The city of Quesnel is a small part of British Columbia in Canada. Quesnel is close to Williams Lake, Shiraoi, city of Prince George, Japan, and Quebec. Additionally, Quesnel is home to the world’s biggest gold pan which is in dispute with Nome in Alaska. Every year, in winter, Quesnel is visited by thousands of sports enthusiasts, who arrive in this city to enjoy British Columbia’s annual sports competition. But let’s look at what else there is to do here!
1. Quesnel & District Museum & Archives
You can discover plenty at Quesnel Museum, popular for Mandy, the Haunted Doll. For such a small town, this museum is unbelievable. Here you can browse through interactive video installations that narrate the stories of First Nations Elders, Chinese and Sikh temples of India. The museum also features remarkable photographs of C.S. Wing and C.D. Hoy from the twentieth century. Children can participate in a scavenger hunt while adults can enjoy rare Chinese artifacts, and Footprints in Stone, dedicated to First Nations culture. The extensive collections appeal to all ages, making Quesnel one of the top 10 community museums. The museum is much larger than it appears from the outside.
Quesnel & District Museum & Archives
Address: 703 Carson Ave, Quesnel, BC V2J 2B6, Canada
Website: Quesnel & District Museum & Archives
2. Barkerville Brewing Co.
Once upon a time, Barkerville was the largest city of Chicago and San Francisco. Barkerville Brewing Co. opened in 2014 as the first craft brewery of the British Columbia and represents Billy Barker’s historic gold rush town from the 18th-century. Barkerville offers a wide variety of local craft beers, a selection of light meals, warm ambience and spectacular scenic views. Above all, this brewery offers take out cans, bottles and Growlers.
Barkerville Brewing Co.
Address: 185 Davie St, Quesnel, BC V2J, Canada
Website: Barkerville Brewing Co.
3. Pinnacles Provincial Park
Pinnacles Provincial Park is built on the pine forest, facing Baker Creek. A short drive and a short walk along the Fraser River and nature trails will lead you to previous volcanic activity and erosions. The park is easily accessible from Quesnel and visitors come here to enjoy the unique formation of the fragile Hoodoos, and a picturesque view of the city and Baker Creek. Also, the park is open for sightseeing but does not allow camping or horseback riding. Pinnacles Provincial Park is situated at an hour drive from Quesnel.
Pinnacles Provincial Park
Address: Cariboo B, BC, Canada
Website: Pinnacles Provincial Park
4. Ten Mile Lake Provincial Park
Ten Mile Lake is a famous recreational destination for visitors and residents. It offers 3 sandy beaches, a large picnic area, boat launch, campsites, fishing, showers and flush toilets. Take the nature trail to the beaver pond, through the forest, and along an abandoned rail road. During winter, the trails get transformed into cross country ski trails.
Ten Mile Lake Provincial Park
Address: BC-97, Quesnel, BC, Canada
Website: Ten Mile Lake Provincial Park
5. Quesnel's Historic Fraser River Foot Bridge
The foot bridge of Quesnel is the longest in North America, with a unique gigantic design. This beautiful bridge is situated above Fraser River, which flows high because of the snow melt. The foot bridge is also the best place in Quesnel to enjoy spectacular sunsets. The bridge is beautifully preserved with signage and pictures that tell of its long history. For years, canoeing was the only way to cross the river, thereafter, the government decided to finance the operations.
Quesnel's Historic Fraser River Foot Bridge
Address: Front Street, Quesnel, British Columbia, Canada
6. Quesnel Farmers' Market
The Quesnel Farmers’ Market is organized by “Harvest,” a group of agricultural producers, and it benefits both the consumers and the producers. The market is an inexpensive setup for farmers to directly sell to the consumers. The market offers a convenient place for consumers to buy fresh, local products of good quality at economical rates. The Farmers’ Market is organized every Saturday from 8:30 am to 1 pm, from May until October. The market is located in downtown Quesnel, by the corner of Kinchant Street and Carson Avenue on the Helen Dixon Centre grounds.
Quesnel Farmers' Market
Address: 500 North Star Rd, Quesnel, Canada
Website: Quesnel Farmers’ Market
7. LeBourdais Park
LeBourdais Park is the city’s main park featuring a children’s playground, swings, picnic tables, ball field, band stand, water spray park and a baseball diamond league. Furthermore, LeBourdais Park houses the Quesnel Museum, Visitor Information Centre, Heritage Rose Garden, and the Billy Barker days society building. This park is named after Louis LeBourdais who curated its concept. The park is located downtown and is an amazing green space with a well-maintained flower garden.
Address: Carson Avenue, Quesnel, British Columbia V2J 2B6, Canada
Website: LeBourdais Park
8. Quesnel Art Gallery
The Quesnel Art Gallery is an interactive project led by local artists who organize various workshops. The Art Gallery began as the arts society in the 19th-century and has promoted local artists ever since. The gallery and shop are staffed by supporters and profits generated are donated towards the arts in Quesnel. The Art Gallery is open to the public and is situated within the Quesnel Recreation Centre. The gift shop in the gallery features artwork for sale by Canadian and Quesnel artists.
Quesnel Art Gallery
Address: 500 North Star Rd, Quesnel, BC V2J 5P6, Canada
Website: Quesnel Art Gallery
Tour the artistic Quesnel in Canada
In Quesnel, take the overnight Rocky Mountaineer train to experience Canada’s landscape wonders. Thereafter, visit the Barkerville, Quesnel Wells and Bowron Lake Provincial Park, popular for canoeing in the mountains of Cariboo. In addition to the above-listed places, you can explore the wonderful restaurants in the vicinity to relish authentic Canadian flavors.
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