SPECIAL ACTIVITIES

Afternoon Horseback Ride at El Shaddai Ranch

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With 94 acres of forest, meadows, and bordering on crown land, the El Shaddai Ranch is fully enveloped by nature. Fifteen minutes south of Prince George on Highway 97, it’s also easy to get to.

Home to wildlife like moose, elk, deer, and bears, along with a menagerie of plant and tree life, we offer a chance to see the Omineca in all its undisturbed glory and natural habitat. With pillars of pine, fir, and spruce and canopies of poplar and birch, the forest is a cathedral unto itself. And the view from our lookout point allows you to take it all.

Horseback riding offers a new way to experience this beauty, seperate from hikes or wilderness wandering. Riding, you can let your horse pay attention to the trail, so you can focus on the nature around you, allowing yourself to soak into the experience in a magnified way. Breathe the fresh air, listen to the bird-song and the animals rustling through the undergrowth and chattering away; let your senses take over and allow yourself to completely unwind.

This afternoon trip on Sunday October 15 ncludes transportation from downtown Prince George with Paxton Shuttle Service, and is limited to 16 participants. Pre-registration is required.

Evening Reception at CrossRoads Brewing with the Jack Van Somer Band

On Monday October 16, enjoy an evening of socializing, great food and beer and live music at this years’ reception.

Join us at CrossRoads Brewing, located in a historic garage in downtown Prince George. As a local craft brewery they make all their small batch beer onsite. We also have a kitchen that offers a local menu of fantastic pizzas, paninis, salads, soups and appetizers.

CrossRoads represents the points at which crucial decisions are made. It also represents Prince George as the geographic centre of the province, highlighted by the convergence of the Nechako and Fraser rivers, the intersection of highways 16 & 97, and the crossing of the railway.

Another highlight of the night is the Jack Van Somer Band, comprised of four of northern BC's top musicians. Between them, they have opened up for Aaron Prichett, and Gord Bamford, & with Heidi Rae as an opener for Randy Travis. They have also played with Rick Stavely, and Quesnel's 'Rockin' Chair', as well as closing the Canada Winter Games with Jerusha White. 

Jack, Brad, and Curt have spent many years gigging together and separately, and have finally come all together to create something original, and new to the Prince George scene. Josh joined them on drums for the first time as a fill in for Prince George's 'Downtown SummerFest', and the connection was instant, and permanent. They have a Canadian sound, and it is crisp and clear, with harmonies that just draw you in, and they have been inspired by the sound of John Mayer, the song writing of Chris Stapleton, and strait beats of Phil Rudd.

This reception is included within the general conference fee. No additional registration is required.