Aerial ViewThe Dr Max Blouw Quesnel River Research Centre is western Canada's only field station established to support research and education in landscape ecology. Our aim is to foster interdisciplinary research and education in terrestrial, freshwater and atmospheric environmental science, spanning interactions between hydrology, ecology, geology and climatology.

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 a broad range of scientists studying the environmental impacts of the Mt Polley tailings pond breach in 2014.

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

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, courses / classes or extended research at the QRRC, please contact us by e-mail at or phone 1-250-790-2031.

UNBC Quesnel River Research Centre