A long weekend trip to the Caribbean isn’t always the best for those living in southwestern British Columbia, but a recent vacation has made me think it should be – beautiful scenery, heritage sites and For outdoor adventure, of course, but also for the warm hospitality that awaits.
Leaving Vancouver around 9 a.m., the eight-hour drive north was without any traffic and once we passed through the crowded Fraser Valley. As we prepare to reach our destination by dinner, a more relaxing trip will take the time to explore stops at Fraser Canyon, such as Hales Gate, Clinton’s strange community, or the various lakes, parks, and towns along the way.
But this time we were focused on the destination – specifically, the base of our weekend research, Moose Meadows Farm, a B&B and farm working in Lake Bauchi, about 15 minutes outside Quesnel.
Home to Ted Terrier and Hallows Dixon-Warren, Moose Meadows is a once-in-a-lifetime holiday in a cozy country, and a year-round activity.
In the spring, Ted works tirelessly in his birch syrup – without too much sweetness from his maple cousin, it is a favorite for cooking, marinades and vinaigrettes for its flavor depth. With hundreds of liters collected from local trees, Ted uses wood-fired steam to concentrate the flavor before filling the bottle.
Summer brings harvest time for the Alpacas, whose soft wool pair is sold at the nearby Bochi Lake Country Store, and the raspberry, husk, Saskatoon and currant berries, as well as the delicious garlic, are among the other joys to store crops. Brings time. Falling on the farm brings holiday flowers, swags and centerpieces, handmade and shipped throughout North America.
Throughout the year – and a real joy for farm guests – there are animals, including horses, alpacas, many sheep, a rooster and a hen, and a delightful trio of unbroken donkeys.
But back to hospitality.
With a warm smile and Halloween’s wonderful touching laughter, they both welcomed us to their pastoral, 65-acre property of evergreen, lightly sloping fields lined with cottonwood and birch.
In the middle of the various paddocks was our “away from home” for the weekend, a brand new “glamping” tent of strong canvas on a high wooden floor, decorated with a very comfortable custom-built bed. And a front porch that offers the perfect place to sip our morning coffee.
Additional accommodation is available in the “groom’s quarters” in a comfortable, elegantly decorated suite above the barn. Although there is no running water, Wi-Fi and other amenities are readily available and both accommodations are provided by two innocent (really!) Outhouses. A well-appointed picnic shelter is located near Cattle Pond – the home of a Muscat family – and “The Back 40” is an outdoor, wood-fired sauna that is also available for overnight guests for a small fee.
The morning sunlight woke us up from a reborn sleep, brought us to the porch for morning tea as we planned the day’s adventure.
Enjoying the first warm weekend of the season, we enjoyed a walk along the beautiful Queensnell Riverfront Trail, overlooking the Fraser River swollen by the melting spring snow, but staying safely under the banks.
The city is located at the confluence of the Fraser and Queznell rivers and is a great way to find trails. The longer, more than 12-kilometer trail begins at “Kilometer 0”, formerly known as Seal Tingley Park, which has been renamed Lahtako Dene Park after the last National Indigenous Day. You can cross the mighty Fraser by footpath for a unique view of the famous British Columbia waterway.
Beyond its riverfront location, Queznell is a historic town, the first home of the Lahtako Dene people. First settled by Eastern fur merchants (Fort Alexandria, south of Quezonell, built in 1821) The Caribou Gold Rush of 1862 brought fortune-tellers and fortune-tellers, a legacy of much of the region today. Reflected in all historic buildings and long-running events, including July’s Billy Barker Days. Enjoy a self-guided tour of the downtown Quesnel sites and explore the city’s landmarks.
Our own discoveries eventually led to Barkerville Brewing, the city’s only craft brewery and part of the Northeast BCL Trail.
Burkerville, B.C. Named after the historic town of Los Angeles – and the aforementioned William “Billy” Barker – the award-winning brewery selects major beers and seasonal offerings from its inviting flavor room at 185 Dewey St. IPA, 18 Carat Elle and Sluice Juice Hazi Pell EL – a delicious refreshing choice for our group – a pint in perfect condition to soak in their fancy on their custom-built Timber Kings table, or on a sunny patio. Or enjoy a flight. The sun sets
A variety of non-alcoholic options are also available, and the food menu ranges from light snacks to red tomato pies to hearty options, including local, artisan pizza. Children are welcome, with an adult.
