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HIKING & BIKING

CITY TRAILS

Riverfront Trail

Quesnel's most iconic trail system, the Riverfront Trail circles the downtown core in 5 kilometres, taking you along the banks of the Quesnel and Fraser Rivers and past historical artefacts. It's a fully accessible trail that caters to walkers, joggers, cyclists and more. The full trail system extends another 4 kilometres into the West Village across our famous wooden truss pedestrian bridge. At night the bridge lights up different colours, illuminating the river water below.

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West Fraser Timber Park

West Fraser Timber Park is home to a great trail system that provides plenty of wildlife viewing opportunities. The trails wind in and out of forest with several viewpoints along the way. The park is home to a duck pond, playground, outdoor gym, tennis courts, beach volleyball court and much more!

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REGIONAL TRAILS

NORTH

Hixon Falls

Hixon is a small community located about 35 minutes north of Quesnel. It is home to Hixon Falls, which cascade 100 feet into a large swimming hole. The walk is quite short and relatively easy. Once you arrive in Hixon, turn east on Hixon Creek Road following it four kilometres staying left all the way. There you'll find a small parking area and sign that reads Hixon Falls.

Kosta's Cove Accessible Trail

At just over 2 kilometres, this looping trail system takes you along the shores of Ten Mile Lake and Kosta's Cove. The trailhead is located at Kosta's Cove Community Park, and takes you through lush forest along a packed crushed gravel surface with a gentle grade. There are benches along the trail, with an accessible outhouse located at the trailhead. To get there, drive 12 kilometres north of Quesnel on Highway 97 and turn left on Bjornson Road, the trailhead will be found on the left hand side. A map can be downloaded from the Cariboo Regional District website.

www.cariboord.bc.ca/services/recreation-2/accessible-trails/kosta-s-cove-accessible-trail

Ten Mile Lake Provincial Park 

The Ten Mile Lake Provincial Park is home to 10 kilometres of great trails, a playground, picnic tables, sandy beaches and fresh water to cool off in! The trails lead to a large beaver pond for close-up wildlife viewing, be sure to bring your camera! 

www.env.gov.bc.ca/bcparks/explore/parkpgs/ten_mile/

EAST

Cottonwood Accessible Trail

Located on the Historic Cottonwood House site, this trail network has approximately 3.4 kilometres of accessible trail that perimeters the site and takes you along the banks of the Cottonwood River. To get there, drive 26 kilometres east of Quesnel on Highway 26, where you'll find Cottonwood House Historic Site on the right hand side of the road. Ask for a trail map at the general store or download it from the Cariboo Regional District website.

www.cottonwoodhouse.ca 

www.cariboord.ca/services/recreation-2/accessible-trails/cottonwood

Wells & Barkerville Trails

A large network of trails lies to the east of Quesnel in the Wells/Barkerville area. Find trail maps and information on their website.

www.wellsbarkervilletrails.com

SOUTH

Dragon Mountain

Dragon Mountain is one of the best places for mountain biking in Quesnel. The mountain boasts a unique ecosystem of Douglas Fir forest with spectacular views as far as the eye can see. Mountain bikers of all styles and skill levels come to Dragon Mountain for some of the only slick rock riding in the Cariboo. The mountain is for everyone, with a wide range of trail options varying in steepness ad length.

www.ridethecariboo.ca/quesnel/

Hallis Lake

Hallis Lake has over 75 kilometres of cross country skiing and snowshoe trails built for our powdery winters. In the summer, these trails are amazing for hiking and biking! There are many viewpoints along the way, and you can choose from a variety of trail options. For a detailed map, check out the Cariboo Ski Club website. Hallis Lake also features a 750 metre low mobility trail, leading to a lookout point on the edge of Hallis Lake. A map of this trail can be found on the Cariboo Regional District website.

www.caribooski.ca

www.cariboord.ca/services/recreation-2/accessible-trails/hallis-lake-low-mobility-trail

Sisters Creek

The Sister's Creek Recreation Site is home to large network of multi-use trails, including a fully accessible 800 metre trail taking you to a picturesque view of the banks of the Fraser River. A map can be found on on the Cariboo Regional District website.

www.cariboord.ca/services/recreation-2/accesible-trails/sisters-creek-kersley

WEST

Alexander Mackenzie Heritage Trail

Also known as the Grease trail, this 420 kilometre trail stretches from Quesnel all the way to the Bella Coola. It takes between 18 to 24 days to complete, and was once used as a trade and travel route from the West Coast to the Interior. Only experienced backcountry hikers should venture onto this path, the trail is not well maintained or marked.

Claymine Low Mobility Trail

Approximately one kilometre in length, this trail winds through lush forest and loops around a glacial boulder. There is a diverse range of wildlife to found, including an active heron's nest. There's an accessible washroom facility on site and an information kiosk at the trailhead for detailed trail information. The trail can be found 15 minutes west of Quesnel, with a map available for download on the Bouchie Lake Recreation website.

www.bouchielakerec.ca/claymine-trails/

Deserter's Creek

You won't want to miss the view on this one! The 45 to 60 minute one way hike ends at Deep Creek Falls, located inside a ravine. Along the trail you will find great swimming holes, stone steps and great views. The trail is maintained, however be cautious of fallen trees and other hazards. To get there, drive 20 minutes south of Quesnel along West Fraser Road until you come across Narcosli Creek, where you'll find a parking area on the left. The trailhead can be found across the road, next to an information kiosk with a map.

Hangman Springs

Hangman Springs is a 20 kilometre looping trail network shared between hikers, bikers, horseback riders and ATV'ers. The trails provides scenic views of Baker Creek with various lengths and difficulties. To get there, drive west towards Bouchie Lake on North Fraser Drive. From the Moffat Bridge, drive 19.5 kilometres where you'll find a gravel pit on the left hand side of the road. Follow this road approximately one kilometre to a small parking area.

Pinnacles Provincial Park

Head over to Pinnacles Provincial Park for a birds-eye view of Quesnel and Baker Creek, in addition to 12 million year old hoodoo formations. To get there, turn right on Baker Drive in West Quesnel and drive approximately 6 kilometres to the parking lot on the left hand side. This trail is great for summer and winter activities, however keep in mind that parking is inaccessible during the winter months.

www.env.gov.bc.ca/bcparks/explore/parkpgs/pinnacles/

 
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