Smythe Family On The Road travel blog

Jonathan playing on the bars with a mural of Quesnell in the...

Jonathan jumps on the bar and glides across to the other end....

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Jonathan climbs on the steam shovel.

Jonathan says the was the best part of the Riverfront Trail.

Jonathan climbs up the arm of the shovel.

We continue on down the Riverfront Trail.

This bulldozer was used for logging. Loggers would use it to pull...

Sitting in the driver's seat!

Checking out the engine. The number on the front says 1934.

Scootering around the Riverwalk Trail.

A pretty Memorial Garden along the trail. Jonathan played photographer this time.

Spring blossoms on the trees.

The cook had an important job on the sternwheeler from 1863-1915 keeping...

The Can Can Girls, also known as Hurdy-Gurdy Girls performed in the...

The Native mother & child were the honour of the people of...

Lord Baden Powell sent aletter welcoming Quesnel into the scouting movement in...

"Hands Up!" It is said that this adage wahs coined by Bill...

Bill Willis & Lloyd Harper opened Willis harper Furniture and Hardware in...

Mary Eagleson became the first female "barber" in Qeusnel when the local...

Jonathan stands with statue of Billy Barker who struck gold and founed...

Visiting the Quesnell Museum, we get a taste of history. Tools the...

Here a dentist and his tools are on display.

The cabinets held coins & bills from countries all over the world....

Jonathan poses in the school room.

I had to take a picture of the Barber Shop as Barbering...

Jonathan stands at the bank window. The green clipboard holds his scavenger...

The town of Quesnell had people aboard the Titanic when it went...

This corner of the museum was dedicated to the Indiams that lived...

A shot of Tom standing by the antique white car made by...


Monday, May 18, 2009.

Walmart, Quesnel, British Columbia, Canada

Quesnel Riverfront Trail Walk and Little Faces Tour

Jonathan and I headed out this morning after breakfast to see Quesnel. We made a stop at the Visitor Center to see what there was to do in town. We had the walking trail and the museum in mind but they shared a few other ideas with us too. When we headed out the door, Jonathan spied the playground behind the Visitor's Center. He played while I took a quick look at the materials we had received. Next, it was downtown to the Riverfront Trail.

We walked down the trail a little ways and ran into a steam shovel. Well, maybe I should say another playground. Jonathan explored and climbed to his heart's content. We then hit the trail only to find another climbing opportunity around the next corner. We made it around town and did part of the Little Faces Tour along with our Riverfront Trail walk and did two in one that way.

Quesnel has painted about two dozen fire hydrants and call it The Little Faces Tour. It was cute and a fun way to learn about the history of Quesnel and this area of British Columbia. They had everything from a teacher to a Boy Scout to paper boy and the brochure they gave us told the history that this character played in the town's history.

I called Tom when we got back to the truck to see if he wanted us to come pick him up so he could join us at the museum and he said “Sure!” so off we went. We all headed back downtown then browsed the museum together for a little while and decided to try Tim Horton's for dinner. The couple back at Thunderbird recommended that restaurant very highly because they had good food and great deals so that sounded like a good combo to us! There was a Tim Horton's downtown so we went there because the next stop was going to be steam shovel when we got done and it was downtown too. They had soup and sandwich combos that hit the spot.

Unfortunately it started sprinkling so our time at the steam shovel was short. This kind of steam shovel was used in building the Panama Canal. They worked so well down there that two of them were ordered to use for mining up here. The way they dug in an upward direction didn't work though so they were left for scrap until the city refurbished them and placed them in parks as a piece of history.



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