If you have children, you know how curious they are! While in Prince George, you can satisfy their curiosity by visiting the The Exploration Place Museum and Science Centre. It’s open year-round and is located at the scenic Fort George Park along the Fraser River. In the summer, they run a small steam engine in the park called the ‘Little Prince’ which you can ride for a small fee.
As you enter the museum, it’s hard to decide where to begin exploring. Before you begin to check out the place, you will notice a fish tank on the side; it’s home to a few trout and sturgeons that you would find in local lakes and rivers. You can even be part of it by viewing from inside the tank! There are also other live animals you can see, such as lizards, frogs and turtles in the nearby Giome, which is a Natural History Gallery.
Upstairs, you’ll enter the George Phillips Exhibit Gallery which hosts various temporary exhibits. When I checked it out, there was an exhibit called Kids Celebrate, which is a hands-on exhibit featuring the multicultural celebrations in Canada. Some of the celebrations on exhibit included Hanukkah, Chinese New Year, and Toonik Tyme. Toonik Tyme is a Spring festival celebrated in Nunavut, which is a northern territory in Canada.
If you want to learn about the history of Prince George and area, you’lll find it at the Ted Williams History Hall, which features photos, and items from the past. It gives you a really good idea what it was like in Prince George in the 1800s and 1900s. In the same room, there is also a local First Nations Gallery that features the lives of the Dakelh during the various seasons of the year and features items on display such as moccasins and birch baskets.
After learning about local history of Prince George, it is time for more science! There’s a nice display of some dinosaurs and fossils that have been found in Canada in the Paleontology Gallery. This area is also very kid friendly, and includes an area where future paleontologists can dig for dinosaur fossils.
If you are travelling through British Columbia with young children, a visit to The Exploration Place Museum and Science Centre would be a great stop, and a place for adults and children to learn about Canada and our area in particular.
Historic & Heritage Sites in Prince George, BC