And that naughty mustache logo? Between Gold Rush Town’s drug store and Masonic Hall, Nicholas Cuneo, the first Barkerville brewery builder in 1865, was inspired by nothing but “Barkerville’s Brewer”.
History on display
Inspired by the love of story-rich breweries and BC history, Day 2 took us to the Barkerville National Historic Site, 80 kilometers east, about 75 minutes from Lake Buchi, with a beautiful drive through forests, lakes and ponds.
Stop at Jack of Clubs Lake to pull your legs (beautiful, but bug removal is recommended in the summer!) Or continue in the small community of Wales. Here, the colorful buildings host food stalls, artisans and services for locals and visitors on the way to Troll Ski Resort, Barkerville or Boron Lake Provincial Park, where its 116-kilometer canoe circuit lakes, waterways and connections Is a series of portages. As a note, Wales is home to the only gas station along the route once you leave Quesnel, so be prepared.
It’s only a few minutes away from Wales to Barkerville. Arriving in the last week of June, the summer solstice was yet to come, but the largest living-history museum in western North America still offers a lot of interactive opportunities.
Founded in 1862, with Billy Barker’s gold discovery, the city grew rapidly before collapsing in 1868, when it was rebuilt almost immediately.
The significance of that strike is significant in the history of the province: “Barkerville became a cornerstone of Canada’s development and the establishment of British Columbia. This is the first time Dominion Day has been celebrated and this is the city that supplies the Caribou Gold Rush, “the website notes.
Today, in addition to walking on the elevated boardwalk and seeing the many displays, visitors can also interact with the actors representing many unique characters who made their home here and shared the rich history.
Considering Cornish Waterwheel and Flum, we were greeted by the “Chief Engineer” who shared the history of essential mining tools and how to do it. At the Cameron and Ames blacksmiths’ shop, we see blacksmiths working hot metal in useful fire pokers and other tools.
By the mid-1880s, Chinese inhabitants made up half the population of the Caribou region, a history in Chinatown, Barkerville shows, “the home of the oldest Chi Kung Tong building in Canada and Chinese buildings, paintings and artefacts in North America. The most comprehensive collection. “
In addition to the town’s location on the areas of the common ancestral lands of the Dakeleh and Sekwepemik Peoples, we were also curious to learn more about the indigenous history of the area from Mike Ritasket, a storyteller, traditional pipe carrier, dancer, drummer and singer, and Sheryl Chapman. In Barkerville, she plays her great-grandmother, Lucy Cellars, who was born in 1867 in Jetsull (Soda Creek). Chapman and Retasket share the stories of many indigenous groups (primarily secular and career) who lived and traded in Barkerville. As a modern truth about our culture.
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Summer visitors can explore everything from Victorian schoolhouse lessons and guided town tours to Barkerville Cemetery tours and Chinese cultural sessions. How did the minors spend their downtime? Enjoy an hour of music, comedy and fun with the daily show at Theater Royal.
The Barkerville building is also home to a variety of shops, services and restaurants – stop for lunch at Wake Up Jack, sip drinks from Barkerville Brewing at the House Hotel Salon, buy delicious, freshly baked swords from Goldfield Bakery. Or search. Unique offer at Kwong Sang Win Chinese Store. (And yes, you can actually stay in the park too, with many B&Bs and cottages available for rent.)
Back at Moose Meadows, we returned home in time for a good night’s sleep after a typical dinner and day adventure with good company around the campfire. And while we may not have seen any rats in the fields, the alpacas of the field were humbly waiting outside the tent door to say goodbye to us the next morning.
If you go:
Moose Meadows Form: Learn more or call moosemeadowsfarm.ca
• Barkerville Brewing: Visit 185 Dewey St. in downtown Quesnel, call
• Barkerville National Historic Site: T.The National Historic Site is located at the end of Highway 26, 81 kilometers east of Queensnell.
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