Quesnel, British Columbia Holidays

Since the first Chentsit’hala Carrier First Nation’s summer camp at the confluence of the Fraser and Quesnel rivers, Quesnel’s close proximity to this waterway system has attracted explorers, prospectors, farmers and adventurers.

Today, visitors are attracted to Quesnel’s agricultural bounty – celebrated through the North Cariboo Farm Tour and the Quesnel Old Time Farmers’ Market. Its striking natural setting is enjoyed on hiking trails and while camping in provincial parks.

Explore the city’s rich cultural heritage at the Quesnel & District Museum and in more than 30 heritage sites around town. Quesnel’s convenient location in Highway 97, the main corridor through interior British Columbia, also makes it a great destination for dining and accommodation options.
Celebrated History

Politicians predicted in the 1870s that Quesnel would become the capital of British Columbia, given its waterway proximity and close location to Barkerville – "Canada’s Gold Rush Town." While not BC’s capital (the capital is Victoria), Quesnel exudes a diverse cultural history and deep commitment to its preservation. In addition to the museum and various heritage sites, Quesnel dedicates a number of festivals and events to maintaining a connected past, such as Billy Barker Days and the Quesnel Rodeo.

Nature Activities
To the west of Quesnel lies a vast expanse of pristine wilderness. The area’s provincial parks are renowned for extensive hiking trails, wilderness camping and wildlife viewing. Well-stocked lakes offer great fishing opportunities. Explore the great outdoors in Quesnel or head to the First Nations community of Nazko ("river flowing from the south"), or east toward Wells, Barkerville, and the Bowron Lake Canoe Circuit.
Development of green space is top priority for residents of Quesnel. Numerous gardens and city parks, featuring more than 30 landscaped flower beds, are scattered throughout town, and petunias line one continuous mile. In 2007, Quesnel was named national winner of the Canadian "Communities in Bloom" competition, promoting urban green space.

Farms and Ranches
The fertile lands of the Quesnel countryside are home to many farms and ranches, a number of which are open to visitors. The North Cariboo Farm Tour highlights several working farms and ranches. Farmers’ agricultural yield is available at specialty shops and the annual market, as well as local handmade crafts. Make sure to pick up some exotic boreal amber birch syrup from Moose Meadows Farm.

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