GOLD RUSH! | EL DORADO IN BRITISH COLUMBIA
Canadian Museum of History
100, rue Laurier, Gatineau, (Québec), K1A 0M8
Relive the tumultuous days of gold’s discovery in British Columbia’s Fraser Canyon. Travel back to 1858 and meet some of the tens of thousands of fortune-seeking prospectors who dreamed of astonishing finds — like the huge Turnagain Nugget. Find out how the gold rush attracted thousands of miners and entrepreneurs of various social and ethnic origins and forever transformed this once-remote region of the Pacific North West. More than 280 artifacts tell the fascinating story of gold’s timeless allure, including miner’s tools and personal belongings, a real stagecoach, an exquisite gold box carved by Bill Reid and iconic contemporary items such as gold records and Olympic medals. This exhibition is organized by the Royal BC Museum, in collaboration with the Canadian Museum of History.