Main Season

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

Note: activities are subject to change without notice. Schedules below are provided to provide an idea of what to expect, but should not be relied upon to plan you itinerary. Current schedules will be provided upon arrival in Barkerville. 

Historic Life

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Victorian Town Tour

Absorb an in-depth understanding of the gold rush history, Barkerville, and the colourful characters of years past by attending one of our enlightening and entertaining town tours, hosted by Barkerville’s historical interpreters. The tour is highly recommended for first-time visitors. Tours begin at in front of the Pavilion building and last approximately 70 minutes.

  • Map Location: Starts next to #4c
    Run time: 70 minutes

    May 16th – September 29th, 2019
    Every day, 10:00 am & 2:00 pm

Williams Creek Sports Day

Confederation Rally

The 1870s are approaching, and the glory days of the 1860s gold rush are beginning to wane. The future of British Columbia seems uncertain as separation from the British Empire becomes a likely possibility. Debates erupt about whether British Columbia should remain a colony of Britain, annex with the United States, or join the newly-formed nation of Canada.

  • Map Location: #46
    Run time: 40 minutes

    June 15th – September 2, 2019
    Daily at 12:15 pm

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Evolution of Edwardian Underwear

Have you ever wondered about the What? the How? and the Why-on-Earth? of Victorian and Edwardian under-garments? You will get some of the answers in this ½ hour-long presentation held Thursday through Sunday at noon.

  • Map Location: #19
    Run time: 30 minutes

    July 1st – September 29th, 2019
    Thursday – Sunday: 12:00 pm

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Barkerville Cemetery Tour

Meet Reverend Reynard at the Anglican Church and journey on a 1 km walking tour to Barkerville’s original cemetery; the final resting place of Barkerville’s famous (and not-so-famous) residents and one of the most interesting historic cemeteries in British Columbia. 

  • Map Location: Starts at #12
    Run time: 70 minutes

    June 8th – September 2nd, 2019
    Thursday – Monday: 1:30 pm

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Williams Creek Schoolhouse

Experience school like it was when Barkerville was thriving. All are welcome to attend this authentic classroom session. Line up at the schoolhouse doors when you hear the school teacher ringing the bell. Don’t be late, and kindly remove your hats before entering.

  • May 16th – June 30th, 2019
    Williams Creek Schoolhouse
    Daily from 10:00 am – 5:30 pm 
    If the door is open stop by for a visit.

    Victorian School Lesson
    Daily at 10:15 am & 11:45 am (unless booked by a school group)
    Run time: 50 minutes

    Waiting for Mr. Jessop
    Daily at 2:30
    Run time: 40 minutes

    July 1st – September 2nd, 2019
    Victorian School Lesson
    Daily at 10:30 am & 12:30 pm
    Run time: 50 minutes

    Waiting for Mr. Jessop
    Daily at 4:00 pm
    Run time: 40 minutes

    September 3rd – 29th, 2019
    Williams Creek Schoolhouse
    Daily from 10:00 am – 4:00 pm 
    If the door is open stop by for a visit.

    Victorian School Lesson
    Daily at 10:30 am & 12:30 am
    Run time: 50 minutes

    Waiting for Mr. Jessop
    Daily at 2:30
    Run time: 40 minutes

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Wendle House

Come on in and visit with Miss Wendel and others while they bake and cook on an authentic wood stove. Arrive at just the right time and you may get to have a taste. See household chores get done the way your ancestors used to do them. You might even have a chance to lend a hand.

  • Map Location: #18

    June 15th – September 2nd, 2019
    Wendle House
    Daily from 10:00 am – 5:30 pm 
    If the door is open stop by for a visit.

    Meet Joe Wendle
    Learn about the life of Joe and Betty Wendle
    Daily at 4:30 pm
    Run time: 30 minutes

    September 3rd – 29th, 2019
    Wendle House
    Daily from 10:00 am – 4:00 pm 
    If the door is open stop by for a visit.

    Meet Joe Wendle
    Learn about the life of Joe and Betty Wendle
    Daily at 3:00 pm
    Run time: 30 minutes

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Barkerville Pickwick Club

“The Posthumous Papers of the Pickwick Club” is the first novel published by the famous Charles Dickens. Pickwick Clubs celebrating his work formed around the world as his popularity grew. The Barkerville Pickwick Club published several articles in the Cariboo Sentinel pertaining to topics from their meetings. We give new life to these gatherings 150 years later. 

