Our Thanksgiving Itinerary
Here in Quesnel, we have so much to be thankful for, including extraordinary outdoor recreation, locally grown food and warm and welcoming independently owned restaurants, cafés and shops. If you’re coming home to visit family or you’ve made Quesnel your Thanksgiving weekend destination, here’s a little inspiration to get you, your family and your friends in an adventurous, memory-making mood.
Visit our Farmers’ Market for fresh, locally grown produce for your Thanksgiving dinner and peruse through artisan crafts to find a unique gift for your dinner host. Enjoy a hot coffee and breakfast too!
Open Saturday, 8:30 am – 1 pm
Address: Helen Dixon Grass Site, downtown Quesnel
Quesnel Visitor Centre
Stop by the Quesnel Visitor Centre to borrow gold pans and a map to find your spot to strike gold on the Quesnel River, Fraser River or Baker Creek.
Riverfront Trail & Gold Panning
Our Riverfront Trail is a favourite place for leaf peeping! Bring your smart phones or a long lens to capture all of the fall shades and weekend memories. The downtown loop is 5.3 km and the West Quesnel loop is 4.2 km with our iconic Walking Bridge connecting the two loops. Don’t forget to bring your gold pans! The gold panning map will indicate where along the riverbanks you can search for gold.
Warm up on a fall day in this cozy restaurant with traditional Indian and Nepali cuisine.
Create your own Thanksgiving centerpiece at EdgeWood Farm’s fall flower bar. Select from a beautiful array of dried flowers and ornamental cabbage to festively decorate your dinner table.
Wonderland Trail Network
With new trails to conquer and stunning views of Dragon Lake, you’ll want to bring your mountain bikes or hiking shoes when you travel to Quesnel this fall. Sluice Box and Angry Beaver are the newest trails in Wonderland. Sluice box is best for technical biking, hiking or running. Angry Beaver is best for technical downhill biking and hiking. If you’re looking for beginner trails, Dragon Mountain Provincial Park is where you’ll want go. Download the free Trailforks app to help you navigate the trails.
Head back downtown for a delicious casual dinner. Craig’s menu will satisfy your taste buds and accommodate your dietary needs.
Ten Mile Lake Provincial Park
Pack a brunch picnic with your farmers’ market goodies and take a drive out to Ten Mile Lake Provincial Park. Set out onto the lake for a paddle or hike, bike or embark on a nature-inspired scavenger hunt on 10 km of trail. This park also boasts a playground, sandy beach, boat launch and picnic area.
Have you laced up your skates yet this fall?
For that downtown vibe, go for an espresso and great food at Granville’s. Their diverse menu offers something for everyone.
Quesnel Arts & Recreation Centre
Bring the kids to the pool for a swim while you relax in the hot tub or sauna. We have two pools to accommodate individuals of all ages and abilities.
Barkerville Brewing Co.
Sip on award-winning craft beer in the afternoon sun or settle in for a board game. Children are welcome and if Fido is on a leash, bring him too.