Interesting Areas At the Museum Site in Yale, BC

Rediscover a town filled with the reckless dreams of folly and fortune, sorrow and joy as you browse through our 1870's home or walk into the hallowed midst of St. John the Divine. Transcend time as you search for that elusive metal gold and experience the full range of emotions that thousands of men faced on a daily basis a hundred and fifty years ago. .


A Living History is designed to create the feeling that visitors have stepped back in time. Visitors can don costumes of a period nature, visit the Saloon, general store, miners tent and other shops that line the streets of 'Yale' while interacting with staff and volunteers - who will be recreating the lives of some of the major players of Yale's past.

We would like to offer a special thanks to the following volunteers, workers and donators for their help and support in making this project come alive! Also, all the volunteers who helped out on Yale: A Living History Phase 1 Opening.


  • Debbie and Richard Zervini - family
  • Lori Izawa
  • Loralee Michaud
  • Connie
  • Michelle Vandepol
  • Judy Brown
  • J.M. Bridgeman
  • Bruce Barry
  • Grant Rose (Home Improvements)
  • Warren Rushlow (Home Improvements)


  • Keith Campbell
  • Sara Connel
  • Dayton Boots
  • Okanagan Barrel Works
  • Monican Okeefe
  • Raymond Zervini
  • Cheyenne Sports
  • Dorothy's Antiques
  • Nancy Martin
  • Stella Quail

Alexandra Bridge:

Originally built by Sir Joseph Trutch in the 1860's it was rebuilt in 1926 due to a severe flood a decade before. The foundation that it stands on is from the 1860's. The bridge was orignally built as part of the Cariboo Wagon Road.

St. John the Divine

Anglican Church, 1950's: Built in 1863 in an attempt to civilize the miners. It sits now as it did then, overlooking the town of Yale and her turbulent history. The historic church was renovated and repaired in 1953 and in 2001 the exterior of the church was restored to its original appearance (1863).

Lady Franklin Rock

Named in honour of Lady Jane Franklin who stopped in Yale during her 1861 world tour. Sir John Franklin was lost in the Arctic during his search for the North West Passage. Franklin and his crew ultimately perished of lead poisoning.

Historic Yale Museum:

A former pioneer home has now been designated as a Heritage Home. The house was built in the 1870's and still features original characteristics, including the paneling and kitchen cabinets. The museum is now located here with a number of exhibits and displays describing Yale's past and her role in B.C.'s history.

Pioneer Cemetery:

A CN grave sits quietly in a shaded grove of the pioneer cemetery. The worker was killed during construction in 1912. Relive the sorrow that was brought on by fire, flooding, senseless killings, accidents and infant mortality.

Spirit Caves:

The caves are located about 1200 feet up a mountainside. Legend has it that an eagle once flew through the narrow mouth of one of these caves only to reemerge from the depths of the most deadly current pool in the river below. A short hike takes a person to the base of this legend and the caves.

Commemorative Plaques:

Situated throughout Yale - describing for visitors some of the great achievements and sorrows experienced by the town of Yale during its rich history. This plaque is dedicated to the 1000's of Chinese Construction Workers who worked on the Pacific Railway.

Historic Front Street:

was where it all began for Yale as the head of navigation. The gold commissioner's vault featured here is one of many crumbling remains that dot Yale's Front Street.