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 enjoy the spring season.

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.

Support our local restaurants and cafés.

With the new provincial health restrictions, restaurant and café services are limited but you can still enjoy a delicious dish or beverage served with the same quality and level of customer service through their takeout and patio dining options. To make it easier for you, the Quesnel Visitor Centre put together a Patio Dining & Takeout Guide so you can spend less time searching and more time enjoying your food.

Spring fishing

Dragon Lake is within city limits, and world-renowned for large Rainbow Trout. At ice off in early April, the weed beds will almost guarantee a 3 to 5 lb. catch! If you don’t have your own gear, borrow a rod and tackle from the Quesnel Visitor Centre. For public access, the Dragon Lake Boat Ramp is located on Quesnel-Hydraulic Road. Ten Mile Lake, Bouchie Lake and Milburn Lake are also great lakes to drop a line and reconnect with nature.

Pinnacles Provincial Park

Pinnacles Provincial Park is only 7 km from downtown Quesnel. A short 1 km hike will take you to the viewpoint. For your safety, please be aware, there’s a steep drop-off behind a fence. Dogs must be on a leash.

Photo credit: Meaghan Gerrits

Bird watching

Bird watching is an activity the whole family can enjoy; out in nature, fresh air and a little education too! Where should you go? The duck pond and marshy area at West Fraser Timber Park or any of the shorelines along our lakes are great places to find a wide variety of bird species.

Downtown Historic Walking Tour

Did you know you can go on a self-guided Historic Walking Tour downtown Quesnel? Visit the Downtown Historic Walking Tour page on the City of Quesnel website on your mobile and walk, learn and take in the past and present of Quesnel. There are over 30 points of interest!

Support local tips

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 tips to 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.