Antiques in a window (David Gluns photo)
The museums of the Cariboo Chilcotin Coast are known for their sizeable, often eclectic, collections of gold rush, pioneer and cowboy artifacts.
Make sure to visit Barkerville Historic Town – it's one of BC's premiere attractions. Its large townsite and costumed interpreters create a feel for what life was like during the 1800's gold rush.
Learn about legendary bronco-riding cowboys at the Museum of the Cariboo Chilcotin. Or discover Lillooet's history of First Nations, pioneers, prospectors and ranchers.
The Quesnel Museum and Archives explores farming, logging and mining, while the Wells Museum recalls the second Cariboo gold rush.
Visitor Centres have information on local museums and historic sites. Check the hours of operation for museums, as they may vary by season.
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113 North 4th Ave
Williams Lake, British Columbia
BC's only ranching rodeo museum & BC Cowboy Hall of Fame. Stories, photographs & artifacts tell the history of First Nations, cattle ranching, the famous Williams Lake Stampede, the town & surrounding areas. Located downtown.
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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.