Barkerville Historic Town

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Place Category: Museums and Heritage Sites

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  • It’s 1862. You are hand-digging through layers of soggy, worthless, frustrating gravel, hoping and praying the next shovel-stroke will expose a fortune in gold. Everyone says it’s crazy, but there’s too much at stake. Then, just when the outcome seems impossibly bleak, at a depth of 52 feet the ground begins to pay. The lead is struck, and the greatest creek side placer gold deposit the world has ever seen is suddenly yours for the taking. This is Barkerville’s story.
    Once the largest city west of Chicago and north of San Francisco,
    Barkerville is now BC’s largest heritage site, boasting more than 135 heritage buildings and displays, chronicling the Cariboo gold rush. A living museum with period gift shops, Heritage B&B;’s, live theatre, gold panning, dining and stage coach rides.
    You will treasure the experience!

    Interpretive Programs
    Richfield Courthouse, Cornish Waterwheel, St. Saviour’s Church, Blacksmith’s Shop, Wendle House, Schoolhouse, Main Street, Chinatown, The Barker & Co. Shaft House.
    Operating Businesses
    Stagecoach Rides, Bed & Breakfasts, Theatre Royal, Gold Panning, Restaurants, Gift Shops


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