You know what makes me extremely happy? Waking up, strapping on snowshoes, and exploring vast landscapes. This is how I first got to know Quesnel. Upon arriving at Ten Mile Lake Provincial Park I was awestruck by the rolling hills and fairy-tale winter views. The sun was rising as we were snowshoeing the trails of Quesnel.
It stopped me in my tracks.
Wind down from a day of winter activities at the Barkerville Brewing Co. Located in the centre of City of Quesnel, the local brewery true après spirit. Apart from an amazing array of local brews, we spent the evening sharing bites and reminiscing about our snow-filled day.
Barkerville Brewing Co. sets itself from many other breweries because it pays homage to the historic region’s mining past, telling stories through its award-winning beers. With names like 18 Karat Gold and White Gold, well you get the picture.
Barkerville is known as British Columbia’s Gold Rush Town and Park - and rightfully so! Barkerville is the main town of the Cariboo Gold Rush and is preserved as a historic town. The reason why this place is so significant is because it's the reason the B.C. is a part of Canada and not the USA from all the gold that was found here.
Wells a place with rich history, passionate people
We arrived in Wells, only to be greeted by Dave Jorgenson of Whitegold Adventures in his restaurant, The Bear’s Paw. The food was delicious and I could have listened to Dave’s stories all night. In the restaurant, Dave has photos and memorabilia from the earliest days of skiing and how the area was shaped by a passion for snow. We spent the next morning breaking bread with new friends from The Bread Peddler who specialize in organic, wood-fired sourdough bread. I’d drive from Alberta to Wells, just for this bread.
I came away from this place feeling I had learned so much about alpine culture and history but also the region’s mining past.
Troll Resort full of surprises
From the instant, we arrived at Troll Resort we were greeted with open arms. It was a place I never expected to visit but it surprised me more than any other place, like meeting Hildur and Len Sinclair, who are a treasure trove of stories. Read more about Troll Resort here.
If you go
Dive into incredible outdoor recreation while visiting the city of Quesnel: http://tourismquesnel.com/explore/outdoorrecreation/
Call Tourism Quesnel at 250-992-8716
Quesnel is found at the start of the Barkerville Highway, which includes Troll Ski Resort, the District of Wells and Barkerville - all within the Cariboo Regional District found at http://cariboord.bc.ca
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