Barkerville Historic Town & Park

Barkerville Historic Town & Park

Barkerville Historic Town & Park
4.5
9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Monday
9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Tuesday
9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Wednesday
9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Thursday
9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Friday
9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Saturday
9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Sunday
9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
About
Billy Barker’s legendary gold strike on Williams Creek triggered a multi-billion dollar industrial revolution that literally built a province. Today, the extraordinary historic town of Barkerville stands as a living testament to BC’s golden beginnings. With its unique street scape of more than 125 heritage buildings, period displays, satellite museums, restaurants and shops there is still so much to explore.
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  • scots W
    Dundee, United Kingdom12 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Just Great!
    Visited August 10th/13th..second time.Just such a good place to see history at its best. You have to go here.And stay at St George Hotel..and book en suites if possible.And our hostess is such a lovely lady whom made 2 Scots on holiday fell very much at home! Thanks from both of us..K&W
    Visited August 2023
    Travelled as a couple
    Written August 19, 2023
  • Rae D
    9 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    A place to make memories!
    Arrive early, stay all day. Don't feel bad if you need another day to explore the town. Staff service was top notch: very friendly, informative, and willing to engage. Don't forget to check out the Richfield Courthouse and the cemetery. Highly suggest visitors try the gold panning, experience the stagecoach ride, enjoy the bakery, and check out all the stores. Bring some spending money cause there are so many souvenirs to buy. If you missed your chance to buy something there, no worries, many of the businesses offer online shopping.
    Visited August 2023
    Travelled with family
    Written August 20, 2023
  • HospitalityPip
    41 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Time to make memories
    Time and time again I take home so many fantastic memories from Barkerville. Even as a local, who has been many times, Barkerville always gives me something new to gush about when I recommend it to people. The nostalgia aspect is certainly there as well, but it is lovely to see this historic gem grow. The Theatre Royal is a *must*. And go to the Waterwheel Demonstration for a hoot. Next time I am going to try the Cemetery Tour!
    Visited July 2023
    Travelled with friends
    Written August 29, 2023
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HospitalityPip
41 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2023 • Friends
Time and time again I take home so many fantastic memories from Barkerville.
Even as a local, who has been many times, Barkerville always gives me something new to gush about when I recommend it to people. The nostalgia aspect is certainly there as well, but it is lovely to see this historic gem grow.
The Theatre Royal is a *must*. And go to the Waterwheel Demonstration for a hoot. Next time I am going to try the Cemetery Tour!
Written August 29, 2023
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Rae D
9 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2023 • Family
Arrive early, stay all day. Don't feel bad if you need another day to explore the town. Staff service was top notch: very friendly, informative, and willing to engage. Don't forget to check out the Richfield Courthouse and the cemetery. Highly suggest visitors try the gold panning, experience the stagecoach ride, enjoy the bakery, and check out all the stores. Bring some spending money cause there are so many souvenirs to buy. If you missed your chance to buy something there, no worries, many of the businesses offer online shopping.
Written August 20, 2023
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scots W
Dundee, UK12 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2023 • Couples
Visited August 10th/13th..second time.Just such a good place to see history at its best.
You have to go here.And stay at St George Hotel..and book en suites if possible.And our hostess is such a lovely lady whom made 2 Scots on holiday fell very much at home! Thanks from both of us..K&W
Written August 19, 2023
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THStyles
24 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2023
This was our first time to Barkerville so we have nothing to compare it to (pre-COVID).

We had an amazing day. We tried to fit it all in one day but it was just not possible. You could see the highlights in one day, but definitely not see all the shows/activities in one day. In various buildings there were random actors that we'd stumble upon (post mistress, blacksmith)

There is a covered shelter with tables/chairs if you bring a picnic lunch, but the restuarants/bakeries are adorable, and we brought a picnic lunch but ended up buying stuff at various restaurants because they were so cute and historical. Really enjoyed the experience.

The stagecoach was a neat experience. Our family has read lots of historical fiction, so the kids really enjoyed sitting on the top and experiencing what they've read a lot about. It's also a neat way to see all of Barkerville in 15 minutes and get your bearings.

The theatre was a highlight of the day - there is a concession inside with very reasonable prices (popcorn -$2/container). The theatre is a mix of comedy, story and musical. It is fast paced and keeps changing direction which makes it very entertaining.

The school house was quite the experience, the teacher stayed in character the whole time, including talking to the kids and the adults - it was standing room only, but they gave priority for the children to have seats sitting in the school desks.

The count proceeding was wonderful - the actor that played the judge did a fantastic job of not only telling the story but acting all the different roles of the court at the same time!

We didn't do gold panning at Eldorado, but if we came back again I think we'd pay for it - I wasn't entirely sure how to sign up for it or pay for it though. Coffee was only $2 there, it was a cold, wet day so we were looking to warm up alot! I did see at some of the other stores if you bought a mug you got free coffee refills all day.

