Things to Do in Quesnel

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Things to Do in Quesnel

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  • Dan_JeanVancouver_BC
    Coquitlam, Canada52 contributions
    Great beer right in the heart of Quesnel. Loved their IPA's. Staff were very helpful and the food was great
    Written August 21, 2020
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  • PookyCake
    Victoria, Canada13,071 contributions
    While en route to the Okanagan, my partner and I made a brief stop in Quesnel to observe and appreciate the history found at Ceal Tingley Memorial Park. There’s a lot to unpack, but one of the park’s most prominent features has to be the historic Fraser River Foot Bridge. This engineering marvel was officially opened to the public on 8 March 1929, barely 7 months after construction began. At 831 feet long, it is recognized as the longest wood truss walking bridge in the world.

    The bridge served Quesnel and the surrounding region well for the better part of 40 years before finally being replaced by the more modern Moffat Bridge in 1972. Following this bridge upgrade, the Fraser River Foot Bridge became, well, an exclusive foot bridge. In 2010, a “programmable lighting array was installed” to recognize special events, holidays and public awareness campaigns. In all the years we’ve traveled this route, we’ve never done so at night; however, the photos posted by other TripAdvisor members clearly illustrate the bridge is a sight to behold in the evening hours!

    In any event, during our visit to Ceal Tingley Memorial Park, we viewed the Fraser River Foot Bridge from afar (for perspective) and then walked on a small portion of it. We would’ve loved to cross the entire thing, but there was an inordinate amount of sketchy characters in and around the bridge – it didn’t feel entirely safe. Still, we were able to get a nice appreciation of the living history around us. Ceal Tingley is, in this respect, an underappreciated jewel of Quesnel.

    Fun Trivia: The Fraser River Foot Bridge was also the site of Quesnel’s very first speed limit sign: “HORSES MUST NOT EXCEED WALKING PACE.” A replica has been placed on the bridge, but the original can be viewed in the municipality’s museum.
    Written October 10, 2021
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  • Dan_JeanVancouver_BC
    Coquitlam, Canada52 contributions
    What a beautiful hidden gem we have here in BC. Would be a good choice to check it out when driving thru Quesnel
    Written August 21, 2020
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  • Janice R
    Kelowna, Canada38 contributions
    The resort was clean and serviceable. Nice lake with good fishing.
    We stayed in July and the girl at the front desk was really sweet. We had some water troubles and she went above and beyond to accommodate us.
    Written July 20, 2021
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  • calgaryguy
    Kelowna, Canada432 contributions
    As we waliked in town, we noticed a number of these painted hydrants. A nice touch to catch local flavour and history.
    Written September 21, 2021
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  • nothnx
    Quesnel, Canada18 contributions
    Didn't stay at the campground, went to the day use area which had lots of picnic tables along the lake as well as a decent sized playground and pit toilets. Great place to spend a sunny day.
    Written August 30, 2019
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  • Irene888_11
    Vancouver, Canada4 contributions
    The ladies in the visitor centre were very helpful in their advice on what to do on foot in Quesnel. Advised us on what to see in town and were we could walk on trails close to the city.
    Written August 31, 2020
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  • ralphd857
    Quesnel, Canada81 contributions
    New playground equipment last year is great.
    Water park is really good on hot days. Hills for rolling and tumbling down.
    Great place to bring the littles.
    Written June 7, 2019
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  • jobear1975
    Quesnel, Canada13 contributions
    For a small city this is an amazing market. Lots of produce and unique creations made by locals. Go hungry and try taco gypsy, bannock, homemade perogies, crazy pie lady for desert. Every Saturday may until mid October.
    Written September 16, 2017
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  • Larry
    Quesnel, Canada13 contributions
    Very interedted seeing the old town site. Reading the history of the area was informative and gave a better idea how hard life was during the cariboo gold rush.
    Written May 7, 2019
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  • Sherilyn M
    Quesnel, Canada43 contributions
    this is a wonderful lake. Good for swimming , not many weeds. There are leeches though so be careful. If this place had real toilets it would be perfect!
    Written April 26, 2017
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  • Heather A
    British Columbia, Canada201 contributions
    I was very impressed by the display of artwork and descriptions about the artists that are in the hallway before you even get into the art gallery. There is a gift shop onsite. Admission is free, but donations are gratefully accepted. The art gallery is located in the rec center on North Star Rd, just past McDonalds. It is worth a stop, either for locals or if you need a leg stretch on your way through town.
    Written August 25, 2018
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  • Kenneth C
    11 contributions
    If you're interested in catching a film this is the only place in Quesnel. This old school theatre has all the modern 3d film equipment so don't let the small size fool you. Bring cash as debit and credit cards are not accepted. Admission prices are average and price on snacks as well. Occasionally the local film club holds viewings of independent films. If you are lucky enough to catch one. Overall a good experience in a small venue.
    Written May 18, 2016
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  • PookyCake
    Victoria, Canada13,071 contributions
    Our visit to the Quesnel & District Museum and Archives requires a bit of context. In the lead up to our Okanagan adventure, my partner and I plotted and planned various stops of interest along the way beginning in Prince Rupert and heading south. One of these stops was the Quesnel & District Museum. Mandy the haunted doll caught our interest. The only problem was the museum had been closed for renovations. About a week before setting off on our road trip adventure, I sent the museum a message on social media asking when they might be open . . . no response. When we arrived in Quesnel on 22 June, my partner called to see if the museum was open, explaining that we’d love to visit Mandy. Unfortunately, the museum was not yet open – they were aiming for the first week of July. Drat! No worries, though, because the lady we spoke with – I believe her name was Brandi – said she’d be more than happy to greet us at the museum and introduce us to Mandy. How awesome is that? Thus, we arrived at the museum just before 3PM in anticipation of seeing Mandy and then going on our merry way. Only . . . it wasn’t just a quick “in and out.” Brandi went above and beyond and gave us a fairly comprehensive tour of the museum (noting that things were still being set up in anticipation of the grand re-opening!).

