On our way to visit Barkerville today we just had to stop and snap a few photos along the way. We were on the lookout for Moose (checking out all watery locations) or Bear or just about any kind of wildlife, and the scenery was simply great.
Barkerville = Billy Barker discovered gold on Williams Creek in 1862 and triggered a stampede of thousands of people from all over the world (Europe & Asia) and Barkerville was born. It is a historic mining town that is stillsparsely inhabited and it is a protected (by the government) heritage town. There are a few businesses still in operation for shopping, dining & staying overnight; so it's like a living museum with exhibits and real people. There were actors in period costums acting out the daily lives of the people of a frontier town.
Over the years, especially early years of the town, there were fires that destroyed parts of the town, so a lot of it was reproduced or moved or reconstructed. It was very cute, and showed us that even though it was a rough life compared to what we’re used to, it was a luxury to them in the Cariboo Gold Rush days of the late 1860’s.
I was able to snap a photo of a cute little Richardson Ground Squirrel, which they call a nuisance, but I thought he was adorable.
Down the road a piece was the ruins of two other Gold Rush towns, Stanly & Von Winkle; one was just a few piles of wood and the other had a cemetery.
On the way home we caught glimpse of a black bear on the side of the road, so Bruce drove until he found a spot to turn around and sure enough the bear waited for us. He was just sitting on the side of the road watching cars go by. That was so very cool, we can’t wait to see more.