QUESNEL  () , city, pop 9,326 (2006), the commercial centre of the N CARIBOO, lies at the confluence of the FRASER and Quesnel rivers, 117 km south of PRINCE GEORGE. The name refers to Jules-Maurice QUESNEL, a fur trader who accompanied Simon FRASER on his exploration of the river in 1808. Settlement began in the 1860s with the discovery of GOLD in the Cariboo; the townsite developed as a supply centre for the goldfields. MINING continued to...

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