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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

P.G.E. Survey Crew, 1913

To ensure the Pacific Great Eastern Railway could establish a townsite of their own near Quesnel, the chief engineer stated it would be an engineering impossibility to run the line into town and proceeded to locate it through the middle of a sliding mud mountain three miles south of Quesnel.  The townspeople quickly realized the government meant to sidetrack Quesnel, as they had done to other towns along the route.  The Board of trade would not stand for this, assuring locals it would prove the death knell of the town.  Funds were raised and an independent engineer was hired to check over the existing location and find an alternative route into town.  It was felt locally that Mr. Kennedy’s suggested station site would have “incalculable effects on the future prosperity of the town, and every citizen would benefit directly from this prosperity.”  After many years of debate and struggle with government officials the good citizens of Quesnel won the day.

During the three years the line was located on what became known as ‘Mud Hill’, P.G.E. engineers attempted time and again to find a way to stabilize the soil by draining lakes, cutting huge ditches, and clearing timber.  An ever-present road gang was the only way the government road across the slide could be kept open, “at great and ever-increasing expense.”

The photo is identified as a P.G.E. survey crew, but the men could be the crew that kept the road open on Mud Hill.  The man far right with the axe is identified as George Broughton.

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