Barkerville Historic Town. British Columbia's Gold Rush Town, on the Cariboo Wagon Road and BC's Gold Rush Trail.

Welcome to a place where the fun's pure gold - Historic Barkerville - just east of Quesnel in the Cariboo Chilcotin Coast region of British Columbia! It's living history in a spectacular natural environment.

In 1862, Billy Barker found gold at Williams Creek, a discovery that started a rush of fortune seekers to the Cariboo from all over the world, helping set the stage for the settlement of British Columbia and its eventual confederation with Canada.

In its heyday this was the largest town in the Canadian West. Over 100,000 people traveled the Cariboo Wagon Road (named 'Eighth Wonder of the World') to converge on the goldfields, and the bustling boomtown of Barkerville.

Today, Barkerville endures as a town of discovery, a unique streetscape with over 125 heritage buildings, the Theatre Royal shows, exhibits, stage coach rides, entertaining street theatre during the summer, and unique shops filled with Victorian-era merchandise.

Barkerville is a historic site like no other. Unlike many gold rush towns from this era - which have long disappeared - Barkerville remains a thriving place, rich in history and full of life. You can tour the town with one of the colourful characters from Barkerville’s past, watch the notorious Judge Begbie strike fear into the hearts of history’s criminals, witness authentic gold rush theatre, and see a real Cornish Waterwheel in action. Enjoy gold panning with your family and friends, visit Barkerville’s well preserved Chinatown, and go back to school in the 1800s. Or, learn about the town at your own pace by visiting our historic buildings and beautiful displays. Our town's merchants, restaurants and accommodations will provide you with everything you need for a genuinely comfortable trip into the province's past.

Each year many popular special events are staged including the Victoria Day Afternoon Tea at the Wake Up Jake Restaurant to honour Queen Victoria … Dominion Day Celebrations where you can celebrate Canada's birthday the way they did in 1870 … and the traditional Chinese Mid-Autumn Festival celebration, honouring Barkerville's Chinese heritage, which begins at dusk with a lantern parade through the streets of Barkerville … live music and more including a cowboy festival.

You can also celebrate Halloween with a "Ghostly Town Tour" in Barkerville and in mid-December there is decorated displays and home baking in the Wendle House. The Goldfield Bakery and many of the Barkerville businesses are open for Christmas, there's Carol singing at St. Saviour's Church, special Christmas displays, and events throughout the month.

The Visitor Reception Centre is the information and admission building for Barkerville Historic Town. Here you can purchase admission tickets for the Theatre Royal and Stagecoach rides. You can also find out about B&B accommodation, tours and any events scheduled during your visit. Changing exhibitions and a theater with a short film on the gold rush are located in the building - along with maps and brochures on Barkerville and the surrounding area.

Barkerville is located in the Cariboo Mountains 80 km (50 miles) east of Quesnel, near the mining town of Wells. Just follow the 'Gold Rush Trail' along Highway 97 to Quesnel, and then take Highway 26. You can also take a 1 hour flight from Vancouver on Central Mountain Air.

On the way you can stop in at Cottonwood House for a great introduction to the heritage adventure ahead! The picturesque little town of Wells is on the way as well, just a few minutes west of Barkerville.



Barkerville Historic Town
PO Box 19, Barkerville
British Columbia, Canada V0K 1B0

Visit our full website at: www.barkerville.ca
Email us at: barkerville@barkerville.ca
Telephone: (250) 994-3302 Fax: (250) 994-3435


 

Barkerville Parade
Stagecoach on Barkerville Street
Mining for Gold at the Cornish Water Wheel
Judge Begbie holds court
Re-enactments provide living history
Barkerville Historic Town. British Columbia's Gold Rush Town, on the Cariboo Wagon Road and BC's Gold Rush Trail.