Quesnelle Forks

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Known simply as ‘The Forks’ or once grandly as ‘Quesnel City’, this unique ghost town is located at the junction of the Quesnel and Cariboo rivers 11 km out of Likely. Founded in 1860, Quesnelle Forks was a major supply centre for the Cariboo Gold Rush with the 100 residents catering to over 2,000 transient miners and adventurers annually. By the mid-1870s most of the population had moved on, leaving a small group of Chinese miners and merchants who remained to support the widely dispersed mining community. Upon completion of the Canadian Pacific Railway through Ashcroft in 1885 many discharged Chinese labourers settled here to make a living.

Today, visitors to Quesnelle Forks can explore the pioneer buildings and historic cemetery with no fees or crowds. Historical research projects began here in the 1990s under the leadership of the Likely Cemetery Society and the site has been featured on the television series “Gold Trails and Ghost Towns”.