Quesnel, British Columbia

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Quesnel
City
City of Quesnel
Motto: In Situ
Quesnel is located in British Columbia
Quesnel
Quesnel
Location of Quesnel in British Columbia
Coordinates: 52°58′42.4″N 122°29′33.6″W / 52.978444°N 122.492667°W / 52.978444; -122.492667Coordinates: 52°58′42.4″N 122°29′33.6″W / 52.978444°N 122.492667°W / 52.978444; -122.492667
Country Canada
Province British Columbia
Region North Cariboo
Regional district Cariboo Regional District
Founded 1861
Incorporated as Village 1928
Incorporated as Town 1958
Incorporated as City 1981
Government
 • Mayor Mary Sjostrom
 • Governing body Quesnel City Council
Area
 • City 35.38 km2 (13.66 sq mi)
 • Metro 14,207.04 km2 (5,485.37 sq mi)
Elevation 474 m (1,555 ft)
Population (2011)
 • City 10,007
 • Density 282.8/km2 (732/sq mi)
 • Metro 22,096
 • Metro density 1.6/km2 (4/sq mi)
Time zone PST (UTC−8)
Postal code span V2J
Area code(s) 250
Highways Highway 97, Highway 26
Waterways Bowron Lake
Fraser River, Quesnel River
Website http://www.quesnel.ca/
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Quesnel /kwəˈnɛl/ is a small city that is part of the Cariboo District of British Columbia, Canada. Located nearly evenly between the cities of Prince George and Williams Lake, it is on the main route to northern British Columbia and the Yukon. It is claimed to be home to the world's largest gold pan, although this is disputed by Nome, Alaska. The Rocky Mountaineer train also travels through and stops overnight in Quesnel.

Quesnel is sister city to Shiraoi, Japan and Val-d'Or, Quebec. Quesnel hosted the 2000 British Columbia Winter Games, an annual provincial amateur sports competition. To the east of Quesnel lie Wells, Barkerville, and Bowron Lake Provincial Park, a popular canoeing destination in the Cariboo Mountains.

History[edit]

The name derives from Jules Maurice Quesnel, who accompanied Simon Fraser on his journey to the Pacific Ocean. Quesnel came to be called 'Quesnellemouth' to distinguish it from 'Quesnel Forks', 60 miles up 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. Because of its 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. Quesnel was officially incorporated in 1928.

Geography and climate[edit]

  • Location: 52°59′N 122°29′W / 52.983°N 122.483°W / 52.983; -122.483
  • Elevation: 474 m (1,555.1 ft)
  • Average Annual Snowfall: 177.9 cm (70.0 in)
  • Average Annual Rainfall: 540.3 mm (21.3 in)
  • Frost Free Days: 179
  • Average Winter Temperature: −8.6 °C (16.5 °F)
  • Extreme Minimum Temperature: −46.7 °C (−52.1 °F)
  • Average Summer Temperature: 16.7 °C (62.1 °F)
  • Extreme Maximum Temperature: 36.7 °C (98.1 °F)
  • Time Zone: Pacific Standard Time

Climate[edit]

Climate data for Quesnel Airport
Month Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec Year
Record high Humidex 13.8 15 21.8 30.8 36.6 36 41.9 36.8 37 27.1 16.6 11.7 41.9
Record high °C (°F) 13.9
(57)
15.1
(59.2)
22.3
(72.1)
31
(88)
36.5
(97.7)
35.6
(96.1)
36.7
(98.1)
36.2
(97.2)
36.1
(97)
26.8
(80.2)
17.2
(63)
12.2
(54)
36.7
(98.1)
Average high °C (°F) −2.9
(26.8)
1.3
(34.3)
7.3
(45.1)
13.5
(56.3)
18.4
(65.1)
21.7
(71.1)
24.1
(75.4)
24.1
(75.4)
18.5
(65.3)
10.8
(51.4)
2.1
(35.8)
−2.3
(27.9)
11.4
(52.5)
Daily mean °C (°F) −6.9
(19.6)
−3.6
(25.5)
1.3
(34.3)
6.4
(43.5)
11.1
(52)
14.7
(58.5)
16.8
(62.2)
16.4
(61.5)
11.5
(52.7)
5.5
(41.9)
−1.4
(29.5)
−5.9
(21.4)
5.5
(41.9)
Average low °C (°F) −10.8
(12.6)
−8.3
(17.1)
−4.7
(23.5)
−0.8
(30.6)
3.7
(38.7)
7.6
(45.7)
9.5
(49.1)
8.6
(47.5)
4.5
(40.1)
0.2
(32.4)
−5
(23)
−9.6
(14.7)
−0.4
(31.3)
Record low °C (°F) −46.7
(−52.1)
−42.2
(−44)
−38.9
(−38)
−20
(−4)
−10
(14)
−3.3
(26.1)
0.6
(33.1)
−2.6
(27.3)
−8.9
(16)
−28.4
(−19.1)
−37.8
(−36)
−41.1
(−42)
−46.7
(−52.1)
Wind chill −48 −43.1 −41.7 −25.1 −10.1 −1.7 0 −1 −8.7 −27.2 −47.5 −47.4 −48
Precipitation mm (inches) 47.8
(1.882)
22.7
(0.894)
24.9
(0.98)
24.5
(0.965)
42.6
(1.677)
66.4
(2.614)
65.6
(2.583)
46.2
(1.819)
50.2
(1.976)
52.6
(2.071)
51.3
(2.02)
41.6
(1.638)
536.2
(21.11)
Rainfall mm (inches) 10.4
(0.409)
6.7
(0.264)
12.7
(0.5)
21.2
(0.835)
41.4
(1.63)
66.4
(2.614)
65.6
(2.583)
46.2
(1.819)
50.2
(1.976)
46.3
(1.823)
22.3
(0.878)
4.9
(0.193)
394.3
(15.524)
Snowfall cm (inches) 44
(17.3)
19
(7.5)
13.4
(5.28)
3.6
(1.42)
1.2
(0.47)
0
(0)
0
(0)
0
(0)
0
(0)
6.7
(2.64)
31.5
(12.4)
42.8
(16.85)
162.1
(63.82)
Avg. precipitation days (≥ 0.2 mm) 12.8 9.7 9.7 9.8 12.1 15.8 14.2 12 12.4 14.8 14 13.4 150.7
Avg. rainy days (≥ 0.2 mm) 3.1 3.4 5.9 8.8 11.9 15.8 14.2 12 12.4 13.7 7.2 2.4 110.8
Avg. snowy days (≥ 0.2 cm) 11.3 7.1 5.4 2.2 0.7 0 0 0 0 2.4 8.8 11.8 49.7
 % humidity 74.3 62 46.9 37.9 40 44.8 44.4 42.9 49.4 59 72.6 75.7 54.2
Source: [1]

