Stay local, support local.

Social distancing in our own backyard can be easy in the expansive wilderness surrounding Quesnel. We have a few recommendations for our residents to safely savour the winter season and all the phenomenal outdoor recreation it offers.

Now is the time for us to stay local and support local businesses with just your immediate household or bubble. Let’s each do our part now, so we can explore again, soon.

Photo: Jeremy Allen

Cross-country skiing & snowshoeing

With endless parks and trails throughout the city and surrounding area, you won’t have to go far from home for a daily dose of sunshine and exercise. We recommend dressing for the occasion, packing a few snacks and a thirst-quenching beverage and heading out into the fresh air.

For cross-country skiing, check out the trails at Hallis Lake (well-maintained) and Ten Mile Lake (not maintained). Please use the honour box for trail day-use fees.

For snowshoeing, check out the trails and expansive landscapes at West Fraser Timber Park, trek on Dragon Lake (dress for wind!) or hill climb at Wonderland Trail Network or Dragon Mountain.

Ice fishing

With four lakes within 20 km of Quesnel, you can be out on the ice in minutes; Dragon Lake, Ten Mile Lake, Bouchie Lake and Milburn Lake. Pack a thermos with your favourite hot beverage, a picnic lunch, sunglasses and a few lawn chairs. Don’t forget the auger!

Photo: Make Traxx


The snow is endless in the mountains! Visit the Wells Snowmobile Club website for trail information for Groundhog Lake, Proserpine, Yanks Peak and Sugar Creek Loop. Please be safe and well prepared. If you want to stay a little closer to Quesnel, check out Deacon Creek Trails here.

Photo: Bonnie Grenon

Troll Ski Resort

Watch for Troll Ski Resort‘s opening day and hit the slopes for some great downhill adventure! Ski, snowboard or slide and glide on their mini tube run.

Support local

Supporting local business looks differently right now.  We encourage you to shop following the provincial, federal and individual business guidelines.  Please be kind and be patient.  Here are few other ways you can show your love for local!

For more winter ideas and inspiration, have a look through our suggested itineraries. Plan ahead and check in with businesses for current hours of operation, services available, and health and safety requirements.