Quesnel Area Attraction


 Riverfront Trail

\Stroll along the Riverfront Trail - an interpretive historic walk along the banks of the Fraser and Quesnel Rivers. Located in the heart of the city, this circle tour provides an unforgettably peaceful, scenic experience as well as having informative plaques honouring Quesnel's rich history.

Billy Barker Days

Over 150 fun filled events fill 4 days of continuous celebrations, including raft races on the Fraser River, a triathalon, music in the park, the Crash to Pass race, stage shows, the Quesnel Rodeo, a parade, canoe races, a salmon barbeque - and so much more!! This annual event always winds down with a breathtaking display of fireworks. Held in the third week of July, please come and be part of this spectacular festival. For a list of events contact BB Days, Box 4441, Quesnel, B.C., V2J 3J4 Tel: 250-992-1234. Visit our website!

Quesnel Museum

Allow an hour at least for this museum filled with the history of the area from the days of Alexander MacKenzie's explorations and the1862 gold rush. Open daily, minimal admission. Tel: 250-992-9580

Pinnacles Provincial Park

Famous for its unique geological formations called "hoodoos", this park offers a panoramic view of the community and surrounding area.

Nearby Lakes

10 miles Lake, Bouchie Lake and Dragon Lake are all renowned for fly fishing and recreation. Quesnel is also the turn off point for the world famous Bowron Lakes which has a 116 km (72 mile) circuit of interconnecting lakes.For more information on the Bowron Lakes please contact BC Parks at 540 Borland Street, Williams Lake, B.C., V2G 1R8

Gold Panning

You can't pan or set up your sluice box in staked territory, but you can pick up a map at the Gold Commiissioners Office, #102 350 Barlow Street, Quesnel, B.C., V2J 2C1 or call 250-992-4301 to find a tiny corner that isn't staked. Or try your hand at panning the Quesnel River where it joins the Fraser River within the city limits. This area is set aside for public hand panning. Check the Gold Commissioners Office for details.

Gold Rush Trail Sled Dog Race

The Gold Rush Trail Sled Dog Race is run each January on trails from Quesnel, B.C., Canada to Wells/Kruger Lake, B.C.,Canada, return with designated check points along the trail. Visit our website for more information.

Side trip to Barkerville

\Come to British Columbia's legendary gold rush town and relive part of our rich history. Visit original and restored buildings with hundreds of displays, live theatre, demonstrations and shows. See the remnants of one of North America's oldest Chinese communities, visit the Province's oldest courthouse at nearby Richfield. Throughout the year, Barkerville has special celebrations - the Invitational Hose Carriage Races, Dominion Day or experience a real Victorian Christmas! For more information - please contact P.O. Box 19, Barkerville, B.C., V0K 1B0 Tel: 250-994-3332 Click for more information

Side trip to Cottonwood House Historic Park

\Located 28 km east on Highway 26, with it's log hewn walks and dove-tailed corners, this historic roadhouse was built in 1864-65 to accommodate travellers using the Cariboo Waggon Road en route to the gold fields. Costumed interpreters conduct tours and give cooking and farming demonstrations. Surrey rides and picnic facilities are available.Open daily from May to September. Entry by donation. For more info call 250-994-3332.