The culture and history of Quesnel is a tapestry of First Nations influence, pioneer exploration, Chinese immigration, gold rush fever, and coastal fur trading.
From the first establishment of summer camps by the Chentsit'hala Carrier First Nation to the subsequent camps of Simon Fraser and early fur traders, Quesnel's location at the confluence of the Fraser and Quesnel rivers has been instrumental to the community's economic and cultural development. In the 1860s, the Fraser River guided many prospectors to gold fortune. Explore this rich culture and history at Quesnel's more than 30 historical sites and the Quesnel & District Museum.
Chentsit'hala Carrier First Nation
The Chentsit'hala Carrier First Nation made Quesnel their summer fishing camp, which eventually developed into a rich trading culture with the Nuxalk people, who provided nutrient rich Salmon and Ooligan Grease (a healing remedy made from fish oil by a culturally unique process). Eventually the trade route, dubbed the Nuxalk-Carrier Grease Trail, crisscrossed the plateau both west and south of Quesnel.