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Quesnel, British Columbia

The City of Quesnel is located at the confluence of the Fraser and Quesnel rivers in the heartland of beautiful British Columbia, Canada. Quesnel is considered the commercial hub of the North Cariboo and 25,000 people can be found within 50 kilometres (32 miles) of the city centre. 

Quesnel’s rich tradition of forestry, ranching, agriculture and mining is the foundation upon which this modern, full-service community resides. Offering some of the most affordable housing, land and business start-up costs in British Columbia, Quesnel is the destination of choice for entrepreneurs and business-minded professionals and families seeking opportunity in a safe, friendly and natural environment.

Fast Facts

  • 10,000 people call the City of Quesnel home, with an additional 15,000 people living within an hour of the city.
  • Quesnel has four distinct and beautiful seasons and with an average of 2025 sunshine hours per year, Quesnel is among British Columbia's bright and sunny spots in any season.
  • Quesnel has great schools, including the University of Northern British Columbia and the College of New Caledonia at the North Cariboo Community Campus.
  • Low business and property costs and low taxation make Quesnel an attractive location for starting, expanding or relocating a business.
  • Quesnel firms have access to high speed telecommunications infrastructure, including fibre-optics and wireless broadband. Cable broadband service is available in the Quesnel area.
  • Industrial sites with rail and highway or near-highway frontage are located in the city and surrounding area. A comprehensive land inventory has confirmed that Quesnel and District has a significant amount of suitable land available for industrial applications.

Getting Down to Business

Quesnel is rich with natural resources and possesses a skilled workforce built primarily on the city’s long history of forestry, agriculture and ranching, and mining.  Today, Quesnel offers opportunities in wood product manufacturing, agriculture and agri-technology services, and mining supply and support services.  Quesnel’s central location, excellent transportation options, and low real estate costs make it an ideal location for entrepreneurs and professionals seeking an affordable full-service community from which to launch their business.

National award-winning agencies like the Quesnel School Board, the College of New Caledonia, University of Northern BC, and private trainers work hard to match industry and business with a skilled, knowledgeable and motivated work force.

The primary north-south connector in BC is Highway 97 and this highway passes directly through the city.  Highway 97 makes Quesnel a perfect spot for same day delivery to major international shipping points like Vancouver, Calgary or Edmonton. These cities can be reached by provincial rail as well and can be linked along the way to national rail.

Prince Rupert and Vancouver can be reached in a day for access to deep sea ports for international shipping. Quesnel also has multiple daily scheduled airline flights at our small airport and nearby Prince George International Airport has flights to many destinations around the world.

Quesnel has been one of CN Rails highest volume loading points in British Columbia and our city is also home to numerous truck transport companies making us very well connected to the world.

Arts, Culture and Social Scene

Quesnel is proud of its commitment to create and maintain a beautiful, colourful and vibrant city for residents and visitors to enjoy. Since its inception, Quesnel has been a multicultural since its inception over 150 years ago.  Its original population comprised European, American and First Nations (Canada’s Native American people) individuals, as well as settlers from eastern parts of Canada – many of whom arrived to participate in the Cariboo gold rush in the mid-1800s.  This rich history remains visible today in the museum, art gallery and library in Quesnel, as well as historic Barkerville, 80 kilometres (50 miles) east of Quesnel.

Recreation and Outdoors

Quesnel is located east of British Columbia’s Coast Mountains and is relatively dry, with warm summers and cool winters lasting from mid-November to mid-March. Precipitation is generally distributed evenly through the seasons.

Within minutes you can travel from downtown Quesnel to some of the best fishing, hiking and wilderness adventures in the world. The city’s renowned Riverfront Trail system affords its users a superb walking and cycling experience enjoying the breathtaking scenic vistas of the Fraser and Quesnel Rivers.  The forests, rivers, streams and many lakes around Quesnel are filled with plants and animals.

Getting To Quesnel, British Columbia

Quesnel Links and Resources

Starting a business? Relocating or expanding an existing business?  Contact the Quesnel Community and Economic Development Corporation (QCEDC) for more information on the Quesnel Advantage:

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