According to organizers, more than 400 cars carrying 1,400 individuals came through the Family Day Adventure Cruise that happened on Monday. Organizers guess that number to be much higher as it’s impossible to tell how many were out and about.
The 25 activities across the city were busy for five hours straight.
“Our goal was to give everyone in the city something to get excited about this Family Day and I feel like we met that goal. I am over the moon happy about how everything went,” said organizer Dave Horton. “We saw people doing the cruise on foot, taking public transit and with their own vehicles. My desire was to break the winter and lockdown blues with smiles all across the city and I think we did that today.”
When asked where the idea came from Dayna Penson said it came out during a brainstorming session at Ness Lake Bible Camp.
“We were talking after Candy Cruise Prince George about what other ideas we could try and make happen if the lockdown continued,” said Penson. “I was leaning towards trying to get people through our (Ness Lake Bible Camp) property when our office manager Rhonda Linaker said ‘why don’t we do a city wide scavenger hunt?’ Once she said it we knew it was the perfect idea for Family Day.”
Rhonda was seen serving cookies to the many who a ended at the Ness Lake Bible Camp station in the Hart.
Participants downloaded an Adventure Card with 25 activities on it that they then had five hours to complete. There were Waldo’s spotted at UNBC, Pine Centre Mall and Downtown while at the same time Tano Fuel on the Lheidli T’enneh reserve was serving burgers and bannock to hundreds of cars. Big Brothers Big Sisters, the YMCA of Northern BC and the United Way were busy playing drive-through games, handing out treats and engaging the thousands of participants who came through their sites. Much like Halloween when most communities were planning for downplayed events Prince George rallied and worked within health restrictions to give its citizens a safe and fun option.
The event launched with just one month to prepare and pull all the details together.
“Dave and I sent the first mass email looking for partners just over a month ago and we had no idea it would become something go great,” she said.
The list of partner organizations was long and showed that the pandemic really has brought us together.
Prizes will be handed out through the next week but if you want to enter you need to get your photos in soon. To be entered print or download the Adventure Card, mark the card with your completed challenges, post your photos (and a copy of your filled card) to Instagram or Facebook before 10 a.m. on February 16 with the # pgadventurecruise. Winners will be drawn from different categories (completed card, par al card, best photo, random photo draw and more).