Demographics[edit]

Quesnel had a population of 9,326 people in 2006, which was a decrease of 7.1% from the 2001 census count. The median household income in 2005 for Quesnel was $54,044, which is slightly above the British Columbia provincial average of $52,709.[2]

As of 2012, the population of Quesnel is estimated to still be about 10,000 people living within the city, with roughly 13,000 people living outside the city limits.

Canada 2011 Census Population  % of Total Population
Visible minority group
Source:[2][dead link]
South Asian 485 4.9%
Chinese 140 1.4%
Black 25 0.3%
Filipino 35 0.4%
Latin American 25 0.3%
Arab 0 0%
Southeast Asian 10 0.1%
West Asian 0 0%
Korean 0 0%
Japanese 0 0%
Other visible minority 0 0%
Mixed visible minority 0 0%
Total visible minority population 745 7.6%
Aboriginal group
Source:[3]
First Nations 675 6.9%
Métis 710 7.2%
Inuit 0 0%
Total Aboriginal population 1,415 14.4%
White 7,670 78%
Total population 9,830 100%

Administration[edit]

Quesnel's municipal government consists of a 7-member Mayor and Council. The current Council consists of Mayor Mary Sjostrom and Councillors Ed Coleman, Scott Elliott, Mike Cave, Laurey-Anne Roodenburg, Shushil Thapar and John Brisco.[4]

Education[edit]

Quesnel is part of School District 28. It contains several elementary schools, as well as a Junior and a Senior Secondary School (Quesnel Junior High School and Correlieu Senior Secondary school respectively). Also within the school district is McNaughton Centre which is an Alternate High school. For post secondary education, Quesnel contains the College of New Caledonia and University of Northern British Columbia, which offer several programs but is most noted for its Nursing program.


The Quesnel gold pan.

Transportation[edit]

Quesnel is served by the Quesnel Airport, with several commercial flights daily to & from Vancouver, BC. The city is a regular stop on Greyhound Canada's schedules between Kamloops and Prince George and also has a local transit system provided by BC Transit.

Sports[edit]

Quesnel was formerly home to the BCHL's Quesnel Millionaires junior A hockey team. The team moved to Chilliwack for the 2011/2012 season.[5]

Quesnel also has minor baseball, softball, lacrosse, roller derby, and football leagues. A Mountain biking skills park is located behind the Rec Center.

Notable residents[edit]


Neighbourhoods and nearby communities[edit]

Sister cities[edit]

Quesnel has "sister city" agreements with the following cities:

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Calculation Information for 1981 to 2010 Canadian Normals Data". Environment Canada. Retrieved July 9, 2013. 
  2. ^ "Community Profiles from the 2011 Census, Statistics Canada - Census Subdivision". 2.statcan.gc.ca. 2010-12-06. Retrieved 2013-04-13. 
  3. ^ "Aboriginal Peoples - Data table". 2.statcan.ca. 2010-10-06. Retrieved 2013-04-13. 
  4. ^ "Quesnel City Council". City of Quesnel. Retrieved 10 June 2013. 
  5. ^ "Quesnel Millionaires move to Chilliwack". Retrieved 2011-05-25. 

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