This summer marks the 150th anniversary of Billy Barker's gold strike in Williams Creek - the start of a Gold Rush and the birth of BC's boomtowns.
What better way to celebrate Billy's boom than the Canadian National Gold Panning Championships this summer?
Hosted August 11th and 12th in Barkerville Historic Town (www.barkerville.ca), the panning championship is the culmination of many gold-rush related festivals and events in the region. Amateur and professional panners alike are encouraged to sign-up for the festive competition, hosted by Barkerville's Eldorado Gold Panning concession. You can even enjoy a piece of Billy's anniversary cake!
Barkerville is located 81 kilometres (50 miles) east of Quesnel, BC at the end of Highway 26. It's the largest historic site in western North America, buzzing with period actors and tactical experiences.
Nearby camping includes:
Barkerville Campgrounds. Located at entrance to Barkerville. Enjoy your choice of 3 campgrounds with 168 treed sites, horses and pets welcome. Paddock rental $10.00; group camping, flush and pit toilets.
Bowron Lake Lodge and Resorts. About 1km before the Barkerville townsite, turn left onto the Bowron Lake Road. Discover 650 meters of beach, 3 km of riverfront, 6 km of hiking trails, all with great mountain views.
Strike camping gold this summer!
For more information on camping in the Cariboo Chilcotin region, click here.
For more information about the panning championships, and other Barkerville events, visit: http://www.barkerville.ca/.
Background Photo Credit: Destination British Columbia