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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

Quesnel, B.C., winter 1927-28 

A dug-out canoe was operated by the government to cross the Fraser River when water was low.  During high water a ferry was run by a cable between two towers.  The east side tower can be seen above and to the left of the men in the image.

After the first ferryman, Billy Boucher, retired around 1920, Marvin Baker received the contract.  Marvin resigned his position in March, 1924 and was succeeded by Dan Georgeson.  Marvin is identified as the rower in the back in this photo.  The passengers are men from the Musquatch fur farm, which was located 40 miles up the Blackwater northwest of Quesnel. 

The photograph was taken by Mary Beran, who crossed the river for two years to the West Quesnel School where she taught from 1927 to 1929.  In August, 1929 she accepted a position at the Chezacut School in the Chilcotin, but did return for the occasional holiday visit.

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