Quesnel, BC, Canada is a lake community, resting on a ridge high above a river valley looking out over Williams Lake. The community sits in the centre of Cariboo Country surrounded by ranches, grasslands, mountains, lakes and rivers. It is well documented that the region is referred to as Ranchland Country home to western music, guest ranches, cowboys and so much more.
The community welcomes visitors with a large monument reading "Gold Pan City" because of its rich mining history and proximity to some popular heritage sites. Just north of the community is Highway 26 - The Heritage Highway. It is a driving route leading to a few of BC's oldest pioneer communities including the Barkerville and Cottonwood Heritage Sites, plus the community of Wells, BC.
The activities most enjoyed in the area around Quesnel include fishing, hiking, mountain biking, canoeing, atving, golfing, backpacking, horseback riding, camping, wildlife viewing and river kayaking. Located east of the community is the launch point for one of the most popular canoe routes in BC called the Bowron Lake Paddle Route.
Some arrive in Quesnel to hike and backpack. One of the oldest trails in BC to plan for possibly is the 400+ kilometre Alexander MacKenzie Heritage Trail connecting Blackwater with Bella Coola. Some of the day hikes in the region to consider exploring on foot would be the Hangman Springs, Deserters Creek, Yellowhawk, Jubilee Creek and Dragon Mountain Trails. In the community the River Trail provides a good opportunity to view Quesnel up close and personal.
The lakes and rivers of the region provide endless days of fishing and wildlife viewing. Some of the fishing lakes to consider include Tzenzaicut, Titetown, Pelican, Puntchesacut, Bowron, Milburn, Atan and Mile Lakes. All must have a fishing license when fishing in BC, Canada.