In a quiet valley, surrounded by beautiful green mountains and lush forests, is the picturesque community of Quesnel. Located at the confluence of the Fraser and Quesnel Rivers, Quesnel is the commercial centre of the North Cariboo with forestry as the primary industry. With a rich history tied to the Gold Rush era, Quesnel comes to life each year in the celebration of “Billy Barker Days” featuring more than 100 sporting events, rodeos and stage shows. Residents also enjoy a broad range of outdoor activities including camping, hiking, mountain climbing, trail riding and fishing.
Quesnel experiences a definite four-season climate with warm, relatively dry summers and cold winters lasting from November to mid-March. On average there are 90 days of measurable rainfall and 36 days of measurable snowfall each year. Weather extremes are unusual although snow may impede traffic on rural roads from time to time. The average summer temperature is 16 degrees Celsius and the average winter temperature -5 degrees.
Forestry, tourism, agriculture and transportation
Town Population: 9,879 (2016 Census)
Ages of Population: 0-19: 25.6% 20-29: 11.1% 30-64: 48.2% 65+: 15.2%, (Source: 2006 BC Stats)
Health Administrative Information
Health Authority: Northern Health
Health Service Delivery Area: Thompson Cariboo Shuswap
Regional District: Cariboo Regional District
Rural Designation: RSA community
RRP Designation: A
RRP Points: 22.20
Practitioner + Clinic information
General Practitioners: 29 + 7 Speciality Practise (www.cpsbc.ca)
Clinics Riverside Medical Clinic 683 Front Street Quesnel, BC, V2J 2K9 P: 250 992-2535 | F: 250 992-2539 Fraserview Clinic 32 - 665 Front Street Quesnel, BC, V2J 5J5 P: 250 992-3636 | F: 250 992-7587 Holley Clinic 348 Front Street Quesnel, BC, V2J 2K3 P: 250 992-2158 Avery Clinic 644 Front Street Quesnel, BC, V2J 2K8 P: 250 992-8321 | F: 250 992-1563 Goldcity Walk-in Clinic 458 Reid Street Quesnel, BC, V2J 2M6 P: 250 992-6006 | F: 250 992-6015 Hrs: Mon-Sat 2 pm - 6 pm Quesnel Medical Clinic 674A Front Street Quesnel, BC, V2J 2K7 P: 250 992-8948 | F: 250 992-2503
The Northern Health Authority operates the G.R. Baker Memorial Hospital and Baker Lodge in Quesnel.
G.R. Baker Memorial Hospital 543 Front Street Quesnel, BC, V2J 2K7 P: 250 985-5600 | F: 250 992-5652 http://careers.northernhealth.ca/Communities/NorthernInterior/Quesnel.aspx
Services on site include:
- Ear, Nose and Throat surgeon
- 2 general surgeons
- A radiologist visits weekly
- pathologists available in Prince George
The hospital has a wide variety of specialized equipment and services, such as:
- stress electrocardiography
- spirometry machine
The nearest referral hospital is Prince George (121 km).
Acute Care Beds: 31
Extended Care Beds: 40
Intensive Care Unit Beds: 4
Crisis Stabilization Beds: 5
This community has a full-service Emergency Room. It is open 24/7. There is also an intensive care unit at this facility.
Number of Visits Per Year: 15,089 (2009/2010 Statistics: NHA)
Emergency Beds: 5
Intensive Care Unit Beds: 4
Travel distance to transfer hospital: 121 km to Prince George
This community provides anaesthesia services.
This community has surgical services, including:
general and urological surgery.
This facility offers obstetrics and Caesarian Section services.
West Hill Midwifery 511 Palmer Street Quesnel, BC, V2J 1N7 P: 250 992-3988 | F: 250 992-3988 www.westhillmidwifery.com
G. R. Baker Memorial Hospital Lab 543 Front Street Quesnel, BC, V2J 2K7 P: 250 991-7580 Hrs: Mon-Fri 6 am - 6 pm, Sat 8 am - 12 pm In-community LifeLabs Laboratory Testing Services 665 Front Street Quesnel, BC, V2J 2K8 P: 250 992-2464
There is a blood bank in this community.
X-Ray G. R. Baker Memorial Hospital 543 Front Street Quesnel, BC, V2J 2K7 P: 250 985-5680 | F: 250 992-5652 Hrs: Xray: Mon-Fri 7 am - 5 pm Ultrasound
There are ultrasound imaging services in this community
Hrs: Ultrasound: Mon 7:00 am – 2:42 pm, Tues-Fri 7:00 am – 4:30 pm
There are CT imaging services in this community.
Mammography, Echocardiography, Bone Densitometry
BC Ambulance Service provides coverage to this community, including Air Ambulance services.
G.R. Bakery Memorial Hospital Pharmacy 543 Front Street Quesnel, BC, V2J 2K7 P: 250 985-5633 | F: 250 992-3007 Drugstore Pharmacy #8582 2335 Maple Drive Eeast Quesnel, BC, V2J 7J6 P: 250 747-2812 | F: 250 747-2879 Fraserview Pharmacy Ltd. #11 - 665 Front Street Quesnel, BC, V2J 2K9 P: 250 992-3822 | F: 250 992-3766 Front Street Pharmacy 340 Front Street Quesnel, BC, V2J 2K3 P: 250 992-9766 | F: 250 992-8776 Good Health Pharmacy 664 Front Street Quesnel, BC, V2J 2K8 P: 250 991-5155 | F: 250 991-0699 Safeway Food & Drug - Pharmacy #71 445 Reid Street Quesnel, BC, V2J 2M7 P: 250 992-6898 | F: 250 992-6147 Save-on-Foods & Drugs #972 #7 - 155 Malcolm Drive Quesnel, BC, V2J 3K2 P: 250 992-2291 | F: 250 992-3691 Shoppers Drug Mart # 213 225 St. Laurent Avenue Quesnel, BC, V2J 2C8 P: 250 992-2214 | F: 250 992-8870 Wal-mart Pharmacy #3199 890 Rita Road Quesnel, BC, V2J 7J3 P: 250 747-8655 | F: 250 747-2368
There is a nurse practitioner in this community.
