For those of you on Facebook, the suspense is over. A few hours ago, I asked fans to identify which property I was referring to. It read: Which Sandman Hotel has 106 rooms, likes being in the middle, and is in the same city as one of the world’s longest wooden truss foot bridges?
Rather than simply cutting to the chase, I thought I’d introduce the property to all of you, giving it some context and offering up some local knowledge for when you pay your next visit.
To help you make more of an educated guess, I’ll tell you about the clientele: Sandman Hotel Group opened this hotel in 1999, and has since enjoyed a predominantly corporate crowd. Provincial and Federal government workers, millworkers, forestry workers, industrial and retail representatives working in the northern B.C. region, long-haul truckers, and folks in the mining and energy sectors have accounted for nearly two thirds of the business. The remaining business comes from the leisure travel market, including people heading as far north as Alaska, hockey and other sports teams, and even tourists aboard the Rocky Mountaineer passenger trains during the summer months!
Getting a clearer picture of the location I’m talking about?!
No? Let’s talk about the history. Ever heard of Billy Barker?… the Cariboo Gold Rush?… For a time there, this city was predicted to be the capital of British Columbia. It was the commercial capital of the province during the boom of the Great Cariboo Gold Rush. People liked themselves the gold, and they flocked to it by the thousands, giving this city the moniker of the Gold Pan City.
Gold Pan City. If that hasn’t given it away then, check out the photo below. (Hint: read the words)
That’s right! I’m talking about the Sandman Hotel Quesnel – the nicest hotel for 200 miles. Smack dab in the centre of the province of British Columbia, this 106 room hotel opened as a Sandman in 1999 and hasn’t looked back. Known for our friendly, accommodating staff, excellent customer service, and outstanding cleanliness, we are the mid-point on your road trip from Vancouver to Northern BC.
Quesnel is home to one of the best local museums in the province, is renowned for it’s rich gold mining history (did I mention you can even pan for GOLD in nearby Barkerville?), and as mentioned in the Facebook post, is home to the world’s longest wooden truss foot bridge.
Thanks to Rob Moutray, General Manager of the Sandman Hotel Quesnel, click through the links listed below and learn even more about what Quesnel has to offer. After all, nothing says summer like a good ole’ road trip (especially one that involves gold!). Where better to rest your weary head than at one of our Sandman Hotels?
Things To Do, While Visiting Quesnel:
Do the Quesnel River Walk http://www.cip-icu.ca/greatplaces/en/place.asp?id=4069!
Take your picture with the world’s largest gold pan – afterall, you’re in The Gold Pan City now. http://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/en/d/dd/Gold_pan.png
This isn’t your Bay Downtown anymore, Toto! Visit Cariboo Keepsakes, a local aritsans’ shop located in the 1864 Hudson Bay Company Trading Post – it’s the oldest one in Canada that is still in its original location! http://farm4.static.flickr.com/3164/2979723512_6bf9f051a0.jpg
Take in the Quesnel Museum – one of the best local museums in British Columbia; home to “Mandy” the haunted doll and a major Chinese artifact collection. http://www.quesnelmuseum.ca/index.asp
Billy Barker Casino – for those of you who don’t want to get your hands dirty and pan for the goods. http://farm3.static.flickr.com/2538/4114692393_7ef8592089.jpg
Dragon Lake – catch & release trophy size rainbow trout – summer or winter! Check out the size of them! http://1.bp.blogspot.com/_ElVYlN1h8MU/SwB94HfipSI/AAAAAAAAABQ/Iu8s9kZrWI4/s400/Dragon+Lake+fall+09+adj+final.jpg and http://photos-d.ak.fbcdn.net/photos-ak-sf2p/v645/164/71/660730341/n660730341_2294696_4638.jpg
Barkerville! The pre-eminent Historic Goldrush Town (45 minutes east) – perhaps the last place in B.C. you can find your own gold, and keep it. http://www.barkerville.ca/default.htm
Tap into your inner boy scout/girl scout, dust off your life jacket, and experience the world-renowned Bowron Lake Provincial Park, an hour east of the Sandman Hotel Quesnel. Nine lakes, one canoe, and you! http://www.bcadventure.com/adventure/explore/cariboo/trails/bowron.htm