5 Places to Quench Your Thirst in Quesnel

Everyone knows about après-ski; the time of day when you take off your boots and socialise while enjoying a refreshing beverage. However you’ve explored, après is a good idea. Celebrating the adventure and recapping the day with friends and family is the best way to extend the fun. In Quesnel, we believe in Après Everything. So if you’ve just gone for a hike, a paddle, a bike ride or a swim, bring your crew to one of these great spots to quench your thirst and keep the fun rolling.

1. Barkerville Brewery

This craft brewery has been gaining awards and a loyal following since opening in 2014. Their patio is the place to sample some creative and delicious local brews and share some snacks with your buddies.  The long table and bar inside give you lots of space to stretch out and rest your tired muscles as you re-hydrate from your day of activity. For the non-beer drinkers in your crew, they pour BC craft ciders, wines from the Northern Lights Winery in Prince George and fancy soda pops.  The incredibly social atmosphere will have you arriving as a visitor and leaving with a bunch of new friends to hang out with on your next visit to Quesnel.

Barkerville Brewery is located on the corner of Carson and Kinchant streets, just off of Highway 97. Their summer hours are 12 pm – 9 pm every day except Friday and Saturday when they stay open until 11 pm.

2. Chicano’s Mexican Restaurante

This is the place to get your margarita fix in Quesnel. On a hot day, when I’ve been sweating on a hiking trail or after a big run with friends, the best way to replace lost sodium is by sitting down next to a big old frosty margarita. Paradise doesn’t have to be tropical, but you’ll feel whisked away to a cozy hacienda in Mazatlan here, as you’re surrounded by tropical plants and potted cacti. If you prefer your refreshment without alcohol, their fruity Aguas Frescas are as authentic as you’ll find anywhere in Mexico.

Chicanos is also a full-service Mexican restaurant, open from Tuesday to Saturday until 7 pm.

3. Quesnel Bakery

Sometimes you just want (or need) something hot and caffeinated to finish off your day. If that’s how you’re feeling, then check out the Quesnel Bakery. This is the real-deal German family bakery. Their traditional sweet treats are the perfect match for an espresso or their large selection of fine loose leaf teas made just for you. For cosy seating, choose a table inside, or enjoy the new flower-filled, timber-frame patio and soak up just a little more of the sun’s rays. Now that you’re satisfied, you can load up on more apple fritters, eccles cakes and tea leaves to take home with you.

Quesnel Bakery is in downtown Quesnel at 468 Reid Street (across from Safeway) and they’re open Monday to Friday 6:30 am – 6 pm and Saturday from 8 am – 6 pm.

4. Rocky’s General Store

This is another hidden gem, tucked at the top of the hill to Bouchie Lake. This is an ideally-located Slushie stop after a day at the beach at Puntchesekut Lake or a sunny paddle of Milburn or Bouchie Lakes.  Don’t limit your treats to an icy cup of sweetness, they also have ice cream, screamers and an indulgent take-out menu. If you still haven’t had enough fresh air, you can savour your treats at the comfy outdoor tables.  It’s even worth riding your bike there, just to reward yourself with a treat at the end of a very long hill, before dipping back into town, fuelled by gravity and sugar.

Rocky’s General Store can be found at 2063 Blackwater Road and they are open 7:30 am – 10:00 pm, every day of the week.

5. Ice Cream at Frank’s Supermarket

Some days are ice cream days and you can’t argue with that! The best ice cream spot in town may seem like a hidden gem the first time you discover it. Among the hunting and fishing gear, you’ll find Quesnel’s largest selection of hard ice cream, and other frozen treats. Their flavours change frequently, so you have to keep going back for more! If you see it, you’ve got to try the chai ice cream. The greatest ice cream parlours also have the most generous scoops, but if it’s still not enough for you, order one of the ice cream boats and max out on the sweet, creamy frozen goodness. There are lots of outdoors tables to relax on as you lick up every last drip of your summer cone.

Frank’s Supermarket is located just off of Highway 97 at 2310 Quesnel-Hydraulic Road, in South Quesnel. They’re open 7 days a week until 8 pm and 9 pm on Saturday.

By Brenda Beatty