Quesnel is named for Jules Maurice Quesnel, who accompanied Simon Fraser on his journey to the Pacific Ocean.
Location: Quesnel is located in the north central part of the Province.
Judicial District: Cariboo Judicial District
Courthouse – Quesnel
Location: 350 Barlow Avenue / McLean Street
Built: 1964 – 1965
Architect: W Ekins and Roger Vale
Contractor: Narod Construction Ltd. of Vancouver
Description: The building faces north and is a four story and two story glass, stone and concrete structure. The rectangular buildings are located on landscaped grounds in the centre of Quesnel. The Provincial Government Building complex has a four story rectangular section on the west side and a two story section on the east side which contains the Supreme Court and the Provincial Court. The roof lines are flat and the south section has ornamental iron work with recessed windows. The Supreme Court courtroom is located on the upper section and the Provincial Court courtroom is located on the lower section. The roof line is flat.
Note: The first courthouse in the Caribou region was built at Richfield ( Barkerville ) in 1862 and the second courthouse built in 1882. The first courthouse and jail was built in Quesnel in 1899 at a cost of $2,000. The second courthouse was part of the Provincial Government Building constructed in 1912.
Provincial Government Building ( Courthouse )
Photos taken 2019