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
Sing Chew, circa 1890s
Entrepreneur Sing Chew was born in China in 1861 and came to Quesnel about 1886, sometime after working on the CPR railway. He went to work hauling water from the Fraser River and delivering it to local women in two scrubbed four-gallon coal oil cans he tied to the ends of a long bar. The fee was about 15 cents a can or $2.00 a month. He also assisted local housewives with their spring cleaning, as long as they did things his way. During the fall and winter he chopped and sold fire wood as well. Early residents recalled ‘Old Sing’, as he was known, passing open doors and the women shouting out for him to “get us some, Sing”, which sounded like “getta-some, Sing”, a nickname that eventually stuck. Old Sing’s first and only trip back to Hong Kong since emigrating took place in December, 1923. Upon returning to Quesnel seven months later, he continued his business until his death in the Quesnel hospital on November 22, 1928, after a stay there of about a week. Mr. Chew was well respected by the townsfolk of his adopted home, resulting in a funeral that was “almost civic”, as reported in the Cariboo Observer newspaper.
P1993.35.3 Photo post card titled “Quesnel Water Supply Co.”