BY BILL PHILLIPS
Everyone likes to go for a Sunday drive. And everyone likes checking out new houses.
Why not do both this Sunday? And, if you like, you can have someone else drive you around to nine of the newest houses in Prince George. And there’s more, you can start your day with a free pancake breakfast and take part in a scavenger hunt with a prize package from Shaw up for grabs.
It’s all possible during the Canadian Home Builders Association of Northern B.C.’s annual Parade of Homes this Sunday.
“We’re inviting the community to check in at our home base in the beautiful Nechako View subdivision at 4096 Brink Place for a pancake breakfast hosted by the Independent Contractors and Businesses Association, grab a map, coffee to go, hop in your car and do the tour,” said Terri McConnachie, executive director of the homebuilders’ association.
Or, even better, hop on one of the shuttles that will be provided for the tour of the nine brand new homes. The shuttles will leave 4906 Brink Place at 11 a.m. and 2 p.m.
Either way, you get to see all these great homes and meet the local builders who built them.
One of the homes is the 2018 Hospice Dream Home Lottery home, built by Lithium One Homes. So you can also get your Dream Home Lottery ticket during the tour.
“Last year they sold the most tickets in one day, in their history, during the Parade of Homes,” said McConnachie. “People really came out and helped Hospice.”
The tour features houses built by Lithium One Homes, Copper Falls Custom Homes, KG Homes, Fortwood Homes and Sons, and Nechako View. They are located in several different areas of the city. A downloadable map will be available on the Parade of Homes website Friday.
The whole tour is free, there is no pre-registration required. However, you should check in at the home base at 4906 Brink Place to enter into the scavenger hunt.
There will be clues in each of the nine houses and you have to put them all together to form a word to enter in to the draw. There will also be a draw for tickets in the Dream Home Lottery.
“It is a fun day,” she said. “If you thinking of building your dream home, or renovating the one you have to turn it into your dream home, this is the time to make connections and meet some of the contractors who can do that for you.”
The pancake breakfast is from 9 a.m. until noon and the parade runs from 10 a.m. until 5 p.m. Last year there more than 1,000 people who took part.
“Pump up your Sunday drive and come to a free event,” said McConnachie. “Everyone’s interested in housing, the different styles, what the trends are and we’ll even feed you.”
The day is also about helping the community get to know local builders and the builders’ association. There will be staff and board members of the builders’ association on hand as well.
“It’s really a great opportunity to find out what we do as an association,” she said. “We fight, on their behalf, to ensure that every Canadian has a safe home. Everybody needs a home. We battle with all levels of government to make that dream doesn’t die and that it’s a possibility.”
So mark off a few hours on Sunday for drive and a visit to some great new homes in Prince George.