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 Home > Travel BC > BC Cities and Towns > Cariboo Chilcotin Coast > Quesnel

Quesnel
Quesnel is located 114 km (71 miles) south of Prince George and 120 km (75 miles) north of Williams Lake on Hwy 97, or about 660 km (410 miles) north of Vancouver.

Fraser River
Quesnel is situated between the Fraser and the Quesnel Rivers just north of the point at which the Quesnel flows into the Fraser. In the past the Fraser River provided a major transportation route for trading among the aboriginal peoples.

Alexander Mackenzie
In time the Fraser River provided the explorer, Alexander Mackenzie, a route to Quesnel and later, the Pacific Ocean at Bella Coola. You can view this historic rock where the first landing by Mackenzie was recorded. It is located near the pedestrian bridge to west Quesnel on the Quesnel side on the River Front Trail.

Gold is Discovered
Then, in the late 1800's, gold was discovered with vast fortunes being made. Major saloons, taverns, business ventures and a small area called Chinatown were financed through the gold seekers looking for a large vein of gold. Fraser River provided a catalyst for the gold seekers to the prospectors.

Quesnel Museum
The Quesnel Museum is located next to the Fraser River where you can share the history of the Cariboo. The buildings are easily located right past the Hwy 97 Bridge just over the Quesnel River at the Visitor Info Centre on Legion Drive. The museum contains over 30,415 artifacts dealing with local history of Quesnel, the Cariboo and the gold rush era.

Billy Barker Casino
If you enjoy gaming Quesnel has a unique casino called the Billy Barker Casino. Built like an old Sternwheeler to reflect the proud past of the Fraser and Quesnel Rivers, the Billy Barker Casino is conveniently located in downtown Quesnel.

Riverfront Trail System
Quesnel has done an excellent job of connecting downtown Quesnel and West Quesnel together with the natural river environment with the Riverfront Trail System. The trail takes you around parts of the Quesnel River, the railyards, the confluence of the Fraser River then up the Fraser to Ceal Tangley Memorial Park where you can view a restored antique steam shovel and other equipment.

West Quesnel
There is also an option of another trail loop in West Quesnel. The trail takes you over the Fraser River at the pedestrian bridge. West Quesnel has a few stores and pubs plus a great selection of Chinese food if you have the urge for something to eat.

Red Bluff-South Quesnel
Another part of Quesnel where you can find a lot of development taking place is on the south side of downtown called South Quesnel or by the locals as Red Bluff. Here you can find the major stores like Wal-Mart, Canadian Tire, Extra Foods and Tim Hortons. For entertainment there is Murphy's Pub plus a wide selection of accommodation including a Super 8 Motel and a Sandman Inn which features a Shark Club.

Dragon Lake
Just south of here on Hwy 97 is a large lake called Dragon Lake where you can find stately homes, plus some large horse and cattle ranches. For historic artifacts visit the heritage equipment museum situated near Dragon Lake.

Quesnel Arts and Recreation Centre
The Quesnel Arts and Recreation Centre contain the Quesnel Art Gallery and the Aquatic Centre. The Aquatic Centre features a 25-metre swimming pool, a weight room, a hot tub and fun fitness centre. The Quesnel Arts and Recreation Centre are on the east side of the Quesnel River at 500 North Star Road.

Pinnacles Provincial Park
For the best view of Quesnel, take the short trip up to Pinnacles Provincial Park. The park is located 8 km (5 miles) from downtown off Pinnacles Road in West Quesnel. From inside Pinnacles Park you can view steep cliffs, different rock formations called hoodoos, with Baker Creek and the city of Quesnel in the background.

Nazko Volcanic Cone
Quesnel sits at an elevation of 474 m (1,555 feet) near an area of high volcanic geological formations called the Anahim Volcanic Belt. One area called the Nazko Cone is located 75 km (47 miles) west of Quesnel near Nazko. In order to get here, go over the Moffat Bridge across the Fraser River to West Quesnel. You then take Elliott Road north towards Blackwater Road and Bouchie Lake where you'll find the Nazko Highway.

Blackwater Road
The Nazko Valley is an interesting place with some great deer hunting and trout fishing available. If you're prepared and a little more adventurous the Blackwater Road from Nazko eventually travels north-west travelling parts of the original Alexander Mackenzie Heritage Trail/Nuxalk Carrier-Grease Trail.

Barkerville
Barkerville is located 82 km (51 miles) east on Hwy 26 from the north side of Quesnel. In its time, Barkerville had one of the biggest gold finds in the Cariboo region during the 1850's and 1860's. Various miners from all over the West Coast, notably San Francisco and, at least 8,000 Chinese from the province of Guangdong, China, made it to Barkerville. The small community of Wells is near Barkerville.

Ten Mile Lake Provincial Park
If you are travelling through Quesnel and need a convenient RV or tenting campground, try Ten Mile Lake Provincial Park. Easily found on the north side of Quesnel, Ten Mile Lake features spacious and private campsites, walking trails and a fishing lake that features a good swimming beach.

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Map of Quesnel
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Confluence Quesnel and Fraser Rivers
Confluence Quesnel and Fraser Rivers

 

Quesnel Museum
Quesnel Museum

 

Billy Barker Casino
Billy Barker Casino

 

Pedestrian Bridge to West Quesnel
Pedestrian Bridge to West Quesnel

 

Fraser River
Fraser River

 

Quesnel
Quesnel

 

Pinnacles Provincial Park
Pinnacles Provincial Park

 

Forestry Industry Lookout
Forestry Industry Lookout

 

Deserters Creek Trail
Deserters Creek Trail

 

Ten Mile Lake
Ten Mile Lake

 

Fishing at Ten Mile Lake
Fishing at Ten Mile Lake

 
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