During the Cariboo Gold Rush thousands of men flocked to the Cariboo region in search of gold. Everyone the world over had caught gold fever! In 1858 rumours caused failed miners in California to pack up and head to the vast lands in Canada. In 1861, Billy Barker struck gold on William’s Creek. The town of Barkerville appeared almost overnight! At the peak of the Gold Rush, Barkerville had over 10,000 people who occupied the small mining town.  Barkerville was known as the largest city north of San Francisco and west of Chicago, located in the interior of British Columbia near Quesnel.

Currently Barkerville is a booming historic site that sees thousands of people through it’s gates every year. People from all over the world travel to British Columbia’s interior to visit Barkerville! The majority of people who visit Barkerville, claim that there is enough to do that you have to stay two days to see it all! Which means spending the night in one of the allegedly haunted hotels. Barkerville has it’s own Chinatown, with restaurants and general stores. The other part of town, has a school house where you can experience school in the 1800’s. As well as a church and an old photo studio where you can get dressed up in period clothing and take pictures. You can pan for real gold and rent costumes for the whole day! The amazing actors and actresses never break the roles! There is a real theatre that does shows everyday! They have many stores and restaurants all over, including a confectionery, bakery, saloon, authentic stage coach that leads to the courthouse. There are many tours that take place in Barkerville, a tour of the town, and Chinatown, and the unveiling of the Cornish water wheel. You can also attend a holy communion, and a court case in the old courthouse. This picture was taken the last time I was in Barkerville in 2007! 

Barkerville is honestly and amazing place to visit! It’s like stepping back in time to the Gold Rush. I recommend every Canadian to take a trip there in their lifetime! You can learn more about the history in your own country, and have fun while doing it! You can learn more about Barkerville by clicking this link: http://www.barkerville.ca/

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Love, Karli!

Written by: Karli Ralston

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