Barkerville BC V0K 1B0
T (250) 994-3332
F (250) 994-3435
Welcome to a place
where the fun's pure gold! In 1862, Billy Barker found gold at Williams
Creek, a discovery that started a rush of fortune seekers from all over
the world. Between 1862 and 1870, over 100,000 people travelled the Cariboo
Wagon Road, named the Eighth Wonder of the World, converging on the goldfields,
and the bustling boomtown of Barkerville. In its heyday, this was the
largest town in the Canadian West.
endures as a town of discovery, a unique streetscape with over 125 heritage
buildings, the Theatre Royal Shows, exhibits, entertaining street theatre
during summer, and unique shops filled with Victorian-era merchandise.
Popular special events are staged each summer.
Barkerville is located
in a forested sub-alpine environment in the mountains 89 km (55 miles)
east of Quesnel. Just follow the 'Gold Rush Trail' along Highway 97 to
Quesnel, then take Highway 26 from there. 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 only 8 km west of Barkerville.
Barkerville is open year-round - 8 am to 8 pm
Full Visitor Services
mid-June and Labour Day
are in effect from mid-May to mid-September.