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Address: HWY-26, Barkerville, British Columbia, Canada
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Scenic, somewhat twisty, up and down (not bad) highway, watch for wildlife, see river pullout

Altitude up, so ice and snow risk most of the year. We saw bear and deer and rabbits and dogs on road, so DRIVE SLOWLY. Others have seen moose! Pretty in many places, road pretty... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed 4 weeks ago
Cindy S
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Springfield, Oregon
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Springfield, Oregon
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Altitude up, so ice and snow risk most of the year. We saw bear and deer and rabbits and dogs on road, so DRIVE SLOWLY. Others have seen moose! Pretty in many places, road pretty much ends at Barkerville/Wells/Bowrun Lakes. Don't miss Cottonwood House on the way up. Gravel trucks, so watch out for that too. Take her carefully and... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 5 weeks ago

From turning east at the north end of Quesnel, the road quickly turns into quiet homes and then ranches and then back in time 100 years. Cottonwood house, Wingdam and Stanley all that long ago history waiting for you to explore. Wells and Barkerville waiting to tempt you into staying far longer than you ever thought possible out here. Gold... More 

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Perth
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 43 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed November 5, 2015

We drove through the Gold Rush Trail, which includes some extinct towns such as Stanley and some towns that are barely surviving. Interesting to see for real, the effect of mining level to population and the subsequent increase in business or a decline of a town.

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Williams Lake, Canada
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 29, 2013

The Matthew River Road is a good 2 wheel drive road. Watch your speed though, the rocks can be sharp and damaging to your tires. Be sure your spare tire is road worthy, just in case. The route is well marked with Gold Rush Trail signs, which also indicate the point of interest (always worth a stop) and the distance... More 

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Vancouver, Canada
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 39 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 27, 2013

The Gold Rush Circle Road is a 3 hours trip from Barkerville to Likely, BC through absolutely stunning country. You don't need a 4X4 but it makes it easier and there are some spots where a low car could be damaged. There is very little traffic so take a decent map, water, food and let someone know you're using the... More 

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Williams Lake, Canada
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 19, 2013

Two kinds of people on the planet - those that have experienced the Barkerville/Wells/Bowron Lakes area and those that should. No matter what your background age or income, this value packed region will dig it's way into your heart.

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Nanaimo, Canada
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 11, 2012

The professional restaurant staff were dress like old days, and the wood stove and tables and building are all old and authentic.

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Comox, Canada
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 5, 2012

Its quite fun to travel back in time and enjoy this gold rush trail and the stories along the way. There is a real pride in the history of the area when you stop and talk to folks. We were surprised by the terrain, thought we'd see more wildlife, but the drive was beautiful up from Vancouver.

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WILLIAMS LAKE
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 31, 2012

Very attractive tourist destination! Don't miss this great road trip on your way north through the Cariboo.

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Quesnel, Canada
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 4, 2012

This was a great way to spend a day. We had great weather and loved the history and mostly the surroundings.

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