Northeast
BC

Pair locally made craft beer with an adventure of a lifetime.

Prepare to be awed by Northeast BC’s vast geography of rugged mountains, majestic rivers, pristine lakes, rolling prairies, and rich agricultural lands. And then celebrate with a locally brewed craft beer.

Starting in Fort St. John in BC’s Peace country, you can taste the range of beers available at Beard’s Brewing and Mighty Peace Brewing. Nearby Dawson Creek is also home to its own local spot, the Post & Row Taphouse, which is in the process of adding an on-site brewery.

Then head south to visit Barkerville Brewing on the Gold Rush Trail in Quesnel — the brewery is named for the historic town nearby where you can see what life was like during the Gold Rush. All we can say is it’s definitely better with craft beer!

Next is Fox Mountain Brewing in Williams Lake, a great spot for both food and beer. Finally, head east to Valemount, home of Three Ranges Brewing, a pioneer that helped bring awareness of craft beer to the North and has been slaking the thirst of local residents for several years already.

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Day 1

Travel Info

Start your Northeast BC adventure in Fort St. John, an approx 5 hour drive from Prince George, and a 14 hour drive from Vancouver.

You can also fly into Fort St John, as the North Peace Airport (YXJ) is serviced by both Westjet and Air Canada.

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Whole Wheat & Honey Café
10003 100 St, Fort St John , BC

A west coast style café that serves specialty coffees, hot breakfast, baked goods, featuring healthy and delicious food choices made from scratch with the freshest ingredients.

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Tse’K’wa Caves
12629 Butte Lane , Fort St John, BC

Tse’K’wa, or the Charlie Lake Cave archaeological site and property, is one of the few known archaeological sites in northern British Columbia that date before 11,000 years ago, and one of the even fewer with a well preserved stratigraphic record of human activities. Located on private property, visits must be arranged in advance.

restaurant
Red Barn Eatery
12984 Portabilt Frontage Rd, Charlie Lake, BC

Comfort, fresh, kicked-up pub food in the Pub at Charlie Lake

brewery
10408 Alaska Rd North, Fort St. John, BC

Founded by a full-time firefighter, Beard’s Brewing Co. has great food and a prime location right on the historic Alaska Highway.

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Pioneer Pathway Walking Tour
9505 100 ST, Fort St. John, BC

Learn about the hard-working pioneers who built Fort St. John into what it is today. Start off at the south end of 100 Street, across from the beautiful formal gardens beside Centennial Park, and wind your way through the downtown core to view the historic panels and discover the many interesting characters that helped shape the town starting back in the 1930’s!

brewery
10128 95 Ave, Fort St. John, BC

Mighty Peace Brewing was founded by four local friends who were inspired by the array of craft breweries opening across British Columbia and wanted to share their love of beer with the local community.

accomodation
Best Western Plus Chateau
8322-86 Street, Fort St John, BC

A sleek, modern design with ample amenities including kitchenette rooms, and a free full hot breakfast make this your best option for accoms in Fort St. John.

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Discover Fort St. John’s winter activities and festivals. Head outside the city and look to the skies during clear winter nights for a chance to see the bright dancing lights of the Northern Lights. Check out some of the best snow in Canada at one of the many ski resorts in the area. Attend the High on Ice Winter Festival, which features a variety of winter-themed events including professional ice carving and ice slides in Centennial Park.

No matter the season, Fort St. John has an abundance of nature and outdoor recreational opportunities. From birding to golfing, to exploring the local area through finding hidden geocaches, there’s plenty to do.

Day 2

Travel Info

Drive to Dawson Creek, an approximately 1 hour drive.

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Hug A Mug's Coffee House & Eatery
1012 102 Ave, Dawson Creek, BC

Stop in for breakfast at this cozy hidden gem serving up specialty coffee, homemade baked goods, and more.

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Dawson Creek Art Gallery
816 Alaska Ave, Dawson Creek, BC

Located in the Northern Alberta Railway Park, the Dawson Creek Art Gallery is as unique as they come! Year round exhibitions feature both local artists, traveling collections from major provincial and national galleries and an impressive photo exhibit of the building of the Alaska Highway.

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Coffee + Kitchen No. 9
937 103 Ave, Dawson Creek, BC

Family owned and operated. Locally sourced, quality food & beverages.

