The Stanley Cemetery Low Mobility Trail was built in partnership between the Cariboo Regional District, the Friends of Barkerville Cariboo Goldfields Historical Society, Northern Development Initiative Trust, Cariboo Chilcotin Beetle Action Coalition and the provincial government through the BC Community Recreation Program and Towns for Tomorrow Program.
The Stanley Cemetery Low Mobility trail provides access to the historic graveyard which is the final resting spot of a number of pioneers and Chinese immigrants from the gold rush era, as well as some later residents. The remains of some of the Chinese gold miners who were buried at the site have since been repatriated to their birthplace. The trail has a steep section up a hill to the cemetery and then features a gentle grade throughout the site. An accessible outhouse and informational kiosk are available at the trailhead for visitors’ convenience.
The cemetery overlooks the old town site of Stanley. This once vibrant town, located on the banks of Lightning Creek, at one time boasted a larger population than Barkerville as a result of the quantity of gold found in the area. The Stanley Hotel is still standing today.
The Stanley Cemetery Low Mobility Trail, as well as the former town of Stanley, can be found by following Highway 26 east from Quesnel for approximately 45 minutes until the Stanley Road turnoff. Visitors can follow Stanley road until reaching the Stanley Cemetery Low Mobility Trail at the top of the hill.
Ongoing management of the site is provided by the Friends of Barkerville Cariboo Goldfields Historical Society.
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