This post might also have been called ‘Rushin' fer Gold, part 2’ as we are still sailin' o'er th' Cariboo Wagon Road, or Gold Rush Route. Now stoppin' at Prince George fer a well deserved break, todays journey has been quite long, strenuous and quicker than anticipated.
TomTom and Google both told us, today would be a full 5 hour sail, when we would sail without stops and in a straight line. Walk the plank, ye scurvey dog! This would mean missin' out on some stuff on th' way, and were bein' simply not acceptable fer us. So we told ourselves we would simply start off, and see when we’d arrive where and go from there.
Soon, it turned out both TomTom and Google were grotesquely overestimatin' th' durations, as we covered th' first 3.5 hours in just 2.
This got us goin'; t' Barkerville. Yaaarrrrr! Fire the cannons! A 4 hour sail (160km return) t' a gold rush town from th' late 1800’s which pretty much were bein' preserved in that state by continuous occupation up until th' 1970’s.
Barkerville is th' town where th' 1860 gold rush stated with a certain gentleman Barker struck gold. And a very rich strike that were bein'. In todays money it would be aroun' 70 million EUR! Shiver me timbers! This sparked an influx t' Williams Creek and soon all land there were bein' claimed. Minin' o'er there still takes place today and a very large deposit has been proven t' be there by th' current claim holders.
The town has been actively occupied from aroun' 1860 t' 1972, and acquired by th' province o' British Columbia in 1954, we'll keel-haul ye! The last o' th' original inhabitants left in 1972 and now no full time residents remain. Still, a few houses are privately owned and used as housin' fer a period o' time each year. That is, while th' park is open t' visitors! And swab the deck! Weird.
In Barkerville, all houses are on display and staffed by employees who are age correct dressed fer 1870 and participatin' in a simulated regular workin' day back then, and a bottle of rum! Fire the cannons! In th' meantime they are teachin' us visitors what th' life back then were bein' like. Very entertainin', and a joy t' see how much th' employees love their job, and dinna spare the whip, and a bottle of rum! Very enthusiastically yellin' everyone about ‘their’ Barkerville and it’s rich history.
Luckily fer is, th' sail t' Barkerville wad not 2 hours one way as predicted but 2 hours return, which left us another 2 hours sail t' Prince George.Oh well, we are here now. 🙂
Tomorrow, another busy day while travellin' t' Smithers.
PS: we spotted our very first Moose today! Yay! Also a very placid black bear who allowed us t' take a very good look at that scurvey dog while he were bein' fouragin'. Lovely, ye scurvey dog!
Pictures will follow soon!