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Historical Walking Tour
900 Alaska Ave, Dawson Creek, BC

Take a break from your journey, stretch your legs for an hour and experience Dawson Creek’s Pioneer and World War II history. Grab a copy of the walking tour brochure from the Dawson Creek Visitor Centre and stroll around the city’s downtown core where you will discover Dawson Creek’s historical, vibrant and rather quirky past.

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Bear Mountain Wind Park

Adventure up to Bear Mountain Wind Park in South Dawson to take in the 34 towering windmills and great hiking trails. Along the way, embrace the stunning views, incredible Rim Rocks and beauty of Northern BC.

tap-house
801 - 102nd Avenue, Dawson Creek, BC

Dawson Creek's local spot for good food, craft beer, and conversation -- now working on adding its own brewery!

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Find a place to stay in Dawson Creek

Hotels, motels, and more.

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Experience birding in McQueen Slough, a bird lover’s paradise located in B.C.’s best waterfowl breeding habitat, just east of Dawson Creek. Learn more about all the birding opportunities in Dawson Creek. 

For outdoor enthusiasts, spend a day on the snowy slopes at Bear Mountain Ski Hill, just southwest of the town centre. 

Other food options: Le’s Family Restaurant for friendly service and a variety of delicious home-cooked meals using locally sourced meats and fresh ingredients. Stop in for breakfast, brunch, or dinner.

Discover more ways to experience Dawson Creek, from golfing to snowmobiling, to indoor fun at the aquatic centre or climbing wall, there’s lots to explore!

Day 3

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Craig's Table
490 Carson Ave, Quesnel, BC

Start your Quesnel adventure off with a delicious meal at this family owned and operated restaurant in the heart of downtown.

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Wonderland Trail Network

Head up to Wonderland for a ride on their mountain biking trails. There’s a gorgeous view of Dragon Lake waiting for you on Angry Beaver.

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Quesnel & District Museum and Archives
705 Carson Ave, Quesnel, BC

Stop at the Quesnel & District Museum and Archives for a little history or pick up a gold pan and map next door at the Quesnel Visitor Centre and pan for gold on the Quesnel or Fraser rivers to experience it firsthand.

brewery
185 Davie St, Quesnel, BC

If you didn’t strike it rich on the river, you can get your fill of liquid gold from this award-winning gold rush-themed brewery. They serve pizza from a local pizzeria, Red Tomato Pies, to satisfy your taste buds and fill your hunger after a busy morning.

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Cariboo Escape
104-1271 Highway 97 N, Quesnel, BC

Test your trivia and problem solving skills and try to escape one of the themed game rooms at Cariboo Escape. This is a group activity and advanced booking is required.

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Pinnacles Provincial Park

If there’s still enough daylight, a pleasant 1 km hike along a well-maintained trail to the viewpoint of the 12 million year old Hoodoos and other rock formations.

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Billy Barker Hotel Casino
308 McLean Street, Quesnel, BC

Enjoy the character and charm of this unique hotel, decorated in a historic style with friendly staff to boot.

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Find a place to stay in Quesnel

Quesnel has a number of comfortable and affordable places to stay while you are visiting. We have great full service hotels with great food options and pools, as well as plenty of bed and breakfasts and affordable motels to fit anyone's budget.

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Stay another day and visit Barkerville Historic Town & Park 

If you have another day (and you’ll want a whole day), take the scenic 1-hour drive to Barkerville. With over 100 preserved historic buildings, this village is a representative of the Victorian gold rush era. Actors in period costumes bring the memory of the town to life. Be sure to check in before arriving as their programming is seasonal and changes throughout the year.

Visiting Quesnel in winter? Here you’ll find a variety of activities like cross country skiing, snowshoeing, ice fishing, snowmobiling and more! With endless parks and trails throughout the city and surrounding area and four lakes within 20kms, you won’t have to go far from town for a daily dose of sunshine and exercise. Full details here.

 

Day 4

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Gecko Tree
54 MACKENZIE N AVE, Williams Lake, BC

Stop by the Gecko Tree on Mackenzie Ave and try our their famous Hungry Hippie Breakfast plate.

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Mountain Biking on Fox Mountain

Known for the over 360KM of Mountain Bike Trails, Williams Lake is quickly becoming a premier destination for all levels of Mountain Bike enthusiasts.

