Even though a very small city, part of the Cariboo District of British Columbia, Quesnel is home to the world’s largest gold pan, and it offers a number of activities to engage in, such as whitewater rafting, gold panning, hiking, golfing, fishing and cross-country skiing. It is particularly popular among tourists for its 116-kilometre (72-mile) long lakes and rivers, as well as the mesmerising scenery afforded by the tall mountain peaks, extensive marshlands and gorgeous wildlife. There are a wide variety of lakes and water bodies to visit and camp at its sites. They are filled with fishes, especially during the months of summer. If you happen to visit here and are confused about where to start, check out our list of the most beautiful lakes in Quesnel, Canada.
1. Bouchie Lake
Bouchie Lake is a beautiful lake in the west of Quesnel and has a number of residences surrounding it. It is pretty popular for fishing. The best time for fishing is between May and October. Even though you may not be able to halt anywhere around the lake, as there are no campsites, you can come here for fishing and to just enjoy a walk along the rugged sandy gravels, and to feel closer to nature. The forested area around is covered with douglas fir and deciduous trees.
Address: British Columbia V2J 7G6, Canada
2. Dragon Lake
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This is a 35-feet (10.6 metres) deep lake, which is quite warm during the summer and completely frozen during the winters. Among the many activities that this lake offers, you can ride on sail boats, fish and swim. It is a great place for camping, with spots ride beside the lake to launch your canoe. The lake is filled with rainbow trout. It is a pretty clean and peaceful place where you can spend a full day.
Address: Quesnel, British Columbia, Canada
3. Milburn Lake
There are public boat launches and private residences available around this region for camping. Ice fishing is a popular activity here during the winter months. You will find a number of Rainbow and Eastern Brook trouts in this lake. Lodgepole pine, Douglas fir, Trembling Aspen, Cottonwood and White Birch are what you will see around. Also, beautiful bullrushes and yellow waterlillies surround the lake.
Address: Cariboo B, BC V2J 7G1, Canada
4. Puntchesakut Lake
It is a beautiful lake with gorgeous scenery. However, it would be a good idea to stay away from the water, as there may be leeches inside. The surrounding land is grassy, which you can enjoy a picnic, camp, or launch boats. However, overnight parking may not be allowed. It is a great place to camp with family. You are sure going to enjoy setting up a fire in the fire pits present on site.
Address: Cariboo I, BC, Canada
5. Hallis Lake
Hallis Lake is a popular tourist spot during the winters. It has a 75-kilometres (46 miles) long trail, offering enjoyable strolls and easy hikes across snow-covered paths. If you know how to ski, it can be a fun activity to enjoy with family or friends, and if you don’t, then it is never too late to learn. If you don’t have ski gear (ski, ski poles, gloves), then you can rent it all out at The Hallis Lake Lodge & Rental Shop.
Address: Cariboo A, BC, Canada
6. Bellos Lake
The Bellos Lake is 11 kilometer (7.1 miles) away from Cottonwood, situated in the Cariboo Chilcotin region. The lake is surrounded by dense forests, and the road to it is a little bumpy but decent enough to hike through. It is a pretty lake filled with Cuthroat and Rainbow trouts, making it, yet again, a great place to fish. Whether you go in for fly fishing, spinning or baitcasting, you’re sure to catch a fish or two to enjoy a hearty meal with your family on the campsite.
Address: Cariboo C, BC, Canada
7. Ten Mile Lake
Ten Mile Lake is well set-up with clean sites, perfect for a picnic with a big group. It has a number of picnic tables along the lake, pit toilets and playgrounds to enjoy a game of badminton or for your children to play in. The camp tents are pretty spacious. There are two campgrounds: one is high up on an elevated plain and the newer one is just by the lake. Don’t forget to carry mosquito and bug repellents.
Ten Mile Lake
Address: 10 Mile Lake Camp Road, Quesnel, British Columbia, Canada
8. Tzenzaicut Lake
Tzenzaicut Lake, also known as Fish Lake, is a beautiful lake and like the other lakes is also filled with a number of fishes. But most importantly, it is very calming and cuts out on the outside noises of the city. This is located in the Cariboo Chilcotin region. You will see several pelicans flocking on the lake to catch fish; it is a beautiful sight and must be captured on camera. The spot makes for a perfect romantic day-out.
Address: Cariboo I, BC, Canada
9. Davey Lake
Want to experience the beauty of a lake and a beach at the same time, then do visit this spot. There is a small beach by the lake. It is a great place to camp at, with both the lake and the beach available to enjoy a nice swim. The campsites are surrounded by trees. The bathrooms are clean, and there is also a store to shop for basic items of need. You will rarely find mosquitoes here; however, it is still advisable to carry a repellent.
Address: 400 Davy Lake Road, Ignace, Ontario P0T 1T0 Canada
10. Black Lake
This place, very close to Bala and Gravenhurst, with Hardy Lake trails just next to it, has camps which are pet-friendly. So, you can get your dog here to swim in the lake with you. Also, the camps are so clean and are perfectly equipped for a good stay, to cook full meals and rest in peace. The bathrooms, too, are very well kept. Enjoy a night or two with friends or family, while setting up a nice barbecue to warm the air around you and enjoy the beauty of the scenery.
Address: 2630 Muskoka Rd. 169 Torrance, Ontario POC 1M0 Canada
Enjoy a relaxing swim with a free fish foot massage
These lakes are beautiful, especially during the summer months, when both swimming and fishing are possible. The campsites are great to spend a few enjoyable and peaceful nights with family.
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