Traveling back in time to the Cariboo Gold Rush

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July 2nd 2013
Published: July 6th 2017
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North on 97 from 100 mile House
Geo: 53.1015, -121.574

What a difference a day makes!

We awoke to clear skies in spite of the forecast of possible thunder storms. After packing up, we hit the road again at 6:30, delighted to find the temperatures in the mid-60s. Continuing north along the "Gold Rush Trail," we enjoyed the open road, minimal traffic, and the endless view of a lush, green forests and valleys.

We stopped for breakfast at the restaurant/store/post office,/gas station in 150 Mile House, then continued north on Hwy 97, past Williams Lake and the town of Williams, and on to Quesnel, with its large pulp mill, along the Fraser River.

Turning east on Hwy 26, we drove another 50 miles to Wells through endless canyons of lush green timber. Along the way we stopped to check out the historic site at Cottonwood, with its farm buildings and road house from the gold rush era of the 1860's.

After dumping some of our gear at our motel in Wells, we continued on to the large historic gold rush town of Barkerville. The town sprang up along the Williams Creek after the discovery of gold by Billy Barker in 1862. Today the town is a living history display of over 125 buildings with period actors and exhibits about the rich history of the Cariboo Gold Rush. (For more info, go to:

We spent a relaxing afternoon playing tourist and enjoying the 70 degree weather. In spite of threatening clouds, we never had a drop of rain.

Returning to our motel we indulged ourselves with a short nap. Later, we topped off the day with a bottle of wine from Leavenworth and a wonderful meal of lightly battered halibut, salmon, and sweet potato fries, served outdoors by Big H's (Harold) Fish Fry, right in the parking lot of our motel. (Harold gave up catching after 27 years for cooking).

The short travel day gave us a chance to catch our breath. Hopefully the heat is behind us.

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