How to Enjoy the Regional Parks Around Prince George

The Regional District of Fraser-Fort George operates eleven Regional Parks encompassing 330 hectares, at locations throughout the Regional District. The first Regional Park, Ness Lake, opened in 1976. Three years later, Berman Lake was established followed by Wilkins, Harold Mann, Koeneman (McBride), George Hicks (Valemount), Giscome Portage (Huble Homestead Historic Site), Cedarside (Valemount), McMillan Creek and John Dahl (Mackenzie). The newest Regional Park, Kristian Winther, was opened in 2003.

The Regional Parks Service provides recreational, educational, heritage and conservation opportunities for all to enjoy. Parks are designed for day use only and offer a variety of amenities which can include picnic areas, fire pits, beaches, restroom facilities, interpretive services, heritage buildings, trail systems and boat launches. Parks may be booked for special events such as weddings, family reunions and company picnic gatherings. Camping is not permitted.

Berman Lake Regional Park

Berman Lake Regional Park

Berman Lake Regional Park is located 45 km west of Prince George via Highway 16 and Norman Lake Road. The 38 ha park has 3 km of trails. Many of the trails follow the shoreline and naturally formed eskers, which enable access to view a variety of wildlife and the habitat in which they live. Berman Lake Regional Park has two separate picnic areas to enjoy. One is a small treed area with a dock where you can easily launch your canoe and do some exploring around the lake. The second is a large open area of lawn with a sandy beach. The beach leads into the cool and clear waters of Berman Lake where there is a designated swim area. Facilities include picnic tables, fire pits, toilets, change houses, canoe launch and a beach with a swimming area.

Ness Lake Regional Park

Ness Lake Regional Park

Ness Lake Regional Park is located 35 km northwest of Prince George via Highway 97 and Chief Lake Road. The 14 ha park has 1.2 km of trails within its boundaries. The trails provide an easy walk to view all of the wildlife and plant life of the park. A beach provides access to the lake where you can launch a canoe, go swimming, or in the winter, drill a hole in the ice and go fishing. Facilities include picnic tables, fire pits, toilets, change houses and a beach with a designated swimming area.

Wilkins Regional Park

Wilkins Regional Park

Wilkins Regional Park is located 15 km west of Prince George via Otway Road. The 57 ha Park has a large system of trails offering scenic views of the enormous cottonwood trees, the Nechako River and at certain times of the year, salmon can be viewed moving up the river to spawn. After enjoying a gentle walk or ski on the trails, the picnic shelter can be used as a meeting point where you can warm up beside the wood stove or roast some hotdogs for lunch. The picnic shelter has become very popular for special events such as weddings, family reunions and community events. A permit may be required. Facilities include a picnic shelter with a wood burning stove, toilets, picnic tables, fire pits, a boat launch and a large area of lawn providing a place to hold events.

The gate at Wilkins Regional Park is open during the following times:

May        9:00 am – 9:00 pm August            9:00 am – 9:00 pm
June       9:00 am – 10:00 pm September     9:00 am – 9:00 pm
July         9:00 am – 10:00 pm October          9:00 am – 8:00 pm

 

Frequently Asked Questions regarding Regional Parks

Q:        Can I bring my dog?

A:         Yes, but dogs must be on leash at all times. Please clean up after your pet.

 

Q:        Can I reserve a park for my event?

A:         Yes, park permits are available free of charge. Forms are available on the RD website and at the office. There is no charge to reserve a park.

 

Q:        When do the parks open for the year?

A:         Parks open May 1st of each year, weather permitting.

 

Q:        Can I camp overnight at regional parks?

A:         Parks are day use only, there is no overnight camping permitted at RD parks.

 

Q:        Can I have a fire?

A:         Fires are only permitted in designated fire pits.

 

For more information on what facilities and amenities are available at the regional parks please visit rdffg.bc.ca


website: rdffg.bc.ca
155 George St.
Prince George, BC V2L 1P8
Toll Free (BC): 1-800-667-1959
Phone: (250) 960-4400