Barkerville, B.C.


While we were camping close to Wells, during our Vacation we visited Barkerville, British Columbia in Canada on cloudy and cool day. We went in the week, so there were fewer people, which made for nice photos. There is no cell phone coverage, just land-lines.


“Barkerville is the largest heritage site in Western North America & a National Historic Site of Canada. Founded in 1862, Barkerville is an adventure destination like no other; rich in history, full of life. Meet colourful characters from Barkerville’s past, watch Judge Begbie hold Victorian criminals accountable, see authentic gold rush theatre & witness a Cornish Waterwheel in action. Pan for gold, visit exotic Chinatown, go to school 1800s-style or tour the town at your own pace while visiting 140+ historic buildings & displays. Barkerville’s merchants, restaurants & accommodations will provide everything you need for a genuinely comfortable trip into BC’s golden age.” – Hello B.C.


It was very relaxing to walk through the streets and to imagine what life was like. during the Gold Rush. You can see the stagecoach tracks in the road.


“Work on the beautiful St. Saviour’s church began shortly after Reverend Reynard’s arrival in Barkerville in 1868. The incomplete building first opened its doors on September 18, 1870. The church is one of Barkerville’s most recognizable buildings, and is still made up of all original woodwork.”Church of St Saviour.   Please see the next photo.


“Services take place on most days at St. Saviour’s Anglican Church, and are performed by a student of the Anglican Church, playing the role of Reverend Reynard. Enjoy a moment of prayer like the miners used to do.”- Church of St Saviour.  Please see the previous and next photo.


Inside Church of St Saviour.  Please see the previous photos.


Please click here for a town Map.



“The Cariboo Amateur Dramatic Association began putting on shows in Barkerville saloons in 1865. After the fire of 1868, however, Barkerville’s dramatists began presenting their theatre in a building they shared with the Williams Creek Fire Brigade. Today, this tradition continues. The Theatre Royal – still located in the home of the Fire Brigade – continues to offer exceptional shows that not only educates visitors about Barkerville’s past, but does so in a way that mirrors the theatre of the gold rush days in Barkerville.”Theatre Royal.


Ladies in front of Theatre Royal.


Ladies in front of Theatre Royal.


“C. Strouss & Company Dry Goods offer some of the best teas from around the world, cheese cut from 30-pound wheels, cast iron cooking implements and other household goods evoking the best of bygone days.” Barkerville


The lady at C. Strouss & Company Dry Goods writes up and rings up every purchase. Credit cards are accepted.


We bought a “Potjie” (Afrikaans for a three-legged iron pot used for cooking over a wood fire) for a good price at C. Strouss & Company Dry Goods, they have big selection of good quality cast iron cookware.


“McMahon’s Confectionery, once known as the Red Front Cigar Store, was part of this vital merchant community, and sold a diverse selection of treats and sundries.” McMahon’s Confectionary.

“Today, in our recreated 1930s style confectionery store, visitors can purchase a wide variety of candies, fudges, tobaccos, ice creams, soda pops and specialty products that were available to the towns people of 1930s Barkerville. Map #9.” McMahon’s Confectionary.




“Unlike many gold rush towns from this era – which have long disappeared – Barkerville remains a thriving place, rich in history and full of life.  You can tour the town with one of the colourful characters from Barkerville’s past, watch the notorious Judge Begbie strike fear into the hearts of history’s criminals, witness authentic gold rush theatre, and see a real Cornish Waterwheel in action.” – Barkerville.


I enjoyed the period actors that wander the town and live in their roles.



Andrew Hamilton Artistic Director of Barkerville’s Historic Street program as Billy Barker. Billy Barker lives again in Barkerville.



Tok sitting with the ladies.


Tok chatting with the friendly ladies.



“Take a horse-drawn tour of Barkerville in an authentic stagecoach, or book a return trip to see Judge Begbie at the Richfield Courthouse! Barnard’s Express offers a variety of passenger and freight services throught Williams Creek.“- Barnard’s Express Stagecoach Line.



“Doctor Michael Callanan lived in Barkerville with his family from about 1903 to 1928.” –More



Pets aren’t allowed inside Barkerville, but there is kennel services.

Top 5 reasons to visit Barkerville in winter

More coming soon.
Ghost towns of Canada Photo gallery




  1. Fantasties! Ek glo dat dit baie aftrek kry. Ons het mos ook so ‘n myndorpie (Pelgrimsrus) wat voorheen so geskiedkundig bewaar is, selfs met mense wat in die besigheidjies gewerk het. Dit het egter alles so verval en kommersieel geraak – ek was daar in 2010 en was baie teleurgesteld. Dis nou iets wat ek van harte sou geniet.

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    • Dankie, dat jy kom loer het, dit is ‘n bietjie “off the beaten path”, maar ek het gelukig daarvan uitgevind.
      Calgary het iets soortgelyks Heritage Park
      Ons was lank-laas daar, maar soms is ons gelukkig, dan hou hulle privaat werks-funksies daar in die aande, dan kan ons fotos neem sonder die toeriste, ongelukkig is die meeste akteurs ook al weg.
      Dit is baie jammer van Pelgrimsrus, wat die potensiël het om ‘n toeriste aantreking te word en werks-keppend te wees. Ons het in die laat 70 jare daar verby gery.


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