Posted by: cherylyoung | June 15, 2012

Between 1852 and 1870 over 10,000 people travelled the Cariboo Wagon Raod,named the 8th wonder of the world

 

 

Rediscover gold country in British Columbia’s

 legendary and historic gold rush town of

Barkerville, located east of Quesnel on the

 Cariboo Wagon Road.

 

In 1862, Englishman Billy Barker found gold on

Williams Creek, a discovery that started a rush of

fortune seekers from all over the world.

Between 1862 and 1870, over 10,000 people

 travelled the Cariboo Wagon Road, named the

 eighth wonder of the world, converging on the

goldfields, and the boomtown called Barkerville.

 

In its heyday, Barkerville was the largest city west

of Chicago and north of San Fransisco.

During the height of the Gold Rush it was thought

that Barkerville would become one of the biggest

cities on the West Coast, but when the gold played

out, Barkerville died.

 

It stood abandoned for more than 70 years.

 

In 1957, the provincial government took over

Barkerville and started the long process of

restoring and reconstructing it into an historic site.

Today, Barkerville remains a town of discovery,

 as it did in the days of old, a unique streetscape

with over 125 faithfully restored heritage buildings,

 including a blacksmith, bakery and restaurants,

and the remains of one of North America’s

oldest Chinatowns.

A gateway into the past, Barkerville offers visitors

 a glimpse of the days when haggard prospectors

paid for their whisky with gold dust, and can-can

dancers could scoop up a tip without missing a beat.

 

 

Guided tours throughout the town bring the lore

of the Gold Rush to life, with period actors

roaming the streets dressed in the costumes of

historical characters, and greeting visitors as if

 they had just arrived on the Barnard Express

stagecoach.

And for those who contract gold fever (and there

 are always a few), there’s plenty of gold panning

 to be had. Good luck!

A history as rich as the gold itself awaits you at

 Barkerville.

 

 The historic town is open year round, although

 the full interpretive program is only in effect from

mid-May through to the end of September.

 

 

For the remainder of the year, visitors are welcome

to explore the streets of Barkerville, and for two

weekends in December, Barkerville offers

old-fashioned Christmas celebrations with full

 interpretive services.

Along the road to Barkerville you’ll see historical

 sights such as Cottonwood River, Cottonwood

 House, Mexican Hill, Robber’s Roost, Blessing’s

Grave, Devil’s Canyon and Stanley Cemetery.

Location: Barkerville is located on Highway 26,

 55 miles (89 km) east of Quesnel in the Cariboo

 region of British Columbia.

 

Just follow the ‘Gold Rush Trail’ along the

 Cariboo Highway 97 to Quesnel, then take

Highway 26 to Barkerville.

 

TO SEE A VIDEO OF BARKERVILLE GO TO

CHERYL HOLMES YOUNG ON MY FACEBOOK OR

TWITTER

CHERYL YOUNG, REALTOR, VICTORIA B.C

TAKING YOU ON A REMARKABLE JOURNEY OF

BC A DAY AT A TIME

www.cherylyoung.ca

 

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