Barkerville and The Cariboo Gold Rush
Trip Start Jun 15, 2011
42Trip End Aug 25, 2011
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We wandered through the buildings, shops and exhibits all afternoon and by 4 o'clock we were more than ready for a sit-down so decided to catch the last performance in the theatre
The drive to Barkerville from Hixon was longer than we anticipated so that we did our tour of Wells 'after hours' - everything was closed. What an interesting town. I suspect that many of the homes are now summer retreats and that artists are attracted to this community so close to Barkerville for the potential of tourist traffic through their studios. This is a 'living' mining town with active mines nearby. The buildings in Wells have been painted in a rainbow of color and many of the buildings have plaques telling their history. The office of one of the mines now houses the local museum.
These communities are high in the Cariboo Range of mountains and are remote from any larger centre even today. Quesnel, on the Fraser River shares in the Gold Rush history of the area as it was a jumping off point for the trek across the mountains to the gold strike. We decided to make a quick visit tonight in order to see the river near the crest of the flood. According to the interative signage, it was still considerably lower than a flood about 20 years ago but was over its banks in some places
On our trip back from Barkerville, a large moose crossed the road in front of us and the stood and watched us as we passed. The wild flowers in the area are certainly in bloom right now with a lot of red (Indian Paint Brush and something else), white (daisies) and blue (Lupins) in evidence at the moment. What beautiful country!