Dinner seating set up on the Fraser River Footbridge

Annual Events

We have a number of festivals, concerts and events throughout the year, which are perfect to plan your trip around.

Gold Rush Trail Sled Dog Mail Run

The historic mail run takes you back in time to when mail was carried by dogsleds in the winter. The run is your opportunity to have your specialty-designed envelope carried by dogsled on part of its joinery over Cariboo trails to you and your friends. For more information or to order envelopes, check out their website.

Festival of the Performing Arts

Performances before a skilled experienced adjudicator; vocal and choral, piano, dance, speech and dramatic arts.

Billy Barker Days

Billy Barker Days is a family festival celebrating the gold rush heritage. The festival features four days of entertainment for those seeking action, relaxation, fun and excitement. The community comes alive with business decorating, 1860’s costume rentals, Seniors’ Day and Kids’ Day, free stage entertainment in the park, plus the midway, dances, parade, rodeo, the Gold Dust Mall, fireworks, and many other activities sponsored by other community organizations.

Quesnel Bike Festival

A family-friendly 3 day mountain bike festival hosted by the City of Quesnel and the Gold Rush Cycling Club that includes a Jump Jam, Pump Track Challenge, 6-stage Enduro, and a beginner-friendly 2 stage Downhill Event

Agriculture Fair and Exhibition

The fair and exhibition support both Quesnel’s agricultural and urban communities. Featuring vendors, local musicians, dog events, fur and feather events, visual arts, and more.

Annual Pow Wow

Pow Wow is a social gathering held by First Nations communities. A modern Pow Wow is a gathering to meet, dance, sing, socialize, and honor First Nations culture.