Man walking down the street in Barkerville

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Arts, Culture and History in the Cariboo Chilcotin

Saddle up and head into Cariboo country for a scenic road trip filled with amazing artistic talent and encounters from British Columbia's past. From the historic gold rush town of Barkerville to the Aboriginal fishing banks of the mighty Fraser River at Lillooet, this vast area is filled with history and cultural. Whether following in the footsteps of pioneers and prospectors, or discovering the diverse cultures of the province's Indigenous people, your adventure starts on the Gold Rush Trail. The region's heritage sites, events and museums paint a vivid picture of its early and frontier days while the impressive works of emerging and established artists and craftspeople are on display at public and private galleries.

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Xwisten Experience Tour

Witness the St'at'imc people harvesting salmon and preserving it through the wind-dried method. The tour includes a walk along the Xwisten fishing grounds, a demonstration of the wind-dried method, a sample of wind-dried fish (ts'wan), and a BBQ s...
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See if you can strike gold in historic Barkerville, a gold rush-era heritage town east of Quensel. A true gold-rush boomtown, Barkerville has come back to life with more than 140 restored buildings and displays (bystanders are encouraged to participate) including a courthouse, 1800s-style school house, stagecoach rides and a music hall. In summer, actors recreate gold rush life.
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