COVID-19 Changes

 

Welcome back to Barkerville. We’re thrilled to have our visitors join us once again! We’ve made some very important changes to how we operate to keep our staff and visitors safe, and we are proud to stand behind them.

Know before you go

  • Only 200 visitors can be in the Historic Zone of Barkerville at a time. 
  • We recommend you book your admission in advance to guarantee a spot.
  • Walk-up ticket purchases without reservations will only be offered if capacity exists in the Historic Zone.
  • Fewer indoor spaces are available to our visitors. Expect to spend more time outdoors. Prepare for Cariboo mountain weather with bug spray, umbrellas, warm layers, and good footwear.
  • Our site is over 430 hectares in size. Regional trails, cemeteries, and park access are open.
  • Our motto is “one family at a time”. Please wait for other families to exit the area before visiting an exhibit, an interpreter, or a small retailer.
  • Larger shops and restaurants will have occupancy limits and safety protocols posted at their entrances.
  • Mask-wearing is not required in the Historic Zone but is encouraged. Disposable masks are available by donation at the Visitor Centre.
  • Admission in 2020 is only valid for one day (in previous years we offered the second day for free).
  • Cash is still accepted but card payments are strongly encouraged. Card payment processing is available at all business locations.
  • Barkerville is not restricting entry to out-of-province visitors.
  • Visitors who are unwell, or who are displaying signs of COVID-19, will not be permitted entry.

Enhanced safety measures

  • During our current phase of re-opening, only 200 visitors are permitted within the Historic Zone at one time. This is 30 – 50% of normal capacity to allow for safe physical distancing.
  • Hand sanitizing stations and physical distancing measures and signage are in place throughout the site.
  • Washrooms are available at the Visitor Centre and in front of the House Hotel. The uptown Brewery washrooms have been closed to due an inability to maintain physical distancing in the facility.
  • Additional outhouses have been placed in in the main parking lot and uptown.
  • Barkerville has increased cleaning and sanitation procedures. High traffic areas will receive increased spot cleaning.
  • Retail staff will be wearing masks while serving you.
  • Plexiglass barriers have been installed at service areas.

Exhibits and Archives

  • Walk-in and interactive exhibits have been closed for the season.
  • Over 50 viewing exhibits remain open for visitors to enjoy, one family at time.
  • Access to the archives is by appointment only. Mask-wearing is mandatory while visiting the archives.

Public Programming

  • All special events in 2020 have been suspended until further notice. Some special celebrations will be offered virtually.
  • Private workshops including gold-panning, blacksmithing, printing press operation, and cooking lessons have been suspended in 2020 until further notice.
  • All performances designed for larger crowds, including the Theatre Royal, Town Tour, and Waterwheel Show have been suspended in 2020 until further notice.
  • A team of 25 historical interpreters will be stationed throughout the historic site in ways that provide entertaining, engaging and personal conversations and demonstrations with one family at a time.

Accommodations

  • The St. George Hotel is operating under new protocols. Information and reservations are available on their website.
  • The King & Kelly House B&Bs are not taking walk-up guests, but can be contacted at 1-866-994-0004.
  • The Barkerville Cottages are operating and can be reserved online or at 1-888-994-3332 ex. 99. Due to increased sanitization requirements, several amenities have been removed from the cottages and are available by request at the Visitor Centre. There is a 24-hour black out period between each reservation.
  • Barkerville’s Lowhee and Forest Rose Campgrounds are open and can be reserved online or at 1-888-994-3332 ex. 99.
  • Important: Admission to Barkerville is not automatically included with a campground reservation. If you have booked a campsite and would like to visit the Historic Zone of Barkerville, book your admission online.
  • Due to safety protocols, check-in and check-out times are being strictly enforced. Early check-ins and late check-outs are not available at this time.

Other

  • Rental items such as wheelchairs and power scooters are still available and are sanitized between each use.
  • Day-use dog kennel rentals are still available and can be booked online.

FAQ

HOW CAN I PURCHASE TICKETS ?

Purchase tickets online or by phone at 1-888-994-3332 ex. 0

WHAT ARE YOUR HOURS OF OPERATION?

The Barkerville Visitor Centre is open daily from 9 am – 5 pm. After 5 pm, visitors are able to continue explore the Historic Zone until 8 pm. Hours of the shops and restaurants vary by location. Find details at our Places to Shop & Eat page.

HOW CAN FRIENDS OF BARKERVILLE MEMBERS AND LOCALS BOOK A VISIT?

Friends of Barkerville and local residents will need to reserve their admission to guarantee their entry. You can use the online system or dial 1-888-994-3332 ex. 0 to book. Once you reach the payment screen, exit the online system. This will reserve your tickets without payment. You can then show your proof of membership or local residence when you arrive at the Barkerville Visitor Centre.

WHAT IS OPEN IN BARKERVILLE?
 
For up-to-date information on the availability of shops and restaurants in Barkerville, visit our Places to Shop & Eat page. Interactive and walk-in exhibits are closed, but over 50 viewing exhibits are open. Traditional performances by our historical interpreters have been suspended, but the interpreters are still in Barkerville to entertain and engage visitors in personal conversations and demonstrations with one family at a time.
 
CAN I BOOK A PRIVATE TOUR OR WORKSHOP?
 
Private tours and workshops are not available at this time.
 

CAN I BOOK A GROUP VISIT?

Group bookings are limited to two families or 12 people at a time. Group discounts are not available.

CAN I BOOK A WEDDING?

Weddings are limited to 12 people. Virtual broadcasting of weddings can be arranged.