We didn't know until we got there that you could book a time slot at the old fashioned photographer to get a family photo. We watched a few groups and it looked like a lot of fun - the clerk at the photography studio said facebook was the best way to reach them to book a slot. You can also rent period costumes there for the day to wear around Barkerville. We saw a family who did this and it looked like a LOT of fun!

We didn't hike any of the trails, but I heard from some others that they loved the hiking trails around Barkerville.

Waterwheel show was very interesting and entertaining.

Moving at a pretty quick pace, trying to read all the signs in all the buildings, and attending the various performances we didn't even make it past the theatre royal in one day there, so can't speak to anything past there.

One of the other great things about Barkerville is that it is very budget accessible. Your admission fee gets to you to see so many different things, and then if you want to you can pay to add on more experiences, but if you don't pay for those you don't really feel like you are "missing out"
Written July 25, 2023
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Victoria Brown
1 contribution
2.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2023
If you've seen it once, you've seen it. I returned for the first season since 2019 and was disappointed to see no new materials (merchandise, services, exhibits). Although First Nation's interpreters have been added to the site, nothing else has changed - and honestly, the addition feels forced rather than sincere. The only highlight was the bakery! I used to come up here every year with my family when I was a kid and enjoyed being transported back in time, but now it truly feels like a ghost town living in the shadow of what it had been a decade ago. Unless something changes, this will be my last trip to the site.
Written July 17, 2023
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Josie K
Abbotsford, Canada1 contribution
2.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2023 • Solo
I go to Barkerville every year for 20 years including the Victorian Christmas season, except during the Covid years, because I'm a Victorian/Edwardian history buff. I understand that sometimes it takes time to get everything back to pre-Covid, on a lesser budget. However, this year, the change is immediately noticeable as I enter the visitor centre. It used to be friendly, but this time, no one seems cheerful. They were polite but not cheerful as they used to be. And holy cow, the admission price jumped. I usually go 2 or 3 times every summer, but I think I'll just limit it to one visit this year.

On the street, there are no street performances like they used to have. Maybe I didn't arrive at the right time. The schools were in session, which is nice to see. The blacksmith was nice to see. The bakery is nice - more selection than before, but I understand that it is under new ownership. However, it's quite more expensive than before, so I had to limit my choices to just a loaf of sourdough bread (highly recommended) and an Eccles cake.

I enjoyed the shops - the watch stop, the general store and the coffee/tea place - so many tea choices! Their Miner's Lunch is worth it as it seems authentic as to what a miner would eat!

I enjoyed the theatre performance - well done! It makes up for what lacked on the street.

My rating is because it's a ghost of what Barkerville used to be as a destination, for the price you're paying to get in.
Written July 13, 2023
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Dale Haines
3 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2023 • Friends
Most Canadians look forward to the May long weekend to get together with friends and family after a long winter. How disappointing to travel 1000 km to Barkerville, as we have done for so many May long weekends, only to find it closed. This year the opening has been delayed til June 3. We were told "it's on Facebook" . Well, not everyone is on Facebook. And since this has been a tradition for many years, no formal inquiry was made as to the opening date. Fortunately the good folks at the Eldorado gift store allowed us to enter and have a good look around. It was the only highlight of an otherwise disappointing weekend. Barkerville is great. Their timing is not.
Written May 31, 2023
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J Diane M
7 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2022
Be prepared to stay longer than you expected. Stay in the St George Hotel right inside Barkerville. A wonderful experience!
Written August 24, 2022
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Trevor
Surrey, Canada1 contribution
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2022 • Couples
Barkerville is an amazing little gem hidden away in the caribou. We had a fantastic time over two days visiting the site and taking in the towns history. Would highly recommend anyone who goes to stop in at The Caribou Sentinel and have a chat with Chris if he is working. The history lesson we got in roughly the half hour we stood there was truly remarkable and well worth a second ticket for admission if it was required. The Barkerville Bakery is a must for for breakfast and lunch, very good eats! Learning about what life was like their over a hundred years ago really puts in to perspective how good we have it in todays modern society!
Written August 23, 2022
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lilymorg
Abbotsford, Canada41 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2022
We really enjoyed the morning guided tour, the woman leading was very entertaining to listen to. And the afternoon theater production was fantastic! Our 8-year-old daughter enjoyed the school lesson, would be nice for the adults to be able to listen in on the school lesson too, but they only let children in (it was quite busy so understandable). And they were handing out free bannock which was absolutely delicious!
We were there for 2 days, the first day the photography shop was fully booked up, so we tried to make a booking for the following day but they were closed :( I had no idea we could have called to reserve a spot ahead of time. Also the horse carriage rides were not operating on the second day we were there. Had we known the first day that they would not be operating the next we would have went the first day. So that was disappointing for our daughter.
Also the dog kennels are not supervised or staffed. We thought there would be someone watching there. You are given a key and leave your dog in a kennel without supervision. This made us feel quite uneasy.
Written August 8, 2022
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