Published Jan 28. 2007 - 12 years ago
Updated or edited Aug 8. 2015

2007 Gold Rush Trail Sled Dog Mail Run

Since we're all into the outdoors here I thought this might be of interest to people.

January 26-28 is the fifteenth annual Cariboo Gold Rush Trail Sled Dog Mail Run happening in the wilds east of Quesnel BC out to Wells BC.

A large number of sled dog teams will be carrying commemorative letters that will be stamped at the locations of the original post offices in several small communities on the route. Most of these places are just ghost towns or gone now and the sled teams will be traveling the original gold rush trail through the mountains.

The letters will be carried about 100 kms to where they will be sent via Canada post all over the world. I have purchased 10 of these letters and will be sending them to friends and family all across the continent.

I'll be a volunteer for this event and hope to post some of the best pictures I get of the dogs running through the mountains and hopefully down the streets of Barkerville.

Here is the link to the official site for the event.

Team running over the gold rush trail

Grant Banes's picture

Well, it was an awesome event...

Well, it was an awesome event again this year!!!

Unfortunately, due to work obligations, was only able to get out for the last day of the mail run. Here are just a few of 70+ pictures I took today.

Morning view at the ghost town of Stanley

Canadians Enjoying Winter

Getting ready to go!!!!

Leaving Stanley.... Big Smiles all around!!!

Up the hill From Stanley

Future Sled Team lead Dog!!!

First team down the main street of Barkerville

Another team in Barkerville

Yet another team

Arriving at the final town of Wells. Canada Post post master waiting to get the mail off to the rest of the world

Not everyone can afford a sled or team, but had a great time just the same!!!!!

Last team into Wells. End of a wonderful day!!!

Martin Joergensen's picture



Thanks for posting these great pictures. non-fishing maybe, but a great diversion on a cold, unfisheable January day.


Grant Banes's picture

Yeah, I know, "not fishing...

Yeah, I know, "not fishing related" Martin. That's why you need to put up a NFR section in this forum..... :wink:

It was just such a fun event and I wanted to share a little bit of Canadiana and a bit of our history with people on the forum that may never have been to Canada. Barkerville is such a neat ghost town to visit and to see the dogs in the streets again, gives a bit of the feeling of the 1800's.

Looks cold. That second...

Looks cold. That second picture down is beautiful. I remember snow like that in New England. Not any more down here in DC. We get slush and mud.

Grant Banes's picture

It was fairly cold that...

It was fairly cold that morning, between -15 and -20 centigrade depending on your altitude. Here is a few more shots from that day.

A view down the main street in Barkerville

Another street shot

Hotel and Saloon

One of the young girls in the run, I believe she was only 14 or 15 years old.


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