Horsefly attracts a substantial contingent of history buffs to its Pioneer Museum and Visitor Centre, with exhibits highlighting how the first gold discovery of the Cariboo Gold Rush took place on the Horsefly River. Led by legendary First Nations guide John Baptiste, Peter Dunlevy and four friends panned the first gold in June of 1859 on the Horse y River, near Quesnel Lake, collecting an astonishing 2,835g/100oz of nuggets in a single week.
A close-knit community of 1,000 in the foothills of the Cariboo Mountains, Horsefly is the Gold Rush Trail’s scenic gateway to Quesnel Lake, Horsefly Lake, Crooked Lake and the Cariboo Mountains. As such, it makes a unique home base for artists and outdoor adventurers exploring the area’s hundreds of small, picturesque lakes, creeks, rivers and waterfalls – whether camping, hiking, fishing, kayaking, mountain biking, backcountry skiing or ice fishing. Horsefly plays year-round host with lively community events, including spring’s The Horsefly Follies, July’s Arts on the Fly Music Festival, a Fall Fair and September’s Horsefly River Salmon Festival.