Barkerville: The Town That Gold Built


64 pages
Contains Illustrations, Index
ISBN 0-88839-152-8





Reviewed by Ann Turner

Ann Turner is Financial and Budget Manager at the University of British
Columbia Library.


Every summer thousands of tourists visit British Columbia’s Barkerville Provincial Historic Park and are transported back in time to the gold rush days of the 1860s. The town of Barkerville’s rags-to-riches-to-rags-to-restoration story is the subject of this small book, a recent addition to the Hancock House collection of popular histories. Like its fellows, this volume is abundantly illustrated with original photographs. Many depict the original town of Barkerville, its environs and inhabitants; the restored Barkerville is the subject of others. A careful index helps the reader locate references to the many personalities associated with the town, whose lives made its history the colourful tale it is.


Harris, Lorraine, “Barkerville: The Town That Gold Built,” Canadian Book Review Annual Online, accessed April 20, 2024,