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Barkerville Historic Town, British Columbia

Nestled in Northern British Columbia's Cariboo Region, the historic town of Barkerville was once home to thousands of people hoping to strike it rich during the Cariboo Gold Rush of the 1860s. Some left rich, others poor, and as the excitement (and gold strikes) faded, Barkerville soon became a ghost town. In 1958, the government decided to make the town a permanent tourist attraction with costumed residents, carriage rides, old shops, restaurants and businesses(even a hotel!) for visitors to experience the excitement and history of this old Gold Rush town!

Barkerville Historic Town in Northern British Columbia is a living Gold Rush Town to explore and enjoy.Over one hundred years ago the Gold Rush saw thousands of people race northward to try their luck - becoming one of the defining moments in North American history. During the Cariboo Gold Rush in the mid-1800s, the town of Barkerville was born which is now a historic site for visitors to explore.

Once the largest city north of San Francisco and west of Chicago, Barkerville was named for Bill Barker - one of the first people to strike gold in the area. By the 1860s, the town was home to 5,000 people, general stores, a theatre, restaurants and a Chinatown district which provided supplies, entertainment and a place for weary travellers to rest. After the Gold Rush, Barkerville became a ghost town and in 1958 the Government decided to restore the town to its former glory and operate it as a living gold rush tourist attraction.

Today, Barkerville Historic Town is located not far from the town of Wells and the city of Quesnel as well as Bowron Lakes Provincial Park. The summer months is one of the most popular times of years to enjoy this unique local as actors and actresses from across Visitors can also hike up to the old graveyard which was the final resting place for many of Barkerville's notable residents.Canada interact with visitors in period costumes as former town residents and perform songs and dances at the theatre. Many of the businesses are open for visitors to send a postcard, buy a souvenir, feast on delicious food (both trail grub and Chinese!) or even stay the night in the old Bed and Breakfast. The Chinatown section of Visitors can enjoy the inside and outside of Barkerville's
beautiful historic church.Barkerville is a cultural experience and the courts which can be reached by horse and carriage (or by foot) are also interesting to explore with plenty to see and do!

  • SUMMER HOURS: 8:30am - 8:00pm (businesses and tours begin operating at 10:00am) [May 10 - September 26]
  • WINTER HOURS: 8:30am - 4:30pm

This spectacular town is an amazing piece of British Columbia's heritage with its lovingly restored buildings, attention to history and detail and its colourful characters which bring it to life and provide a Gold Rush adventure you wont soon forget!

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