Children panning for gold in Barkerville Historic Town

(BC Heritage/Leif Grandell photo)

Cariboo Chilcotin Coast

Arts, Culture & History

Cowgirl, Echo Valley Ranch & Spa (Albert Normandin photo)

Cowgirl, Echo Valley Ranch & Spa (Albert Normandin photo)

The heritage sites, museums and galleries of the Cariboo Chilcotin Coast paint a vivid picture of early exploration and frontier life in BC.

Travel the original Cariboo Wagon Road on the historic Gold Rush Trail to discover a restored gold rush boomtown, visit a real-life ghost town and explore heritage buildings that include period ranches as well as a blacksmith shop, one-room schoolhouse and general store.

The rare collections and artifacts of Cariboo museums offer a detailed look at the pioneers, cowboys and Aboriginal people whose legacies give this region its lively and intriguing character. This history is enhanced by the emerging and established artists and craftspeople whose impressive works are on display at the public galleries in Williams Lake and Wells.

Theatre and performing arts fans should visit Barkerville Historic Town which is staffed with actors who double as tour guides. New productions are staged there each year.

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