A documentary about the Cariboo Gold Rush – past and present. Narrated by Mark Forsythe.


Online orders are now available!

Online orders are now available! Click HERE or the link below, and from the online store page, click on Videos/Books:

WILDS TO RICHES online orders!

Honour to be nominated, and all that… :)

Well, okay… we didn’t win. But kudos to Lisa nonetheless! Honour to be nominated, and all that… 🙂

Congratulations to Anne Wheeler, and the rest of Saturday’s 2014 Leo Awards recipients!

Wilds to Riches writer nominated for 2014 Leo Award!

Wild to Riches screenwriter Lisa Johnson has been nominated for a 2014 Leo Award (British Columbia’s professional Film and Television awards) for “Best Screenwriting in a Documentary Program.”

Please join us in wishing Lisa congratulations and the best of luck at her category’s awards ceremony, which takes place Saturday, May 31st, at 8:00 PM.

Keep watching this space immediately after the ceremony to see how Lisa did!

Camera Operator Justin Booth and Chinese Actors on the Fraser_W2R

The DVDs are ready!!!

Okay, now the SECOND piece of GREAT news…

The DVDs are ready!!!

We are just putting together an online ordering page right now, which should be up soon… but if you can’t wait (or want to save yourself some shipping and handling charges) then get yourself on up to Barkerville, British Columbia (okay, we realize this doesn’t really save you money in the long run… but, hey, it’s Barkerville!) where you can buy them at the Visitor Reception Centre!

Price: $20.00 plus 5% GST.

If you want us to put some aside for you in the meantime, please private message James Douglas at james.douglas@barkerville.ca, and we will set you up!

Wilds to Riches Cover

Wilds to Riches latest broadcast is less than an hour away!

Alright, y’all… we have TWO pieces of GREAT news for you today!!!

FIRST: Did you notice that Wilds to Riches has been playing on CBC a lot these days? That’s right! Yesterday at 9:00 AM was the latest regional broadcast, after last Monday at 11:00 AM!

But wait… there’s more! Just under an hour from now, W2R will play AGAIN on CBC in BC! That’s right, Absolutely Vancouver broadcasts at 11:00 AM this morning, featuring Wilds to Riches!!!


On Saturday, August 3rd, at 7:00 PM Wilds to Riches will be rebroadcast on CBC television’s “Absolutely Vancouver.”

For station information, please visit www.cbc.ca/bc/!

W2R Hard Up Bar

Look at what our friends in Barkerville and Wells are up to this Saturday night!



Why not come join them? Or, have a launch party of your own! #W2R@9PM

W2R Launch Party Wells

Wilds to Riches, a Cariboo Gold Rush documentary, premieres on CBC Television July 6th

For Immediate Release

Wilds to Riches, a Cariboo Gold Rush documentary, premieres on CBC Television July 6th

Vancouver, BC (July 2, 2013) – It’s August 2012.  A small crew of men huddles at the bottom of the enormous hole they’ve been digging since spring thaw.  Above them is 50+ metres of worthless gravel.  Below them—they hope—is the reason they’re here: the infamous Heron Channel.  Using maps and mining reports more than a hundred years old, these thoroughly modern miners are looking for part of an ancient creek bed they believe the original Cariboo Gold Rush was never able to uncover.

There’s a reason this ground has been sought after for generations.  Exactly 150 years ago, in 1862, a tonne-and-a-half of raw placer gold was hauled out of this channel – from just 400 feet of gravel.  It is an amount worth nearly $50-million dollars today.  Those Victorian miners would have kept going, too, but their channel flooded and the remaining treasure was buried in a soggy grave until someone could invent a more effective way to remove the water.

Now, more than a century later, the Hard-Up Mining Company is digging for what history left behind: a channel they believe still holds a billion dollars worth of gold.  They may strike it rich—or, like many gold miners before them and since—lose everything in a race to feed their fever.

Which will it be?

Presented by CBC Television and narrated by CBC Radio One’s Mark Forsythe (“BC Almanac”) Wilds to Riches is a riveting, hour-long documentary following those men and women – from both the 1860s and today – who take tremendous risks while searching for gold in British Columbia’s central interior.

“This current gold rush isn’t all that different from the one that built the Province,” said director-producer Jacy Schindel.  “Gold mining in the Cariboo continues to produce a kind of drama that mirrors the trials and tribulations of the miners who first came to this region more than a hundred years ago.”

Focusing its lens on the historical boomtown of Barkerville, Wilds to Riches tells the stories of several legendary Cariboo characters through a series of historical re-enactments, photographs, and authoritative interviews.  These stories intertwine with contemporary narratives as modern miners compare their experiences to the lives of the prospectors who came before them.

“With gold trading at near-record dollar values per ounce, people are once again flocking to the Cariboo Goldfields in search of the mother lode,” said producer-director Patrick Curling. “We’ve been recording the details of this new rush since we started filming nearly four years ago and the results are honestly, astonishing.”

Wilds to Riches was written by Lisa Johnson, and directed by Jacy Schindel and Patrick Curling.  It was produced by Patrick Curling, Jacy Schindel, Justin Booth and James Douglas.  Wilds to Riches will air in British Columbia on CBC Television’s “Absolutely Vancouver,” July 6th, 2013 at 9:00 pm.

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Media Inquires

James Douglas, Co-Producer

Wilds to Riches Productions

250.255.7938; media@wildstoriches.ca

Wilds to Riches Official Teaser: www.wildstoriches.ca

Wilds To Riches - Hard-Up Mining Company

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