St. George Hotel -Barkerville

Barkerville, Canada
  based on 29 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.  After mid-September we keep the coffee and tea, and drop both the breakfast and the price to offer even more economical reasons to 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 29 reviews
Glenn Fedor (Williams sLake)
First Time to Overnight in Barkerville

Been to Barkerville many times over the last 37 years we have lived in the Cariboo. Decided at the last moment to stay overnight and chose the St George Hotel based on location and history. We were not disappointed as we were greeted by James when we checked in. He was most helpful and welcoming. The next morning we had Miss Leonie who made us breakfast, was very entertaining and made us tow the line, just like the 1870's. The rooms were clean, comfortable and no concerns about sharing the bathroom. The only negative comment was at night the fridge did not have enough ice for us to enjoy our cocktails as we enjoyed the lobby of the hotel, took time to read the various local history books and enjoy the surroundings.

Well....we've got ice for the icebox, and if there's not enough for cocktails then it's off to the ice-house by the creek to shave off some more!!!! Don't let us let it happen again! See you for evening drinks next time and thanks for finally deciding to stay overnight at last. 'Till next time, sincerely, Boyce.

replied by the owner (9/5/2018 7:29:10 AM)

Mature couple  |  Room 6 - Shared  |  stayed in 9/2018

Kari (Salmon Arm BC)
St. George Hotel

Our first time in Barkerville. What an incredible experience to stay at the St.George Hotel. We loved staying on site, walking the quiet streets at night. Miss Leonie was a gem. Very polite and helpful as she showed us around the hotel. If she didn’t know an answer to our questions (she was extremely informative) she researched for us. As we stayed near the end of the season, breakfast wasn’t available. However Wake up Jakes, two doors down, serves a great breakfast. Sitting in the parlor at the end of the day was a treat. Visiting with the other guests and feeling like we were actually in 1886. Our whole experience was a weekend we won’t soon forget. We will be back.

Thanks for enjoying your stay and for visiting us in the shoulder season. It comes with its own cozy magic, and fall colours!

replied by the owner (9/19/2018 9:20:53 PM)

Mature couple  |  Room 3 - Shared  |  stayed in 9/2018

Beate Keydel (Berlin, Germany )
A cosy place - a special experience

We had a wonderful time at St. George Hotel. This is really a special place . Thank you for the warm caring welcome.

Not specified  |  Room 1-Ensuite  |  stayed in 9/2018

Sage Birchwater (Williams Lake BC)
Enjoyable

It was fun staying in downtown Barkerville. The accommodations were great, and the staff was friendly and helpful. The room was clean and the breakfast delicious. We enjoyed the quiet of the bustling little town that rolls up its streets at 7 p.m. making for a restful quiet sleep.

Mature couple  |  Room 4 - Ensuite  |  stayed in 8/2018

Mike (Sherwood Park)
Historical hotel stay.

It was my desire to visit Barkerville and I finally did it this August. Excellent visit. Staying within the park adds so much to the experience. The hotel is an excellent “period” hotel. Of course there are modern touches throughout but the fit and finish (to me) made it a very unique experience. Room was cool, quiet, dark and comfortable and I had two very good nights sleep!!! Breakfast each morning was excellent. “Jimmy” was working at the hotel and he led a breakfast time discussion about what life was like. Very informative. He did this while remaining in character the whole time. All the park employees remained in character and they were all very well informed about the park, the time period and other events that were happening in Canada and the world at the time of the Cariboo gold rush. If you like history, this is the place.

Single traveller  |  Room 4 - Ensuite  |  stayed in 8/2018

Katie Welch (Kamloops)
Charming and Unique Hotel Experience

Few hotel establishments can provide the experience on offer at the St. George. Once inside the front gates at Barkerville, the clock spins backward. Horses plod past pulling a stagecoach, and around every corner a time-traveller from the mid-1800s has a quirky, authentic greeting for weary modern ears. Nights are a forgotten kind of peaceful; days are replete with engaging history. The St. George itself feels unchanged; its parlours and four-poster beds, wallpaper and china, locally-sourced breakfast food and unparalleled hospitality are nothing short of astonishing. Our room was small but perfectly appointed, the ensuite washroom tastefully modernized. The comings and goings of the other guests are audible, as is inevitable in a building without sterile concrete walls and ventilation systems whirring away. Relax and enjoy a sense of the way things used to be. Our esteemed hosts, Mr. James Boyce and Miss Leonie, were attentive and informed. Conversation over breakfast is gently steered by the wonderful Mr. Boyce, whose knowledge of the area and its personages is vast. We attended a music festival in Wells during our stay, and hope to return to the St. George again for another wonderful reprieve from the present.

Thanks for your lovely writing! As James like to point out, the St. George is where his present meets some not-so-distant future....but if it seems the other way around to you, it's no surprise! Looking forward to your next visit!

replied by the owner (8/12/2018 9:42:04 PM)

Mature couple  |  Room 1-Ensuite  |  stayed in 8/2018

Lisa Roy
Lovely time!

We had a great stay at the hotel! The hosts were very helpful and went above and beyond to make our stay comfortable and memorable! The rooms are clean, the food was great and being onsite is such a treat!

Not specified  |  Room 6 - Shared  |  stayed in 8/2018

Anna (Ladysmith)
Excellent - living History!

This was my first visit to the St George's. It was excellent. Being a nervous traveller there were many phone calls to the St George to check travel times and check in times. The hosts were very accommodating, we were a late arrival and Mr. Boyce was there to greet and and settle us in. I was in a single room and my travel companions were in a twin room so we shared a bathroom. A word to those expecting a modern, glitzy, roomy hotel. You are staying in HISTORY and back then (1800's) the rooms weren't large! I was pleasantly surprised to find the stairs quite wide, compared to similar homes in England. The bed was nice and comfy & I adored the room I was in as it had a view of the horse corral. Plenty of towels and house coats are provided and there is ample space to hang towels. The entire Hotel is very lovely and homey. There is a Parlour and a Green Room because (gasp!) you are expected to talk to other travellers and that is a real treat as opposed to sitting at a table with everyone's noses buried in various social media devices. Breakfast was delicious! Homemade a selection of bread and crumpets and very lovely scrambled eggs beautifully cooked. Tea and coffee available for the early risers before breakfast. Another great feature is that you are staying IN Historic Barkerville! So after the public has left the Hotel patrons have the town to themselves! How neat is that! I took the opportunity to take photos before the crowds of people arrived. Also, I enjoyed very much listening to Mr. Boyce talk about Barkerville and the Gold Rush, giving us information about the town and the colourful characters in it! He really brought the town to life! My only regret is the short stay. A person needs at least 4 days to experience everything Barkerville has to offer. Needless to say I will be back.

thanks a lot Anna! We're looking forward to your next stay, too!

replied by the owner (8/21/2018 11:27:18 PM)

Single traveller  |  Room 6 - Shared  |  stayed in 8/2018

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

Brian & Sylvia (Princeton)
The Cariboo is whispering to me again. Barkerville ho!

This was my ninth trip to Barkerville since the late '60's. Staying in the St. George hotel to celebrate our 35th wedding anniversary was a truly wonderful experience. The staff friendly, the rooms comfortable and the other guests a delight to chat with. We were welcome at any time to sit in the parlor or on the upstairs balcony, where I happily curled up in a corner and knit. (Beware the biting no-see -ums!) I loved watching the stagecoach rambling on by! As always, once in Barkerville, we felt well and truly spoiled. We will be back, often.

Thanks for having a great time, and enjoying our comforts! Jimmy.

replied by the owner (7/11/2018 9:20:59 PM)

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

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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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