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Quesnel, British Columbia
Motto: In Situ
Location of Quesnel, British Columbia
Coordinates: 52°58′42.4″N 122°29′33.6″W / 52.978444°N 122.492667°W / 52.978444; -122.492667
Country Canada
Province British Columbia
Region Cariboo Regional District
Incorporated 1928
Government
 - Mayor Mary Schojstrom
 - Governing body Quesnel City Council
Area
 - City 35.34 km2 (13.6 sq mi)
 - Metro 21,765.74 km2 (8,403.8 sq mi)
Elevation 474 m (1,555 ft)
Population (2006)
 - City 9,326
 - Density 263.9/km2 (683.5/sq mi)
 - Metro 22,449
 - Metro Density 1.0/km2 (2.6/sq mi)
Time zone PST (UTC−8)
Postal code span V2J***
Highways Highway 97, Highway 26
Waterways Bowron Lake
Fraser River, Quesnel River
Website http://www.city.quesnel.bc.ca/
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Quesnel (pronounced /kwəˈnɛl/) is a small city that is part of the Cariboo District of British Columbia, Canada. Located nearly evenly between the cities of Prince George and Williams Lake, it is on the main route to northern British Columbia and the Yukon. It is claimed to be home to one of the world's largest gold pans (disputed by Nome, Alaska and others).

Quesnel is sister city to Shiraoi, Japan and Val-d'Or, Quebec. Quesnel hosted the 2000 British Columbia Winter Games, an annual provincial amateur sports competition. To the east of Quesnel lie Wells, Barkerville, and Bowron Lake Provincial Park, a popular canoeing destination in the Cariboo Mountains.

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History

The name derives from Jules Maurice Quesnel, who accompanied Simon Fraser on his journey to the Pacific Ocean.Quesnel came to called 'Quesnellemouth' to distinguish it from 'Quesnel Forks', 60 miles up river. In 1870 it had been shortened to Quesnelle and by 1900 it was spelled the way it is now. Quesnel is located along the gold mining trail known as the Cariboo Wagon Road and was the commercial centre of the Cariboo Gold Rush. It also marks one end of the Alexander MacKenzie Heritage Trail. Because of its location on the Fraser River it was also an important landing for sternwheelers during 1862 until 1886 and then from 1909 until 1921. The last sternwheeler on the upper Fraser was Quesnel's own namesake craft, and home town product, the Quesnel.

Geography

  • Location: 52°59′N 122°29′W / 52.983°N 122.483°W / 52.983; -122.483
  • Elevation: 474 m (1,555.1 ft)
  • Average Annual Snowfall: 177.9 cm (70.0 in)
  • Average Annual Rainfall: 540.3 mm (21.3 in)
  • Frost Free Days: 179
  • Average Winter Temperature: −8.6 °C (16.5 °F)
  • Extreme Minimum Temperature: −46.7 °C (−52.1 °F)
  • Average Summer Temperature: 16.7 °C (62.1 °F)
  • Extreme Maximum Temperature: 36.7 °C (98.1 °F)
  • Time Zone: Pacific Standard Time

Demographics

Quesnel had a population of 9,326 people in 2006, which was a decrease of 7.1% from the 2001 census count. The median household income in 2005 for Quesnel was $54,044, which is slightly above the British Columbia provincial average of $52,709.[1]

Climate

Weather data for Quesnel
Month Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec Year
Record high °C (°F) 13.9
(57)
15.1
(59)
22.3
(72)
31
(88)
36.5
(98)
35.6
(96)
36.7
(98)
36.2
(97)
36.1
(97)
26.8
(80)
17.2
(63)
12.2
(54)
Average high °C (°F) -4.3
(24)
0.8
(33)
7
(45)
13.4
(56)
18.3
(65)
21.2
(70)
24
(75)
23.7
(75)
18.4
(65)
10.7
(51)
2
(36)
-3.1
(26)
11
(52)
Average low °C (°F) -12.8
(9)
-9.1
(16)
-4.8
(23)
-1
(30)
3.5
(38)
7.3
(45)
9.3
(49)
8.6
(47)
4.5
(40)
0.1
(32)
-5.2
(23)
-10.7
(13)
-0.9
(30)
Record low °C (°F) -46.7
(-52)
-42.2
(-44)
-38.9
(-38)
-20
(-4)
-10
(14)
-3.3
(26)
0.6
(33)
-2.6
(27)
-8.9
(16)
-28.4
(-19)
-37.8
(-36)
-41.1
(-42)
Precipitation mm (inches) 48.5
(1.91)
24.4
(0.96)
28.9
(1.14)
21.9
(0.86)
40.7
(1.6)
68.6
(2.7)
61.6
(2.43)
50
(1.97)
44.8
(1.76)
51.4
(2.02)
49.8
(1.96)
49.7
(1.96)
540.3
(21.27)
Source: Environment Canada[2] 2009-07-11

Administration

City Council:

  • Mayor: Mary Sjostrom (elected November 2008)
  • Peter Couldwell
  • Mike Cave
  • Sushil Thapar
  • Laurey Roodenburg
  • Coralee Oakes
  • Ron Paull

Canadian Federal Member of Parliament:

Member of British Columbia Legislative Assembly:

Festivities

Billy Barker Days is held every year on the third weekend in July. It celebrates Quesnel's heritage and the first gold miner, William Barker (for whom Barkerville is named), to strike it rich in the Quesnel area. To kick off Billy Barker Days there is an annual Crash to Pass event. There is a large fair in downtown's Lebourdais park. Throughout the weekend there are performers from all over Canada. There are contests and prizes, as well as many things for children to do, including a "Kids' Day". The food is quite popular too, with many locals who set up food booths. The Rodeo goes on all weekend, and the whole thing ends with a fireworks display on Sunday evening.

Sports

Hockey

Quesnel is home to the BCHL's Quesnel Millionaires junior A hockey team. Quesnel also has a minor hockey association.

Soccer

The Quesnel Youth Soccer Association and the Quesnel Mixed Soccer Association both serve the community. The Quesnel Strikers are Quesnel's youth rep teams.

Notable Residents

Neighbourhoods & nearby communities

Sister cities

Quesnel has "sister city" agreements with the following cities:

References

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