Top 5 things to do this fall

Carve out some time this Thanksgiving for fun, fall activities!
Our Thanksgiving Itinerary

Fly Fishing

Pack a picnic and go for a morning drive to Beavermouth Rec Site (40 minutes). Bring your fly fishing gear and make your way up and down the Quesnel River using bright flies and egg patterns to attract rainbow trout and bull trout.

Access: follow Quesnel-Hydraulic Road. Beavermouth Rec Site is just before the bridge over Beavermouth Creek.

Early fall is the best time of year for lake-fishing in the Cariboo. Fish along the shores, as this is where the fish will be foraging to prepare for winter. Dragon Lake is world-renowned for its large rainbow trout! Leech patterns are recommended.

Dragon Lake Boat Launch

Chasing Fall Colours

Our Riverfront Trail is a favourite place for chasing fall colours. Bring your smart phones or a long lens to capture the colours of the season. The downtown loop is 5.2 km and the West Quesnel loop is 4.3 km with our iconic Walking Bridge connecting the two loops.


West Fraser Timber Park shows off some beautiful yellows, oranges and reds. Hear the sound of crunchy leaves beneath your feet on the nature trail or relax on a park bench overlooking the duck pond that’s surrounded by fall colours.


Pinnacles Provincial Park offers an exceptional view of our natural surroundings and a panorama view of downtown Quesnel. This 2 km round-trip hike is only 7 km from our city centre. The ancient “hoodoo” rock formations are spectacular too!


Claymine Low Mobility Trail takes you through lush green forest and all of the fall shades, looping around a large boulder deposited during the last ice age. The trail’s gentle grade and 1 km distance make for a perfect little adventure! ⠀


Visit the Cariboo Regional District website to view the many accessible trails in Quesnel and throughout the Cariboo region.


Gold Panning

The first discovery of gold in the Fraser River was in the spring of 1857. Tons of gold was mined from our rivers and creeks, eventually diminishing. However, gold still lurks in our riverbeds waiting to be discovered. Bring out your inner prospector and head to the Quesnel Visitor Centre to borrow gold pans and a map that will guide you to designated areas along Quesnel River, Fraser River and Baker Creek. Just maybe you’ll strike it rich!

Quesnel Visitor Centre address: 703 Carson Avenue, Quesnel
Ph: 250-992-8716 |  FB: Quesnel Visitor Centre

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 to go. Download the free Trailforks app to help you navigate the trails.

View Wonderland Trail Network here 
View Dragon Mountain Provincial Park here

Quesnel Live Arts

Enjoy good company, great music and entertainment and if the mood is right, slip on a pair of dancing shoes. Quesnel Live Arts is a passionate and dedicated group of volunteers, inviting live performers from across the country who bring us diverse flavours of entertainment. Be prepared to get those toes tapping, hands clapping and your soul singing. Visit their website to see their fall and winter lineup!



Quesnel Tillicum Society 46th Memorial Pow Wow

Join the celebration of Indigenous culture at the Quesnel Tillicum Society’s 46th Memorial Pow Wow. Watch and listen to dancers and drummers tell their stories through music and dance, performing in traditional regalia. This event is open to all members of the community and visitors are welcome.

Saturday, October 12, 11 am – 11 pm
Sunday, October 13, 12 pm – late
Location: Indoor Sports Centre
Address: 980 Anderson Drive, Quesnel

Looking for more information to plan your visit?

Contact the Quesnel Visitor Centre 1-800-992-4922