Discover fall in Quesnel

River 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: turn onto French Road off of Hwy 97. Turn onto 1800 Road, then right onto Quesnel-Hydraulic Road. Beavermouth Rec Site is just before the bridge over Beavermouth Creek

Lake fishing

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! Fly fishing, spinning or trolling are all commonly used to catch these large rainbows. For some of the deepest areas, head out to Black Bird Island.
Dragon Lake Boat Launch

Puntchesakut Lake has naturally reproducing rainbow trout up to 3 lb in size and in 2019, the lake was stocked with kokanee that should be reaching a decent size beginning in the winter of 2020/21. In the late fall and early winter, try trolling a flasher and apex to bring in the kokanee.
Puntchesakut Lake Provincial Park

In 2019, 50,000 rainbow and 25,000 kokanee were released in Ten Mile Lake. Leech patterns are recommended for fly fishing in the fall and small pink flashers with a spoon when trolling for kokanee.
Ten Mile Lake Provincial Park

If you’re looking for the full experience, plan a guided lake or river fishing trip with local anglers offering single or multi-day trips.

Leaf Peeping

Eastern Canada gets all of the fame for its fall colours, but you really can’t beat the golden flare of aspens and cottonwoods on a sunny autumn day in Quesnel.  Weekend trips to see the fall colours or “Leaf-Peeping” is a popular activity there and even gets its own weather report on the news! We really ought to import this idea to Quesnel. The contrast of yellow and gold against a deep blue sky is so joyful and we have so many great…read on.

Fall Itineraries

Are you visiting for a couple of hours and looking for a place to stretch your legs and grab a bite to eat? Or maybe you’re here visiting family or on a business trip and not sure where to go and what to do. We have created an itinerary just for you. You can select an itinerary based on the season and duration of your stay and your interests.

Before you go, please check current business hours and services on business Facebook pages and websites.

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.

Quesnel Visitor Centre address: 703 Carson Avenue, Quesnel
Currently, the Quesnel Visitor Centre and Quesnel & District Museum & Archives are undergoing renovations. You’ll find the Visitor Centre staff in the yellow Billy Barker Days building right next door.
Ph: 250-992-8716 |  FB: Quesnel Visitor Centre

Mountain Biking

If mountain biking is your thing and you haven’t been to the new trails in Quesnel, there’s plenty of time this fall to come see what they’re all about. Local rider and outdoor enthusiast, Brenda Beatty, describes four popular trails that you’ll want to come to experience for yourself in our recent blog post, 4 Trails, 4 Ways.

Visit Gold Rush Cycling Club on Facebook to learn more about group rides, memberships and trail updates.

Quesnel Art Walk

The Quesnel & District Community Arts Council, the Quesnel Art Gallery and the Downtown Quesnel Association have partnered to bring you the first Quesnel Art Walk!

From September 26 – October 10, 2020, artwork from local artists will be featured for show and sale at 20 downtown businesses. The kick-off will take place on Saturday, September 26th on the 200 block of Reid Street, near the arches with an unveiling of a new mural. You can watch the unveiling live on Facebook or in person. Find out more details here.

View the map and list of participating businesses here.