Celebrating Victoria Day in Barkerville

Queen Victoria arrives in Barkerville. Lindsay Chung photo
Playing the accordion for the Maypole Celebration. Lindsay Chung photo
Waiting for Queen Victoria to arrive at The Wake Up Jake Restaurant.
The Cameron & Ames Blacksmith Shop was a hub of activity during opening weekend at Barkerville Historic Park and Town. Lindsay Chung photo
Explaining how the printing press works inside the Cariboo Sentinel office. Lindsay Chung photo
Competing in the Egg Toss during Victoria Day celebrations at Barkerville Historic Town and Park.
Relief at making it through another round of the Egg Toss at Barkerville Historic Town and Park without breaking an egg. Heritage Games like the Egg Toss were a new addition to the Victoria Day celebrations Monday, May 20 at Barkerville. For more photos, see pages B9 and 10. Lindsay Chung photo
Calling for participants for the Victoria Day Heritage Games.
One of Barkerville’s horses. Lindsay Chung photo
Taking part in the Maypole Celebration. Lindsay Chung photo
The Maypole Celebration was a new addition to the Victoria Day event Monday, May 20 at Barkerville Historic Town and Park. The day featured the Maypole Celebration and Heritage Games, as well as two High Tea seatings with Queen Victoria at The Wake Up Jake Restaurant. This was also Barkerville’s opening weekend, as the 2019 season officially opened May 16. Lindsay Chung photos
Playing a tune for passers-by.
Queen Victoria meets her subjects as she arrives at The Wake Up Jake Restaurant for the Victoria Day Royal Tea. Lindsay Chung photo
Queen Victoria arrives by stagecoach. Lindsay Chung photo
Serving tea to Queen Victoria during the Victoria Day Royal Tea May 20 at The Wake Up Jake Restaurant. Lindsay Chung photo
Touring the town with Barnard’s Express Stagecoach. Lindsay Chung photo
Explaining the workings of the Cornish Waterwheel during The Waterwheel Show. Lindsay Chung photo

The celebration of Queen Victoria’s birthday was the first special event to mark the 2019 season at Barkerville Historic Town and Park.

Barkerville officially opened for the 2019 season May 16, and the town hosted a Victoria Day Royal Tea, with two high tea seatings at The Wake Up Jake Restaurant, on May 20. As well, new for this year, there were heritage games and a Maypole celebration in the afternoon.

Barkerville Heritage Trust CEO Ed Coleman says Barkerville is now the largest living museum of its kind in western North America. There are more than 125 heritage buildings, authentic displays, satellite museums, shops, restaurants and accommodations in Barkerville, which is owned by the Province of BC and was named a National Historic Site of Canada in 1924.

For more information about Barkerville and a full list of special events, visit barkerville.ca. Admission is 50 per cent off for the month of May.

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