“Queen Victoria” to celebrate Her 198th birthday at Barkerville on Monday, May 22


  • On Monday May 22nd – Victoria Day – visitors to Barkerville Historic Town & Park are invited to enjoy Royal Tea with Royalty, as ‘Queen Victoria’ visits Barkerville’s world-famous Wake Up Jake Restaurant for two sittings of afternoon High Tea – at 1:00 PM and 3:00 PM.
  • In addition to the classic English warm-steeped beverage, delectable treats worthy of the Queen Herself will be on offer, and patrons will have the opportunity to enjoy one-on-one audiences with Queen Victoria and her gillie ‘Mr. Brown’ as well as British Columbia’s original Chief Justice, Matthew Baillie Begbie.
  • The Queen, who celebrates Her birthday every third week in May, is reported to be in a remarkable state of fitness and vigour, especially considering Her advanced age of 198 (in 2017).
  • When reached for an official statement, Her Imperial Majesty Victoria Regina indicated She is “very much looking forward to her annual visit to Barkerville,” and especially this year as the Colony of British Columbia celebrates the 150th anniversary of the confederation of Canadian territories to the east.
  • Tickets for the either seating (1:00 pm and 3:00 pm)  can be purchased at the Wake Up Jake Restaurant in Barkerville Historic Town & Park, for $18.95 per person.
  • Barkerville opened its Canada 150 season on May 18th and is celebrating the sesquicentennial of the Dominion of Canada all summer long.
  • Visitors to Barkerville in 2017 will also have the opportunity to meet ‘Billy Barker’ himself and, perhaps best of all, admission to the National Historic Site is by donation for the entire month of May.
  • For more information about Barkerville’s annual Victoria Day Royal Tea, or any of Barkerville’s 2017 seasonal special events, please visit www.barkerville.ca or phone 1-888-994-3332, ext. 41.


“While We often eschew excessive pomp and ceremony, Our birthday celebration, coming as it does near the outset of each new Barkerville season, is an event that We cherish, especially as it gives Us the opportunity to hear the desires and concerns of the subjects of Our Colony.” Her Royal Majesty, “Queen Victoria”