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Quesnel to Barkerville

Old Steam Shovel

Travel the Cariboo Highway #97 north between Williams Lake and Prince George.

Originally named Quesnelle Mouth, this city is named after Jules Quesnelle, a member of Simon Fraser's famous expedition, and is located where the Quesnel River flows into the Fraser. During the gold rush, miners travelled by river to Quesnelle Mouth then continued overland to the gold fields near Barkerville and Williams Creek. Today Quesnel's major industries include lumber and pulp. Quensel is the major service centre for the northern area of the Cariboo.

Quesnel Billy Barker Days Society - Join us for BC's favorite family festival on the third weekend in July. There's four days of fun! There's events for all ages and tastes including a parade, fireworks, carnival rides, the rodeo, mud bogs, stock cars, food, the Country Fair and lots of live entertainment on the stage all weekend long!

Quesnel and District Museum:
The museum features displays and artifacts that depict the lives of the native peoples, pioneers and Chinese who first settled in the area. It is located at LeBourdais Park near the bridge heading south from town..

Cornish Water WheelHeritage Corner:
Located at the corner of Carson Avenue and Front Street is a Cornish water wheel, remains of the steamer Enterprise, a steam shovel and the Old Fraser Bridge, built in 1929. It is now used as a footbridge to the beginning of the Riverfront Trail Park. Across the street is the Hudson's Bay Company Store. Built in 1867, this store sold supplies to miners and homesteaders until 1919, after which it operated as a drug store and post office until 1949.

Pinnacles Provincial Park:
These peculiar rock formations were shaped over millions of years by glacial erosion and the effects of extensive weathering. To visit the park cross the Moffat Bridge to West Quesnel then turn right at Baker Drive and continue for 8 km (5 miles).

At the junction of Hwy. 97 and 26, visitors may continue north towards Prince George and take Hwy 26 heading east to Wells and Barkerville.

Cottonwood House:
This roadhouse was built in 1865 and is one of the oldest building still standing in the interior of the province. Once used for gold rush patrons, it is now a well restored provincial heritage site.

Wells was founded in the 1930's when the gold mining industry was booming and the depression at its height. Men brought their families from all over to live in the town and work at the Cariboo Gold Quartz Mine. Although the mine no longer exists, many of the original buildings still stand and visitors may enjoy walking tours of the town and mine site. Book tours at the Wells Museum. Wells is located 80 km (50 miles) east of Quesnel.

Island Mountain Gallery:
The gallery features the works of both local and B.C. artists and offers an Art School during the summer. It is located on Pooley Street.

Bowron Lake Provincial Park:
6km (4 miles) east of Wells is the Bowron Lake Road leading to one of the best canoe circuits in the province.

One of BC's most historic sites, Barkerville was established in the late 1800's when Billy Barker discovered gold in William's Creek. It quickly became the gold capital of the world and was the largest city north of San Francisco and west of Chicago. Today over 100 buildings have been restored and visitors may view the lifelike displays of yesteryears. Activities include shows at the Theatre Royal, mock courtroom sessions featuring "Hanging" Judge Begbie, shopping at the General Store and of course, gold panning.

This authentic town is located 8 km (5 miles) past Wells or 82.5 km (51.5 miles) from Quesnel via Highway 26. This scenic route follows the original wagon trail, passing several interesting points such as the Cottonwood House, and its restored outbuildings and museum.

Visit the Official Barkerville Website for more information:

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 gold!

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