Barkerville and the Cariboo Goldfields

By (author): Richard Thomas Wright
ISBN 9781927527061
Softcover | Publication Date: May 15, 2013
Book Dimensions: 5.5 in x 8.5 in
272 Pages
$19.95 CAD
E-Book Price: $9.99 CAD

About the Book

The stories of the men and women who dug for gold on Williams Creek are told in this revised and updated edition of a Canadian bestseller.

The legendary town of Barkerville is flourishing today, just as it did more than 150 years ago, but this time under the care of professional and amateur historians. Richard Thomas Wright peels back the pages of history as he unearths the area’s history and chronicles the fortunes and the follies of gold-rush-era Barkerville. The result of years of around-the-world research, Barkerville and the Cariboo Goldfields brings to life the men and women of the creeks who came in search of gold and left their mark on BC history. Wright mined the archives to bring forth new information on the development of the Cariboo goldfields and nearby places of interest.

Barkerville includes dozens of little-known historical photos and a complete index. It is the best, most comprehensive source of detailed information on this important national heritage site.

About the Author(s)

Richard Thomas Wright is an historical and outdoors writer and photographer. He has published 22 books and countless magazine and newspaper articles. For several years, Wright has operated the Theatre Royal in Barkerville with Newman and Wright Theatre Co. He now lives in Wells, the heart of gold country, just eight kilometres from Barkerville.


"An extensive walking tour of historic Barkerville and a detailed description of all the buildings and landmarks make this an excellent visitor guide." —BC Books for BC Schools
"Wright has carried out Cariboo Gold Rush research in archives all over the world, and his detailed knowledge of Barkerville’s past is unparalleled. His detailed popular narrative provides a modern account of Cariboo Gold Rush history that reflects the steadily improving academic understanding of this event." —BC Studies
"Not only is this an excellent introduction to the history of Barkerville and surrounding regions, it puts the region and its people into the greater context of British Columbian history." —Susan Smith-Josephy, The Past Is Present, Blogger
"Here one reads of the lives and pursuits, challenges and solutions, failures and successes of those who ventured to the Cariboo in the great 1850s gold rush. Who arrived, how they got there, how they were supplied and what they did when not searching for gold—these stories are told in intriguing detail." —BC Books for BC Schools, 2014-15
"At least 20 Barkervillians had been in the Australian gold fields, and half a dozen men who found themselves in the Cariboo around the same time, had been in the Royal Engineers together. Another half-dozen had been in the Crimean War and a few had been in India together." —Sage Birchwater, The Williams Lake Tribune