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Ever had gold fever? You’re about to embark upon a journey along the Gold Rush Trail that was travelled by gold seekers since the late 1850s who had that “gold fever”, hoping to strike gold. Both men and women journeyed into the great wilderness of British Columbia due mainly to the stories they had heard about “easy gold.” Though only a handful struck it rich finding the precious metal, many of these early pioneers helped to build roads, railways and bridges and establish the great cattle ranches and timber enterprises in British Columbia’s early history.

There are countless unique activities to take in too! Experience a rafting expedition down the mighty Fraser Canyon, a hiking trip into ancient valleys, fishing in one of hundreds of pristine lakes, visiting the many museums and historical sites, and trying your luck panning for gold. We invite you to take in the magic and mystery of the Gold Rush Trail.

New Westminster

Located at the mouth of the Fraser River, New Westminster was the first stop for miners to buy provisions and tools for their journey ahead. Explore More…

Fort Langley

Vancouver’s only fort, Fort Langley National Historic Site, brings the heyday of the Hudson’s Bay Company fur trading era to life. Explore More…

Harrison Mills

Located near the junction of the Harrison and Fraser rivers, sits the once thriving community of Harrison Mills.

KILBY HISTORIC SITE

The Kilby Historic Site stands as the only reminder of the once thriving community of Harrison Mills.

Hope

Hope’s place at the confluence of the Fraser and Coquihalla rivers, set between the Coast and Cascade mountains, has made it an integral spot.

Yale

Originally a Hudson’s Bay Company trading post, by 1858 Yale saw the arrival of thousands of miners coming up the Fraser by steamer.

Boston Bar

A town that got its name due to a large number of gold seeking Americans from Boston which local aboriginals called the “Boston Men”.

Hell`s Gate

Simon Fraser, to describe the gorge as “the gates of hell,” after he and his men inched their way along its cliffs in 1808 using rope ladders.

Lytton

The area has been inhabited by the Nlaka’pamux people for over 10,000 years, and due to the Gold Rush, is also one of the earliest communities settled

Spences Bridge

It is here that Cook and Kimball built a rope ferry across the Thompson River to transport the influx of prospectors

Ashcroft

Ashcroft’s origins are rooted in Gold Rush history, as a teeming transfer point in the 1880s, where freight and mining supplies were unloaded

Cache Creek

The origin of Cache Creek’s name is still in dispute. Some claim it is derived from the fur trade of the 1800s, when supplies were stored or cached.

Lillooet

“Guaranteed Rugged” describes both the mountainous terrain around Lillooet and the year-round active lifestyle this setting inspires.

Clinton

Gold Rush and pioneer history is exemplified by its original western store fronts, historical walking tours, abundant antique stores and museum

70 Mile House

No doubt when 70 Mile House was established in 1862 as a hostel for Cariboo Wagon Road work crews, residents had no idea the area would evolve into...

100 Mile House

100 miles from Lillooet on the original Cariboo Wagon Road, 100 Mile House dates back to the days of the Hudson’s Bay Company fur trade

Lac La Hache

Decades before European fur traders came into the area, the Secwepemc established pit houses here and the Chilcotins, who travelled through the region

150 Mile House

150 Mile House is a quiet ranchland community known for the Gold Rush, pioneer history and log homes. It is also home to its Little Red Schoolhouse.

Quesnelle Forks

Founded in 1860, Quesnelle Forks was a major supply centre for the Cariboo Gold Rush

Horsefly

A close-knit community of 1,000 in the foothills of the Cariboo Mountains, Horsefly is the Gold Rush Trail’s scenic gateway to Quesnel Lake...

Likely

Likely was originally called Quesnelle Dam, after the dam built nearby in 1898 to provide mining access to the Quesnel River.