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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

B.C. Express Touring Car, 1910s

With the introduction of horseless carriages in 1909, the demise of horse-drawn stagecoaches was inevitable.  The Company sent out a representative to choose the best vehicle for their needs.  Although the Russell Car Company of Vancouver had sent a letter boasting the merits of their 17-passenger touring car “built in Canada for Canadians”, the car wasn’t allowed out in Vancouver’s rain. 

In Seattle the manager of the Winton Car Company quickly offered two cars with drivers, one for testing and one to take West’s wife shopping.  Declining the offer West visited other dealers, including the Packard agency, but ultimately purchased both Winton Six 7-passenger demonstration cars for $1,500 each.  They came with a generous supply of spare parts that could be delivered quickly, and two driver-mechanics that were on loan for the first season. 

Automobiles proved efficient until rain turned freight wagon ruts into slippery mud known as Cariboo slum, sinking cars to the running boards. Crankshafts broke on a regular basis, forcing drivers to carry extras, along with two spare tires and eighteen spare inner tubes.  Constant repairs were a financial drain on the company; however, they persevered and eventually had eight Winton Six cars operating between Ashcroft and Soda Creek.  After the loss of mail and freight contracts the company went into slow decline, and finally out of business in 1920.

P5975.429.1 1910 Winton Six at Soda Creek