Two New Ale Trails featuring Northeast and Northwest BC Craft Breweries Launch December 20

If you are snowshoeing in Northern BC and working up a thirst for BC craft beer, there are now two BC Ale Trails for you to follow.  Here is the press release.


December 20, Vancouver BC – BC Ale Trail has made it easier for beer-lovers to explore the far reaches of the province, with the launch of two new Ale Trails: Northeast BC and Northwest BC.

Two New Ale Trails featuring Northeast and Northwest BC Craft Breweries

Two New Ale Trails featuring Northeast and Northwest BC Craft Breweries

Previously known as the Northern BC Ale Trail, the new trails now split the large northern half of BC into two, making it easier for visitors to explore each region as they were meant to be taken in one region at a time.

“The Northern BC Ale Trail was the original trail,” said Monica Frost, BC Ale Trail Project Lead. “Once Fort St. John and Dawson Creek joined, however, it was a real trek for beer lovers. By splitting them into the East and West corners of the province, we were able to create more engaging itineraries which allow visitors to truly take in the unique experiences that both regions have to offer.”

The Northeast BC Ale Trail takes visitors on an adventure of a lifetime, with a touch of history. The trail includes Fort St. John’s Beard’s Brewing and Mighty Peace BrewingPost & Row Taphouse in Dawson Creek, where they’re in the process of adding an on-site brewery. Barkerville Brewing in Quesnel, Fox Mountain Brewing in Williams Lake, and Three Ranges Brewing in Valemount. 

The Northwest BC Ale Trail promises four seasons of adventure and craft beer, starting with Wheelhouse Brewing in Prince Rupert, Sherwood Mountain Brewhouse in nearby Terrace, Bulkley Valley Brewery and Smithers Brewing in Smithers, Ursa Minor Brewing in Burns Lake, and finally, Crossroads Brewing & Distillery as well as Trench Brewing & Distillery, both in northern BC’s largest city, Prince George.

The BC Ale Trail is part of Destination BC’s Co-Op Marketing Program and the Northeast BC Ale Trail brings together Tourism Fort St. JohnTourism Dawson CreekTourism QuesnelTourism Williams Lake, and Tourism Valemount. The Northwest BC Ale Trail brings together Tourism Prince RupertVisit TerraceTourism SmithersVisit Burns Lake, and Tourism Prince George.

The launch of the two ale trails marks the 24th and 25th ale trails in the BC Ale Trail network and brings the total craft breweries participating in the BC Ale Trail to more than 180. Plan your Northeast and Northwest BC Ale Trail visit today with the BC Ale Trail App, or visit for more information.


About the BC Ale Trail

The BC Ale Trail is brought to you in partnership by Destination British Columbia and the BC Craft Brewers Guild. A BC Ale Trail is a series of self-guided itineraries highlighting local craft brewery destinations and the super, natural landscapes that surround them. Explore more than 180 breweries across 25 Ale Trails in five regions around the province. New experiences are brewing nearby. For more information, visit

As parts of BC have been impacted by heavy rain and flooding, drivers are asked to avoid unnecessary travel given the multiple highway closures. Check @DriveBC on Twitter for the latest information on delays and road closures. Destination BC’s Know Before You Go page also includes key information and resources for travellers and tourism businesses.

Masks are required in all public indoor settings for all people born in 2009 and earlier (12+). As of September 25, proof of double vaccination is required for those 12 and older to access certain social and recreational businesses including breweries to help protect people from COVID-19. Learn more about BC’s travel restrictions here.

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