Physical distancing has got us all down, but here’s something to look forward to: Monday, June 1 will mark the first day of affordable, low-risk activities in the fresh air and open space of Huble Homestead Historic Site.
With the safety of the community the number one priority, things will look a little different this summer at the homestead. Though the park’s season usually begins on the Victoria Day long weekend, this year’s opening has been postponed to June 1, and the historic site’s popular public events program has been cancelled. Good old-fashioned fun is timeless, though, and there will be lots of opportunity to explore our region’s rich history through adapted demonstrations and educational offerings that accommodate physical distancing.
Visitors to the historic site this summer can participate in one of the daily self-led activities, ranging from treasure hunts to I Spy games to themed history passport adventures. Personal guided tours will be available. History buffs can explore solo with a new paperless self-guided tour. The General Store will be open, featuring locally made items, old-fashioned candies, pie, ice cream treats, and lunch from the barbecue. The park’s open green spaces are perfect for picnics and lawn games, and of course a visit to the homestead is not complete without checking out the animals!
Safe use of the historic site will rely upon everyone doing their part to prevent the transmission of COVID-19.
“We’ve worked hard to ensure our plans conform to public health guidelines, and visitors will see some definite changes on their visit this year,” said Executive Director Krystal Leason. “But we’re optimistic that we can still entertain and educate our community, even if it looks a little different than we’re used to.”
Some of the safety precautions visitors can expect on their visit this year include the following:
- Requirements for physical distancing
- Increased access to hand wash stations and hand sanitizer
- Increased cleaning frequency of common touch points and other public spaces
- Restrictions on the number of people permitted in buildings at one time
- Provision of daily self-led activities in place of special event days
- Limitations on guided tour sizes
- Touch-free self-led tour information
- Equipment for lawn games available upon request
- Modified food service operations
Huble Homestead Historic Site is located 40km north of Prince George, just off Highway 97 on Mitchell Road, and will be open daily from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. to provide ample opportunity for visiting this summer. Admission is by donation, and dogs are welcome. Find activity schedules, season updates, and more at www.hublehomestead.ca, or call 250-564-7033.