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!

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Town Tours

Absorb an in-depth understanding of the gold rush history, Barkerville, and the colourful characters of years past by attending one of our entertaining town tours. Daily tours are hosted by Barkerville’s historical interpreters. Tours begin at the Visitors’ Reception Centre and last approximately 60 minutes.

  • Spring through Fall

    10:00 approx. 70 mins
    2:00 approx. 70 mins

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Waterwheel Show

Learn about deep shaft placer mining in this lively demonstration of 1870s technology that uses an authentic wooden Cornish Waterwheel. You’ll 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.

  • Spring
    3:30 approx. 40 mins

    Summer
    11:30 approx. 40 mins
    4:30 approx. 40 mins

    Fall
    11:00 approx. 40 mins
    3:30 approx. 40 mins

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Intro to Edwardian Underwear

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Mrs.McGinley Variety Show

“Mrs. McGinley’s Gold Rush Variety Show” is set in 1869 and features 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
    School Show
    Mrs. McGinley’s Barkerville Variety Show
    1:00 approx. 30 mins

    June 1- 14, 2019
    Mrs. McGinley’s Barkerville Variety Show
    2:00 approx. 60 mins

    June 16- September 29th, 2019
    Mrs. McGinley’s Barkerville Variety Show
    Friday through Wednesday (No show Thursday)
    1:00 approx. 60 mins
    7:00 approx. 60 mins (Saturday Only)

    Prices

    Adults: $12.95
    Seniors (65+)
    Youths (13-17): $11.95

    Children (6-12): $6.95
    (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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WCFB Cariboo 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 14 – September 2nd, 2019

    WCFB Cariboo Radio Hour
    Friday through Wednesday (No show Thursday)
    4:00 approx. 60 mins

    Prices

    Adults: $12.95
    Seniors (65+) 
    Youths (13-17): $11.95

    Children (6-12): $6.95
    (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

Mr. Teach

Mr. Teach’s Gold Rush Adventures Vol. I: To Cariboo in ’62 – A Musical Journey. 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 (of Water Wheel fame or infamy) 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 rather it is found in life’s rich tapestry of things and people and places.

  • June 20- August 29th, 2019
    Thursdays Only
    1:00 approx. 60 mins

    Prices

    Adults: $12.95
    Seniors (65+)
    Youths (13-17): $11.95

    Children (6-12): $6.95
    (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

Billy Barker

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. Though Barker’s discovery becomes one of the richest gold deposits ever to be found, the memory of Barkerville’s namesake fades into obscurity for decades. 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. 

  • Spring
    11:15 approx. 40 mins

    Summer
    11:30 approx. 40 mins
    2:30 approx. 40 mins

    Winter
    11:45 approx. 40 mins
    3:00 approx. 40 mins

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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.

  • Spring through Fall
    School House
    Daily from 10:00-4:00
    Pay a visit to the schoolmistress

    Waiting for Mr. Jessop
    Examination of the school house from the Superintendent
    Spring and Fall
    2:30 approx. 45 mins

    Summer
    3:30 approx. 45 mins

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Home Life

Come on in and watch Miss Wendle and others baking and cooking on an authentic wood stove. If you arrive at just the right time, you may get to have a taste. Watch household chores get done the way your great grandmother used to do them. You might even have a chance to lend a hand.

  • Wendle House

    Spring through Fall
    Daily from 10:00-4:00. 
    If the door is open stop by for a visit.

    Meet Joe Wendle
    Learn about the life of Joe and Betty Wendle
    Spring through Fall
    3:00 approx. 30 mins

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Chinatown Tours & Lessons

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.

 

  • Chinatown Tour
    Spring and Summer
    12:00 approx. 60 min
    3:15 approx. 60 min
    Fall
    12:00 approx. 60 min
    2:00 approx. 60 min

    Chinese Cultural Session
    Summer

    10:00 approx. 30 mins
    4:15 approx. 30 mins
    Fall
    10:00 approx. 30 mins
    3:45 approx. 30 mins

    Chinese School Lesson
    Language and Calligraphy
    Spring and Fall
    11:00 approx. 45 mins
    1:00 approx. 45 mins
    Summer
    10:30 approx. 45 mins
    1:00 approx. 45 mins

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Cameron & Ames Blacksmiths

Experience a working 1870s Blacksmith Shop! Hear the anvil chorus and smell the sizzle of hot metal smoke. The blacksmith gives public presentations several times a day and is open from 10:00am to 4:00pm, seven days per week during the spring and fall seasons, and 10:00am to 5:30pm during the main summer season.

 

  • Spring through Fall

    Daily from 10:00-4:00
    See a blacksmith at work, unless booked by a visiting school.


    Hand-forged products are sold by the blacksmith on location.

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Barkerville Cemetery

Meet Reverend Reynard or Mrs. 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. 

