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Cottonwood House

Constructed on the Cariboo Wagon Road between 1864 and 1865, Cottonwood House served miners and travellers heading to Barkerville and the Cariboo Goldfields, or going west and south to Quesnel and Victoria. Horses were changed and hearty meals were offered to stagecoach drivers and passengers, as well as accommodation. In the General Store across from the house, all the hardware and provisions needed for survival in the mountain wilderness were available. John Boyd's family welcomed travellers and managed the site between 1874 and 1951! Cottonwood used to serve as a telegraph office for the Overland Telegraph, and you can still see some of its poles and wires here.

Cottonwood House is situated between the Cottonwood River and Highway 26, 28 km east of Quesnel and on your way to Barkerville. The original Cariboo Wagon Road runs right through the property as it heads toward the famous goldfields of the Barkerville district. Cottonwood is only a 25 minute drive from Quesnel and a 40 minute drive from Barkerville.

Hours of Operation
May 15 to Sept 5th 10:00AM to 5:00PM

Admission Prices
Admission Fees (valid for two days):
Children 12 and Under Free
Youth 13-18 $2.00
Seniors (60 older) $3.50
Adults $4.50
Family $9.00

Season Passes:
Seniors and Youth Under 18: $8.00
Adults: $10.00
Family: $15.00
For further information, please visit the Cottonwood House website at:

Contact Cottonwood House

Contact Name: Ed Coleman
Phone: (250) 992-2071 or Other (250) 983-6911
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