Your library card has just become a passport to outdoor adventure, as would-be hiking enthusiasts can now borrow almost all the equipment needed from the Prince George Public Library to enjoy a safe day in the wood.
You can now subscribe to hiking kits including a backpack, hiking poles, headlamps, first aid kit, compass, emergency bivouac bag, local hiking guide and hiking guide. Packing/Travel Planning Reminder.
The kits are made possible through a partnership with BC Parks and follow an event held in June at West Lake Provincial Park to encourage new Canadians to get outside. They were paid for through the sale and renewal of BC Parks license plates.
“British Columbians are lucky to have access to great trails,” said Natasha Ewing, Northern Community Liaison Officer for BC Parks. “Hiking Kits are a wonderful initiative to inspire people to get outside and connect with nature, while providing the basic equipment needed to do so safely. With over 340 parks and protected areas in the north only, there is no shortage of incredible places to explore.”
PGPL communications manager Jen Rubadeau said the kits are a “great complement” to other items offered by PGPL to encourage borrowers to get out and experience new things. They include backpacks and birding telescopes, not to mention less outdoor tech and construction kits, cognitive care kits, ukuleles and other music makers.
“We also offer library users unique ways to experience the outdoors at their own pace with our Nature Walk storytimes,” added Rubdeau.
“PGPL is much more than just books. We strive to foster a vibrant, inclusive and thriving community, which includes encouraging residents to safely explore the wonderful world around us.”