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
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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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J Diane M
6 contributions
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
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
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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amyjw2017
Vernon, Canada14 contributions
Jul. 2022 • Friends
We went yesterday. 27th July. I don’t know if they was short staffed or what happened. The only people we seen were in the stores and restaurants. When I looked on the website, it showed it as a functioning town were they have people walking round in authentic dress, singing, dancing.

The cemetery tour was cancelled.
They didn’t have the 9am drumming.

We walked around and it was like a ghost town. Except for other tourists. There was a horse and cart walking and that was it for people walking round, apart from tourists.
Horses weren’t in the shade either. 38 degrees and they sat outside the place you get on, In the heat.

The lady and gentleman in the bar/restaurant were very friendly/welcoming.
Food and drinks were great.
Good price too.

It has a cheap admission price, so I can’t complain. Just a little disappointing. We drove 7 hours to get there, after watching you tube videos of the place. It was nothing like the videos.
There aren’t people In authentic dress, walking round. There are the people in stores and a blacksmith, that’s all.
Website is very misleading.

Take mosquito spray. Tons of horse flies and mosquitoes landing on you. All 4 of us were covered in mosquito bites. We bought a fan and were swatting flies and mosquitoes the whole time we were there.

It was nice, but I wouldn’t visit again. Unless they had more going on. Most definitely not worth a 7 hour drive.
Written July 28, 2022
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Jean S
8 contributions
Jul. 2022
We stayed at the St.George Hotel in the historic town of Barkerville, BC on July 17-19, 2022 (two nights) and we had a fantastic time! Barkerville and the people who work there are the best and offer the best experience - I definitely recommend the St. George Hotel and the whole Barkerville experience! I would go again!
Make sure you do the 10am guided tour of the town. I also recommend the 9am drum ceremony that opens the park every morning. Also check out the China Town tour/talk, it was very informative! We ate at all three restaurants and all were very good! and definitely get tickets to the afternoon Theatre show-a must see! I think you need 2 days in order to do all the tours and to see everything there is to see!
The Government of BC needs to keep investing in this historically accurate town and park?
Written July 21, 2022
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sunnygirl0524
british columbia447 contributions
Jun. 2022 • Couples
It’s been many years since we visited and we enjoyed it a lot. We caught a few events that were informative and entertaining as well. Liked the mock trial in the old church (great actors). It just opened up for the season and it was very quiet, still some snow in patches and quite cool out but nice for meandering without dealing with crowds of people. All displays and buildings well maintained and done so well with great history transporting you back to a different time.
Written June 10, 2022
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Brenda G
Salmon Arm, Canada35 contributions
Sep. 2021
My husband and I celebrated our Anniversary in Barkerville and Wells BC. This little town is exquisite. The town is full of history, original buildings, furnishings and information. It is like going back in time personally. It has been restored so well. Churches, houses, cabins, Hotels, Schools, China Town and more. We went at the end of the season and it had closed early. We were allowed to walk around and enjoy the sites. The Chinese Restaurant did open at lunch time. The food was so delicious. One of the best Chinese meals ever. I can't wait to go again during the summer months with the actors in period costume. To see the shows and learn more.
Written September 18, 2021
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SylviaNoMiddleName
Moosomin, Canada9 contributions
Aug. 2021 • Couples
We enjoyed walking the historic town.
It was hard to follow the map that was provided by the ticket office. We did not really get a sense of what the town was all about. There were no markers to explain Billy Barker or any of the other characters of the area. As we arrived we heard Indigenous singing and drumming but it was done when we arrived. We were there for 3 hours and they did not do another set, that we saw. Or, for that matter any other outdoor presentations would have been nice.
Written August 21, 2021
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Peter3801
Vancouver, Canada130 contributions
Aug. 2021
We (party of two adults) thought that the trip was well worth it. The attention to detail and historical and archaeological research that went into re-creating Barkerville are amazing. We learned so much about the gold rush and subsequent history of the area.

It is worthwhile calling in advance of your visit to find out what activities will be offered when you're there. We missed the town tour as we thought it wasn't being offered this season, but it turns out it was on the day we visited - the pandemic and changes in restrictions are making things a bit of a moveable feast!
Written August 12, 2021
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Kevin F
Burnaby, Canada33 contributions
Aug. 2021 • Friends
The historic town of Barkerville was rebuilt as a tourist destination and gives a glimpse into the late 1800-early 1900 life in a mining town. The small houses in this quaint town remind us of an old western movie feel Canadian style with heavy Chinese influences
Many of the staff are dressed from the style of the period and are quite engaging in describing life in this period.
Although much of the town’s houses are inaccessible, you still get to stroll into the past and it’s certainly worth the cheap $16 per adult price of admission
The personnel is friendly and a joy to talk with from the blacksmiths to the judge at the courthouse
Quick note that the bakery offers delightful pastries, special mention for the chocolate mousse donut
Exquisite
I wish they would put more details about the climate of the time, the politics and relationship between cultures but it is certainly a great way to bring some history to children (anyone younger than teens will be rather bored with this)
Some interaction and demonstrations of hydraulic mining techniques of the time would also be interesting
Written August 7, 2021
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