  • Map Location: #28
    Run time: 10 minutes

    June 15th – September 2, 2019
    Daily at 3:30 pm

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Anglican Church Services

St. Saviour’s Anglican Church is one of Barkerville’s most recognizable buildings, and is still made up of all original woodwork. Services take place on most days at St. Saviour’s, and are performed by a student of the Anglican Church, playing the role of Reverend Reynard. Enjoy a moment of prayer like the miners used to do. Please come by for a service.

  • June 15th – September 2nd

    Monday, Thursday – Saturday: 9:30 am, 11:30 am, and 4:00 pm
    Sunday: 8:30 am & 10:30 am

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Street Music

Gold rushes inspire a wealth of music and poetry. Join our townspeople as they offer up a collection of gold rush music that spans the ages. 

  • Map Location: #31
    Run time: 15 minutes

    June 15th – September 2, 2019
    Daily at 5:15 pm

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Archaeological Digging

See the archaeological screening of the Chinatown refuse pile and learn about the various types of artifacts that may be uncovered. Discuss the importance of the Heritage Conservation Act and why artifacts are not to be removed from the park. Learn about what happens to the artifacts after they have been collected each day, to be researched, cleaned, sorted, counted and catalogued. 

  • June 15th to September 29th, 2019

    Friday, Saturday & Sunday, 1:30 pm – 4:30 pm 

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Town Photograph

A member of the community is eager to gather the people of Barkerville for a photograph that is destined for the Colonial Secretary residing in England, but the local choir does not appreciate being asked to accommodate an outdated camera. Meanwhile, unbeknownst to the choir master, seeds of betrayal are brewing within the choir’s ranks. 

  • Map Location: #34
    Run time: 10 minutes

    June 15th – September 2, 2019
    Daily at 5:00 pm 

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Indigenous Cultural Session

Dahooja, Weyt-kp, Hadih! Barkerville is located in the shared territory of seven nations: Lhtako, Nazko, Lhoosk’uz, Ulkatcho, ?Esdilagh, Xatśūll, Simpcw, and Lheidli. We invite you to learn our stories and our role in the gold rush.

  • Map Location: #4c
    Run time: 60 minutes

    August 2nd – September 29, 2019
    Friday through Monday at 10:30 am, 2:30 pm & 4:30 pm 

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Chinatown Tours

Enjoy a fascinating exploration of one of Canada’s oldest Chinatowns. Find out more about the life of Chinese miners and merchants in Barkerville, and how their culture was maintained and adapted to the rugged land of the Cariboo. To join in on the tour, meet in front of the Lung Duck Tong restaurant.

  • Run time: 60 minutes
    Location: Starts at Map #63

    May 16th – June 14th, 2019
    Chinatown Tour
    Daily at 12:00 pm & 3:15 pm

    June 15th – September 2nd, 2019
    Daily at 12:00 pm & 2:15 pm

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Chinese School Lessons

School is in session at the Chinese School house. Come and learn about the spoken Chinese language, Chinese calligraphy and how to do math on an abacus. 

  • Map Location: #91
    Run time: 45 minutes

    May 16th – September 29th, 2019
    Daily at 11:00 am & 1:00 pm

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Chinese Cultural Sessions

Want to learn more about the culture of the Chinese and the practices they brought with them to the Gold Rush? Learn about the Chinese tea culture, Tai chi and Tai chi Sword. Chinese music and performances, Chinese chess, herbal medicine the list goes on.  

  • Map Location: various
    Run time: 30 minutes

    June 15th – September 2nd, 2019
    Daily at 10:20 am and 4:15 pm

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Cariboo Cameron

The fascinating tale of John Angus “Cariboo Cameron” whose fortune came to a terrible cost. Cariboo Cameron joins us for special weekends only, so check the show times for details.

  • Run time: 60 minutes
    Location: Wesleyan Methodist Church Map #7

    June 28th – July 1st, 2019
    Daily at 12:00 pm & 3:00 pm

    August 30th – September 2nd, 2019
    Daily at 12:00 pm & 3:00 pm

Theatre Royal

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Mrs. McGinley's Gold Rush Variety Show

Set in 1869 featuring songs, dances and comedy suitable for the entire family. We will take you back to the heyday of Barkerville in the 1860s, presenting the kind of entertainment the miners enjoyed on the local stage. From farcical comedy to a poignant song from home to rousing dance numbers.

