June 05, 2009 | Tips from Travellers >
Prince George, Gardens
Located just 30 minutes north of Prince George is a botanical surprise that would impress everyone from the most educated botanist to the energetic 5 year old. Jim Good, owner of the Goodsir Nature Park has spent a lifetime travelling the country, collecting interesting and rare plant specimen and bringing them back to his 100+ acre property to replant and nurture them. He then offers guided tours throughout his property, telling the stories of his plants, including what they are, where they came from and extensive information about the plant. What is even more impressive than his knowledge is his pride of his collection, which is obvious as he fondly talks about his journeys and his plants.
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After taking a walk with Jim though out the park, go to one of his newly installed picnic areas that are over looking a small beaver pond. While sitting her it is common to see beavers, muskrats, ducks, geese and an abundance of other wildlife. There is also a little museum that boasts probably over a 1000 plant specimens that Jim himself has collected.
All in all, if you are travelling north to Alaska, or just spending a few days in the Prince George area, I highly recommend the Goodsir Nature Park. It is amazing to see what one man's hobby can produce.