Just returned from a trip to Barkerville (BC) - reportedly the largest "ghost town" in North America
The trip is less than 8 driving hours from Vancouver (820 km or 510 miles)
(10 hours total trip time each way including lunch and dinner stops)
Barkerville is utterly amazing. It is a gold rush community that, at one time was the largest city west of Chicago and North of San Fran.
At its height, some of the gold claims were taking out a thousand ounces PER DAY. One guy got over 500 ounces from one square foot, in one day!
The community now is a provincial heritage site, and has actors in period costumes strolling around, giving lectures, acting out "town hall meetings" a newspaper where a staffer demonstrates the printing press, a bakery where you can buy sourdough, a saloon (beer etc) a school house where you will be taught by a tall thin (and very stern) teacher as you write on slates and get your spelling lessons. DO NOT miss the theater! Several performances daily by the Newman and Wright theatrical troupe.
Demonstrations of the Cornish water wheel and how it is used.
A tour of Chinatown, explanation of the role of the Chinese Tongs in Barkerville, the terraced vegetable gardens plus the gambling and opium dens.
And one sign at the edge of town that gave me the giggles. It read something like "You are in BEAR country. Walk in groups, make lots of noise and keep small children with you." (To distract the bears? Cause they're easier for the bear to catch so you can get away? Because bears find small children so tasty that they'll leave you alone? Inquiring minds wanna know!)
There are 3 nearby campgrounds plus others that are not too far away. The 3 nearby ones are all "unserviced" (boondocking only) campgrounds, but are very nicely laid out and very good. Even with three campgrounds there is only ONE serviced site - site # 10 in the Lowhee campground - which we reserved. It has power (which is why I wanted it). The lady said it was 15 amp only, but there was both a 15 A outlet and a 30 A outlet - both worked. Site #10 also has sewer and water (which we didn't use as we are self contained) There is NO cell phone service on any provider.
Saw about "a zillion" other RVs on the road, but nearly all were non f/g units. Of the few F/G units we did see, nearly every one was a Bigfoot
Only encountered one other f/g unit to stop & talk to - at a restaurant in Cache Creek. It was a two-year old Casita
16 foot (or thereabouts) whose owner HATED it and was planning on selling ASAP.
In his view it cost WAY too much for what it was and he "should have gotten a WAY bigger one with slides and all the toys for that much $$$$!" (No pleasing some folks! And - come to think of it - why the bleep did he buy it?)
Saw another Casita
pushing a Chevy pickup at the Costco in Kamloops, but they didn't wanna talk - in a hurry.
The Costco in Kamloops refills propane
bottles (which we all call "tanks") for a decent cost, but you DO have to take them off the trailer and it is ONE price for this size, and THAT price for THAT size. A 30 lb tank is $15.00.