Historic & Heritage Sites
Heritage buildings (Picture BC photo)
Relive the wild 1860s gold rush days at one of the region's restored heritage town sites or roadhouses that have embraced the past as their present.
Barkerville Historic Town re-creates the prospecting era with colourful characters in period costumes, daily events and an entire town of heritage buildings. Rest at a roadhouse or amble by heritage barns, houses and antique farming machinery at Historic Hat Creek Ranch near Cache Creek, Cottonwood House near Quesnel or 108 Heritage Site near 100 Mile House.
Looking for more adventurous historic sites? Quesnel Forks is a riverside ghost town with a mining camp past. The Alexander Mackenzie/Nuxalk-Carrier Grease Trail retraces the steps of an intrepid explorer. And the "Freedom Road" is a breathtaking drive – especially near "The Hill" – and a crucial link to the coast. Many Visitor Centres have self-guided tour brochures that highlight local historic sites.
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14301 Hwy 26
Barkerville, British Columbia
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.
Williams Lake, British Columbia
The Xat'sull community invites you to visit and experience our spiritual, cultural and traditional way of life. We offer daily tours and cultural workshops where you take part in a variety of educational and recreational activities. We are situated on a sunny plateau overlooking the Fraser River. Meet our friendly, knowledgeable guides who will take you on a memorable journey through the history of the Northern Secwepemc people. Learn to cook a traditional meal, listen to stories around an open fire and fall asleep to the beautiful sound of the Fraser River in the distance.
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5202 Moha Rd
Lillooet, British Columbia
Witness the St'at'imc people harvesting salmon and preserving it through the wind-dried method. The tour includes a walk along the Xwisten fishing grounds, a demonstration of the wind-dried method, a sample of wind-dried fish (ts'wan), and a BBQ Salmon meal. Tours can also include a walk around an archaeological village site and a replica underground pit house (S7istken).