Local History

Descendants of Simon Fraser & Jules Quesnel Married and Living in Surrey!

Ken Diamond is a seasoned award-winning veteran of the tourism industry in British Columbia. He has spent years working for the Vancouver Trolly Company and Big Bus hop-on, hop-off city tours of Vancouver. He came out of retirement to start his own tour company “West Wagon Tours” based in Surrey.

Ken Diamond of Surrey's West Wagon Tours
(Ken Diamond of Surrey’s West Wagon Tours)

Since moving to Surrey from Montreal in 1978, Ken has been an avid promoter of Surrey. The “West Wagon Tours” visits lesser known tourist attractions outside Vancouver such as those in Surrey, Fort Langley and New Westminster.

Surrey's West Wagon Tours

Surrey's West Wagon Tours
(Surrey’s West Wagon Tours wagon styled bus)

We met Ken during our Paddlewheeler Riverboat Tour along the Fraser River. He partnered with the riverboat company that day providing an option for passengers to hop off in Fort Langley and take a guided tour back home. We opted in.

One of his stops was at Fort Wine Company in Langley (which we covered in a recent post). I sat down with Ken at the winery and he told me an incredible story…

VIDEO: Surrey Couple Related to Historic BC Explorers Simon Fraser and Jules Quesnel

In this video, Ken explains his family’s relation to Simon Fraser, and his wife’s family’s relation to Jules Quesnel (the City of Quesnel BC’s namesake). Ironically, Simon Fraser and Jules Quesnel were college buddies who eventually made the trek westward to discover British Columbia, and of course the Fraser River – which we sailed down that day – is named after Simon.

West Wagon Tours Now For Sale

I was speaking with Ken today and he told me it’s time for him to finally retire. If anybody is interested in buying his business West Wagon Tours, give him a shout…

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Daman Beatty
The creator of Surrey604.com, Daman Beatty (AKA 'Beatler') is originally from Sackville, New Brunswick. A longtime media producer, visual designer, marketing and communications specialist, Daman loves travel, technology and being a Daddy.