St. George Hotel -Barkerville

Barkerville, Canada
  based on 9 reviews
Description

You've come to experience Barkerville, and we put you in the center of the experience!  At the St. George it's the late 1800's. Pan for nuggets, dance with hurdies, buy a mine claim, grab some grub, and stock up on provisions. You step out the door and you are immersed in the largest historic site of its kind in Western North America.  Step back inside and you have the perfect blend of lifestyle from 1898 with the twenty-first century amenities , subtley interwoven into the fabric of the experience. (Electricity, running water, indoor washrooms, and even wireless 'telegram' put the St. George at the front of the curve of innovation without clashing with the decor, your hosted experience or the view from the balcony!)

Our quaint 7 room property offers beautifully appointed rooms, Madame Bendixson's historic continental breakfast and a front row seat to the comings and goings of Barkerville`s colourful characters. Always in period clothing, and well versed in local history, our staff can’t wait to extend a warm welcome and are happy to assist you in enjoying the interpretive programs, restaurants, shops, Theatre Royal and of course gold panning in Barkerville. We'll connect you to special events in Barkerville, and in the nearby gold-rush community of Wells.

Unless otherwise noted, 2 night minimum stay from mid-June to mid-September. You'll be glad we convinced you to stay two nights.  Barkerville is the largest authentic historic site in Western North America. You'll want a full day here, and many people chose longer stays.  Call us if you have any questions about how to organize your travels through BC to maximize your stay in Barkerville.

There is nothing that compares to the magic of the spectacular Cariboo night sky as you wander the town's boardwalks in your own private goldrush town. Our comfortable parlour is the perfect place to enjoy lively conversation with new friends and your favorite beverage. After what may be the best sleep you have ever had, prepare to enjoy a delicious continental breakfast on fine china- an elegant start to your day, or wander three doors away for a stack of pancakes at the Wake Up Jake Restaurant. Kick back on the 2nd floor balcony and watch the parade of miners and merchants as they go about their typical day in a Gold Rush town. Wave to the folks coming by on the stagecoach and get the best view in town for daily street theatre. 

Looking for something out of the ordinary? The St. George Hotel is available to host your group's or family's special occasion. Gather up the gang and make your weekend extraordinary. Call anytime for group and Special Event rates and customized plans to accommodate your imagination and your budget. Whether you plan to spend the day, or make us your home base for exploring the Barkerville/ Wells/ Bowron Lake area, you'll find the St. George Hotel is the perfect place to relax in the midst of history. Our friendly staff will make you feel right at home after your adventure along the Gold Rush Trail. If you're arriving late in Barkerville, call us from Quesnel for some eating advice. We have really great restaurants and pubs, but Barkerville and Wells restaurants have seasonal schedules that we can advise you on before you get here! 

Madame Bendixson, the original proprietor of the St. George, was a colourful goldrush character. French emmigrant to the California Goldrush, consort of American vigilante gang leaders, close friend of Hanging Judge Begbie, and know for her fiery tongue, and questionable moral standards. Questions still rise about the true purposes of her saloons and hotels! (nod, nod, wink, wink). Her broad success as a female merchant in a man's world, mark her as a key character in a variety of Gold rushes. Her colourful style is reflected in the decor and other characters of the hotel, as well as the general milieu of the streets of Barkerville. 

Facilities
  • Outside
    Shared Garden
Policies
Breakfast included, Credit cards accepted, Accessible 24/7 Pets not allowed
Check in:
3:00 PM
Check out:
10:00 AM
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Location

Box 4, Barkerville, BC, Barkerville, V0K1b0, Canada

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4.9
based on 9 reviews
Erma and Lloyd (Armstrong)
Loved staying in downtown Barkerville!

