Welcome to our “150th Anniversary of Dominion Day” celebratory season. On July 1st, 1868, the first “Dominion Day” event in Canadian history took place in Barkerville, British Columbia. This was three years before BC became part of Canada! It was also one year after Upper and Lower Canada joined to become the Dominion of Canada. We hope you’ll come celebrate this historic occasion with us in the Cariboo Goldfields!
As part of your journey along the Gold Rush Trail, we invite you to experience Barkerville Historic Town & Park and Cottonwood House Historic Site. The Barkerville Heritage Trust has a long-term agreement with the Province of British Columbia to manage both sites.
A National Historic Site of Canada
Barkerville Historic Town & Park was designated a National Historic Site of Canada in 1924. It was also made a Provincial Heritage Property in 1958. Within the park there is another National Historic Site, the Chee Kung Tong (Chinese Freemasons building). Cottonwood House Historic Site has been a Provincial Heritage Property since 1964. The Cariboo “Waggon” Road, a National Historic Monument, passes through both Cottonwood House and Barkerville.
We have a Concise Business Plan through 2025. In that plan we operate under a four pillars approach. We will make a $25 million positive impact on the local, regional, provincial and national economy:
Protection: 24 hours per day, seven days per week. Preservation: Roofing, foundations, building membranes and artifacts. Presentation: World-class “living history” interpretation and entertainment, museum displays and heritage buildings. Commerce: Activities, accommodations, food & beverage, entertainment, and shopping.
Our vision for Barkerville is an authentic, unique, world-class heritage experience. Our staff, business licensees, interpretive and other contractors, community partners, the Province of BC, and visitors from all parts of the globe help us to live the full spirit of this vision.
We hope you enjoy your stay with us. This National Heritage Park is definitely worth seeing and experiencing.