Trip 138 - July 14, 2018 (Saturday)

Barkerville National Historic Site

British Columbia, Canada


Distance From Vancouver
: approximately 735 kilometers via Hwy 1 West, Hwy 97 North, and Hwy 26 East.

Liked: Historical buildings and artefacts. Period-dressed interpreters. Available gold rush-related entertainment options.

Of Note: Horse manure on the ground from horse-drawn carriages - watch your feet. It could get somewhat crowded on busy weekends.

Related Website: Barkerville NHS Official Website.

Barkerville National Historic Site is located in Central British Columbia, and is a great place to visit for anyone who wants to experience the feel of a former gold-rush town. There are numerous buildings, both authentic and restored, and thousands of artefacts to see, as well as several thematic entertainment options, from a horse-drawn carriage, to a "variety" show, to gold-panning, to observing a smith at work. The highlight of Barkerville experience are actors dressed in what the residents of the gold-rush era Barkerville would wear. There are children, adults, and old folks role-playing all over the place. They go around their daily business as if it were mid 1800s, and interact with each other and the visitors. The actors are so good that one can totally forget that these are our contemporaries engaged in a town-wide theatre play. It is entirely possible to feel guilty for being too nosy about what these colourful characters are doing, despite the fact that their "lives" are meant to be observed by Barkerville visitors.

1. We are on BC Highway 26 at Bowron Lake Road turnoff. Turning left here would lead to Yellowhawk and Jubilee trails, described in the previous (Mount Murray Hike) trip report. Going straight would lead to Barkerville in 1.6 kilometers. Please, see our previous trip report for directions up to this point. This is the same photo as photo #5 of that trip report.

2. Having gone straight at the junction, we have reached Barkerville 1.6 kilometers later. Parking is plentiful and free. The visitor centre is located at the end of the parking area.

3. Inside the visitor centre. This is where you buy a ticket, valid for two days. There just might be enough to see and to do in Barkerville that a two-day ticket is a very good idea. An adult ticket with tax is $15.25. Additional charges may be applicable for extra entertainment options, and there are also several eateries serving visitors, once you enter the town.

4. We just entered Barkerville, with the visitor centre behind us. And that's where we saw an aboriginal dancer in a traditional costume. There was an aboriginal show in the building seen straight ahead.

5. The main street is about 300 meters long, and contains all the major attractions. There are a few side streets too, and a cemetery, which is about 800 meters away. Here is the beginning of the main street.

6. First, we visited Tregillus family house.

7. Inside the house. Just about all exhibits in Barkerville are behind a glass, a fence, or a rope.

8. Tregillus family photo.

9. And this is miners' boarding house, where they would return after looking for gold.

10. Inside the house.

11. Barkerville Anglican church is a prominent building. Note an actor in a dress on the right side of the photo.

12. Inside the church.

13. Back on main street of Barkerville.

14. Barkerville Hotel.

15. Ground floor of the hotel.

16. This photo of 1868 Barkerville is located on the second floor of Barkerville Hotel.

17. Interpreters in the costumes of that mid 1800s era make Barkerville experience that much better. Here is one of them talking to a visitor.

18. Interpreters go around their daily business, as if it were still 1868, and interact with each other and the visitors.

19. Barkerville Chinatown is closer to the end of main street.

20. Kwong Sang Wing Chinese store.

21. Looking back at Barkerville's main street from Kwong Sang Wing store.

22. The interior of the store.

23.Chinese miners' cabin interior.

24. Sing Kee herbalist store interior.

25. One of several additional entertainment options in Barkerville - a carriage ride. Note three child actors in the right side of the photo.

26. Looks like a fun experience.

Barkerville is a very interesting place to visit for children and adults alike.


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