Quesnel is located at the convergence of the Fraser and Quesnel Rivers in the BC interior.1
Once called Quesnelle Mouth, after North West Company clerk Jules Maurice Quesnel, it should not be confused with Quesnel Forks, an early Cariboo gold camp located further up-river.2 It was named by Fraser after Jules Maurice Quesnel, one of the two North West Company clerks who had travelled with Fraser.3
According to this despatch the region was a popular destination for miners possessing extravagant visions of wealth and fortune.
  • 1. Quesnel, BC Geographical Names Information System.
  • 2. G. P. V. Akrigg and H. B. Akrigg, British Columbia Place Names (Vancouver: UBC Press, 1997), 221.
  • 3. Quesnel, BC Geographical Names Information System.
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