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Originally, a Hudson’s Bay Company trading post, by 1858 Yale saw the arrival of thousands of miners coming up the Fraser by steamer. Some stayed to prospect on the shores of the river while others embarked on bold journeys through the Fraser Canyon. In 1862, Yale became the southern terminus and the second mile zero (see Road to Riches story) of the Cariboo Wagon Road, the engineering marvel that made it all the way to Barkerville.
Today, Yale is a thriving and welcoming community of 250 people. Historic Yale includes the 1863 Church of St. John the Divine, the oldest church on the B.C. mainland and the Yale Museum houses First Nations’, railway, and gold rush history.

The National Monument to the Chinese railway workers is located on the museum grounds. A little ways down the highway you'll find the Teague House, the oldest remaining residence in the Fraser Canyon. Built in 1864, it was first home to John Trutch, surveyor for the Canadian Pacific Railway, and later to William Teague, one of the Colonial Government's Gold Commissioners. Just two minutes south of Yale is the town's enchanting pioneer cemetery.