Posted by: cherylyoung | February 23, 2012

Day 39 Bounce Through Barkerville

Day 39 Bounce Through Barkerville


Day 39 Bounce Through Barkerville



Each year, thousands of visitors from all over the world travel to the foothills of the Cariboo mountains to take in this one of a kind heritage attraction, much like miners and prospectors did during the original gold rushes.


In 1861, a miner named Billy Barker arrived in the region, along with a wave of prospectors from all over North America and the world.  While here, Barker struck a fabulously rich pay streak.  As a result, in 1862, Barkerville was born, helping set the stage for the settlement of British Columbia and its eventual confederation with Canada. 

Today, 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.  Pan for gold 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.


When you come to Victoria whether by air or Water (Ferry) There is one place

that you should stay at:

Best Western Emerald Isle in Tranquil Sidney by the Sea.

The Best Western Emerald Isle Motor Inn is the perfect centre for touring Victoria and southern Vancouver Island. Just outside your door you will find Sidney which offers all the amenities of a small city. The World famous Butchart Gardens is just minutes away, and a short scenic drive takes you into the heart of Victoria.

Business and pleasure travellers alike will appreciate our spacious, tastefully decorated rooms and suites immaculately kept and designed with comfort in mind. We have added special touches including wide hallways, skylights and windows that open, giving the Emerald Isle a bright and cheerful air.

Take some time to unwind after your busy day in our worl class hot tub, take a sauna and work out those kinks

Best Western Emerald Isle 2306 Beacon Ave. Sidney, BC, Canada V8L 1X2 Ph: 250.656.4441 Fax: 250.655.1351 Toll Free: 1.800.315.3377 Email:

Please join us in Sidney-by-the-Sea.




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