This was our 4th trip to Barkerville since 1989. Previously we camped at Lowhee (highly recommend) and Government Hill campgrounds. This is the second time we came for the Dominion Day (Canada Day) long weekend, with previous visit in 2004 with our boys. We stayed 2 nights (June 30, July 1) at St George's Hotel located right in the middle of Barkerville. Check-in and out was easy as room is prepaid (just hand keys back). Our bedroom (#4) had an attached ensuite with shower and modern day electrical outlets (blow dryer could be used, not included). Our queen bed was firm but comfortable with 4 pillows. Towels and Hand soap are provided but bring your own shampoo, toothbrush, etc unless you want to purchase from proprieters. The room and bathroom were very clean and new carpeting was recently installed in the hallway. The walls between rooms are thin so maybe bring ear plugs if you don't want to listen to your neighbours. No mosquitos this time but there were no-see-ums so we had to close our screened window at night. All guests remove their boots/shoes when entering the hotel as thee is carpet or rugs throughout. The parlour is privately shared by all guests for lounging and eating breakfast, and has a great library of Barkerville books for reading during your stay. All guest rooms are located upstairs. Having the ensuite was nice but not necessary. If sharing a bathroom, access is from the hallway and not the rooms and we would consider this in the future, although I would keep toiletries in our room unless we knew the other guest's sharing the bathroom with us. Breakfast was good (fruit, breads, pastries, egg dish (frittata or deluxe scrambled eggs) and meat (ham or sausage)). Miss Leonie was able to accomodate my gluten allergy (Celiac) as well as another guest's dairy allergy, but please let them know the night before so they can be extra careful with prep and cross contamination.I loved Mr. Boyce's Barkerville stories during breakfast and both Mr Boyce and Miss Leonie stayed in character throughout. My husband and I wore homemade costumes for touring during the day which added to the experience. The weather was cool and rainy and I needed to wear leggings under my skirt and a jacket under my shawl (maybe that's another reason the ladies wore bloomers underneath). I brought an umbrella but I think there were umbrellas to borrow in the hotel parlour that guests could use if needed. We spent almost 2 days at Barkerville and still did not see everything. Admission to the Park is 20% less if staying overnight in Barkerville and also included the next day (maybe because we had a 2 night stay?), which was a nice added bonus! We learned Canada became Canada in 1967 because of Barkerville's/BC gold rush and because Upper and Lower Canada wanted to make a country from west coast to east coast thus keeping the USA from taking over BC. Barkerville residents invented the Dominion Flag and celebrated Canada Day first! We recommend the Guided Town Tour, Tales from the Gold Rush Trail, Cariboo Gold Company AGM (humourous waterwheel show), Cemetery tour, Chinatown tour, Chinese Cultural session (learned Chinese chess), Schoolhouse & Chinese school lesson (great for kids & adults), Court session and Dominion Day activities, especially the Anvil Salute (which was a "blast"). We did enjoy an evening show at the Royal Theatre for an extra fee of about $13/adult. Theatre concession prices were reasonable, and we heard their daytime Variety Show was excellent. We didn't hike to Richfield this time (mostly due to weather) nor went on a stagecoach ride. Something to look forward to next trip there! Most of the activities and merchants close about 6 pm at night including restaurants for our evening meal. Make sure you confirm with restaurant that they are open after 6pm if planning to eat supper in Barkerville. We ate at the House Hotel (chili in a bread bowl, salad, and homemade milk shake) and the Chinese restaurant (they accommodated my gluten allergy and I had no bad reaction). Both had reasonable prices and large portions! We loved being transported in time to a simpler era and met some great characters (not just actors) while touring around and at the Dominion Day dance at the House Hotel. Unfortunately they didn't do the fireworks display this year (or we were asleep when it was dark and we missed it). When we go back, we will definitely stay at the St George's hotel again.

Thanks for your detailed recommendation. I love your title "Downtown Barkerville!" It's true that a key feature of the St. George is its excellent location. Looking forward to your next visit!

replied by the owner (7/5/2018 3:29:36 AM)

Mature couple  |  Room 4 - Ensuite  |  stayed in 7/2018

Dianne (Chilliwack)
A 'must do' in Barkerville

My husband and I and another couple had the most wonderful stay at the Saint George Hotel located on the main street of historic Barkerville. We were warmly welcomed by the proprietor, in full period costume with an Irish accent of his gold rush era character James Boyce. From that moment 'James' was our host complete with interesting stories of 'his' gold mining experiences, songs and poems written by himself and his friends from his era and making us feel like long lost dear friends. We were welcome to stay in the sitting room to relax in the period furniture with a book from the collection of many books written about the beginnings of Barkerville, the journeys and lives of the early settlers and of course the gold. Our rooms had comfortable beds, antique furniture and accessories as well as modern ensuites (some rooms have shared bathrooms). In the morning we were served a delicious homemade Victorian breakfast by the hostesses, Miss Lynch and Miss Leonnie, both portraying early women settlers. Coffee and tea were available any time of the day. To experience the best of Barkerville's charm and history I would recommend a stay at the Saint George Hotel. With the many informative activities and attractions at Barkerville, and the personal interaction with the hosts at the Saint George Hotel, it truly was a remarkable stay.

Mature couple  |  Room 7 - Ensuite  |  stayed in 6/2018

Diane (Coquitlam)
Great Stay at the St. George Hotel

Just had two memorable nights at the St. George Hotel. It's much more than a place to stay...transports you back to Gold Rush days. Special thanks to "James Boyce" and "Miss Leonie", staff at the hotel who stayed in character the entire time and really helped us better understand the times. We were always made to feel so welcome, from wandering the townsite in the evening even though it was officially closed to visitors, to looking at the many books in the front parlour of the hotel and enjoying complimentary tea and coffee throughout the day. The room and breakfast were great too. Can't beat the hospitality here.

Not specified  |  Room 1-Ensuite  |  stayed in 6/2018

Malcolm and Sally Wilson (Campbell River BC)
Delightful!

