When the Cariboo Waggon Road was built it ran from Lillooet to Soda Creek. From Soda Creek, goods and passengers travelled by sternwheeler to Quesnel. The first sternwheeler used was the “Enterprise”; she sailed the river from 1863 to 1871 when her owners, the Wright brothers, took her north for use in the Omineca Gold Rush. Quesnel is situated at the confluence of the Fraser and Quesnel rivers with surrounding outdoor adventures including mountain biking, horseback riding, camping, fishing and hiking.
Settlers flocked here by the thousands and today the community is known as the ‘Gold Pan City’. Many reminders of the City’s gold rush heyday are scattered throughout downtown’s 30 heritage sites, including the 1862 Hudson’s Bay Company Trading Post. The Quesnel and District Museum and Archives is one of the top community museums in B.C., with a significant collection of Chinese artifacts. Quesnel’s ‘living history’ is on display during its Billy Barker Days, which includes the Quesnel Rodeo, the largest amateur rodeo in B.C.