Theatre & Performing Arts
A traditional dancer performs at a festival (Dannielle Hayes photo)
Theatre communities are thriving in the Cariboo Chilcotin Coast region. Don't miss a trip to Barkerville Historic Town which offers a wealth of entertainment options.
Staffed with actors who double as tour guides, Barkerville is also home to the illustrious Theatre Royal which provides live family entertainment, featuring acts in the same style as those enjoyed by miners over 100 years ago. Discover the workings of the massive Cornish Wheel that powered mining operations. Then in the courtroom experience the high drama re-created in this sombre setting, once ruled by Judge Begbie, the famous "Hanging Judge." New productions are staged each summer.
Williams Lake Studio Theatre mounts drama, comedy and musical productions during its fall-to-spring season, while Quesnel's Secondhand Theatre Company stages one or two plays per season. Just south of Quesnel in the community of Kersley you can see the noted Kersley Players. Keep an eye open for touring companies and artists whose productions are brought to local theatres by various arts councils.
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2323 Pooley St
Wells, British Columbia
Island Mountain Arts has been operating in the vibrant 1930s gold rush town of Wells since 1977 & is just down the road from Barkerville Historic Town & the Bowron Lakes. Island Mountain Arts runs a Public Gallery/Artisan Gift Shop & a School of the Arts, featuring courses in visual, literary & performance arts, including the Toni Onley Artists' Project & the International Harp School. IMA also runs the ArtsWells Festival Of All Things Art, featuring music & workshops, visual art installations, plus the One Minute Play Festival.
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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.