Barkerville was originally found in 1862 and named after
William Barker who struck it rich a year earlier
founding a large deposit of gold.
Although some historians claim that the name of the ghost town
is owed to barking of the local packs of wolves. Barkerville
grew quickly inviting people from other regions of the country
as well as China. Chinese became an important part of the city
opening many businesses here. During hey day Barkerville was the
largest city in the Western Canada, but it lucks soon turned
sour. Gold mining became less productive, resources of the
settlement dwindled. The city was largely abandoned by the end
of the century due to declining source of precious metals. It
had a brief increase in population during the Great Depression,
but it was short lived. Unlike most other cities in the West
Barkerville was not completely forgotten. In 1958 Canadian
government undertook a restoration project to attract tourists.