Main season

daily programs

 

Our Main Season has ended, but our walk-in gate is still open during the winter! Click here for more information.

Theatre Royal

2:00pm Daily

An hour of music, comedy, and fun for the entire family! Box office is open 10am-2pm daily.

Admission Prices

General: $20.00
Seniors: $17.00
Youth (3-12): $10.00
Children 3 and under: FREE

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Guided Town Tour

10:00am daily

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 in front of the Pavilion building and last approximately 70 minutes.

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Victorian School Lessons at the Doody House

12:30pm daily

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. 30 minutes.

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Wendle House

All-Day

Come on in and visit with Miss Wendle 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.

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Barkerville Cemetery Tour

Wednesday-Sunday; Times posted daily at the front of the church. 

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. 30 minutes.

 

 

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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.

  • Wednesday-Saturday:
    Morning Prayer: 9:30am
    Mid-Day Prayer: 11:30am
    Evening Prayer: 4:00pm
     
    Sundays:
    Holy Communion: 10:30am
    Evening Prayer: 4:00pm

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Indigenous Cultural Session

All-Day

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.

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Chinatown Tours

3:15pm

Explore 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. Approximately 60 minutes.

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Chinese School Lessons at the Myatovic Cabin

11:30am

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. 30 minutes.

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Chinese Cultural Sessions

All-Day

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.  

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Amazing Tales from the Gold Rush Trail

9:15am

A historical overview of British Columbia’s Gold Rush at the Barker Co. Shafthouse. 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. 30 minutes.

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Waterwheel Show

4:00pm

See deep shaft placer mining in this lively demonstration of 1870s technology using an authentic wooden Cornish Waterwheel. Learn about the importance and operation of the wheel in a comical and entertaining presentation that is fascinating for the whole family. 30 minutes.

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Cameron & Ames Blacksmith Shop

All-Day

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.

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Cariboo Sentinel Newspaper Shop

All-Day

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. 

Mining Law in the Cariboo

12:00pm

Learn about early justice in the Colony of British Columbia while our Gold Commissioners deliver anecdotes about Barkerville’s criminals and infamous characters. 30 minutes.

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. $15 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!