Get outside! It's in our nature! Walking is an easy form of physical activity for most people and regular walking can lead to long term lifestyle changes and health benefits.
According to Walk BC, many British Columbians are not active enough to receive health benefits. This is of serious concern since inactivity is associated with a number of health issues including obesity, coronary heart disease, osteoporosis, and cardiovascular disease.
Walking is a simple way to improve overall wellbeing and reduce the chances of developing the health concerns associated with inactivity.
- Walking is free and can be done almost anywhere
- Walking is a form of exercise which is within the physical capabilities of many people
- Walking may be a more realistic challenge than other more vigorous forms of exercise
- Walking can be integrated into people's lifestyles relatively easily
- The level of impact is low and strain on the feet and joints is minimized thus making the risk of injury very low
Walk BC states that increasing physical activity through walking is associated with many health benefits including:
- Reducing the risk of coronary heart disease
- Lowering blood pressure
- Reducing high cholesterol
- Reducing body fat
- Enhancing mental wellbeing
- Increasing bone density
- Reducing the risk of cancer of the colon
- Helping to control body weight
- Helping osteoarthritis
- Helping to increase flexibility and co-ordination
Visit Walk BC's website to learn more about walking and to view the interactive map highlighting walking trails and routes around the province of British Columbia. Click here to visit the Walk BC.
Wondering where to start walking or looking for a new trail to explore in Prince George? Check out the new Walking Trail Guide! The guide highlights 18 different trails and popular walking routes in our community.
To view the Walking Trail Guide online, click here. To download a pdf version of the guide, click here.
The walking trail guide is intended for people of all fitness levels. If a regular exercise routine is something new to you, please talk to your doctor before you start.
While distances have been provided for the trails and routes in this guide, walking times have not been included as an individual's walking pace varies depending on stride length, terrain, walking surface, physical condition, age and gender. Generally, it takes approximately one hour to walk 5 kilometres on relatively flat terrain.
Share the trails
- Trail users may also include cyclists, equestrians, runners, scooters, strollers
- Slow down and communicate when passing
- Keep to the right and control your speed
- Leash your pet and respect wildlife
While you're there
- Stay on designated trails
- Keep dogs on a leash
- Place litter and dog waste in garbage containers
- Respect wildlife and plants
Be bear and moose aware
Bears and moose are frequent visitors to the trails and routes included in this book. Be cautious and do not feed them.
Several of the trails and routes highlighted in the guide can be accessed by the Prince George Transit System. For more information, go to http://www.transitbc.com/regions/prg/
Walking inside the CN Centre is a super way to stay fit through the cooler months! The 2011-2012 season's schedule is as follows:
October 1, 2011 - April 13, 2012
Walking hours are weekdays from 9:00 AM to 5:00 PM, except on event days and as indicated. On Cougar game days, walking is available from 9:00 AM to 11:00 AM only. Click on here to view the latest walking schedule.
Please refer to the posted schedule for schedules and updates. Please note, due to facility rentals and events, this schedule is subject to change without notice! Running, skateboarding, roller blading, etc. is not allowed.