The accommodation was comfortable, clean, and convenient. The staff were helpful and knowledgeable and the costumed characters were charming and well practiced. Our stay of a single night was too short to see all exhibits and shows, but what we did see was well-done, particularly the waterwheel demonstration, the Chinese Museum and the many mining exhibits. The imaginative shopping exhibits and opportunities were also appreciated. Another day, unfortunately impossible this trip, would have helped enormously - never mind, it's a good reason to return. One small suggestion for improvement would be a coordinated schedule of times for shows, business operations, and exhibits. Particularly useful would be the restaurant hours, and perhaps a larger selection on-site, though we did have a delicious Chinese dinner. We had a thoroughly enjoyable stay in Barkerville and congratulate the organizers and volunteers for their contributions to making it a memorable one.

Your's is an excellent testimonial for a two night stay! One thing worth mentioning is that on the back side of the daily program is a list of times and restaurants. It's actually impossible to co-ordinate the shows sequentially because there is simply SO much going on. Glad to hear that you are planning your return....Jimmy!

replied by the owner (6/18/2018 6:44:45 AM)

Mature couple  |  Room 3 - Shared  |  stayed in 6/2018

Alvan Lewis (Kelowna, British Columbia )
A Trip Back in Time

My wife and I had heard of Barkerville for years and finally this year took the time and drove north. It exceeded our expectations. The St. George Hotel was central to our enjoyment. Barkerville would not have been the same if we had stayed off site. We loved the room, the spontaneous lectures by James were so educational and entertaining. The service from Sven and Leone were first class. Breakfast both mornings was great. And did I mention how quiet it is at night in Barkerville? My wife would have like it if there was one hair dryer to be shared. We would highly recommend this hotel and this experience.

HI Alvin! Thanks for the warm words for our entire staff team..... We do have a hair-dryer now. Thanks for the suggestion!

replied by the owner (6/26/2018 5:32:47 PM)

Mature couple  |  Room 1-Ensuite  |  stayed in 6/2018

Patrick (Canada)
Poetic experience!

Paulette and I very much enjoyed ‘James Boyce’ and all the staff at the St. George Hotel. It was a unique experience to stay in historic Barkerville and be almost totally immersed in that time period. This was our first visit to Barkerville and would not hesitate to stay again if travelling that way. To stay in an 1800’s hotel with staff portraying historic characters, serving a tasteful breakfast in the old dining room, catering to visitors needs, greatly added to a very pleasurable stay in Barkerville. James regaled us with his stories and a poem to great delight of all. Thanks for making our stay so delightful and informative. Patrick & Paulette

Mature couple  |  stayed in 6/2018

Leslie and Sam (Canada and New Zealand)
Peaceful and unique getaway

Sam and I had the pleasure of spending two nights at the St. George Hotel at the beginning of the summer program. Being able to pop back to our room (in the very centre of the town) between excursions for a nap or cup of tea on the verandah overlooking the main street made the already wonderful experience of Barkerville feel even more immersive. Evening walks after the park had closed and peaceful sunrise breakfasts and reading before it opened were incredibly refreshing and perfect bookends to fantastic days. Our host, Miss Leoni, made us feel perfectly at home and incredibly well cared for. She is also an amazing cook :) We definitely look forward to making this a regular retreat.

Young couple  |  Room 1-Ensuite  |  stayed in 1/2018

katie (canada)
What a great time!

We just returned from our three-day stay at this historic Hotel in Barkerville, and the whole experience was wonderful! The proprietors and their staff were entertaining and extremely knowledgable about the area, which gave us a real, authentic feeling for the place. Breakfast was delicious. Rooms lovely. Other guests were interesting and great to meet, too. Especially loved the balcony overlooking Barkerville's main street. The bonus was a limo ride to the Bears Paw Cafe in the Hotel's historic and comfortable 1947 Packard - something to ask about if you want a little extra treat

Mature couple  |  Room 7 - Ensuite  |  stayed in 9/2017

Ashley (Okanagan)
Guest

My husband and I stayed here for 3 nights last July and had the most amazing time. From start to finish, our trip was amazing. The hosts, the hotel, the food, the stories... Fantastic!! We are planning to bring our extended family to this remarkable place.

Thanks a bunch Ashley. We just did some renovations on the hotel this winter, so I hope you'll find it even better!......but you can't renovate Mr Boyce, or Miss Lynch, they're unchanging fixtures!!

replied by the owner (6/30/2018 2:55:16 AM)

Not specified  |  Room 1-Ensuite  |  stayed in 7/2017

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We've lived in Wells and Barkerville for over 20 years. We love the outdoors and are big history fans. In addition to our small accommodations, we also operate an outdoor business and a small gift store/coffee shop in Wells. We are SO committed to our region, and, as professional guides, we consider everything we do, including your stay, to be a guided experience.
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