  • May 16 – June 14, 2019
    Saturday & Sunday: 1:00 pm – 2:00 pm
    Monday through Friday: 2:00 – 3:00 pm
    No Show available June 10th or 13th

    June 17 – September 2nd, 2019
    Daily except Thursday: 1:00 pm – 2:00 pm
    No show on July 10th

    Prices
    Adults: $12.95
    Seniors (65+) and Youths (13-17): $11.95
    Children (6-12): $6.95
    Children (5 and under): Free
    Family: $39 (Two adults and two directly related children or youth under 18.)
    Balcony add $2.00 per seat
    All prices plus 5% GST

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Cariboo Gold Musical Radio Hour

Comes to you “live” from our broadcast studio. A new 1930s-50s musical variety show featuring songs and dances from the era, along with local news of the day, a serial, the weather, commercials, and the social calendar.

 
  • June 22nd – August 31, 2019
    Saturday evening performance: 7:00 pm – 8:00 pm

    Prices
    Adults: $12.95
    Seniors (65+) and Youths (13-17): $11.95
    Children (6-12): $6.95
    Children (5 and under): Free
    Family: $39 (Two adults and two directly related children or youth under 18.)
    Balcony add $2.00 per seat
    All prices plus 5% GST

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CADA Presents: A Musical Benefit for Theatre Royal

In this year 1869, just a few months have the devastating fire of 1868, the CADA have built a new theatre in cooperation with the Williams Creek Fire Brigade. Join Mrs. McGinley and the cast as they host an exciting musical variety show with song, dance, sing-alongs, and comedy. Entertaining for the whole family from ages 3 to 103.

  • June 17 – September 2nd, 2019
    Every day except Thursday, 4:00 pm – 5:00 pm
    No show on July 10th

    Prices
    Adults: $12.95
    Seniors (65+) and Youths (13-17): $11.95
    Children (6-12): $6.95
    Children (5 and under): Free
    Family: $39 (Two adults and two directly related children or youth under 18.)
    Balcony add $2.00 per seat
    All prices plus 5% GST

Mr. Teach

To the Cariboo in '62: A Musical Journey with Mr. Teach

From the Jungles of Panama to The Golden Gate of San Francisco; from the shores of Newfoundland to the banks of Williams Creek, Mr. Teach takes you on a one man musical adventure along the Gold Rush Trail. Join this would be Argonaut as he searches for gold only to discover that treasure is not always buried in the ground but often found in life’s rich tapestry of things and people and places.

  • June 16th – September 3rd
    Thursdays only: 1:00 pm – 2:00 pm
    Extra showing on Wednesday, July 10th

    September 3rd – September 29th
    Tuesday, September 3rd: 1:00 pm – 2:00 pm
    Wednesday, September 4th: 1:00 pm – 2:00 pm
    Sunday, September 8th: 1:00 pm – 2:00 pm

    Prices
    Adults: $12.95
    Seniors (65+) and Youths (13-17): $11.95
    Children (6-12): $6.95
    Children (5 and under): Free
    Family: $39 (Two adults and two directly related children or youth under 18.)
    Balcony add $2.00 per seat
    All prices plus 5% GST

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Gold Rush Nuggets

A variety show using the best numbers from the other two 1860s shows, featuring all of the same characters singing and dancing to the favourite songs of the season.

 
  • September 5th – 29th, 2019
    Every day except Monday: 1:00 pm – 2:00 pm
    No show on Sunday, September 8th

    Prices
    Adults: $12.95
    Seniors (65+) and Youths (13-17): $11.95
    Children (6-12): $6.95
    Children (5 and under): Free
    Family: $39 (Two adults and two directly related children or youth under 18.)
    Balcony add $2.00 per seat
    All prices plus 5% GST

Mining and the Gold Rush Economy

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The Billy Barker Story

By 1862, the gold rush on William’s Creek is well underway in Richfield but the lower banks of the creek have failed to produce any findings of worth, until Billy Barker and his company of miners strike pay dirt at depths far deeper than any other miner has dug. Hear the story of the English waterman who sparks the creation of a community that grows to be the heart of the great Cariboo Gold Rush. 

