2021 Summer COVID-19 Protocol Know before you go
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. Opening begins June 26, 2021 and the following protocols are in place for that time.
Know before you go
- Only 400 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.
- Masks are required in all indoor spaces. Masks are required outdoors where 6 ft of physical distance cannot be maintained between your group and other site users, including visitors and staff.
- 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.
- Admission in 2021 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 currently accepting reservations from out-of-region visitors but may have to issue cancellations if Provincial Health Orders direct us to do so. Current health orders prohibit out-of-region travel but are anticipated to change prior to our opening date. For the most up-to-date information on Provincial restrictions, visit: https://www2.gov.bc.ca/gov/content/covid-19/info/response
- 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 400 visitors are permitted within the Historic Zone at one time. This is a reduction 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 to an inability to maintain physical distancing in the facility.
- Additional outhouses have been placed 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 in service areas.
Exhibits and Archives
- A small selection of exhibits has been closed for the season due to sanitizing and physical distancing limitations. The majority of our 70+ exhibits remain open for visitors to enjoy, one family at a time.
- In-person access to the archives has been temporarily suspended. Archive staff are happy to assist with inquiries via phone or email.
- All special events in 2021 have been suspended until further notice. Some special celebrations will be offered virtually.
- Stagecoach rides are available at Barnard’s Express for one family at a time.
- Gold-panning lessons have returned to the Eldorado in 2021.
- Other private workshops including blacksmithing, printing press operation, and cooking lessons have been suspended in 2021 until further notice.
- All performances designed for larger crowds, including the Theatre Royal, Town Tour, and Waterwheel Show have been suspended in 2021 until further notice.
- A team of 20 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.
- The St. George Hotel is operating under new protocols. Information and reservations are available on their website.
- The Kelly Guest House has changed ownership and has undergone renovations and rental changes for 2021. Bookings will be made available shortly. The King Guest House is still undergoing repairs and will not be available in 2021.
- 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 blackout 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.
- 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.
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 ANNUAL PASS HOLDERS AND LOCALS BOOK A VISIT?
Annual Pass Holders and local residents do not need to reserve their admission to guarantee their entry but will need to check-in when they arrive at the Barkerville Visitor Centre.
WHAT IS THE FRIENDS OF BARKERVILLE MEMBERSHIP?
Friends of Barkerville and the Cariboo Goldfields Society is a citizen-led volunteer group that partners with Barkerville Heritage Trust to protect, preserve and promote Barkerville and area. Purchase a membership to “the Friends” to become a part of the grassroots network that helps support Barkerville. Your membership also entitles you to a 20% discount on daily admission or annual passes to Barkerville Historic Town & Park. Note: Friends of Barkerville memberships are no longer associated with annual admission passes to Barkerville.
CAN I BOOK A GROUP VISIT?
Group bookings are limited to two families or 10 people at a time. A 15% discount is available when you purchase four or more admission passes. A 20% discount is available when you purchase 10 or more admission passes.
CAN I BOOK A WEDDING?
Weddings are limited to 10 people. Virtual broadcasting of weddings can be arranged.
2021 Winter COVID-19 Protocol Know before you go
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.
The Historic Zone
- Due to COVID-19, previously planned winter exhibits, special events, store openings and interpretative performances have been suspend for the winter. We look forward to re-opening June 26, 2021 .
- Walking, skiing and snowshoeing visitors may still travel through the historic zone of the town at no charge form 8 am to 8 pm every day.
- Public washrooms are available in the Visitor Centre 24 hours a day.
- Masks are required in all indoor public spaces, including washrooms and the Barkerville Café.
- Access to the archives has been temporarily suspended. Archive staff are happy to assist with inquiries via phone or email.
The Barkerville Café
- Masks must be worn in all public indoor spaces, including the Barkerville Café.
- Dine-in options are not available at this time. All orders will be packaged in take-out containers and must be eaten outside.
- 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.
The Shamrock Tube Run
- Masks must be worn in all areas of the Tube Run at all times by anyone 12 years of age or older.
- Users may enjoy the Tube Run in household groups only. Mixing of household groups is not permitted.
- Occupancy for the Tube Run area is limited to 40 pass holders. Visitors without lift passes are not permitted in the Tube Run area.
- Guardians may not leave children unattended at the Tube Run.
- Children under 3 years of age are not permitted on the Tube Run.
- Children under 6 years of age or under 42 inches in height must wear a helmet and be accompanied up the conveyor and down the run by an adult.
- Due to COVID-19, operators are unable to physically assist tube run riders. If operators deem any rider, regardless of age or height, unable to ride alone safely, they will only be able to continue if accompanied by an adult.
- Additional outhouses have been placed in in the Tube Run parking lot area.
- 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.