The charming small town of Quesnel (population 11,000) hosts the overnight stay on the Rocky Mountaineer Rainforest to Gold Rush route. Its history dates back to the Cariboo Gold Rush of the 1850s and 1860s. Fondly nicknamed the Gold Pan City, Quesnel is rich with stories of fortune seekers.
Surrounded by a dry, rolling pastoral landscape and the glacier-created Interior Plateau, it’s also a place where the Fraser and Quesnel Rivers join, creating a rich fishing site that hosts some of the most important salmon runs in the world. Please not that all accommodations in Quesnel, while charming, are of moderate standard and cannot be upgraded.