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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.

Fort Victoria

As word of gold spread, adventurers from California and Australia, and indeed from all parts of the world, flocked to Victoria as the only ocean port. Explore More…

The Mighty Fraser

Stretching over 1,375 km from Fraser Pass in the Rocky Mountains to the Pacific Coast, the Fraser is the longest river in British Columbia. Explore More…

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. Explore More…

KILBY HISTORIC SITE

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

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. Explore More…

Yale Historic Site

Celebrating the Gold Rush era and preserving local historic treasures, a visit to the Yale Historic Site is a must on your journey. Explore More…

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. Explore More…

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”. Explore More…

Hell`s Gate

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

Tuckkwiowhum Heritage Village

A First Nations heritage site and village, Tuckkwiowhum (Tuck-we-ohm) is located 5 km south of Boston Bar. The area was given its name by local First Explore More…

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 Explore More…

Xwisten Heritage Site

In the southern Chilcotin, no fewer than 11 different communities make up the St’át’imc First Nation, whose traditional territories were located.. Explore More…

Spences Bridge

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

Stein Valley Heritage Park

This wilderness park contains spectacular scenery and significant historic, cultural and spiritual values. Explore More…

Lillooet

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

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 Explore More…

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. Explore More…

Hat Creek Ranch

Explore the original buildings used by Gold Rush travellers of the 1860s at this rare historic site set at the junction of highways 97 and 99. Explore More…

Bridge River Valley

Surrounded by the towering peaks of the South Chilcotin Mountains, the communities of Gold Bridge and Bralorne sprang to life during the Great.. Explore More…

Loon Lake

A natural fishing paradise, the historic Loon Lake valley is a hidden treasure on the Gold Rush Trail. The lake itself supports a superb rainbow trout Explore More…

Clinton

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

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... Explore More…

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 Explore More…

Lac La Hache

Decades before European fur traders came to the area, the Secwepemc established pit houses here with the Chilcotins, who travelled through the region. Explore More…

108 Heritage Site

A visit to the 108 Heritage site will take you back to the days of the famous Mile Houses on the Cariboo Waggon Road. Explore More…

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. Explore More…

Quesnelle Forks

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

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... Explore More…

Likely

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

Williams Lake

Williams Lake has a western-frontier personality showcased at its Museum of the Cariboo Chilcotin – B.C.’s only ranch and rodeo museum. Explore More…

Xatsull Heritage Village

The award-winning Xatśūll (hat-sull) Heritage Village is located just north of Williams Lake on a grassy bench above the mighty Fraser River. Explore More…

McLeese Lake

This resort community, just 30 minutes north of Williams Lake, was originally known as Mud Lake. It was renamed in the 1880s in honour of... Explore More…

Quesnel

When the Cariboo Waggon Road was built it ran from Lillooet to Soda Creek. From Soda Creek, goods and passengers travelled by sternwheeler to Quesnel. Explore More…

Cottonwood House Historic Site

On Highway 26, between Quesnel and Barkerville, Cottonwood House is one of the last remaining roadhouses. Explore More…

Wells

The mountain town of Wells was built as a company town for Fred Wells’ Gold Quartz Mine, when the promise of more gold gave many an opportunity to.. Explore More…

Barkerville

You have reached the El Dorado of the Gold Rush Trail, where on August 17, 1862 Billy Barker “struck the lead” bringing a boom town to life. Explore More…