The Great Outdoors

Staycations and social distancing can be easy with expansive wilderness ready to explore, right from your own doorstep. We have a few recommendations for our local residents to safely savour every last drop of the winter season.

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 for a daily dose of sunshine, exercise and quality time spent in nature with your loved ones. 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). Hallis Lake Lodge is currently closed. 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 or hill climb at Wonderland Trail Network or Dragon Mountain. As the snow begins to melt, you might have to trade your snowshoes for hiking boots and ice tracks.

Ice fishing

Maybe the kids have always wanted to try ice fishing! Now is a great time with milder temperatures and sunshine in the near forecast. 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 plentiful in the mountains! Visit the Wells Snowmobile Club website for trail information for Groundhog Lake, Proserpine, Yanks Peak and Sugar Creek Loop. Please note that the Wells Snowmobile Club has completed their season and is no longer grooming trails or collecting trail-use fees. Please be safe and well prepared. If you want to stay a little closer to home, check out Deacon Creek Trails here.

Support our business community

We’ve adopted Love Northern BC‘s top 10 ways you can support your favourite business during this challenging time. To view many of our small independently owned businesses, visit

For more staycation ideas and inspiration, have a look through our suggested itineraries, keeping in mind the current limitations in our business community and social distancing guidelines.