Historic Town & Park has outstanding season

Three Barkerville campgrounds become part of historic site.

In partnership with the Heritage Branch of British Columbia’s Ministry of Forest, Lands, and Natural Resource Operations, the management of Cottonwood House Historic Site (near Quesnel) had a successful transition from School District 28 to the Barkerville Heritage Trust in 2015.

In August 2015, the 160-plus campsites contained in three consolidated Barkerville campgrounds were integrated into the management structure of Barkerville Historic Town & Park, as a result of the voluntary retirement of the campgrounds’ previous license holder – Rose Higgins.

The Barkerville Heritage Trust thanks Rose and her staff for more than a decade of exemplary service, and looks forward to a number of planned improvements to the Barkerville campgrounds, including the ongoing construction of several models of cabin.

Three 12- by 20-foot cabins were opened at the Lowhee Campground this past summer, each containing a queen-sized bed, a bunk-bed style futon, a table and chairs.

The cabins have power and electric baseboard heaters, but no bedding is provided.

The cabins have been placed in existing campsites equipped with fire pits and wheelchair accessible campsite tables.

Three 10- by 12-foot cabins were opened at the Government Hill Campground, each containing a queen-sized bed, and a traditional bunk-bed.

Once power lines can be established at Government Hill, the pre-wired cabins are set up for electricity and baseboard heat, although guests must still bring their own bedding.

The cabins have been placed in existing campsites equipped with fire pits and wheelchair accessible campsite tables.

At $35 per night the Government Hill pilot cabins were a success, with individuals and families booking them steadily throughout the season.

“On behalf of the Barkerville Heritage Trust and the staff of Barkerville Historic Town & Park, I would like to thank our visitors, staff and partners for their continued support of both Cottonwood House Historic Site and the Barkerville Campgrounds during this season of transition. We look forward to working with you – and for you – in the years to come,” says Barkerville Historic Town & Park CEO Ed Coleman.


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