A charming city with a population of 25,000, Quesnel was once expected to be the future capital of BC. Now a small city, it offers a blend of historic rural charm and city highlights. It’s set at the junction of the Fraser and Quesnel rivers in BC’s heartland, which is why it was so appealing to adventurers, prospectors and explorers. The surrounding area is now rich with farmlands that visitors can experience on farm tours and at the farmers’ market. Visitors can explore the nearby mountains and rivers, as well as many trails, including the Riverfront trail system. In town, you can enjoy the pubs, cafés and restaurants, many of which have views of the river. You can take in the city’s rich cultural heritage with a visit to the Quesnel & District Museum or to the dozens of heritage sites around town. And you can take a fascinating day trip to Barkerville, a gold rush town that’s been fully restored, offering coach rides, gold panning and over 125 heritage buildings.

Top 5 things to do

  • Hike or walk the many trails
  • Explore the provincial parks
  • Discover more than 30 heritage sites
  • Take a day trip to Barkerville
  • View the Fraser River from the world's longest wooden truss footbridge