Quesnel, British Columbia
|Motto: In Situ|
|Regional district||Cariboo Regional District|
|Incorporated as Village||1928|
|Incorporated as Town||1958|
|Incorporated as City||1981|
|• Mayor||Mary Sjostrom|
|• Governing body||Quesnel City Council|
|• City||35.38 km2 (13.66 sq mi)|
|• Metro||14,207.04 km2 (5,485.37 sq mi)|
|Elevation||474 m (1,555 ft)|
|• Density||282.8/km2 (732/sq mi)|
|• Metro density||1.6/km2 (4/sq mi)|
|Time zone||PST (UTC−8)|
|Postal code span||V2J|
|Highways||Highway 97, Highway 26|
Fraser River, Quesnel River
Quesnel (pron.: //) 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 one of the world's largest gold pans (disputed by Nome, Alaska and others).
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.
The name derives from Jules Maurice Quesnel, who accompanied Simon Fraser on his journey to the Pacific Ocean.Quesnel came to 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 
- 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 data for Quesnel|
|Record high °C (°F)||13.9
|Average high °C (°F)||−4.3
|Daily mean °C (°F)||−8.6
|Average low °C (°F)||−12.8
|Record low °C (°F)||−46.7
|Precipitation mm (inches)||48.5
|Source: Environment Canada|
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.
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 2006 Census||Population||% of Total Population|
|Visible minority group
|Other visible minority||0||0%|
|Mixed visible minority||0||0%|
|Total visible minority population||845||9.2%|
|Total Aboriginal population||1,045||11.4%|
- Mayor: Mary Sjostrom (elected November 2011)
- Ed Coleman
- Scott Elliott
- Mike Cave
- Laurey-Anne Roodenburg
- Shushil Thapar
- John Brisco
- Flash Gordon
Member of British Columbia Legislative Assembly:
- Bob Simpson, Independent MLA
Quesnel contains several elementary schools, Quesnel Junior High School, and Correlieu Senior Secondary school. For post secondary education, Quesnel contains the College of New Caledonia and University of Northern British Columbia, which offers several programs and is most noted for its Nursing program.
Billy Barker Days is held every year on the third weekend in July. It celebrates Quesnel's heritage and the first gold miner, William Barker (for whom Barkerville is named), to strike it rich in the Quesnel area. To kick off Billy Barker Days there is an annual Crash to Pass event. There is a large fair in downtown's Lebourdais Park. Throughout the weekend there are performers from all over Canada. There are contests and prizes, as well as many things for children to do, including a "Kids' Day". The food is quite popular too, with many locals who set up food booths. The Rodeo goes on all weekend, and the whole thing ends with a fireworks display on Sunday evening.
Quesnel is served by Quesnel Airport.
Figure skating 
The Quesnel Figure Skating Club operates at the Quesnel Twin Arenas, is 50 years strong, and is the winner of the national "Show it off for Skate Canada" contest. The club hosted a visit/seminar with Kurt Browning in April 2012. March 2012 saw the QFSC host the CNCR Regional Championships.
Quesnel was home to the BCHL's Quesnel Millionaires junior A hockey team, they are moving to Chilliwack for the 2011/2012 season. Quesnel also has a minor hockey association. Quesnel is home to the Quesnel Kanagaroos, a senior mens hockey club.
Soccer leagues in Quesnel include the Quesnel Youth Soccer Association for youth soccer and the Quesnel Mixed Soccer Association & Quesnel Fun Soccer League for Adult soccer. The Quesnel Strikers are Quesnel's youth rep teams.
Other sports 
Quesnel also has minor softball, lacrosse, and football leagues. Some other sports such as rugby and cricket are played as non-organized sports but are not very popular. Mountain Biking is also a quickly growing sport in the community with a skills park located behind the local Rec Center.
Notable residents 
- Bob Gassoff - Late NHL player.
- Rod Dallman - former New York Islanders player.
- Rory MacDonald - UFC Welterweight Contender.
Neighbourhoods and nearby communities 
- Quesnel View
- West Quesnel
- Red Bluff
- Rich Bar
- Dragon Lake
- Bouchie,lake,British columbia,Bouchie lake
Sister cities 
Quesnel has "sister city" agreements with the following cities:
- Environment Canada—Canadian Climate Normals 1971–2000, accessed 24 July 2012
- "Community Profiles from the 2006 Census, Statistics Canada - Census Subdivision". 2.statcan.gc.ca. 2010-12-06. Retrieved 2013-04-13.
- "Aboriginal Peoples - Data table". 2.statcan.ca. 2010-10-06. Retrieved 2013-04-13.
- "Quesnel Millionaires move to Chilliwack". Retrieved 2011-05-25.
- "Quesnel Fun Soccer League: Homepage".
|Wikimedia Commons has media related to: Quesnel|
- City of Quesnel website
- North Cariboo Visitors website
- Quesnel Info website
- Quesnel Community Portal
- BritishColumbia.com - Quesnel