The Riverfront Trail System is a paved trail that gives residents and visitors access to the river environment and provides a scenic, peaceful circle tour through the community. The Riverfront Trail has two sections, downtown and West Quesnel, connected by the Fraser River Footbridge.
The downtown section is five kilometres long and takes about one hour to complete at a leisurely walking pace. Ceal Tingley Park, located at the confluence of the Quesnel and Fraser Rivers is "Kilometer 0" of the system and has many attractions within its borders. The trail passes along the Quesnel River, through the North Quesnel neighbourhood and along the Fraser River to return to Heritage Corner and Ceal Tingley Park.
On February 12, 2020, a section of the Riverfront Trail will be closed for up to two years to accommodate Phase I and II of the G.R. Baker Memorial Hospital Redevelopment.
West Quesnel Loop
The West Quesnel section is 4.3 km long. From the footbridge, the trail parallels the Fraser River before crossing North Fraser Drive, and taking you through Sugarloaf Park, along a short stretch of residential street, before crossing and then meandering alongside Baker Creek. Signage along the trail provides insight into the history, nature, and First Nations of the area.
On May 1, 2020, a section of sidewalk will be closed on Baker Drive so utility crews can divert a sewer line away from Baker Creek. Due to the sidewalk closure, the Riverfront Trail in West Quesnel is now being detoured through Earley Ave, Evans Dr. and English Ave.
Campus Connector and Bryce Trail
This extension of the Riverfront Trail system connects from the north loop of the Riverfront Trail, through Carson subdivision and up to North Cariboo Community campus. Wide shoulders along North Star Road make this a safe walking, running, and cycling route to the Arts and Recreation Centre and beyond, up Bryce Trail, which brings you on a one kilometre climb to South Quesnel.
West Fraser Timber Park Trails
A number of short trails loop around West Fraser Timber Park. These trails are popular with walkers, runners, mountain bikers, and in winter, snowshoers and fat bikers.
Fuel Management Trails
Located in a fuel treated demonstration forest, this trail system has four different loops adding up to 3 kilometers of paths to explore. The hard-packed, low-grade trail system is perfect to walk, bike or run, and the low mobility loop is suitable for wheelchairs and strollers. The kiosk includes a trails map and educational information on wildfires and fuel management. To access the trail head and parking lot: heading north on Quesnel-Hixon Road, turn right 400 metres past the Quesnel & District Cemetery.
"Share the Road" signs on popular routes in South, West, and North Quesnel remind drivers, cyclists and pedestrians to look out for each other on our roadways.