City of Quesnel

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Place Category: Creative Communities

  • Our community has passionate organizations and retail outlets that actively support the arts. The Quesnel Art Gallery, has been dedicated to promoting the talents of local and regional artists since 1968. The Quesnel & District Arts Council hosts monthly shows in the Gallery, a permanent art collection, workshops, ongoing programs and the Gallery Gift Shop.

    Shiraoi House is situated in LeBourdais Park and is an asset to our city with public tours, private rentals and a gift shop featuring Japanese merchandise. Shiraoi House honours the relationship between the City of Quesnel and its sister city, Shiraoi, Hokkaido, Japan.

    First Nations communities host an annual Pow Wow; a gathering to meet, dance, sing, socialize, and honour First Nations culture.  Join the celebrations in October at the Indoor Sports Centre.

    A visit to the Quesnel Farmers’ Market, located in downtown Quesnel, is another perfect place to meet local artisans and purchase their wares. The market runs every Saturday from May to October.

    Quesnel and the North Cariboo region are home to talented artists and creative artisans which are showcased at Cariboo Keepsakes and the Quesnel Art Gallery.

    Favourite exhibits at the Quesnel and District Museum and Archives include the Titanic, Footprints in Stone, dedicated to local First Nations culture, and vignettes recreating Quesnel’s pioneer homes and businesses. From rare Chinese artifacts used during the gold rush era, to ephemera that will evoke childhood memories, the extensive collections are sure to appeal to all ages and interests. Come and see why the Quesnel Museum has been proclaimed one of BC’s top 10 community museums.

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