Are you looking for a terrible adventure? Explore the forgotten ghost towns of British Columbia

With a rich history of gold rush in British Columbia, a fair share of small impromptu cities have emerged. After the gold rush, many of these cities grew into successful cities, while even more of them disappeared into the background.

If you’re looking for your next summer adventure, why not make it scary? Pack your car and go discover one of BC’s forgotten ghost towns.


During its best life, Kitsault had a population of about 12,000. Residents abandoned the area in 1982, when they were founded only 18 months earlier. Today, many buildings remain intact and in pristine condition.


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Rebuilt around the copper industry, Phoenix was a small town with 1,000 permanent residents. The city consisted of 20 hotels, a town hall, a brewery and an opera house.


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Parkhurst, near modern-day Whistler, was a logging town that was abandoned in 1966. When you visit today, you will see old cars and buildings from the 1950s, as the city was abandoned very unexpectedly.


During its liveliest years, Cody, BC was only a small but thriving community with only 150 residents. The village of the 1890s consisted of hotels, businesses and a railway station. Today, the village is difficult to find because there is very little left.


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Wardner was a lumber town of the 1920s. It is 20 miles from Cranbrook and had everything residents needed to develop. However, the city died in 1933, leaving a church, 2 shops and a post office.