This is about a little town in the middle of nowhere that is trying to figure it out. Quesnel, BC has a population of 12,000 people and is on the main route to northern British Columbia and the Yukon. It was once near the center of the Canadian gold rush of 1892, but those days are long gone. It’s current focus is on tourists traveling the main highway and the city’s access to nature. I walked around this quiet town in search of food and nutritional substances. I found them and was not dissatisfied with the results. The reason I am discussion this tiny town I was curious on why they were spending $5.6M on an upgrade to the sewer and water system on five blocks of the main downtown street, and of how small business survive with this small population. I spoke with the fireman in one of the photos below and he told me the Federal government of Canada, the Provence paid for this upgrade along a small portion by the city. The foot traffic was minimal and many of the shops not a customer entered for the hours I sat and watched.
Coming from the entrepreneurial world of Orange County, CA where every new business requires a business model that can scale into the millions of dollars, I was taken aback by these micro life-style businesses attempting to survive in the middle to nowhere. As a professor of entrepreneurship, my heart went out to these focuses people attempting to follow their dream of a business doing something they love to do – and will never scale up to be a million dollar enterprise.
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This was the view all day as I rode to Quesnel, BC.
Lake after lake, river after river, valley after valley.
These “Take a book, leave a book” boxes are in most small cities in British Columbia. They promote the gentleness and sharing of these small towns.
Unfortunately, this small bookstore was across the street of the “book sharing box.” I wondered how this bookstore and yarn shop could survive with a town of 12,000 people.k I guess I will never know.
One of the main tourist attractions in town.
This is the torn up five block Main Street. I asked this fireman if any of the businesses had gong under during this five month process and he told me that he thought some of them were on the verge.