Barkerville, the historic gold rush town, was our first stop of the day. It is really cool but so remote. Sacha, who loves museums was in a grumpy mood when we got there and took a while for him to warm up to it but once we hit the general store and picked up a couple pieces of liquorice for the kids and soap candies for me, moods improved all around. It was our first really rainy morning and it was not crowded at all. We took the stage coach ride and panned for gold. We found 6 flakes the size of salt crystals, Sacha was slightly disappointed, he was hoping for a golf ball sized nugget. I also purchased their authentic sour dough recipe to take home.
After Barkerville, we stopped at another historic house, Cottonwood House for lunch. It was on the road to Barkerville. They had some good soup and scones.
Then it was on to Horsefly to visit our friend Marc and his 4 month old chocolate lab puppy named Charlie.
So it was kind of crazy to plan a trip with two kids under 7 that only had one non-driving day but I would say they did really well considering. And if they don’t know any different (all people travel like this as far as they know), then they don’t expect anything different.
We spent the day playing in the tall grass and picking wild flowers in the fields around Marc’s house, and briefly touring the town; it is about 3 blocks in total. Marc had signed up Andrew and himself for a horseshoe tournament at the pub in the afternoon, so I took the kids to swim in Horsefly lake. I think it was the first time either one of them had swam in fresh water and it was very pleasant. Not too cold and fun to watch baby trout swimming around.
It was very nice to have a day to relax and hang out, I even got another new bird, the hammond’s flycatcher and saw a merlin.
Home again, home again, jiggedy jig. We took the Fraser Canyon route home. We were pretty tired so we debated about finding a lake to stop and take a quick swim but we decided to press on home instead.
It was a really great trip and I would definitely do something similar again. Ideally giving ourselves a bit more time so we didn’t have such long driving days.
This map says the drive was 11 hours, but that is not even close. It is more like 6, we stopped for lunch in Cache Creek in a sit down restaurant and stopped for gas and it wasn’t anywhere close to 11 hours.