Our Barkerville “tour guide” had quite a sense of humour: “Let me introduce myself. My name is Oliver Sudden. When you step through those doors (into Barkerville) you will experience a bit of a bump. This is relatively common for time travel.”

Barkerville, in the foothills of the Cariboo Mountains of British Columbia, is a living “museum”; a renovated Gold Rush town where you travel back to the 1860s and meet a cast of colourful characters who acquaint you with the old west.

From August 31 to September 3, 2012, Fountainview’s sophomore class took a trip to Barkerville. They toured the town and were able to take a ride on a stagecoach, pan for gold, see a real Cornish Waterwheel in action, and participate in an actual old school house lesson (Was that ever fun!). The numerous historic buildings included an open-for-business bakery, general store, various restaurants, accommodations, and numerous other services.

On their way up to Barkerville, the sophomore’s stopped in at the Williams Lake and the Quesnel Seventh-day Adventist churches on Sabbath to share their musical skills and spiritual insights.

Perhaps the best part of the trip was just hanging out together and getting to know each other as a class.

Mike Lemon
Social Studies Teacher