Shamrock Tube Run is now closed for the season, reopening December 2017.

The Barkerville Café and Gift Store stays open Tuesday through Sunday, from 11 am to 7 pm, until April 13th.
Barkerville’s Canada150 summer season begins May 18th!!!

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 Historic Town & Park is a Province of BC owned Heritage Property & Park, and a Government of Canada National Historic Site. Barkerville is an authentic, unique world-class heritage experience.

  • Number of Annual Visitors: 50,000-60,000
  •  Number of Collection Items: 200,000
  • Number of Heritage Buildings: 107
  • Number of Heritage Replica Buildings: 62
  • Park Size: 457+ hectares; 1130+ acres
  • Number of Campsites: 161

Come Visit!

What is there to 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 (including our Pet Policy) for a golden visit to Barkerville!


Places to Eat

Treasure seeking takes lots of energy. Good thing Barkerville’s bakery, restaurants, and saloon provide options for breakfast, lunch, dinner, and everything in between – from a quick coffee or ice cream cone to fully-licensed, multi-course meals. Dine in or take out at the world-famous Long Duck Tong Chinese Restaurant, experience the elegance of the 1860s in the Wake Up Jake Restaurant, the roar of the 1920s at the House Hotel Coffee Saloon, or find comfort in the 1930s charm of the Goldfield Bakery.

Places to Stay

It can take more than one day to explore everything Barkerville has to offer. That’s why we’re one of the few historic sites in Canada where guests can stay overnight, on-site! With 3 bed & breakfasts and 3 large campgrounds, as well as additional hotels, motels, cabins and more in nearby Wells, on beautiful Bowron Lake, at Cottonwood House Historic Site, or the city of Quesnel… why not plan stay awhile for the ultimate Barkerville experience?

Places to Shop

Sweet candy treats, presents from the past, exotic treasures, gold-nugget jewellery, hand-forged blacksmith items, old-fashioned photos, branded products and more – amidst the exhibits, interpreters, and architecture of BC’s gold rush history, there are plenty of opportunities to shop. Barkerville’s merchants combine authentic wares, gorgeous gifts, and one-of-a-kind souvenirs with a customer service experience you won’t find anywhere else.

Special Events

It’s a season-long celebration with multiple special events throughout the summer! From our opening weekend Victoria Day Royal Tea to the fun and games of Dominion Day to the spectacular Chinese Mid-Autumn Moon Festival to our closing Murder Mystery weekend… there’s something for everyone!


Open Year-Round

Activities Season: September 26, 2016 – May 17, 2017
Spring, Summer & Fall Visitor Programs: May 18 – September 24, 2017 

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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.

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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: