Barkerville Historic Town & Park

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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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Brenda G
Salmon Arm, Canada34 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, Canada125 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, Canada26 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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474 Michey
Kamloops, Canada126 contributions
Aug. 2020
Well worth the trip. The staff are super friendly and it a great place to learn about BC's history.
We also took the horse drawn carriage around the entire village. Warning, you do have to be able to climb in to the wagon. Only $10 per person.
Some of the houses were closed at the time we visited but we enjoyed what was open.
Had the best meal at the Wake Up Jake restaurant.
Written July 25, 2021
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tveter
La Glace2 contributions
Jul. 2021
third time there , looked on internet before i went there was nothing about covid restrictions at that time, but found out in tourist info centre you had to book in advance which they did for us , still not wear of restrictions, upon arrival found you had to wear a mask in side, only allowed 1 family at a time in buildings that had stuff for sale, which was really ridiculous , the lady in the candy shack was quit mouthie ,yelled at you when you can in the door ,apparantly there was some one visiting her, wouldnt have went if i would have new of restrictions, and how stupid they were
Written July 16, 2021
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Ben Lambie
North Vancouver, Canada21 contributions
Aug. 2020
Lots of people and building to interact with and excellent protocol with COVID-19. Although there is less live entertainment and demos due to covid restrictions it was still and enjoyable place to visit.
Written January 26, 2021
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Lauren N
1 contribution
Oct. 2020 • Friends
although covid19 limited the business of the town, we were pleased by the intimate experiences provided, and the time we had talking to townspeople, that would not have been possible with normal numbers. The seamstress was especially brilliant, just a lovely woman. Thank you Barkerville!
Written January 6, 2021
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richard c
Vancouver, Canada7 contributions
Sep. 2020
This historic town looks like a really cool place to visit if everything was open. Most displays were closed and none of the activities were operating. There were a few period correct characters there, but most were not due to the pandemic. I can see how much more interactive this town could have been. I managed to spend an hour there, so it was still a nice visit.
Written September 28, 2020
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djdawei2017
Surrey, Canada17 contributions
Aug. 2020
I recommend NOT going to Barkerville until after the pandemic is over. No shows or live demos, lots of attractions closed off. In an attempt to compensate for the bad situation, actors are all trained to recite the same polite platitudes. But instead of helping, it comes off as obsequious and annoying. When we first arrived, I actually slipped and fell on some slippery steps. It's as if the place was so hyper-focused on COVID-awareness, that other safety measures were neglected. Wake Up Jake restaurant was absolutely awful. (I'm not the type to send food back, but my bowl of soup was simply inedible. My spouse's burger tasted like spam.) Barkerville was the low point of our trip, and not worth the drive to get there.
Written September 9, 2020
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Barkerville Historic Town & Park is open:
  • Sun - Sat 9:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.