Barkerville to host historic finishing leg of Gold Rush Sled Dog Mail Run on Sunday, January 24th

204 Gold Rush Sled Dog Mail Run Participant


  • The Gold Rush Sled Dog Mail Run from Quesnel to Barkerville takes place January 22nd to 24th, 2016
  • Now in its 24th year, the Gold Rush Trail Sled Dog Mail Run was once a qualifying event for both the Yukon Quest and the Iditarod dog sled races, but in 1998 the competitive focus was dropped and the emphasis shifted from competition to participation
  • Following the historic Cariboo Waggon Road, the Gold Rush Dog Sled Mail Run marks one of the few remaining opportunities in Canada to have an envelope carried by dog team and delivered through regular Canada Post channels
  • While primarily a sled dog event, the Gold Rush Sled Dog Mail Run is also open to skijors, cross country skies, snowshoes, kick-sleds, runners and just about any other form of self-propelled transportation capable of negotiating a packed snow trail
  • The Gold Rush Trail Sled Dog Mail Run takes place over three looped trails and is run over three days, starting just north of Quesnel, running by Cottonwood House, Troll Ski Resort, over the trail from Stanley past Van Winkle to Richfield and Barkerville Historic Town & Park, before the mad dash to Wells and back; once in Barkerville carried mail will enter the regular mail system for delivery throughout the world
  • Registrants often participate in all three stages but may also choose to do one or two of the stages
  • Participants may be sworn in as official Canada Post mail carriers but must be willing to complete all three stages if they are to actually carry the mail
  • The Gold Rush Trail Sled Dog Mail Run is suitable for dog teams of all sizes but mushers must be confident that their dogs are conditioned and capable of completing the posted distances
  • The Gold Rush Trail Sled Dog Mail Run is not a race, participants can take their time and can feel free to stop and enjoy the view
    • Each participant will receive: a 2016 Gold Rush Sled Dog Mail Run mug, a 2016 Mail Run envelope, a Certificate of Participation, a Barkerville Dash “Stake My Claim” certificate, an “Official Mail Carrier” certificate, a hot dog lunch on Friday and a hamburger lunch on Sunday
  • Envelopes for the 2016 Mail Run went on sale January 1, 2016 at the Main Post Office and Shopper’s Drug Mart Postal Station located in downtown Quesnel, Rocky’s in Bouchie Lake, Bosley’s in the West Park Mall, the Co-op on Three Mile Flat, Total Pet in South Quesnel, and Jack’O Clubs Store and BNC Mercantile in Wells
    • Complete details are available at these outlets, and envelopes must be posted in special Mail Run mail boxes located at the outlets no later than January 20, 2016
  • For more information, please visit


“We are really looking forward to this year’s Gold Rush Sled Dog Mail Run. Last January’s icy conditions are far behind us, and the weather should be perfect for participants and spectators alike.” – Carleigh Drew, Barkerville Historic Town & Park


2014 Gold Rush Sled Dog Mail Run participant; Photo credit: Thomas Drasdauskis