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Smashin' Smoothies
102-41 7 Ave, Williams Lake, BC

Enjoy a great selection of healthy options! All smoothies, soups, salads, wraps and granola are created on-site daily from scratch using fresh ingredients.

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Downtown Mural Walk

With 20 murals and counting, Williams Lake's “gallery in the streets” is a unique way to explore the city.

brewery
215 Donald Road, Williams Lake, BC

Drop in for a beer and a meal and stay for the sunset and friendly people. The patio offers beautiful views of Williams Lake.

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Find a place to stay in Williams Lake

Hotels, motels and B&B's, there are plenty of options in Williams Lake.

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Williams Lake is a must see stop on your adventure through the Northeast Ale Trail, and is the most southernly point to start you off on your adventure to see the splendour of BC’s untouched North East.  Download the Downtown Williams Lake App, which will also help you in choosing your place to dine, and highlight the great merchants of their bustling city centre.  Mornings are for bird-watching, and Scout Island Nature Reserve delivers with an incredible variety of birds and wildlife to be seen, including the beaver dams found on the walking trails.  If camping is your travelling choice, book into the Williams Lake Stampede Grounds Campsite and spend the night next to sounds of horses in the near by stables.  An afternoon at Williams Lake’s expansive 18 Hole Golf Course will give you some of the best views of this city that played a prominent part of establishing the historical Gold Rush Trail.

Day 5

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Valemount Swiss Bakery
1020 Main St., Valemount, BC

Open year round Friday, Saturday, Sunday and Monday! They bake fresh European style sourdough breads, pastries and cakes every day. From scratch and without artificial ingredients! Breakfast pretzel buns and crunchy french traditional baguettes. Generous lunch sandwiches made fresh to order and daily lunch specials. Wheelchair accessible. Family, bike and dog friendly.

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Horseback riding with Cowgirl Up Adventures

A small private ranch 25 minutes from Valemount, offering: trail rides, pack trips, riding lessons, and retreats. Seasonal operation from Spring - Fall, email ahead to make a reservation.

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The Gathering Tree
1150 5th Ave, Valemount, BC

Unique local cafe serving homemade soups, salads and sandwiches. Lots of patio seating to enjoy a sunny day.

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Mount Robson Whitewater Rafting
16895 Farnsworth Road, Valemount, BC

Located in full view of Mount Robson, along the shores of the Mighty Fraser River. Join them for a heart pumping adventure on the Mighty Fraser River, one of B.C.’s best whitewater runs! This class 3+ section of the longest river in British Columbia is fantastic for families, first timers, and experienced rafters alike.

brewery
1160 5th Avenue, Valemount, BC

Despite only having a population of 1,000, Valemount has embraced Three Ranges in a big way. The cosy tasting room and sunny patio have become a gathering place for the entire community.

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Caribou Grill
1002 5TH AVE, valemount, BC

The Caribou Grill is an authentic log building with western decor which serves Canadian Cuisine including steak, prime rib, game, wild salmon, pasta and seafood.

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Find a place to stay in Valemount
786 cranberry lake road, valemount, BC

Stop by the Valemount Visitor Center/Municipal Office at 785 Cranberry Lake Road, we are open year-round for you to stop by and get help finding accommodation. Open Monday to Friday, 8:30 am–4:30 pm (closed for lunch 12:30 pm–1:30 pm). Closed weekends and statutory holidays.

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From mud racing to music festivals, there are always great events happening in Valemount! Check their events calendar for more info. 

If you prefer fairways to rapids, then you can play a round surrounded by mountain vista views at Valemount Pines Golf Course.