 

  • Spring and Summer
    Wednesday to Sunday
    1:30 approx. 60 mins

Court Sessions

Early Justice

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. During our spring season, court sessions are held at the Methodist Church. 

  • Spring
    4:00 approx. 45 mins
    (Not suitable for children under 5)

    Summer
    11:00 approx. 25 mins
    5:30 approx. 25 mins
    (Not suitable for children under 5)

    Fall
    4:30 approx. 45 mins
    (Not suitable for children under 5)

Judge Begbie

Richfield Court Session

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.  During summer and fall, court is held at the beautifully restored Richfield Courthouse.

  • Summer
    Meet the judges when not in session
    12:00-4:00

    Richfield Court Session 
    (Not suitable for children under 6)
    1:00-1:45
    3:00-3:45

    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.  An early evening court session will continue to be held at the Methodist throughout the summer and fall seasons as well. See the Daily Schedule below for times.

    Included with regular admission.

Sentinel Printing Press

Cariboo Sentinel Newspaper

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. 

Nova to Nugget

Nova 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 how did that gold get in the ground for humans to discover? 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.

  • Spring
    3:30 approx. 20mins

    Summer
    4:00 approx. 20 mins

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Anglican Church Services

Work on the beautiful St. Saviour’s Anglican Church began in 1869, shortly after Reverend Reynard’s arrival in Barkerville. The incomplete building first opened its doors on September 18, 1870. The church is one of Barkerville’s most recognizable buildings, and is still made up of all original woodwork. Please come by for a service and see what it was like.

  • Service

    Spring
    Wednesday through Saturday
    Morning Service

    9:30 approx. 20 mins
    Mid-day Prayer
    11:30 approx. 20 mins
    Evening Prayer
    4:00 approx. 20 mins

    Summer
    Sunday Only

    Holy Communion
    8:30 approx. 35 mins
    10:30 approx. 35 mins

    Wednesday through Saturday
    Morning Service

    9:30 approx. 20 mins
    Mid-day Prayer
    11:30 approx. 20 mins
    Evening Prayer
    4:00 approx. 20 mins

    Fall
    Lay-led Church Service
    Sunday Only 
    8:30 approx. 30 mins

    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 or his wife. Enjoy a moment of prayer like the miners used to do.

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.

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Barkerville Pickwick Club

“The Posthumous Papers of the Pickwick Club” is the first novel published by the famous English writer Charles Dickens, and Pickwick clubs celebrating his work form around the world as his popularity grows. By 1870, the Barkerville Pickwick Club publishes several articles in the Cariboo Sentinel pertaining to topics from their meetings which consequently allows townspeople to give these gatherings new life 150 years later. 

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Barker & Co. Shaft House

Curatorial

Archaeology Digging

  • Summer and Fall
    Thursday through Monday
    1:30 All Day 

Gold Miners

The Cariboo Goldfields Ltd. Annual General Meeting

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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. 

Street Music

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. 

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Amazing Tales from the gold rush trail

  • Summer
    9:30 approx. 40 mins
    Fall
    1:00 approx. 40 mins

Immersive Experience

Below you will find activities that have an immersive experience, and lets you get closer to a piece of history. Through workshops and interacting with interpreters, the following actives cost additional to regular admission but are worth checking out. 

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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. 

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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! 

  • Spring through Fall
    Daily from 10:00-4:00

    Stagecoach rides: $8.00 per person
    Richfield coach: $10.00 one way per person; $15.00 return per person
    *The Richfield coach will run during the Summer Season 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. 

  • Fall
    Offered every Monday, Tuesday & Wednesday 
    from 2:25 pm to 4:15 pm
    at the Cameron & Ames Blacksmith Shop

    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.

  • Fall
    Offered every Monday, Thursday & Friday
    from 10:45 am to 12:45 pm
    at the Cariboo Sentinel Printing Shop

    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 Cariboo Sentinel Printing Shop.

    Price: $125.00 + GST for up to three people

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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.

  • Fall
    Offered every Wednesday, Thursday & Friday
    from 2:00 pm to 4:30 pm
    at the Wendle House

    Registration Details

    Registration open to ages 12 and up. Youth under 16 must be accompanied by an adult. We are unable to accommodate individuals with severe dietary allergies at this time. Register online or at the Barkerville Visitor Centre. Registration must be received 24 hours in advance of 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 Wendle House.

    Price: $75.00 + GST for up to two people. $150.00 +GST for up to four people

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Victorian School House Lesson

  • Expect audience participation
    Not suitable for children under 6

    Spring
    10:15 approx. 45 mins
    11:45 approx. 45 mins

    Summer and Fall
    10:30 approx. 45 mins
    12:30 approx. 45 mins

Schedule
Coming Soon for 2019