  • Map Location: #88a
    Run time: 40 minutes

    May 16th – June 14th, 2019
    11:45 am & 3:00 pm

    June 15th – September 2nd, 2019
    11:30 am & 2:30 pm

    September 3rd – September 29th, 2019
    11:45 am & 3:00 pm

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Amazing Tales from the Gold Rush Trail

A historical overview of British Columbia’s Gold Rush. A chronicle of the events and people who prospected their way to Williams Creek and how they followed the geological indicators to the fabulous riches of the Cariboo Gold Fields.  

  • Map Location: #44
    Run time: 40 minutes

    May 16th – June 14th, 2019
    Saturday & Sundays at 10:30 am

    June 15th – September 2nd, 2019
    Daily at 9:30 am

    September 3rd – 29th, 2019
    Daily at 1:00 pm

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Waterwheel Show

See deep shaft placer mining in this lively demonstration of 1870s technology using an authentic wooden Cornish Waterwheel. Learn about the geological conditions that brought gold seekers to the Cariboo, as well as working conditions of an underground mining operation, in a comical and entertaining presentation that is fascinating for the whole family.

  • Map Location: #83
    Run time: 40 minutes

    June 6th – June 14th, 2019
    Monday through Friday: 12:00 pm & 3:00 pm
    Saturday & Sunday: 3:30 pm

    June 15th – September 2nd, 2019
    Daily at 11:30 am and 4:30 pm

    September 3rd – September 29th
    Daily at 11:00 am and 3:30 pm

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The Cariboo Goldfields Ltd. Annual General Meeting

Come witness the Titanic’s of Williams Creek, as representatives of Cariboo Goldfields Ltd describe to you how your investment has enabled the company to plunder the fabulous riches of lower Williams Creek.

  • Map Location: #44
    Run time: 20 minutes

    June 15th – September 2nd, 2019
    Daily 2:30 pm

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Cameron & Ames Blacksmith Shop

Experience a working 1870s Blacksmith Shop! Hear the anvil chorus and smell the sizzle of hot metal smoke. Handcrafted iron works are available for purchase.

  • Map Location: #20

    May 16th – June 14th, 2019
    Daily 10:00 am – 4:00 pm (unless booked by a visiting school group)

    June 15th – September 2nd, 2019
    Daily 10:00 am – 5:30 pm

    September 3rd – 29th, 2019
    Daily 10:00 am – 4:00 pm

Nova to Nugget

Novas to Nuggets

For millennia, gold has captured our imaginations and sent us searching to the edges of the world and digging to the very depths of the globe. But where did gold come from? The answer is a tale as old as the cosmos itself that will take you from the forging of heavy elements within the hot furnaces of stars to the immense powers of glaciation during the last ice age.

  • Map Location: #41
    Run time: 20 minutes

    June 15th – September 2nd, 2019
    Daily 4:00 pm

Sentinel Printing Press

Cariboo Sentinel Newspaper Shop

Founded in 1865, the Cariboo Sentinel newspaper runs for 10 years and reaches global circulation. Visit the print shop to purchase custom-made paper items and also see the editor setting type and operating an original platen press. 

  • May 16th – June 14th, 2019
    Daily 10:00 am – 4:00 pm

    June 15th – September 2nd, 2019
    Daily 10:00 am – 5:30 pm

    September 3rd – 29th, 2019
    Daily 10:00 am – 4:00 pm

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Mining on Williams Creek

A discourse on the gold mining that took place on Williams Creek between 1862 and 1870. 

  • Map Location: #88a
    Run time: 25 minutes

    June 15th – September 2nd, 2019
    Daily at 1:30 pm 

Early Justice

Court Sessions

Methodist Court Sessions & Trials

Learn about early justice in the Colony of British Columbia. Let the notorious Judge Begbie and his assistants deliver anecdotes about Barkerville’s criminals and infamous characters or witness an re-enactment of an historical trial

  • Location: Map #13
    (Not suitable for children under 5)

    May 16th – June 14th, 2019
    Monday through Friday: 4:00 pm
    Saturday & Sunday: 11:30 am & 4:30
    Run time: 45 minutes

    June 15th – September 2nd, 2019
    Life of the Law: daily at 11:00 am & 5:30 pm

    September 3rd – 29th, 2019
    Barry vs. Blessing Trial: Friday – Sunday at 4:30 pm
    Life of the Law: Monday – Thursday: 4:30 pm

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Richfield Court Sessions & Trials

When the road opens up in the summer and fall, you can travel to the historic Richfield Courthouse by foot or by wagon to visit with the judges and take in our early justice interpretation.

