West of Prince George and north of Vanderhoof, the Omineca Trail is an old miners route turned ATV paradise. The 40km of trail winds through pine and spruce forest, with some swampy areas and creek crossings.
A 15 km trek takes you to the Old Ferry Crossing on the Stuart River. This trail is an ancient Carrier People route from the village of Noonla to the Stuart River and Stuart Lake. In the 1870s, gold prospectors on their way to the Omineca Gold Fields used this trail. Wander up the side trails to visit Wonder Lake and Expected Lake. Most people camp by Stuart River. There are side trails to Mcleod Meadow, Wonder Lake and to Expected Lake.
To reach the trailhead from Vandehoof, follow Highway 16 to Burrard Avenue. Follow Burrand Avenue across the Nechako River and turn right. Follow Loop Road for 5km past the airport. At the end of the airport land, look for Striegler Pit Road on the opposite site. Turn right on Striegler Pit Road for 5km. At the top of the hill, look for the signed trailhead on the left.
The Vanderhoof District Forest Service has a map of the area available.
Note: As of August 2008, the Ministry of Forests Regulations require all ATV drivers to be at least 16 years of age and have a valid drivers license to ride on Forest Service Roads. In addition, the ATV must have valid third-party liability insurance, which is typically around $120 per year. The Conservation Officers will issue a $600 ticket if you do not have proof of insurance.
Overall, Omineca Trail is the 26th most popular ATV riding trail of all 61 ATV trails in British Columbia.