Cottonwood House Today
In 1963 the province of British Columbia purchased 26-acres of the property and Cottonwood House became a designated provincial historic site. The site was operated through BC Heritage and leased operators until 1999, at which time an agreement was made between the Province of BC and School District 28 (Quesnel) for the School District to operate the site until March 2015. In April 2015 Barkerville Heritage Trust reached an agreement with the Province to continue to run the Site as a Youth Partnership Project.
Employing post-secondary and secondary school students, the site provides valuable training in the areas of tourism and agriculture. The employees receive training in heritage interpretation and provide tours of Cottonwood House. They are also responsible for developing and implementing a wide range of programs and activities for groups of all ages, including school programs and events. Through partnerships wood products manufacturing programming, a restaurant, gift shop, rental cabins, tent and RV sites, washrooms with showers, and an activity building with kitchen have been added to the site.