  • Location: Map #128
    (Not suitable for children under 5)

    The Richfield Courthouse is open to drop-in visitors daily from 12:00 pm to 5:00 pm from June 15th – September 2, 2019. Courthouse sessions are as listed below:

    June 15th – September 2nd, 2019 
    Barry vs. Blessing Trial daily at 1:00 pm & 3:00 pm

    September 3rd – 29th, 2019
    Barry vs. Blessing Trial on Friday – Sunday: 1:00 pm & 3:00 pm
    Life of the Law: Monday – Thursday: 1:00 pm & 3:00 pm

    Getting There

    The Richfield Coach from Barnard’s Express also offers rides at $10.00 one way; $15.00 return per person or is a 1.6km (1 mile) easy, half-hour walk from Barkerville. 

Immersive Experience

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Gold Panning Lesson

Get a taste of the Barkerville Gold Rush. Take a step back in history and learn how to gold pan with the old gold miners at the Eldorado Gold Panning and Gift Shop. Pan for a sample of gold to take home. $8.50 per lesson.

Come into the gift shop and choose from a variety of items available for purchase. 

  • Your panning success is guaranteed! Lessons take approximately 20 minutes. Map Location: #5

    May 16th – June 14th, 2019
    Daily 10:00 am – 4:00 pm

    June 15th – September 2nd, 2019
    Daily 10:00 am – 5:30 pm

    September 3rd – 29th, 2019
    Daily 10:00 am – 4:00 pm

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Barnard's Express Stage Lines

Francis Jones Barnard’s B.X. Express freighting company shaped communication and travel to and from Barkerville and was the main cartage and passenger service on the Cariboo Waggon Road. Take a horse-drawn tour of Barkerville in an authentic stagecoach, or book a return trip to see Judge Begbie at the Richfield Courthouse! 

  • Map Location: #24

    May 16th – June 14th, 2019
    Daily 10:00 am – 4:00 pm

    June 15th – September 2nd, 2019
    Daily 10:00 am – 5:00 pm

    September 3rd – 29th, 2019
    Daily 10:00 am – 4:00 pm 

    Stagecoach rides: $8.00 per person
    Richfield coach: $10.00 one way per person; $15.00 return per person
    *The Richfield coach will run from June 15th – September 29th only.
    Children 5 and under are free (accompanied by an adult)

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Blacksmithing Workshop

Travel back in time for a lesson in basics of heritage blacksmithing at the Cameron & Ames Blacksmith Shop. Learn the tools of the trade and work one-on-one with Mr. O’Connell to create your own unique ironwork piece. Participate on your own or invite a friend to join you in this private apprenticeship session. 

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    Schedule coming soon

    Registration Details

    Registration open to ages 12 and up. Youth under 16 must be accompanied by an adult. Register online or at the Barkerville Visitor Centre. Registration must be received at least one day prior to the session. Payment due at the Barkerville Visitor Centre upon arrival. Please allow for 15 minutes for travel time between the Barkerville Visitor Centre and the Cameron & Ames Blacksmith Shop.

    Price: $150.00 + GST for up to two people

Sentinel Press

Printing Press Workshop

Travel back in time for a lesson in operating an 1890s printing press at the Cariboo Sentinel Printing Shop. Learn the tools of the trade and work one-on-one with Mr. Holloway to create your own unique poster and set of custom greeting cards. Participate on your own or invite up to two friends to join you in this private apprenticeship session.

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Heritage Cooking Lessons

Travel back in time and join Miss Wendle in her heritage home for a 2.5-hour, hands-on, private Victorian cooking class. Learn the basics of planning a menu, setting a table, and preparing a sample dish for a Victorian-style dinner party in 1880s, Barkerville. Reward yourself with a sample of your culinary creation.