    We spent approximately 45 minutes touring the museum and learning about Quesnel’s early history. Besides Mandy the doll, highlights for us included:

    The CS Wing and CD Hoy Photo Collections: I’ve always found black & white photos to be far more impressive than their coloured counterparts, but the Wing and Hoy collections – taken in the first decade of the 20th century – are truly remarkable in that they paint fairly vivid portraits of life in the Cariboo during its infancy. The portraits really do give an honest feel for what life was like back then.

    Chinese Artifact Collection: While small, the artifacts and historic trinkets collected here help to paint a picture of early immigrant life in Quesnel and Barkerville. From the gold prospector to business owner, the Asian community has done much to shape this Province and I’m happy to see their efforts acknowledged in the current day. This collection in Quesnel is now doubly important given that the Chinese History Museum in Lytton was destroyed – along with an entire community – by fire.

    First Nations Exhibit: Detailing the traditional territory of the Lhtako Dene, I felt this exhibit, while small, did a good job in outlining the importance of Indigenous culture to the Cariboo region. It would’ve been fun to hear the elders speak to us in video clips, but I don’t believe these were set up yet.

    Indo-Canadian Exhibit: I think this display grabbed my attention because it highlights a modern, positive trend. In old history books, any description of the Cariboo would be dominated by the 1860s Gold Rush period, with maybe some brief descriptions about challenges in transportation. Now, though, history is being refreshed to include other prominent voices. This exhibit is one such example, as it highlights Quesnel’s desire to carve out its own identity.

    Titanic Artifacts: This one caught me by surprise! Who would’ve thought you’d find a connection to the Titanic in Quesnel? Having previously attended the Titanic exhibits in Las Vegas (still ongoing) and Richmond (ran from June 2018 to January 2019), this small display adds an extra layer to Titanic’s story via its surprise connection to the Cariboo!

    Overall, the Quesnel & District Museum proved to be a worthwhile stop on our adventure. Mandy the doll may have been the impetus for our visit, but we ended up finding so much more. A special thank you to Brandi for going above and beyond! We thoroughly enjoyed our tour!
    Written October 10, 2021
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  • Ruth B
    Quesnel, Canada6 contributions
    Although I do not play golf, it is a beautiful place to visit. My reason for going there every spring is for the plant nursery. It is phenomenal with just about everything for plants trees and accessories for your garden. Indoors and outdoors is amazing to wander and see the variety and beauty of their trees and plants. The staff is very educating in their business and will answer all questions with patience and friendliness. The lunch area is another reason I love to go their and relax while decided what my garden should look like at home. It is a must see place to go to if not for golfing then for gardening.
    Written November 14, 2016
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