Posted by: cherylyoung | June 17, 2012

Famous ghost towns in British Columbia we take you to Quesnel BC

 Located at the confluence of the Fraser and

Quesnel Rivers, Quesnel is the commercial centre

of the North Cariboo.

Once the last stop on the Fraser River for the Gold

 Rush trail, Quesnel became a boomtown in the

late 1800s, with the discovery of gold in the area,

and was the service centre for gold prospectors

stocking up with supplies before heading east for

 gold towns such as William’s Creek and Barkerville,

the centre of the Great Cariboo Gold Rush.

Like many towns along the Fraser River, Quesnel

 was a stopping point for Simon Fraser on his river

trip of 1808; in fact, it was named for one of his

lieutenants on the voyage.

Visitors arriving here today find a perfect place

 from which to launch outdoor adventures such

as camping, hiking, mountain climbing, trail riding,

rockhounding or fishing.

Others may prefer to soak up the rich history of

the Gold Rush era, and of course, everyone wants

 to try their hand at a little gold panning.

Population: 10,516

Location: Quesnel is located at the junction of

Cariboo Highway 97 and Bakerville Highway 26

in the Cariboo region of the BC Interior, between

Prince George to the north (74 miles / 118 km)

 and Williams Lake to the south (75 miles / 120 km).

Quesnel is situated 417 miles (667 km) north of

Vancouver and 60 miles (96 km) west of the

historic village of Barkerville.

Discover why the Quesnel Museum is proclaimed

BC’s best community museum.

The Quesnel Museum and Archives portrays the

 history of the area through superb indoor and

outdoor exhibits – 19,000 artifacts and archival

items.

Popular attractions include a rare collection of

Chinese artifacts, a 1911 automobile in showroom

condition, and the Cariboo Home exhibit, complete

with boudoir, parlour, laundry and kitchen.

Located in delightful LeBourdais Park, beside the

 Visitor Info Centre.

A number of historic sites are located in the town,

 including St Andrew’s Church, the Old Pioneer

 Cemetery, and the original 1867 Hudson’s Bay

Company Trading Post in Riverfront Park.

Quesnel is home to the World’s Largest Gold Pan,

5.5 metres across and weighing nearly 1,400 kilos.

Help with the farm chores or sample fresh farm

produce and baking at the historic

 Cottonwood House.

This original 1860s Cariboo Road House provides

a great introduction to the Gold Rush era of

the Cariboo.

Take to the air, on an aerial tour of the spectacular

 Bowron Lake Chain and the hanging glaciers,

ice fields, knife-edged mountain peaks and

 waterfalls of the Cariboo and Rocky Mountains.

Quesnel’s Riverfront Trail is a real jewel!

Run, walk, jog or bike on the scenic and peaceful

 trail that runs along the shore of the Quesnel and

 Fraser Rivers.

 It is 5 km in length and takes a leisurely one hour

to complete.

There are interesting plaques telling of the old days

 of Quesnel, commemorative trees along the

walkway honouring pioneers, and a restored

1906 mining steam shovel.

The second phase of the trail system encompasses

 scenic Baker Creek and the Fraser River, a 4.3 km

walk through the treed parks and quiet streets of

residential West Quesnel

To see a video of Quesnel BC and more about

 British Columbia Ghost Towns check out my

 facebook and Twitter pages and ask for a friend

add  also don’t forget to check out some of the

 listings in the Victoria Area at

www.cherylyoung.ca

CHERYL YOUNG, REALTOR, VICTORIA BC

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