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Busy Main Street with people horse drawn carriages and historic buildings in Barkerville Historic Town

Barkerville, BC


OVERVIEW

Visit the preserved gold-rush town of Barkerville for an authentic 1860s experience. You can wander around the old town and explore over 100 heritage buildings, including: saloons, museums, churches, homes, blacksmiths, general stores, barber shops, butchers, a Chinatown and more. 

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Barkerville Historic Site - Two Day Pass

Travel back to the 1860s and walk through a unique streetscape with more than 125 heritage buildings and displays. Embark on a town tour and explore this world-class heritage site thriving with rich history. Learn all about BC's gold rush town with your expert guide and experience authentic gold panning in the historic town of Barkerville.

Highlights:

  • Wander freely around the vast heritage site and see various heritage buildings showcasing thousands of historical artifacts, photos, maps and documents.
  • Take on a gold panning lesson and pan for a sample of gold to take home with you.
  • Watch an authentic wooden Cornish Waterwheel in action and learn about the working conditions of an underground mining operation during the Waterwheel Show.
  • Explore one of Canada's oldest Chinatowns and see how Chinese merchants and miners lived on a Chinatown Tour.
  • See blacksmiths in action and smell the sizzle of hot metal smoke at Cameron & Ames Blacksmith Shop.

Barkerville is open between 8:00 am and 8:00 pm. Admission tickets are required to enter mid-May through mid-September. 

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Quesnel

Visit the charming small city of Quesnel—once the commercial centre of the Cariboo Gold Rush—to enjoy the city's rich cultural heritage, nearby lakes, rivers, provincial parks and farmers markets.

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Williams Lake

Visit the charming city of Williams Lake in Central BC. Located along the historic Cariboo Gold Rush Trail and surrounded by lakes, rivers and forested hillsides, you can discover rich local history and enjoy a wide variety of year-round outdoor activities.

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Anahim Lake

Surrounded by the Coastal Mountain range and the wide open Chilcotin Plateau sits the remote community of Anahim Lake—perfect for year-round outdoor activities or the perfect place to kick back and take in the gorgeous sights.

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Prince George

Take a scenic adventure along Highway 16 from Prince Rupert to visit Price George, known as the Northern Capital of BC. With over 100 city parks and almost 100 km of trails, there’s lots of fun to have in the great outdoors. 


 
 
 

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