Getting Here


Adventure Charters travels between the Lower Mainland, Kamloops, and Prince George

A transit bus to Quesnel to Barkerville and back is available every Thursday.
$5 one-way (children 12 and under free).

Car Rentals:

Discount Car & Truck Rentals (Quesnel)
Enterprise (Prince George)
National Car Rental (Williams Lake)
Ridley Rentals (Quesnel and Williams Lake)


Central Mountain Air operates daily flights to and from Quesnel.

Air Canada and WestJet Both offer daily flights to and from Prince George, two hours north (197 km) of Barkerville.

Driving Directions

Barkerville is located 81 kilometres (50 miles) east of Quesnel, BC at the end of Highway 26.

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Hold your horses…

Don’t forget to stop off at Cottonwood House Historic Site and experience the roadhouse stop along the way to Barkerville. Take a tour, get refreshed with a meal and rest and get a sense for the way people travelled before highways and cars.

Located 30km East of Quesnel on Highway 26 on the way to Barkerville.

Directions – Kamloops to Barkerville

5 – 5 1/2 hr (491 km) drive from Kamloops, following the Gold Rush Trail from Cache Creek

  1. Take exit 362  for Trans Canada Highway/BC-1 W/BC-97 N toward Cache Creek
  2. From Cache Creek, take Highway #97 North
  3. Follow #97 through Clinton, 100 Mile House, and Williams Lake to Quesnel
  4. Turn right onto Highway #26 and follow the highway until its end

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Alternatively, you can take the Hwy 24 route through Little Fort, BC.
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Directions – Vancouver to Barkerville

8-10 hr (752 km) drive from Vancouver, following the Gold Rush Trail

  1. Follow the TransCanada Highway #1 through Hope, along the Fraser Canyon to Cache Creek
  2. From Cache Creek, take Highway #97 North
  3. Follow #97 through Clinton, 100 Mile House, and Williams Lake to Quesnel
  4. Turn right onto Highway #26. Follow the highway until its end

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How to Prepare

There is no such thing as bad weather, just the wrong clothes!

Barkerville is at an elevation of approximately 1,200m/4,000ft, nestled in the Cariboo Mountains of BC’s central interior. We get plenty of sunshine and beautiful weather, but it’s good to come prepared in case the temperature drops or rain falls.


1. What are your hours?

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2. How much time should we plan to explore Barkerville?

We recommend staying at least two days to get the full Barkerville experience. There is a lot going on between the daily programming, exhibits, shopping, and shows! For that reason, your admission is valid for two days. See our daily schedule or contact our team in the Visitors’ Reception Centre 1-888-994-3332 ext. 0 to help plan your visit.

3. What are your rates?

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Please refer to our Merchant Directory for rates on additional fee activities such as stagecoach rides, Theatre Royal tickets, and gold panning lessons.

4. Can we bring our pets?

For the safety of our visitors and site animals, no pets are permitted within the Barkerville town site. Service dogs are permitted with prior notification. Day use dog kennels are available next the Barkerville Administration Building and can be booked online.  

Dog Kennels3Large – $15/day  8ft x 3.10ft x 5ft
Medium – $10/day  4ft x 3.10ft x 5ft

Dog KennelsSmall – $5/day
41 in x 28 in x 31 in

If you plan to spend a few days in Barkerville and would like overnight pet boarding options, please contact our friends at Pooch Palace in Quesnel and ask about their Barkerville specials!

5. What is the weather like?

It’s variable. We get plenty of sunshine and beautiful weather but it can also get chilly. We’re at about 4,000ft elevation in the Cariboo Mountains so hope for sunshine but pack for anything!

6. Do you have a Lost & Found?

Our wonderful merchants and lovely team in the Visitors’ Reception Centre do the very best they can to ensure all lost belongings find their way back to their owner. Please call 1-888-994-3332, ext. 33 if you have lost something during your time in Barkerville.

7. Can we stay overnight in Barkerville?

Yes, you can! Barkerville is one of the few historic sites in Canada that allow overnight visitors. Check out Places to Stay for more information.

8. Is Barkerville wheelchair accessible?

Yes, we are approximately 90-95% wheelchair accessible. This includes the historic town and the three campgrounds.