Summer is in full swing and so are things at Huble Homestead Historic Site! Good old-fashioned fun is in store whether you’re looking for a heritage experience, family fun, or just a day out in the fresh air.
Visitors are invited to take a step back in time on Sunday and Monday August 1 and 2 at Homestead Days, Huble Homestead’s longest-running event. With heritage demonstrations, live music, old-fashioned relays, crafts, and games, there’s fun on the schedule for all ages. Bring a picnic, order lunch at the barbeque, or even better, join in on the Box Lunch Social each day at noon to bid on a special picnic lunch in this historically-inspired auction! If you can’t make the long weekend, consider marking your calendar for Hands-On History on Saturday, August 21. Chat with costumed staff as they show off what they have learned making soap, paper, and ink, on this day filled with traditional skills demonstrations.
For those less keen on historical programming, Watson Weekend returns August 27 to 29with new puzzles and brain teasers for your group to work on at their own pace. Suitable for all ages, the Watson Weekend activities are free with admission donation and do not require reservations. Those who really want to put their brains to work can register for Sherlock Saturday on August 28 and pit their smarts against the timer in this exit room-style game in the historic Huble house. Recommended for ages 12 and up, tickets for Sherlock Saturday are $10 per person and available through hublehomestead.ca until August 15.
The summer season at Huble Homestead will close with the annual Potato Festival September 5 and 6, a weekend to celebrate the mighty spud. Buy heirloom potatoes and other vegetables from the Huble garden, enjoy tater-themed games and crafts, and join in on the demonstrations, contests, and games. Order lunch from the special starchy menu and browse the General Store during the end-of-summer sale before the park moves to fall hours.
Huble Homestead is open daily from 10:00 to 5:00 for guided tours, self-led activities, and lunch. The park’s open green spaces are perfect for picnics and lawn games, and be sure to stop in the General Store for old-fashioned candies, pie, and ice cream treats, and to take advantage of weekly sales on locally made items. While many of the historic site’s COVID-19 restrictions have been relaxed, masks are still required for entry into the General Store.
Self-led activities change twice weekly, with treasure hunts offered Monday to Thursdayand special themed activities Fridays to Sundays. Three temporary exhibits are on display through the end of August: “The Worst Plague Since the Black Death,” exploring the impact of the 1918 influenza pandemic on the Prince George area; “Pictures of the Past: Photography at Giscome Portage,” featuring cameras from the collection and historic photos of Huble Homestead; and “Outbreak: Epidemics in a Connected World,” an exhibit from the Smithsonian Museum of Natural History on display in the Salmon Valley Post Office through a partnership with The Exploration Place.
If you’re visiting with youngsters, they will love the Huble Homestead Storytime Walk, a partnership with the Prince George Public Library beginning August 1. Download the tour on the GeoTourist app before heading out, and explore the historic site with recorded songs, historical facts, and excerpts from Huble Homestead’s children’s books. Be sure to pick up a craft kit before you head home for more fun after your visit.
Huble Homestead Historic Site is located on Lheidli T’enneh territory, 40km north of Prince George, just off Highway 97 on Mitchell Road, and is open every day until September 6 and weekends until October 10. Admission is by donation, and dogs are welcome. For more information on activity schedules and planning your visit, go to www.hublehomestead.ca