If you're interested in ghost towns around
British Columbia, try visiting Barkerville. Barkerville is situated
due east of Quesnel near Wells
on Hwy 26.
Barkerville in it's time had one of the biggest gold finds in the
Cariboo region during the 1850's and 1860's. Various miners from
all over the west coast notable San Francisco made it to Barkerville.
Among the many that came, there was at least a population of 8,000
Chinese, mostly from the province of Guangdong, China.
- Gold Rush era
It will take you about one hour to drive there from Quesnel. The
ghost town of Barkerville has been restored to its past glory, involving
theme events and activities reminiscent of the 1870's - Gold Rush
era. Take your time and explore the buildings and artifacts of Barkerville
including the Chinatown of past era.
For campgrounds at Barkerville, you can find some vehicle-accessible
sites located at Barkerville Campgrounds the former Barkerville
Provincial Campground. Just remember that because the historic town
of Barkerville is close, it can fill up fast.
If the campsite is full or you want to stay at a motel, try Wells.
Various Bed & Breakfasts, motels and an RV park are located
there. A favourite - the White Cap Inn - features Grace's Diner
a 50's theme restaurant.
Barkerville also happens to be the gateway into the famous Bowron
Lake Park. This park contains the famous canoe kayak circle route
and there are lots of wildlife views and wilderness camping available.
It is an experience you'll never forget. Canoes and kayaks are available
on a rental basis at the base camp. Look for the turnoff to Bowron
Lakes situated near Wells just west of the Ballarat Gold Mine Gold
Pan roadside attraction.
Pass Road to Likely
Fortunately the 144 km (90 miles) summer only backcountry road to
Likely via the Cunningham Pass, to the
Cariboo River Provincial Park and Cariboo
Mountains Provincial Park is now opened after it was closed
because of slides in June 2011.
Just remember if you are enjoying the countryside around Barkerville,
please remember this is Bear Country. Try to avoid the rivers during
heavy salmon spawning times unless you feel comfortable with bears
around. There is also the possibilities of encounters with wolves
or cougars so please play it safe and practice good outdoor wildlife
click map for
Kwong Sang Wing
Main Street Barkerville
Mine Gold Pan
Mason & Daly
Bear near Barkerville