Want to build the ultimate fall road trip itinerary? You’ll definitely want to add this charming historic town to your list. The legendary gold-rush town of Barkerville is situated on Williams Creek, and while early settlers didn’t know it at the time, it ultimately led to the multi-billion dollar industrial revolution that built this province.

Open 365 days a year, visitors can visit a heritage site with over 125 original buildings and businesses, including period displays, museums, restaurants, and shops. So if you want to get a glimpse of BC’s past and quite literally step back in time, look no further than Barkerville.

For one, Cottonwood House is one of the most famous roadhouses along the Cariboo Wagon Road. Built in 1864 by John Ryder and Allen Smith, the landmark once operated as a hotel and stopping place for travellers, as well as a farm supplying food and provisions to local miners.

Much like in the 1860s, the house now serves as a resting place for travellers between Barkerville and Quesnel. As well, it contains over 75 years of Boyd family history, which visitors can experience first-hand.

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Photo via Barkerville

And if you’re interested in turning your day trip into an overnight stay, you can stay at a restored cottage located within the heritage site, right in the centre of town (for a minimum of two nights).

Note that The Historic Kelly Guest House is pedestrian access only, and there is no drop-off or parking available.


Where: Barkerville, BC