Barkerville BC V0K 1B0
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Constructed on the
Cariboo 'Waggon' Road between 1864 and 1865, Cottonwood House served miners
and travellers heading to Barkerville and the Cariboo Goldfields, or going
west and south to Quesnel and Victoria. Horses were changed and hearty
meals were offered to stagecoach drivers and passengers, as well as accommodation.
In the General Store across from the house, all the hardware and provisions
needed for survival in the mountain wilderness were available. John Boyd's
family welcomed travellers and managed the site between 1874 and 1951!
Cottonwood used to serve as a telegraph office for the Overland Telegraph,
and you can still see some of its poles and wires here.
Now only a 25-minute
drive from Quesnel, instead of four hours by stagecoach, Cottonwood still
gives visitors a feeling of stepping back into Gold Rush times! Visiting
this wonderfully preserved and restored pioneer farm is an ideal way to
start your Barkerville adventure. You'll be standing amid surroundings
that tangibly present what it was like to live in the Cariboo when the
first farms and ranches were being established.
is situated between the Cottonwood River and Highway 26, 28 km east of
Quesnel and on your way to Barkerville. The original Cariboo Wagon Road
runs right through the property as it heads toward the famous goldfields
of the Barkerville district. Cottonwood is only a 25-minute drive from
Quesnel and just 40 minutes' driving time from Barkerville.
Cottonwood is open from mid-May to September.