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Aug 16, 2018 - Barkerville Blast

After a much-needed "sleep-in" until 7:30 or so, we were up and at it - we rustled the kids out of bed, then we were off to Quesnel for a solid Canadian breakfast...aka Timmy's on the Run!!! Then it was back on to the BC Gold Rush Trail, and a solid one hour run east to Barkerville. I was hoping for a little smoke relief, but not terribly hopeful, as Quesnel had firmly passed Kamloops on the "Dirty Air" index!!! Still, it was a pretty drive out, the forests and lakes/ponds were just beautiful - you could almost convince yourself the smoke...

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Aug 5, 2012 - Day 103, side trip to Bakerville

Day 103, Sunday, August 05, 2012 Barkerville is about 50 miles north of here. Along the way, we ran across a Shaver Road. We took a picture for you, Dad. Barkerville began as a gold rush town in 1862. Williams Creek was one of the biggest gold producers in B.C. The entire town burned down in 1868 and they started rebuilding the next day. Today, the whole town is a restoration of that old gold rush town. There are over 125 buildings that are restored or recreated to show life as it was then. There are characters walking around town talking...

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Aug 7, 2011 - Barkerville, BC.

We headed south on HWY 97 and made the decision to go to Barkerville. It's an historic town in the Cariboo gold fields. It is a 51 mile trip on HWY 26. It is windy and hilly and about 20 miles in we had thoughts of turning around. We pulled into the small historical roadhouse complex. It is known as the Cottonwood House. It had a camping sign. When we asked at the General Store they said ..."just park over by the bunk houses anywhere". We did just that! It was in a green field that once was a putting green. One other family was there in a...

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Jun 1, 2011 - Gold Rush in Barkerville

Thanks to our son-in-law, Rob, we took a one day side trip to Barkerville. This gold rush town is being effectively recreated. Stories are enthusiastically retold by actors in many buildings. We learned of the 400 black Californians who fled possible enslavement if California decided to enter the union as a slave state. One, an Oberlin graduate, took up residence in Barkerville as its dentist, painless dentistry as they called it in those days. We attended an “investment seminar” at the water wheel operated gold mine. For a mere $6000.00...

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Jun 24, 2010 - Barkerville BC

When we got up this morning, it was raining. Whats new! We headed for Barkerville any ways. We figure we will do the outside when its not raining and do the inside buildings when it is. Not much to write on this one the pictures speak for the day. Hope you enjoy them, it will be nice to look back on them when we get home to see the town all over again. Regretfully we didn't get too many of the Chinese section, it got just too late. It was a really nice long day especially ducking the rain! We plan on leaving here tomorrow and heading for...

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The Traveling Duo

Jun 23, 2010 - Wells - Barkerville BC

We arrived here at Wells BC. Just about 2 miles from Barkerville. This is the only town that has camping with hook-ups. We tried the first one and they were just too small and costly. So we went down to the next one and were able to get a site. The campground is called Cariboo Joys. Not to bad of a place. We got set up and went into the town of Wells. See Pics. There isn't too much of this town. I really don't know how they survive here. They have to go a long distance to any large town. Oh well, we left here and drove up to Barkerville,...

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The Traveling Duo

Aug 5, 2009 - Barkerville Heritage Site, BC

Yesterday and today we didn’t need to use the A/C. The temperature was 54 overnight and rose to 75 in the afternoon. We drove Lil Red to Barkerville Historic Town. Billy Barker’s discovery of gold on Williams Creek in 1862 triggered a stampede of thousands of miners to the area over the next eight years. It was a typical gold rush boomtown with a large Chinese population of shopkeepers. It burned to the ground in 1868, was quickly rebuilt and then faded. Another gold rush occurred in the 1930s and people still lived in Barkerville in 1958...

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Jun 17, 2009 - Wells - Barkerville June 17-19

We hitched up the trailer this morning in the pouring rain! Our trip into Wells was exciting as we saw 2 moose, 1 deer and Ed saw a bear. The road has many steep hills to climb. We're parked at Cariboo Joy's Campground. Joy looks like a former dance hall girl and her office looks like a bordello. A lady from Holland couldn't think of the word in English so she said "naughty". Apparently Joy is a former dancer who is from Australia and loves to gold pan and has her own gold claim. We went for a walking tour of Wells. Many of the houses have...

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BC June adventures

Aug 6, 2008 - Barkerville/Quesnel, BC

(Wednesday August 6) It was a bright sunny day as we traveled to Barkerville, BC. Now this is a restored town from the gold rush in this area circa 1865. Soon after we turned off the main highway I heard someone say we were low on fuel. After driving the 40 or so miles into Barkerville we found that there is no diesel fuel available in the area. Well now, I was not the only one worried about the situation. I stayed back as the old folks walked Their legs off all day seeing this interesting place. When they finally returned looking a little...

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Jun 27, 2008 - DAY 24

We could not leave Quesnel soon enough. We drove the 51 mile road to Historic Barkerville, which is literally at the end of the road. We saved $0.75 a ticket for Barkerville by buying our admission ticket at the visitor center just outside of Wells. I must say, the historical society, or whoever put the programming together did a rather fine job. Throughout the entire day there were free tours and lectures at different locations in town.

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Alaska or Bust

Jun 20, 2008 - Barkerville

After finishing with the Cassiar, our friends headed off to Prince Rupert and Linda and I headed for Smithers. Smithers is a very nice town and I would love to go back. We stayed at a RV park for Linda had some laundry to do. It had cable hookups and I got to see the US Open, I really needed a golf fix. We hooked up with our friends at a provincial park and cooked them a great dinner of a wiener roast and potato salad. We then headed towards Prince George and had another problem with our truck. When they installed the new transmission they...

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Aug 26, 2007 - Barkerville, BC - Day 1

August 26, 2007 Barkerville, BC Today's Travels We left Prince George about 8:30 this morning caravanning with Scott and Di after they had refueled the MH - 0.888/liter (same as we paid) - and they may be good until we get back to the States. The first 75 miles is on the familiar BC-97 and then we took BC-26 (aka Barkerville Highway) near Quesnel (oh, by the way, don't pronounce the "s" in Quesnel - it ain't there and you will be judged an outsider which you really are). This is a mountainous 2-lane road that travels mostly uphill because...

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