Bundle up for our top 5 winter activities
Located downtown Quesnel, this paved, scenic trail takes you along the Quesnel and Fraser rivers. Take in a little history on your trek with signage, historic buildings and machinery along the trail. The Downtown Quesnel trail is 5.2 km and West Quesnel trail is 4.3 km. We keep it maintained all year-round.
To access the downtown trail, parking is available at Ceal Tingley Park. To access the West Quesnel trail, parking is available at Baker Creek Park, Wilma Hanson Park, and Sugar Loaf Dog Park. If you want to take in both, our historic walking bridge links both trails.
You can view a map of the Riverfront Trail here.
Troll Ski Resort
We’re spoiled here in Quesnel with a ski hill that truly welcomes you like you’re family. Only 44 km east of Quesnel, you’ll find Troll Ski Resort. Ski or snowboard for the day or stay overnight. Learn more about their campground and tiny home accommodations.
Troll Ski Resort has an impressive vertical at 527m (1729ft) hosting a variety of terrain from perfect beginner slopes and long fall-line groomers to steep gladed tree runs and a large progressive terrain park.
Access: from Quesnel, drive north on Highway 97. Turn right onto Highway 26 and drive for 41 km.
Hallis Lake Trail Network
Put on a pair of cross country skis or snowshoes to enjoy 75 km of trail! All the gear you need can be rented at Hallis Lake Lodge & Rental Shop – open late on Mondays and Wednesdays. The Cariboo Ski Touring Club has trail guides, day pass and rental rate information and hours of operation available on their website.
If you’re up for a backcountry adventure, ask Cariboo Ski Touring Club about the use of their backcountry cabins.
Access: from downtown Quesnel, head south on Highway 97 and turn left onto Quesnel-Hydraulic Road. Continue for 9.5 km. Turn left at Hallis Lake sign and continue to parking lot.
Bring your fishing gear or borrow an auger, rod and tackle from the Quesnel Visitor Centre and head out to one of our lakes for a little ice-fishing. Please take extra precautions before stepping onto the ice.
West Fraser Centre:
The West Fraser Centre, jointly funded by the City of Quesnel and the Cariboo Regional District, hosts skating, hockey, and spectator events throughout the fall and winter. Rent ice time throughout the year, come play drop-in hockey at lunch hour, or sit and enjoy a league game.
Schedule and rates can be found in our Activity Guide.
Quesnel is home to two outdoor skating rinks, one on Lewis Dr in the West Village and one at the Bouchie Lake Community Hall just west of town. Both are open for public use 24/7.
Skating on lakes:
There are also opportunities to skate on many of our lakes — locals often clear patches of snow for use. If venturing onto open ice, please take notice of weather patterns and take safety precautions as ice thickness can change quickly. Bring your own skates!
28th Annual Gold Rush Trail Sled Dog Mail Run
The Sled Dog Mail Run is a historical event that is fun for the whole family. Come and enjoy all that a Cariboo winter has to offer! Purchase your special envelopes and send your mail via dog sled. Visit their website and Facebook page for more details.
January 23, 24, 25 & 26, 2020
Boots & Toques
Join us for a fun-filled day to celebrate our winter season. This free family event offers something for everyone!
February 22, 2020
West Fraser Centre 2:30 pm to 4:30 pm – public skating, face painting and crafts
LeBourdais Park 4:30 pm to 7:30 pm – music, glow ball hockey, bon fire, knockerball, sledding, hot chocolate, food and fireworks
Watch for event updates on the City of Quesnel’s Facebook page: @cityofquesnel