Welcome to the Quesnel & District Museum and Archives
There is always plenty to discover at the Quesnel Museum. Learn the secrets of "Mandy, the Haunted Doll." Listen to the stories of Chinese and First Nations Elders or visit a Sikh temple through interactive video installations. Meet the residents of early twentieth century Quesnel through the remarkable photographs of C.D. Hoy and C.S. Wing. Dress up in the children's activity centre or participate in a scavenger hunt. Click here to view our upcoming special events and programs.
Favourite exhibits include the Titanic, Footprints in Stone, dedicated to local First Nations culture, and vignettes recreating Quesnel's pioneer homes and businesses. From rare Chinese artifacts used during the gold rush era, to ephemera that will evoke childhood memories, the extensive collections are sure to appeal to all ages and interests. Come and see why the Quesnel Museum has been proclaimed one of BC's top 10 community museums.
Featured Photo of the month
Visiting at the New Cariboo Hotel, circa 1913
Mary Barlow was born and raised in Smithybridge, Lancashire, England. She met John Strand in 1903 when he stopped in to visit her sister, Ada, en route to his hometown in Norway. The two were married in 1904 and Mary moved with her husband to Quesnel, where John, an excellent carpenter, built a comfortable house on Front Street. Their first child, Sarah Beatrice, known as Bea, was born at home in December, 1909. Dr. Baker delivered their son, Jimmy, in February, 1916, at the hospital John built in 1910. Mary kept busy raising her two children while operating the Cariboo Hotel with her husband. She was an active member of community organizations, such as the Soldier’s Comfort Fund, the Tobacco Fund and the Red Cross, as well as a devoted Anglican, fund-raising for a church bell. During the influenza outbreak of 1918 she volunteered with other women to assist Dr. Baker. Mary was an accomplished pianist and singer with a quick wit and great sense of humor, as attested by her excellent mimicry and impersonations. She was instrumental in gathering Quesnel’s talent together for many evenings of fine music and dance. Unfortunately, a heart condition brought Mary’s life to an early end on June 2, 1935, when she died at her Front Street home at the age of 58.
Here Mary, second from right, and Bea, front right, pose with others at the New Cariboo Hotel. The little boy is Charlie Forsythe, possibly the son of James Forsythe, Road Superintendent for Public Works.
P2004.1.24 C. S. Wing Photo