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Climbing and mountain culture festival hits city


Mountain bike race at Otway Nordic Centre. Photo courtesy of Throwdown Adventure Festival.
Mountain bike race at Otway Nordic Centre. Photo courtesy of Throwdown Adventure Festival.

Get ready for adventure.

For 11 days in October, Prince George will be home to the Peak Canadian Climbing and Mountain Culture Festival. Throwdown Adventure Festival Society, the Prince George sector of the Alpine Club of Canada and OVERhang Education Centre Ltd are the organizers of this event.

Starting on October 11 and finishing up on the 22, there will be exciting activities taking place throughout the city at many different venues. These events range from half price community climbing, a storytelling event, technique workshops and a climbing competition at OVERhang gym. The Vancouver International Mountain Film Festival screening will be held at UNBC, and an adaptive climbing program will be a legacy of the festival.

One of the main attractions of the festival is the gala evening at Northern Lights Estates Winery that will feature world-renowned climber Sonnie Trotter as the keynote speaker.

This event will take place on Oct 20 at 7:30 p.m. and will feature local artwork that resulted from the Artnership program this summer. The Artnership program is a joint venture between Tourism Prince George and The Community Arts Council of Prince George and District that showcased six local artists reimagining Prince George through their various art mediums. Sixty tickets will be available for the gala, at a cost of $50 each that will include wine, appetizers, networking and an art exhibit.

“This event is a new way to showcase the growing enthusiasm for the culture and outdoor adventure that Prince George has to offer. We are excited to be hosting the 2017 Peak Canadian Climbing and Mountain Festival,” said Erica Hummel, CEO Tourism Prince George.

Lauren Phillips, Director of Throwdown Adventure Festival Society, says: “Northern BC is full of outdoor adventure opportunities – our inclusive community of climbers, adventurers, and weekend warriors is on the rise. We look to connect these people with each other and with opportunities to grow, learn, and make good choices in the backcountry. This Canada 150 event includes activities for all ages and abilities.”

For a full list of events throughout the eleven days, see the schedule online at

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