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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

Title: Horse Racing in LeBourdais Park, circa 1920s

Located in the centre of this photograph is Tom Windt. Mr. Windt grew up on his family ranch in Alexandria and at the age of fifteen, he worked with his brothers hauling for the Hudson’s Bay Company with horse teams.

During the 1920s and 1930s, horse races were hosted on a dirt track in what is now known as LeBourdais Park.  A horse race was the principal attraction of the Dominion Day celebrations on July 1. Races also occurred during Labor Day weekend.  A race card from the Labor Day weekend in 1927 provides us an idea of what competitors received as prize money. In the Prince George Stakes, ¼-mile, open, first place received $100.00, second place $20.00, and third place $10.00. In the Ladies’ Saddle Horse, ¼-mile, local, first place received $25.00, second $10.00, and third $5.00. In the Quesnel Derby, ¾-mile, open, first place received $400.00, second $75.00, third $25.00. In the ¾-mile race for the local First Nations, first place received $20.00, second $10.00, and third $5.00.

In the 1950s, the track at LeBourdais Park was used for car races.

Photograph from Alex Windt, P1986.92.1