Smoking or vaping of any substance is not permitted in the historic zone of Barkerville, Richfield, or anywhere in between. Smoking is only permitted in the designated areas in the parking lots and camp sites.
Smoking or vaping of cannabis is prohibited within Barkerville Historic Town & Park except in your registered campsite.
Detailed information about trails and permitted activities and permitted activities in and around Barkerville can be found here.
The Barkerville Heritage Trust is responsible for protecting the natural and built environment and cultural values of the site. We are committed to honouring BC’s natural heritage and working to ensure its healthy future for decades to come. We collaborate with First Nations and community partners to preserve Barkerville Historic Town & Park’s outstanding beauty, biodiversity and remarkable history for everyone.
Metal detecting, bottle digging, and other treasure hunting for historic refuse is strictly prohibited within BC Parks. Removal of historic material is a violation of the Heritage Conservation Act and violators may be subject to criminal prosecution, including jail time and fines of up to $100,000.
- Fires are permitted only in designated fire enclosures as provided by Barkerville and are subject to any local fire bans or restrictions within the Cariboo Fire Centre.
- Do not move campfire rings, burn garbage, or leave fires unattended. Ensure fires are fully extinguished if they are not being monitored.
- Do not gather wood, break off branches, or damage live trees in any way to build your fire. Bringing in your own firewood can expose sensitive ecosystems to invasive species, so please only use firewood supplied by Barkerville.
In order to protect heritage and environmental resources, recreational hand panning is prohibited on Provincial Heritage Sites except in designated gold panning troughs. Gold panning lessons are available at El Dorado Gold Panning & Gift Shop during our Main Season.
Vehicle access to Barkerville’s Heritage Zone (areas beyond the Welcome Centre) is limited to approved vehicles, at approved times and only as necessary. All vehicles entering the Heritage Zone must check in with site staff.