Seniors get chance to visit historic museum

After the success of the Prince George trip, Seniors Connected will be taking local residents out to Fort St. James.

Vanderhoof seniors will be taking a trip to Fort St. James on August 29, for an afternoon of adventure and fun.

“We’re going to go to the historic park for the afternoon and do the tour there,” said coordinator Debra-Ann Bishop. “We’ll have some pie and ice cream then hang out for a bit and come home.. it’s a fun afternoon.

Up to about 55 seniors will be able to go via the two buses that have been volunteered. As of Friday, August 9 several people have already contacted Bishop and signed up to go.

“It gives the seniors activities an outing,” said Bishop. “I think it’s especially important to treat our seniors and elders with grace. Because we’re here because of them right? And it’s a payback for them, it’s a treat. It’s free, and I would work very hard to keep it that way.”

This will be the second bus trip organized by the Seniors Connected program which is facilitated by Nechako Valley Community Services. Both trips have been funded by New Gold which has allowed seniors to go completely free of charge.

For the first trip, the seniors were taken to Prince George where they got to do their shopping at the mall and elsewhere. Bishop said that the experience was a big hit with everybody including one older woman who takes care of her husband for six hours out of a day and so she never really had time to shop before the Seniors Connected program provided the convenience.

“But I had a few seniors say to me that they wanted to do other things too not just shopping,” said Bishop.

So now the seniors will get to check out the restored Hudson’s Bay Company post established in 1806 on the shores of Stuart Lake.

Bishop would like to do another trip to Prince George sometime in the fall and she hinted at a possible trip to Barkerville sometime in the future or whenever funds allow.