Woke this morning to a temp. of 33 degrees F. Boondocked, undisturbed all night, in a gravel parking area in Quesnel. There are no signs for “No overnight parking” and in fact it says “Free Parking”. We finished doing some surfing on the internet in the evening using the visitor center free Wi-Fi. After 8:00 pm, we moved to our overnight site (GPS location N 52.97654 W122.49319). This morning around 6:30 am, we moved back to the visitor center parking lot to use their Wi-Fi for following the stock market while we had breakfast. There’s a river walk near the visitor center and we spent about an hour this morning roaming around the river walk and part of the town.
Gas prices in Quesnel were 129.9/liter to 132.9/liter regular. We found the lowest price for gas on line and headed there before taking off for Barkerville.
Barkerville is about 50 miles east of Quesnel on route 26 and is a famous gold mine town. There’s a mountain caribou reserve along the route but we did not see any caribou. We did see a black bear though, right on the side of the road. We looked for other wild life along the way but we think they would be more likely seen in the early morning. Barkerville is filled with historic buildings along a short dirt road and right now there’s still snow next to and behind the buildings. There is no snow on the roads at all. The town is gated and you pay an entrance fee to tour the buildings. It will be open to the public on May 19th. Even though it wasn’t open for business and all the buildings were closed when we were there, we were able to wander around the little town looking in windows and enjoying the place. It was kind of like Disneyland only it is a real, mining town from the 1800′s. Gold was discovered nearby in 1862 and this town sprang up as part of the gold rush. The drive there is beautiful on a good, two lane road with a few short 8% grades. We can see why this is a popular place to visit.