It’s 1862. You are hand-digging through layers of soggy, worthless, frustrating gravel, hoping and praying the next shovel-stroke will expose a fortune in gold. Everyone says it’s crazy, but there’s too much at stake. Then, just when the outcome seems impossibly bleak, at a depth of 52 feet the ground begins to pay. The lead is struck, and the greatest creek side placer gold deposit the world has ever seen is suddenly yours for the taking.

This is Barkerville’s story.

Barkerville is an authentic, unique world-class heritage experience.

Come Visit!

What Can You Do in Barkerville?

Daily Programs

Let our colourful street interpreters guide you through Barkerville’s rich history with storytelling, activities, theatrical performances, gold panning, stagecoach rides and more!

Visit our How to Prepare and FAQ sections for helpful
information and tips for a golden visit to Barkerville!


Places to Eat

Barkerville’s bakery, saloons and restaurants provide options for breakfast, lunch, dinner, or anything in between. From a quick coffee or ice cream cone to full, multi-course meals. Dine out at the world-famous Long Duck Tong Chinese Restaurant, experience the elegance and charm of the 1860’s in the Wake Up Jake Restaurant and the House Hotel Coffee Saloon or find comfort in the Goldfield Bakery.

Places to Stay

It takes more than a day to get the full experience of Barkerville, and we’re one of the few historic sites in Canada that allow overnight guests so come enjoy the experience! Multiple accommodation options including 3 bed & breakfasts and 3 campgrounds, and additional options nearby in Wells, Cottonwood House Historic Site, on the beautiful Bowron Lakes, or in Quesnel.

Places to Shop

Delicious sweet treats, gifts from the past, unique gold-nugget jewellery, colourful Chinese merchandise, hand-forged Blacksmith creations, costumed photographs, fine fresh-baking, Barkerville souvenirs and much more. Our merchants offer unique treasures and gifts to take home with you, through a good old-fashioned customer service experience you can’t find anywhere else.

Special Events

It’s a celebration with multiple events through the season! From a Chinese lantern parade for Mid Autumn Moon Festival to a Whodunit Murder Mystery weekend…


Open Year-Round
Visitor Programs May 14th – September 27th

Summer Season

The Site: 8:00am – 8:00pm
Visitors’ Reception Centre: 8:30am-6:00pm
Merchants: 10:00am-6:00pm*

*Click here for more info

Visiting twice is equal to visiting as often as you’d like…
but only if you get yourself a Barkerville Annual Pass!


Rates are presented in Canadian; 5% GST will be added to listed prices at time of purchase.

Annual Pass:

Single Annual Pass: $30.00
Family Annual Pass: $65.00

Barkerville+Cottonwood House
Single Annual Pass: $32.00
Family Annual Pass: $70.00

Regular Admission:

Adults (19-64): $14.50
Seniors: $13.50
Youth (13-18): $9.50
Children (6-12): $4.75
(5 & under): FREE
Family (2 adults & up to 4 youth/children): $35.00

Annual pass holders can bring up to 4 guests per visit & receive 20% off their regular admissions! Passes include a membership to Friends of Barkerville.

Admission includes entrance into the site for two days, as well as all tours, lessons & demonstrations. The stagecoach, theatre shows and gold panning are at an extra charge. Please see Merchant Directory for individual pricing and information.

Visit the Visitors’ Reception Centre to purchase (online shop coming soon).

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Contact Us

Barkerville Historic Town
14301 Hwy 26 E.
Box 19, Barkerville, BC
V0K 1B0

Phone: 1-888-994-3332
Fax: 250-994-3435

General Inquiries: