The Dr Max Blouw Quesnel River Research Centre was established in 2002 as western Canada's only field station focused on research and education in landscape ecology, funded by a generous endowment from Forest Renewal BC.

Our aim since then has been to support interdisciplinary research and education spanning interactions between the life, terrestrial, freshwater and atmospheric environmental sciences, as well as socio-economic, historical and cultural studies.

Aerial ViewThe QRRC is located in a fascinating watershed: it is set in the foothills of the majestic Cariboo Mountains, among the western fringes of the globally-unique Interior Temperate Rainforest, on the banks of one of British Columbia's premier salmon rivers, and at the outlet of what is thought to be the world's deepest fjord-lake.

Researchers currently active from the QRRC are investigating aspects of fluvial sedimentology and geomorphology, limnology, and a variety of topics relating to terrestrial and freshwater ecology and fisheries science. We also provide a base for the diverse community of scientists studying the environmental impacts of the Mt Polley tailings pond breach in 2014.

We are keen to hear of new projects and ideas which will help to generate knowledge and improve understanding related to this exceptional area's natural systems. If you are interested in conducting fieldwork, extended research, or courses / classes at the QRRC, please contact us by e-mail at or phone 1-250-790-2031. Depending on availability, we may also be able to host meetings or retreats.

UNBC Quesnel River Research Centre