The first gold rush in British Columbia

Barkerville was the capital of the Cariboo gold rush in British Columbia and is now a historic city to visit. Barkerville is located north of the Cariboo Plateau, near the Cariboo Mountains and Cariboo Wagon Road, which was the main traffic route to Barkerville during the gold rush.


In 1958, the British Columbia government decided that the city should be restored and destroyed parts rebuilt and used as a tourist attraction and living museum. Barkerville looks the same today as in the days of the Cariboo Gold Rush, giving visitors a glimpse into those days. Many buildings are documented and described in detail. The city itself has no inhabitants today, as they have moved away or live in New Barkerville, which was founded during the restoration of the old Barkerville.

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