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Barkerville Historic Town, Barkerville

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Go back in time to the 19th century and experience life in a small town during the gold rush in British Columbia when you visit Barkerville Historic Town. The historic town was renovated in 1997 to become the educational attraction it is today. You'll be welcomed by employees adorned in period costumes performing jobs from the 1800s. Take a tour of the town, pan for gold, see a theater show, ride in a stagecoach, or take part in other activities at the site, which features hands-on learning. To visit Barkerville Historic Town and get the most from your holiday in Barkerville, create itinerary details personal to you using our Barkerville tour planner.
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  • We took a road trip to Barkerville via Wells during the summer. It is an original old mining town from the gold rush days with most buildings still in tact and in their original state. There is an ori...  more »
  • Enjoyed our second trip back as empty-nesters and bought the whole package to enjoy two days. Gold panned, rode the stagecoach and experienced the shows. Loved the talks with the town's folk and was a...  more »
  • My partner and I spent a day and a half in Barkerville, staying on site in The George Hotel. We spent the first evening walking round after closing, which was quite eerie. The next day we spent walkin...  more »
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  • Had a great time at Barkerville. Lots to see and learn. It is up to each person to get the experience that they want. The actors were really good (at least the ones I watched) and very informative. Had a done my homework, I would had booked accommodation on site.
  • Very informative and a great step back in history. Recommend the official guided walking tours and the theatre performances, great fun! Also, Chinese food restaurant was pretty good.
  • Recently drove from Kelowna to Barkerville. We stayed 2 nights at the st. George's hotel on site. Highly recommend staying at least two days.. Great place to bring your family and learn about how BC handled its first Gold rush. The actors were great. Lots to do and see in the townsite. For food there are several spots on sight. Lunch and dinner in either china town or jakes. Both are great. The bakery offers fresh pastries every day. Yum yum.... Be prepared for cooler evenings. The hikes around the area are awesome. While there don't forget to also walk to Richfield to see the court house and meet the hanging judge... Lots of fun.. If your lucky on the way back to Barkerville you might be able to pick up a nugget that has washed onto the road. Good luck hunting for treasures and gold stories.. Everyone must come and see this place at least once
  • Great value for the cost of admission. The history of the Canadian gold rush in the 1860's is preserved and alive with the actors. Really special place. Recommend going and spending the day.
  • We went to Barkerville this past Saturday - June 25th. Been a few years since we had been. Looked on line the night before to find the park hours and the rates Rates $13.50 for each senior for two days - but we only had a few hours - why do you not have a one day pass? the three groups in front of us going through all said they would not be here for two days. Hours on line said: SUMMER (June 18 – September 5, 2016) Visitors’ Reception Centre: 8:30am – 6:00pm The Site: 8:00am – 8:00pm yes the park gates did open at 8 but nothing else opens until 930 or 10:00. All the shops and guided events did not start until 1000. very disappointing, When the gates open, everything should be open! As seniors, we were both using canes to get around and by the time the entire park was open it was time for us to leave - had walked all we could and needed to go - we were not the only people feeling disappointed in both the expense of having to pay for two days and the lack of being totally opened.