Hixon is located in the geographic center of BC on Highway 97, a day's drive from Vancouver, Prince Rupert, Calgary, or Edmonton. Hixon has a rich heritage in placer gold mining and activities related to forestry.
Hixon Falls are tucked in behind the tiny town of Hixon just a short 4 km (2.4 mi) jaunt off Hwy 97. Turn east on Hixon Creek Rd. along a dirt, and at times, winding road until you reach a parking area. From there, follow a narrow path by foot until you hear the sound of falling water. Pack a lunch and sit by the water's edge, wander along the shoreline, or simply revel in the splendour of the falls.
The Cariboo region has thousands of lakes, ponds, and rivers that are great for fishing. Dragon Lake is a fly fisher's dream and features plenty of trophy-sized rainbow trout. The Quesnel River has Rainbow Trout, Bull Trout, and Spring Salmon- all of which can reach up to 30 lbs during the summer.
One of the best Nordic ski areas in Western Canada, Hallis Lake is also great for walking, hiking, and biking in the spring, summer, and fall. Nordic skiers can enjoy trails for all skill levels, loops of up to 32 km (20 mi), a 2.5 km (1.5 mi) lighted track, a biathlon area, and a day lodge. Hallis Lake trails are maintained by the Cariboo Ski Touring Club, which charges a nominal winter day fee.
Hiking opportunities abound in the Prince George area, from day excursions to backwoods backpacking to horseback tours to, believe it or not, llama trekking. Great rock climbing, caving, and in the winter, ice-climbing can be had in every direction.
Package tours can also be arranged. Canoe down a portion of the mighty Fraser River and then spend the rest of the day hiking through wilderness trails. Or combine llama trekking or horseback riding with a day-long river trip via pontoon boat or river jetboat.
Summerfest is a Prince George summer tradition! The event starts with a kids' parade in front of the Farmers Market, kicking off a full day of good old family entertainment. Ethnic food, crafts, activities, and family attractions are spread throughout the day!
The Billy Barker Days Festival is a four-day event held in Quesnel in July. Celebrating the Cariboo's historic gold rush, it encompasses over 150 family events and features BC's largest amateur rodeo, carnival, golf tournament, free live entertainment, huge fireworks display and a barn dance. www.billybarkerdays.ca.
Quesnel Visitor Centre
Prince George Visitor Centre
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