June 15, 2009 | Tips from Travellers >
Williams Lake, Attractions
In its prime over ten thousand people inhabited the riverside area of Quesnelle Forks but through the progression of the gold rush, it slowly became the ghost town it is today. Buildings still remain but the dynamic weather patterns have obviously taken their toll and most show . Luckily though, involved community members are investing the time and money to slowly restore the buildings, erect interpretive signage and preserve the historical site. A stroll through the cemetery invokes mixed feelings of sadness for those who obviously died young in various mining accidents while at the same time, adhering an air of peacefulness seated on the banks of the Quesnel and Cariboo river junctions. The scenery surrounding the site is absolutely beautiful and there are day picnic areas as well as overnight camping available. A visit to this site is worth the detour as it is an integral part of the gold rush history of the region and province.
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