Our First Visitors Thought
This Route Was Paved With Gold
Unfortunately for them, it wasn't paved at all. But for a lucky
few, it did lead to gold. This is the Gold Rush Trail that gold-seekers
from around the world flocked to after Billy Barker discovered
gold on Williams Creek in 1862.
The Gold Rush Tour
1 Start your tour where the Gold Rush Trail begins. Mile 0 on
the old Cariboo Waggon Road, built in 1861. Mile 0 is now called
Lillooet. And the Old Wagon road is Highway 97.
2 Go gold panning in Lillooet
before heading north on Highway 97 to Clinton. Visit one of the
many guest ranches for ropin', ridin' or relaxin'.
3 Heading north, take a turn
to the east at Lone Butte and follow Highway 24, the 'Fishing
Highway', to Little Fort. Fish for rainbow trout, Dolly Varden
and Kokanee in one of 100 lakes.
4 Back on Highway 97, meander
through 100 Mile House to Williams Lake, home of the largest
rodeo in B.C. Close by is Xats'ull Heritage Village, with pit
houses, teepees, ancient petroglyphs and a sweat lodge.
5 Continue on Highway 97 to Quesnel,
where you'll find the world's largest gold pan. And if you're
lucky, you may find something more. Gold-seeking tours into the
gold fields are available. Close by are the Pinnacles Provincial
Park hoodoos, wind carved into the strangest shapes.
6 Leaving Quesnel, travel east
on Highway 26 through the town of Wells to Barkerville, the end
of the trail.
7 In Barkerville, an authentic
Gold Rush town of the 1870's, named after Billy Barker, the first
to strike gold in the Cariboo, the past comes to life. Costumed
actors roam the streets and the 125 original and restored buildings.
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