Quesnel is situated on Highway 97, just an hour and a half drive from the cities of Williams Lake to the south and Prince George to the north.
Located on the northern edge of the interior plateau, Quesnel embraces the confluence of the Fraser and Quesnel rivers. The entire area offers an extensive view of gentle, rolling landscape covered in thick forests and pocketed with numerous small lakes, swamps and wetlands.
It is Quesnel's agriculturally rich and fertile land that first attracted the Chentsit'hala Carrier First Nation, who set up their summer camp here while they harvested the area's abundant wild food. In the 1800s, settlers arrived and eventually developed an extensive agricultural industry on the deep alluvial sediments. Both the Carrier and European settlers used the Fraser and Quesnel rivers for easy transportation along the wild frontier.