Barkerville Yesterday and Today

Barkerville Visitors’ Guide: download pages 20–29. Includes information on Barkerville, a Barkerville Map and Barkerville Events into January 2019.

In its heydey, Barkerville was said to be the largest city west of Chicago and north of San Francisco. At the time it was said Vancouver and Victoria wouldn’t amount to much because they were too far from Barkerville.

Today, Barkerville remains a town of discovery, a unique streetscape with more than 130 heritage buildings, live theatre and period merchants. There are several great places to eat, gold rush style. As well, you can take a shopping trip back in time at any of the many shops in Barkerville. Old time shows and demonstrations, along with all kinds of tours and walk-in displays and an always surprising array of street entertainment will make Barkerville the absolute highlight of your visit to the Cariboo.

We were the first Heritage Site in Canada where you can actually stay overnight at one our three unique B&Bs. Barkerville is open year round to visit. From mid-May to the end of September, Barkerville is open with authentic businesses, museum displays, and interpretation programs containing lots of fun and activities for the whole family. Check out the growing array of winter events and activities.

Theatre Royal’s 2018 live performances start May 17 and run through September 30. For Theatre Royal information, call 1-888-994-3225 or visit 

Barkerville is located an easy hour’s drive east of Quesnel on Highway 26 on a good paved road. Fuel is available in nearby Wells, and there are RV and tent campsites within walking distance of Barkerville.