Ten Mile lake Provincial Park is located off Hwy 97, approximately
12 km (7.5 miles) north of Quesnel
and around 110 km (69 miles) south of Prince
Great Eastern Railway
During the early 1900s, the Pacific Great Eastern Railway (PGE)
hade a right-of-way that went from Quesnel to Prince George. The
name 'Ten Mile' comes from the railway milepost distance from Quesnel.
After WW II, this railway route was abandoned when engineers designed
a better way, with less grade, to cross the Cottonwood River situated
north of here. Today you can still see some evidence of the PGE's
history with a section of old rail grade found in the park.
The main attraction that brings people to Ten Mile Lake Provincial
Park is the beautiful lake that is used extensively in the summer
for fishing, watersports, and picnicking. The park also offers hiking
along a 2 km (1.3 miles) self-guided nature trail that intersects
a wetland at an active beaver dam, plus a longer loop trail that
connects the two campgrounds. During the winter, the park boasts
incredible cross-country skiing and snow shoeing along at least
10 km (6 miles) of trails.
The facilities found at Ten Mile Lake Provincial Park include a
day-use area with a covered picnic shelter, a number of picnic tables,
horseshoe pits, some sandy beaches, fresh-water showers at the beach,
a dog beach, changing rooms, plus a children's play area. There
is a wide concrete boat launch available as well as a large parking
lot for vehicles and boat trailers.
The park, with its numerous beaches and buoyed-off area, offers
good swimming and watersports in the summer. Just like any BC Park
there are no lifeguards present and swimming is at you own risk,
so keep an eye especially on all small children, the elderly, and
You can find a provincial camping area at Ten Mile Lake that offers
two campgrounds, one closer to Hwy 97 and the other near the lake.
The Touring campground found near the highway has 46 vehicle-accessible
campsites, is open from May 15th to September 1st. It offers forested
campsites, some pull troughs for larger RVs, and is really beneficial
if you plan to tour the area or if you are completing a trip to
the Yukon or Alaska. The Lakeside campground has 61 fairly private
vehicle-accessible campsites and is open between May 15th and September
30th. Reservations for the Lakeside campground can only be made
through Discover Camping.
Just remember if you do camp here there can be mosquitoes in the
park, especially at night. To help dampen the issue, you can try
to camp at Lakeside campground at one of the sites closer to the
lake, where there's more of a breeze. Campfire rings are present
at each campsite and wood can be purchased for a small fee from
the campsite operator.
There is no ATV use allowed in the park. Please remember to have
your pets on leash and that bike helmets are mandatory in British
Columbia. Also when you are hiking, remember there are not many
direction signs on the trails and that wild animals, including bears,
wolfs, coyotes, and cougars, could possibly be encountered.
Ten Mile Lake
Fishing at Ten
Beach at Ten