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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

Dominion Day, Friday, July 1, 1910

In a lengthy article, the Cariboo Observer reported that Quesnel townspeople and many from the district “enjoyed practically a four days celebration of Dominion Day and July 4th”.  It was also the first time each series of events ended with a marginal profit for the town.  The spirited and well played ball game between Quesnel and Alexandria ended in a tie, and a “special feature of the game was the gentlemanly play, there not being a single foul during the whole game.”  Field sports and races, held on Front Street in the afternoon of the first, were keenly enjoyed by all.  Mr. T. Nicol won the $5.00 tennis tournament prize, to be used toward purchase of tennis equipment.  The Grand Ball, held in the Occidental Hall on the evening of the first, raised $20.50, becoming seed money to fund a musical association that would foster Quesnel’s amateur musical talent.  On Saturday afternoon the horse races were well attended, but interrupted by untimely rain.  Although there was the usual un-sportsmanship behavior, all events were completed.
An impromptu concert was held in the Occidental Hall on Monday night, after which a Smoker commenced.  Proceeds resulted in $46.80 for the Hospital Fund. 

Pictured here is the men’s three-legged race.  Entries included George Johnston and Frank Reed, who finished in First Place, and Charlie Price and Fred Shepherd in Second, while J. MacKirdy and V. Ramsey and Ed Grey and B. Bonnel pulled up the rear.

P2002.24.48 - Carson Family Collection

Vol. 3, No. 28 - Quesnel Cariboo Observer, Saturday, July 9, 1910