Baker Lodge (40 beds) G. R. Baker Memorial Hospital 543 Front Street Quesnel, BC, V2J 2K7 P: 250 985-5600 | F: 250 992-5652 In-community Dunrovin Park Lodge Care Facility (71 beds) 900 St. Laurent Avenue Quesnel, BC, V2J 3S3 P: 250 985-5800 Maple House (Dunrovin Park Lodge extension) 543 Front Street Quesnel, BC, V2J 2K7 P: 250 992-0600
G. R. Baker Memorial Hospital 523 Front Street Quesnel, BC, V2J 2K7 P: 250 985-5600 Hrs: Mon-Fri 8 am - 4 pm In-community WeCare Prince George P: 250 563-3501 | F: 250 563-6448
Nutritional Counselling G. R. Baker Memorial Hospital 543 Front Street Quesnel, BC, V2J 2K7 P: 250 985-5657 | F: 250 983-6843 In-community Tammy Raynor RNCP 157 Brears Road South Quesnel, BC, V2J 4G3 P: 250 255-1063
Diabetic Nurse Educator
Diabetes Education Centre G. R. Baker Memorial Hospital 543 Front Street Quesnel, BC, V2J 2K7 P: 250 985-5657 In-community Canadian Diabetes Association 1470 Fraser Highway West Quesnel, BC, V2J 6J1 P: 250 992-2271 Quesnel Tillicum Friendship Society Native Friendship Centre Aboriginal Diabetes Prevention and Awareness Program 319 North Fraser Drive Quesnel, BC, V2J 1Y9 P: 250 992-8347 | F: 250 992-5708 www.quesnel-friendship.org
In-community Charles Physio Ltd. 1540 Dragon Lane Road Quesnel, BC, V2J 6G3 P: 250 747-3600
Mental Health and Addictions
Quesnel Unit Emergency Short Stay Treatment (QUESST) (5 beds) G. R. Baker Memorial Hospital 543 Front Street Quesnel, BC, V2J 2K7 P: 250 985-5608 In-community CYMH Quesnel 163 Kinchant Street Quesnel, BC, V2J 2R1 P: 250 992-4267 Hrs: Mon-Fri 8:30 am - 4:30 pm Quesnel Mental Health Team 627 Walkem Street Quesnel, BC, V2J 2J6 P: 250 983-6828 | TFP: 1 866 565-2999 | F: 250 983-6825 Quesnel Tillicum Friendship Society Native Friendship Centre 319 North Fraser Drive Quesnel, BC, V2J 1Y9 P: 250 992-8347 | F: 250 992-5708 www.quesnel-friendship.org
Walmsley & Associates 35C Vaughan Street Quesnel, BC, V2J 2T1 P: 250 992-9525 | TFF: 1 877 389-9858 www.walmsley.ca Professional Counselling Resources Suite #2 - 462 Reid Street Quesnel, BC, V2J 2M6 P: 250 992-9525 Quesnel Child & Youth Support Suite #12 - 665 Front Street Quesnel, BC, V2J 5J5 P: 250 992-5114 Quesnel Women's Resource Centre 690 Mclean Street Quesnel, BC, V2J 2P6 P: 250 992-8472 Bayman Enterprises 155 Malcolm Drive Quesnel, BC, V2J 3K2 P: 250 992-1003 Amata Transition House Society 693 Mclean Street Quesnel, BC, V2J 2P6 P: 250 992-7321 Quesnel Tillicum Society 319 North Fraser Quesnel, BC, V2J 1Y9 P: 250 992-8347 Axis Family Resources 345 St. Laurent Avenue Quesnel, BC, V2J 2E1 P: 250 992-2759
Pacemaker Clinic - University Hospital Northern BC G.R. Baker Memorial Hospital 543 Front Street Quesnel, BC, V2J 2K7 P: 250 565-2439 Quesnel Health Unit 511 Reid Street Quesnel, BC, V2J 2M8 P: 250 991-7571 Hrs: Mon-Fri 1:00 pm - 4:00 pm
Services: STI testing, treatment and counselling, HIV counselling and testing, pregnancy testing, birth control information, immunizations, needle exchange at the Tillicum Friendship Centre.
Healthy Mothers, Healthy Babies Pregnancy Outreach Program 3rd Floor - 488 McLean Street Quesnel, BC, V2J 2P2 P: 250 992-2481 | F: 250 992-3439 www.quesnelcdc.com/healthy-mothers-babies.htm Quesnel Women's Resource Centre Society Violence Against Women Counseling Services 690 McLean Street Quesnel, BC, V2J 2P6 P: 250 992-8472 BC Schizophrenia Society Northern Interior Region Mental Health & Addictions Prince George Office Box 504, 1117 - 6th Avenue Prince George, BC, V2L 4S6 P: 250 561-8033 | TFP: 1 888 561-8055 | F: 250 562-8015 www.bcss.org
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