Four Seasons Leisure Pool. In fact, there have been more than 1,000 pool visits by evacuees.
  • Kid-friendly programming at the Two Rivers Gallery and The Exploration Place, along with free admission.
  • Prince George Public Library services, resources, and events.
  • Free access to the Charles Jago Northern Sport Centre at UNBC and the YMCA of Northern BC.
  • A Family Movie Day next Wednesday hosted by the Prince George Native Friendship Centre. The Friendship Centre is also offering free childcare services for evacuee families with children aged 2-6.

The city’s wildfire evacuation web page has links, locations, and more information: www.princegeorge.ca/wildfireevacuation

Getting to all of these activities is easy with free access to BC Transit in Prince George. Evacuees simply need to show their wristbands when boarding a bus.

Reception Centre Hours to Change

Starting on Monday, the hours of operation for the Emergency Reception Centre at CN Centre will be 9:00am – 4:30pm. Until then, and through this weekend, the reception centre will be open from 8 a.m. – 6 p.m.