Quesnel is a small city of about 10481 people in British Columbia on the bank of the Fraser River. The town got its start via its location on the Cariboo Wagon Road which transported thousands of prospectors seeking their fortunes during the Cariboo Gold Rush. Today the city is supported by the forestry industry.

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Quesnel is on provincial highway 97 320km north of Cache Creek and 110km south of Prince George.

There is a small airport which has daily flights to and from Vancouver, operated by Central Mountain Air.





Barkerville ghost town

A ghost town 80km (50 miles) east of Quesnel on BC 26, the Barkerville Highway. Established soon after Billy Barker first struck gold at the location in 1861, this was once a boom town with more than 5000 people. By the turn of the century, the town was dying as the gold rush was over.

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