Camels in British Columbia

In 1862 German immigrant Frank Laumeister and his associates came up with the idea to bring in Camels from California to use as pack animals on the legendary Cariboo road during the Cariboo Gold Rush. The 23 camels were a failure as the animals feed were not compatible with the harsh terrain of the Cariboo Road. The last camel of this venture lived till 1905 on a farm near Grand Prairie, British Columbia, now Westwold.