Posted by: Silver | March 10, 2011


There was nothing deliberate about this, but for whatever reason, Quesnel (pronounced kw-NEL), seems to want to tell its story in pictures. So, here is a random little photo essay on the town, brought to you by the mercifully high-speed internet at UNBC. The first few pictures are of some of the ‘Little People’: the delightfully painted fire hydrants that are a feature of the town centre…

This hydrant commemorates a local midwife: British readers may find this rather unremarkable, but I've been shocked to discover that midwifery is actually still a rather new-fangled idea over here

This hydrant commemorates a cyclist who tried to cycle from Ashcroft to Barkerville: that's barely 400km, y'know... He had to stop just outside Quesnel though, because of the snow: I guess I can sympathise...

This hydrant celebrates the strong and long First Nations presence in this area; unfortunately, however, prejudice rather than celebration still seems to be the more common sentiment amongst the non-indigenous population

Quesnel is another gold rush town, so this can-can girl commemorates all that tended to go along with such booms

In addition to the Little People, Quesnel has a number of appropriately-themed 'artistic' benches as well (this one is outside the hockey arena): I suspect it's really rather a nice little town centre - when you can see it through the snow...

Usually, the telegraph lines get in the way of my photos, but here, they are the photo: these lines were part of an 1860s attempt to link Europe to America, via an overland telegraph line through Russia; once the trans-Atlantic cable was laid, however, this ceased to seem like such a good idea...

Is it just me, or is that really not sending out the right message about drinking and driving?

Unlike Ashcroft, Quesnel unfortunately hasn't entirely managed to escape turning into a tourist-trap facsimile...

I was very impressed to see that even the riverfront walking trail had been ploughed: getting around really isn't as difficult as it is when the snow falls in the UK

I'd never seen a monument dedicated to the victims of violence against women before, then I came across this one on International Women's Day...

Many people have said this to me on the recent stages of my journey, but late winter really isn't the most attractive time of year to see most places in Canada... to make up for that, here's a pretty picture of a church


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