Cottonwood House Today
Cottonwood House Historic Site is located east of Quesnel, British Columbia, Canada on the Gold Rush Trail to Barkerville Historic Town. Much like it was when it was built in the 1860s, Cottonwood House offers meals, accommodation and provisions to travellers between Barkerville and Quesnel. Today, this wheelchair accessible provincial historic site will allow you to experience first hand over 75 years of the Boyd family history and the many features this unique heritage site has to offer.
In 1963 the province of British Columbia purchased 26-acres of the property and Cottonwood House became a designated provincial historic site. The site was operated through BC Heritage and leased operators until 1999, at which time an agreement was made between the Province of BC and School District 28 (Quesnel) for the School District to operate the site until March 2015. In April 2015 Barkerville Heritage Trust reached an agreement with the Province to continue to run the Site as a Youth Partnership Project.
Employing post-secondary and secondary school students, the site provides valuable training in the areas of tourism and agriculture. The employees receive training in heritage interpretation and provide tours of Cottonwood House. They are also responsible for developing and implementing a wide range of programs and activities for groups of all ages, including school programs and events. Through partnerships with wood products manufacturing programming, a restaurant, gift shop, rental cabins, tent and RV sites, washrooms with showers, and an activity building with kitchen have been added to the site.