8 Days September 15-22, 2021
$ 2999 per person
Single add: $450 Triple deduct: $135
* $250 Early Booking Discount Available *
Day 1 – Wednesday, September 15, 2021– Victoria – New Westminster – Harrison Hot Springs
Depart Victoria this morning to find out what brought 30,000 Americans to the shores of the Fraser River. After a morning ferry ride, we arrive in the Lower Mainland to begin our journey in the quest for gold. Visit the capital of colonial British Columbia, New Westminster. After a guided tour of the New Westminster Museum which pays tribute to Royal Engineers who founded the ‘Royal’ City in 1859 and completed the Cariboo Waggon Road, we visit Fort Langley National Historic Site, a former Hudson’s Bay Trading post of the 1800s. Later in the evening, check into Harrison Hot Springs Resort and dine with your fellow gold seekers in the famed Copper Room. After dinner, relax and rejuvenate to your heart’s content in the mineral rich soothing hot springs.
Today’s dinner is included
Day 2 – Thursday, September 16, 2021 – Harrison Hot Springs – Lillooet
Step back in time in Historic Yale, the centre of the Fraser Gold Rush before an exhilarating experience as you descend 950 feet in a gondola into the gorge. Simon Fraser in 1808 described it as "a place where no human should venture, for surely these are the gates of Hell”, Appropriately named Hells Gate, marvel at this treacherous passage where 750 million liters of water travel through a 33 meter passage. After a traditional lunch at the historical village in Boston Bar, a guided tour of the Tuckkwiowhum Heritage Village and authentic stories will enhance your knowledge of the gold rush era. We continue to Lytton and visit the Chinese History Museum on the route to Lillooet, the Mile “0” of the Cariboo Pavilion Road, the route to the Cariboo goldfields.
Today’s breakfast, lunch and dinner are included
Day 3 – Friday, September 17, 2021 – Lillooet
After breakfast visit the Lillooet Museum housed in an old Anglican church and home to an outdoor display of jade boulders known as Jadehenge. Jadehenge marks the start of the Jade Walk with over 30 pieces of jade, the official gemstone for British Columbia and deeply embedded in the history of Lillooet. Next, visit historic Miyazaki House. Dr. Miyazaki, a Japanese-Canadian, was evacuated from an internment camp during World War Two. He become the town’s only doctor and would go on to become a very prominent long time resident and recipient of the Order of Canada. Later enjoy a taste of Lillooet wines at an estate vineyard. Lillooet is now officially recognized as a BC wine region. The evening is free for you to enjoy at your own pace. Perhaps a leisurely Jade walk along Main Street.
Today’s breakfast is included
Day 4 – Saturday, September 18, 2021 – Lillooet - Williams Lake
After breakfast, we travel to Historic Hat Creek where you will have more insight into the Gold Rush route where First Nations culture and gold intertwined. The buildings stand as they did in 1901 with some built in 1860. A stagecoach ride will transport you around the last remaining roadhouse of its type and one of the largest ever known along the Cariboo Waggon Road. Hear intriguing history from a local guide. Next, it’s time for lunch and an irresistible golden taste at a Quebec style Sugar Shack at 70 Mile House. As you travel further along the Gold Rush Trail, history gets exemplified all the way to the hub of the Central Cariboo, Williams Lake.
Today’s breakfast and lunch are included
Day 5 – Sunday, September 19, 2021 Williams Lake –Quesnel
This morning we drive to the foothills of the Cariboo Mountains to the community of Horsefly where the first gold in the Cariboo Gold Rush was plucked from the river in 1859. The Horsefly River is the second biggest salmon spawning river in British Columbia. Visit the Jack Lynn Memorial Museum before travelling to Likely where we visit the Cedar City Museum to learn about the largest hydraulic placer mine in the world before viewing the historical man-made wonder the Bullion Pit located a short distance away. Later we travel to the confluence of the Fraser and Quesnel Rivers and the commercial centre of the gold rush era, Quesnel.
Today’s breakfast, lunch and dinner are included
Day 6 – Monday, September 20, 2021 Barkerville and Cottonwood House
After breakfast we visit the largest heritage site in western Canada, Barkerville. Step back in time at this living-history museum named after Billy Barker’s legendary gold strike that forever changed the course of history in British Columbia and Western Canada. History shines bright in the unique streetscape with more than 125 heritage buildings and period displays. Try your hand at gold panning. On our return to Quesnel, we will visit another shining heritage site, Cottonwood House one of the last remaining roadhouses in British Columbia. This evening, relax or take a walk through downtown Quesnel and see its Little People painted fire hydrants.
Today’s breakfast is included
Day 7–Tuesday, September 21, 2021 - Quesnel–Kamloops
Still on the Gold trail this morning, we travel to historic 150 Mile House, another significant Cariboo Gold Rush hub and the home to a heritage school building. What happened in the Cariboo no longer stays in the Cariboo as we move on to a collection of heritage buildings on the shores of 108 Mile Lake and hear some horrific stories where all that glittered was not gold. We continue to Kamloops this evening where you will join your fellow travellers and share the golden times over a delicious farewell dinner.
Today’s breakfast and dinner are included
Day 8 – Wednesday, September 22, 2021 – Kamloops - Victoria
After breakfast we travel to the last but not the least stop on the Gold Trail, Hope, at the confluence of the Fraser and Coquihalla Rivers where the oldest church built during the peak of the Gold Rush era still stands on its original foundation. Return home this evening with a new understanding of the history of British Columbia.
Today’s Breakfast is included
Pick up at your door (Greater Victoria)
BC Ferries round trip
7 nights hotel accommodation
Transport on deluxe charter vehicle
New Westminster Museum
Fort Langley National Historic Site
Yale Historic Site
Hell’s Gate Air Tram
Tuckkwiowhum Heritage Village
Chinese History Museum
Estate Winery Tour and Tasting in Lillooet
Historic Hat Creek
Bullion Pit, Likely
Cottonwood House Historic Site
Barkerville Historic Town & Park
Gold Panning at Barkerville
Jack Lynn Memorial Museum, Horsefly
Luggage Handling at Hotels
All mandatory fees and taxes
Gratuities on included meals
Service of professional Tour Director
Gratuities for Tour Director & Driver
Day 1: Harrison Hot Springs Resort
Harrison Hot Springs
Day 2-3: Reynolds Hotel or Hotel DeOro,
Day 4: Best Western Williams Lake Hotel,
Day 5-6: Billy Barker Casino Hotel
Day 7: Plaza Hotell
Early Booking: A $250 discount is offered off the first 10 seats booked and $100 off the next 10 until June 11, 2021
Deposit and Payment: A $400 deposit per person is required at booking or booking may be cancelled. Full payment is required by July 9, 2021.
Price Changes: In the event of significant changes in taxes or surcharges by suppliers or local government Mile Zero Tours reserves the right to increase price up until time of final payment.
Cancellation policy: Full refund less $50 per person admin fee if cancelled before June 11, 2021, from June 11-July 9, 2021 non-refundable amount increases to $150. After July 9, 2021 only 35% is refundable and after August 13, 2021 only 15% is refundable. There are no refunds offered after August 31, 2021. We strongly recommend purchasing trip cancellation insurance as Mile Zero Tours can not issue refunds, no matter the reason, beyond the scope of the above-mentioned policy.
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Photo Credits: Tyler Cave & Wikipedia