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The Quesnel Museum


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

Cantin Farm near Gravelle Ferry, circa 1930s

Joseph Cantin was born in 1866 in St. Remauld, Quebec, and left home while still a young boy.  After working a variety of jobs, including teamaster, gold miner, and freighter as he travelled west and north across the continent, he finally arrived in Quesnel around 1906.  He met and partnered with Jerry Gravelle, and they purchased two sections of land along the Quesnel River, where Gerry operated a ferry.  Joe went to work on his placer claim at Quesnel Forks until 1911, and then returned to clear land on their pre-empted property. 

Delena Gravelle was born in a little house on Quesnel’s Front Street in 1896, one of Jerry and Cecile Gravelle’s three children.  Her father was away from home most of her childhood and Delena remembered how hard her mother worked, trapping and doing housework to keep them clothed and fed.  Delena was educated at the mission school in Williams Lake, where she learned to knit and crochet.  She met her father’s partner, Joseph Cantin, in 1911 and married him on January 17, 1916.
The couple moved out to Joseph’s property, where they developed a farm and raised sheep, as well as a family of eight children.

Here Delena shows off her trick horse, while a young girl, probably her daughter, observes.