Dr. Max Blouw Quesnel River Research Centre

Welcome to the University of Northern British Columbia's Dr. Max Blouw Quesnel River Research Centre. The QRRC is western Canada's only research facility that focuses on landscape ecology and hydro-geomorphological research and teaching. Located in the foothills of British Columbia's majestic Cariboo Range and on the banks of one of the world's deepest lakes, the QRRC fosters research and education in freshwater and watershed science. We reside in a fascinating watershed and are always looking for projects and opportunities that would help us understand it better.


Mount Polley Mine Research

UNBC faculty, staff and students associated with the Quesnel River Research Centre in Likely and the main campus in Prince George are actively involved in research to understand the immediate and longer term environmental and ecological implications of August’s Mount Polley mine tailings pond failure. They are collecting water, sediment, and biological samples from the Quesnel watershed and looking at the movement of water and sediment plumes in Quesnel Lake. They are working with several other organizations, including universities, federal and provincial governments, research institutes, and First Nations. They will present preliminary findings at the annual QRRC open house on Saturday Oct. 4.

Sockeye Salmon Tracking

Anyone with a boat, a sounder or fish finder and a little spare time near Quesnel Lake can help track sockeye salmon movement through Quesnel Lake and into Horsefly Bay. We are specifically interested at which depth sockeye are migrating through Quesnel Lake to determine if they are migrating through the plume associated with the Mt. Polley tailings pond breach. Heavy metals in the water column can impact a salmon's ability to navigate to their spawning streams. If you are interested in helping out with this effort more details can be found here.