Located on the Fraser River and surrounded by the majestic Rocky Mountains, the town of Yale was designated a British Columbia Heritage Site in 1974. Yale was originally a Hudson’s Bay Company trading post, founded by French Canadian Ovid Allard in 1848. A gold strike ten years later drew thousands of prospectors to the area. The legacy of the British Columbia gold rush is preserved at this unique historic site, featuring a recreated camp showing how the prospectors lived, period buildings and numerous exhibits. Visitors can take part in black-powder shooting and ironwork demonstrations and try their hand at gold panning.