Built at the junction of the
Fraser and Quesnel rivers, this settlement grew rapidly
as a way station on the route to the goldfields. By the
early 1860's Quesnel Mouth, as it was known then, had two
hotels, two stores, the Hudson's Bay Post, a telegraph office,
grist mill and lumber mill. Paddlewheel steamers stopped
on their way up the Fraser River from Soda Creek to Fort
George (now Prince
George). Saddle trains packed goods between Quesnel
and Barkerville. As in the past,
Quesnel continues to attract adventurers on their way to
the goldfields and the restored gold rush town of Barkerville.
of a colourful past survive. Visitors will enjoy stopping
at the original Hudson Bay Store (a log structure built
in 1859). Across the street is a Cornish Water Wheel and
boilers and iron parts from the first Fraser River riverboat
to travel to the city. Then stroll
the old Fraser River Bridge to west Quesnel. Built in
1928 the old bridge now serves foot traffic only. Continue
through Riverfront Park and the walking trail that winds
past historic points of interest and along the banks of
the Quesnel River. Flower displays on streets and bridges
add a picturesque charm to this modern thriving city.
Barkerville Historic Town: 1862 saw a gold rush of fortune seekers – today Barkerville is a unique streetscape filled with unique heritage buildings, the Theatre Royal, exhibits, street entertainment during the summer, and unique Victorian-era shops. Come to a place where the fun's pure... more
Becker's Lodge Bowron Lake Adventures Resort: We offer affordable family vacations on beautiful Bowron Lake with canoeing, kayaking, hiking, and RELAXING The Lake View Restaurant and Chuters Blue Bar have great food, and we’re “THE” outfitter for the Bowron lakes with over 150 canoes and kayaks. more
Bowron Lake Lodge & Resort Ltd: Enjoy a wilderness canoe trip around the world famous Bowron Lake Canoe Circuit, or relax at the resort where beaches are sandy and swimming is great. Bowron Lake Lodge & Resort offers canoe, kayak and motorboat rentals – plus a restaurant, cabins, & campsite... more
Cariboo Rivers Fishing: We specialize in fly-fishing, wilderness and cultural tours, and jet boat adventures from the Chilcotin plateau, to the interior rain forests of the Quesnel Lake watershed. We offer you luxury in a wilderness setting at our private lodge on the Fraser River ... more
Pathways Canada Tour Company: Experience Bowron Lakes Canoe Circuit, a uniquely Canadian wilderness adventure, with the original and most experienced Bowron Lakes Canoe Guides. 9 lakes, each with a distinct personality, linked by 100kms of lazy rivers, towering peaks, rapids and cascading ... more
Rainbow Waters Fly Fishing Adventures: Rainbow Waters Fly Fishing Adventures offers guided fly fishing in the pristine wilderness of the Cariboo Mountains of British Columbia. From diverse stillwaters to Sockeye salmon creeks and rivers, the exceptionally beautiful and unique Quesnel Lake ecosystem... more
The Wells Hotel Ltd.: Enjoy simple elegance, cozy accommodation & country meals, in a restored heritage country inn near Barkerville & Bowron Lakes. Relax in the pub, read a book by the fire, or go walking, mountain biking, snowmobiling, or x-country skiing from the front door. more
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city. Total trading area 25,000
Industries: Forest products, pulp & lumber;
tourism; agriculture; transportation.
545 metres (1,788 ft.)
Located 120 km (74 mi) north of Williams
Lake on Highway 97. 116
km (72 mi) south of Prince
George. 74 km (46 mi) west of Barkerville.
Transportation to the area is available by several airlines
servicing Quesnel as well as Greyhound Bus lines.
Events: Billy Barker Days (July); Tournaments - Horseshoe,
Baseball & Ladies Golf (Aug); Quesnel Fall Fair, Cattle
& Horse Shows (Sept); Snowarama - snowmobile event,
Wheelers Valentine Dance, Figure Skating Carnival (Feb);
Ballet & Music Festivals (Mar); Legion Trades Fair (May);
Horse Show (June).
Facilities: Golf courses, swimming, tennis,
curling & skating arenas, parks, walking trails, auto
racing, bowling alley, playing fields.
Attractions: Quesnel Museum; LeBourdais
Park, Riverfront Walk; World's Largest Gold Pan; Forestry
Tours; Quesnel Pulp & Plywood Mill Tours; Pinnacles
Park Hoodoo Rock Formations; Dragon Lake; Cottonwood House.
The community offers numerours hotels, motels, & bed
and breakfast inns to meet any budget.
The popular is Ten
Mile Lake Provincial Park is north of town and offers
camping, hiking, fishing and water recreation. Numerous
other private and public campgrounds are located near Quesnel,
including free BC Forest Service wilderness recreation sites.
703 Carson Ave, Quesnel, BC, V2J 2B6
Telephone: (250) 992-8716