Heffley Creek, now inside the boundaries of the City of Kamloops, has its roots as a farming community in the 1860s. The creek was given a French name during the fur trade era and was marked on a 1837 map as Buraigon Creek. The name was later rendered as Bourdignon and Courdignon. During this period the east side of the North Thompson River was one of the routes of the fur brigades on their way to the North.
The first two settlers along the creek were Robert Todd and Samuel Bigham, who were partners in business as packers and were both former Hudson's Bay Company employees. They took out adjoining 160 acre preemptions with Bourdignon (Heffley) Creek as the northern boundary. Todd's lot was more westerly, bordering on the North Thompson River. Bigham was the uncle of Joseph McKay, the Chief Trader at the Hudson's Bay Company post at Kamloops from 1860 to 1865.
By the 1880s other ranchers had settled up the valley towards Heffley Lake and on the heights above the North Thompson River. The Sentinel noted half a dozen different families apart from the major landowners, Edwards, Sullivan and Knouff. The paper also mentioned a good deal of prospecting in the region. In the 1890s many other families settled around Heffley Creek. The Bedard family homesteaded near Knouff Lake in 1898.
Until recent years, when it has become a residential community, Heffley Creek has been primarily a quiet farming village raising cattle, sheep, and mixed vegetables. What conflicts did occur were most often over water rights, as one can imagine in a region where irrigation is essential. Local residents quipped that the people of Heffley would quarrel over dividing the rain drops.
Heffley Creek is located on Hwy 5 26 km (16 mi) north of Kamloops and 40 km (25 mi) south of Barriere.
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