cafe
Whole Wheat & Honey Café
10003 100 St, Fort St John , BC
poi
Tse’K’wa Caves
12629 Butte Lane , Fort St John, BC
restaurant
Red Barn Eatery
12984 Portabilt Frontage Rd, Charlie Lake, BC
brewery
10408 Alaska Rd North, Fort St. John, BC
activity
Pioneer Pathway Walking Tour
9505 100 ST, Fort St. John, BC
brewery
accomodation
Best Western Plus Chateau
8322-86 Street, Fort St John, BC
cafe
Hug A Mug's Coffee House & Eatery
1012 102 Ave, Dawson Creek, BC
activity
Dawson Creek Art Gallery
816 Alaska Ave, Dawson Creek, BC
restaurant
Coffee + Kitchen No. 9
937 103 Ave, Dawson Creek, BC
activity
Historical Walking Tour
900 Alaska Ave, Dawson Creek, BC
activity
Bear Mountain Wind Park
tap-house
801 - 102nd Avenue, Dawson Creek, BC
cafe
Craig's Table
490 Carson Ave, Quesnel, BC
activity
Wonderland Trail Network
activity
Quesnel & District Museum and Archives
705 Carson Ave, Quesnel, BC
brewery
activity
Cariboo Escape
104-1271 Highway 97 N, Quesnel, BC
activity
Pinnacles Provincial Park
accomodation
Billy Barker Hotel Casino
308 McLean Street, Quesnel, BC
cafe
Gecko Tree
54 MACKENZIE N AVE, Williams Lake, BC
cafe
Smashin' Smoothies
102-41 7 Ave, Williams Lake, BC
brewery
215 Donald Road, Williams Lake, BC
cafe
Valemount Swiss Bakery
1020 Main St., Valemount, BC
activity
Horseback riding with Cowgirl Up Adventures
cafe
The Gathering Tree
1150 5th Ave, Valemount, BC
activity
Mount Robson Whitewater Rafting
16895 Farnsworth Road, Valemount, BC
brewery
restaurant
Caribou Grill
1002 5TH AVE, valemount, BC
accomodation
Find a place to stay in Valemount
786 cranberry lake road, valemount, BC
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Road Trip Tasting Notes: Valemount

Ruby Hogg explores close to home in the Robson Valley

My husband and I are all set to explore Valemount over the next two days. Our weekend itinerary is jam-packed with adventure, treats, and of course a visit to the local brewery. Follow along on our Valemount Road Trip Notes.

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Tourism Fort St John

Welcome to Fort St. John! We are an energetic city, one built on hard work
and a pioneering spirit.

We also love having fun! Whether it is outdoor recreation, sports, music, the arts, history and more, if you can imagine it, chances are a local entrepreneur or organization has made it happen. Looking for the ideal restaurant for your evening out? The best places to enjoy live music? Or maybe the best hiking, fishing and camping in the region? For all these resources and more, tap into everything Fort St. John! We invite you to explore our vibrant hometown.

Tourism Dawson Creek

Welcome to the frontier between culture and wilderness, city comforts and country life. Embrace our northern hospitality and hardy pioneer spirit as you discover the many treasures in and around Dawson Creek. Explore museums, galleries, historical sites, hidden works of art, and breathtaking scenery. Our community is nestled in a rich agricultural landscape, surrounded by creeks, rivers, and small lakes. Dawson Creek offers a full range of locally owned restaurants, boutique shopping and big box stores, fine quality accommodations and famously friendly locals. We’re proud of our monumental history and love to share it with visitors through historical and cultural experiences that define the Peace River region. It all begins here in Dawson Creek, BC, Mile 0 of the world-famous Alaska Highway.

Tourism Quesnel

Located in the central interior of B.C., Quesnel is where nature isn’t just a part of life, it’s our way of life. With tall trees, expansive landscapes, and all-season adventure, Quesnel is a place where you can stretch your legs and your lungs and one that welcomes you with open arms.

Williams Lake

Williams Lake is a must see stop on your adventure through the Northeast Ale Trail, and is the most southernly point to start you off on your adventure to see the splendor of BC’s untouched North East. With a plentiful selection of activities such as fishing any of the 4500 lakes, hiking to a mountain top, skiing downhill or cross-country,  snowmobiling through untouched powder and canoeing or kayaking one of the canoe circuits, Williams Lake can offer everyone in the family a splendid time!

Tourism Valemount

Crystal clear blue skies and our gorgeous snow-capped peaks form the backdrop for your epic and unforgettable vacation. In summer, reel in a rainbow trout, wind through our trails from the saddle of your ATV, or let a horse show you the way — however you decide to travel through our valley, you’re certain to create a memory around every turn.

Whether your ideal winter vacation involves launching yourself down a mountain in search of the freshest, deepest powder, or cutting figure eights into a frozen pond, we have it all right here in Valemount. So get out, let the mountains move you.

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