Quesnel River
The Quesnel River outflow begins at Quesnel Lake and flows 100 km west to its confluence with the Fraser River at the city of Quesnel. Simon Fraser named the river after Jules Maurice Quesnel, a young guide who accompanied Fraser on his journey of the Fraser River.1 It was also known as Swift River.2
Quesnel River became known for its gold deposits. In this despatch, Douglas reports that Alluvial diggings of extraordinary value have been discovered on Quesnel River…. Some adventurous Miners have ascended this Stream as far as the lake of the same name from which it rises, and have been rewarded with rich strikes; as much, it is reported, as £40 a day having been made to the hand.
  • 1. G. P. V. Akrigg and H. B. Akrigg, British Columbia Place Names (Vancouver: UBC Press, 1997), 221.
  • 2. Ibid.
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Douglas, James

Fraser, Simon

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Fraser River


Quesnel Lake