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Quesnel, BC

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Quesnel is located on Hwy #97 in the Cariboo region of central British Columbia, Canada. Located nearly evenly between the cities of Prince George (122 km to the north) and Williams Lake (119 km to the south), it is on the main route to northern British Columbia and the Yukon.

To the east of Quesnel lie the Gold Rush Towns of Wells (74 km) and Barkerville (89 km), and Bowron Lake Provincial Park (120 km), a popular canoeing destination in the Cariboo Mountains. Barkerville is a restored living historic town with buildings and live re-enactments from the 1860's Cariboo Gold Rush.

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Becker's Lodge Bowron Lake Adventures Resort: We offer affordable family vacations on beautiful Bowron Lake with canoeing, kayaking, hiking, and RELAXING The Lake View Restaurant and Chuters Blue Bar have great food, and we’re “THE” outfitter for the Bowron lakes with over 150 canoes and kayaks. more
Bowron Lake Canoe Rentals: Rent all the boats and supplies you need to canoe or kayak the Bowron Lakes Canoe Circuit. We have over 130 canoes and kayaks, and 25 years experience. We also offer lodging and complete canoe trip packages. more
Cariboo Rivers Fishing: We specialize in fly-fishing, wilderness and cultural tours, and jet boat adventures from the Chilcotin plateau, to the interior rain forests of the Quesnel Lake watershed. We offer you luxury in a wilderness setting at our private lodge on the Fraser River ... more
Pathways Canada Tour Company: Experience Bowron Lakes Canoe Circuit, a uniquely Canadian wilderness adventure, with the original and most experienced Bowron Lakes Canoe Guides. 9 lakes, each with a distinct personality, linked by 100kms of lazy rivers, towering peaks, rapids and cascading ... more
Rainbow Waters Fly Fishing Adventures: Rainbow Waters Fly Fishing Adventures offers guided fly fishing in the pristine wilderness of the Cariboo Mountains of British Columbia. From diverse stillwaters to Sockeye salmon creeks and rivers, the exceptionally beautiful and unique Quesnel Lake ecosystem... more
Rocky Mountain Holidays: Rail Vacations in the Rocky Mountains & Western Canada! Rocky Mountain Holidays customize vacations that combine the romance of train travel with the magnificent scenery of Western Canada. more
The Wells Hotel Ltd.: Enjoy simple elegance, cozy accommodation & country meals, in a restored heritage country inn near Barkerville & Bowron Lakes. Relax in the pub, read a book by the fire, or go walking, mountain biking, snowmobiling, or x-country skiing from the front door. more
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Billy Barker Days is held every year on the third weekend in July in Quesnel. It celebrates Quesnel's heritage and the first gold miner to strike it rich in the area, William "Billy" Barker (for whom Barkerville is named).

Quesnel is located where the Quesnel River flows into the Fraser River. The name "Quesnel" derives from Jules Maurice Quesnel, who accompanied North West Company fur trader and explorer Simon Fraser on his journey to the Pacific Ocean in 1808. Quesnel came to called 'Quesnellemouth' to distinguish it from 'Quesnel Forks', 60 miles up the Quesnel river. In 1870 it had been shortened to Quesnelle and by 1900 it was spelled the way it is now. Quesnel is located along the gold mining trail known as the Cariboo Wagon Road and was the commercial centre of the Cariboo Gold Rush. It also marks one end of the Alexander MacKenzie Heritage Trail, the route taken by the famous explorer as he crossed Canada to the Pacific Ocean in 1793. Because of Quesnel's location on the Fraser River it was also an important landing for sternwheelers during 1862 until 1886 and then from 1909 until 1921. The last sternwheeler on the upper Fraser was Quesnel's own namesake craft, and home town product, the Quesnel.

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