A group of friends walking on a bridge (Patrice Halley photo)
Many of the Cariboo Chilcotin Coast's historic sites and museums tip their (cowboy) hat to western culture, ranches, rodeos and the 1860s gold rush.
Drive past rolling grasslands, mountain peaks, lakes, ghost towns and heritage sites. Along the way, stop at view points to see steep-walled canyons, hoodoos and maybe even a bighorn sheep hopping between the rocks.
Barkerville Historic Town, the largest historic site in western North America, recreates a gold rush boomtown. More gold rush era history is on display at Cottonwood House. For ranching and cowboy related attractions, head to the Museum of the Cariboo Chilcotin or visit Williams Lake during the big Williams Lake Stampede.
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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.
Great Bear Nature Tours
Port Hardy, British Columbia
Journey to the heart of the Great Bear Rainforest to view and photograph grizzly bears. The floating Great Bear Lodge, with a maximum of 16 guests, is the perfect place to enjoy the wildlife & wilderness of British Columbia. Upgraded in 2014, the new lodge uses locally sourced woods and large windows looking onto the forest and fjord. Experienced biologists lead the twice-daily bear-viewing sessions and activities such as interpretive hikes and boat excursions. Tours begin in Port Hardy, on northern Vancouver Island, with a spectacular seaplane flight to the Great Bear Lodge. Voted by National Geographic Adventure as one of the Best Adventure Travel Companies on Earth, and recognized by the Canadian Tourism Commission as a Canadian Signature Experience.