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Smokehouse beside Quesnel’s Riverfront Trail demolished

The unsound structure was removed on Monday
The smokehouse located next to the Riverfront Trail was removed Monday, May 16. (Rebecca Dyok photo — Quesnel Cariboo Observer)

A smokehouse next to the Riverfront Trail in Quesnel was removed after the city’s chief building inspector determined the structure was unfit for use due to structural safety issues.

City crews could be seen early Monday, May 16, removing the structure located north of the Fraser River Walking Bridge.

According to a news release, weather, age, and multiple interior fires were the leading cause of the disrepair.

The smokehouse was built in 1989.

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“There are no plans to replace the smokehouse,” reads the news release.

“The city is working with Lhtako Dené Nation on multiple projects that will bring their culture back to their traditional lands.”

Such projects include developing interpretive signage and sculptures along the Fraser River waterfront, seeking funding for the Indigenous Cultural Centre and developing a residential school commemoration in the plaza located at St. Laurent Avenue and Vaughan Street beside Quesnel City Hall.

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