Barkerville’s Victorian Christmas merriment bookended by twin Christmas miracles

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Brief

  • More than 1200 people from all corners of British Columbia and abroad visited Barkerville Historic Town & Park between Saturday, December 12th and Monday, December 14th, as the Provincial Heritage Property and National Historic Site of Canada bustled with special events and activities for yuletide revelers looking to experience the wintertime magic of western North America’s largest heritage attraction
    • This year’s Old-Fashioned Victorian Christmas event broke an 18 year attendance record that was set in December of 1997
    • Admission to Barkerville’s annual holiday event was by donation, either a monetary gift or a non-perishable food item for the Wells Legion holiday hamper program
    • More than 30 bankers boxes, totaling nearly 1200 pounds of donated non-perishable foodstuffs were collected over the three days; almost a pound of food per visitor
  • Just days before the Old-Fashioned Victorian Christmas event took place, violent gusts of wind downed a 100+ foot spruce tree in a century-old section of the Barkerville Cemetery
    • More than 100 feet of spruce collapsed onto the cemetery’s historic, hallowed ground and managed to miss at least a dozen densely situated headboards
    • Other than some slight damage to the picket fence and short staircase surrounding the tree, not a single grave marker was damaged

Quote

“Other than our now infamous windstorm a few days prior, we really couldn’t have asked for better weather this past weekend; there was sunshine, snow, smiles all around… and the generous donations made by our guests to the Wells Legion hamper program means so much to so many this time of year.” Carleigh Drew, Barkerville’s Marketing, Products & Activities Officer

Photos

  1. Barkerville’s St. Saviour’s Anglican Church; Credit: Carleigh Drew, Barkerville Historic Town & Park
  2. Cemetery Tree Down; Credit: Ed Coleman, Carleigh Drew, Barkerville Historic Town & Park