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The cry of GOLD was heard around the world!
Prospectors work the creek across the interior of BC found one of North America's largest GOLD finds right here in the Cariboo starting the great Cariboo Gold Rush part of BC's history.
The country was rugged and wild with only trails through it. A way to get supplies to the gold fields was needed so the Cariboo Gold Rush Trail was built. Starting in New Westminster the prospector traveled up the Fraser River to Yale where the traverse terrain became impossible with out building a road through the Fraser Canyon once passed the canyon the road meandered through the valleys and across the Bonaparte Plateau. The Cariboo Wagon Road was called "the eighth wonder of the world," and was also described, in its early days, as "utterly impassable for any animal but a man, a goat, or a dog."
There were riches for some at the end of the Gold Rush Trail while others found their riches in other ways by settling along the way to service the travelers traveling through. Some homesteaded ranches and farms with their descendants still operating them today.
When you are traveling the Gold Rush Trail through BC, make sure to stop in at the Historic Towns and view points along the way, you'll be glade you did.
See for yourself why Barkerville was named Best Large Provincial Attraction by Attractions Canada. With a full slate of guided tours, street performers and live theatre planned again for the 2005 season this is one ghost town you don't want to miss!
For places to stay will traveling through the province visit www.bctravelguide.com