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Sundance Guest Ranch, Ashcroft

Ashcroft

The Village of Ashcroft is located in Gold Country in the Thompson Okanagan region of British Columbia. It lies along the magnificent Thompson River in a unique desert setting. Steeped in history from the days of the Gold Rush, the community is surrounded by rolling hills that rise steeply in the east and extend to the west to form the Highland Valley Plateau. A small town proud of its heritage buildings and history that has been used in several Hollywood movies. You can embrace this history through the Ashcroft Museum and in the Heritage Place Park with walk-through displays, a waterwheel and caboose. Take the Mosaic Walking Tour and see the amazing art throughout the town.

Several Provincial Parks are located in the area. Elephant Hill is good for walking and wildlife viewing, Cornwall Hills has stunning wildflowers in the summer and is a favourite spot for hang-gliding and hiking, Oregon Jack is known for its pictographs and waterfalls.

Riding horses under the clouds at Sundance Guest Ranch in Ashcroft.

Location

Ashcroft is located 10 km (6 mi) south of the junction between Trans-Canada Highway 1 and Highway 97, on Highway 97C. Travelling the Trans-Canada Highway 1, Ashcroft is located 93 km (58 mi) west of Kamloops and 104 km (64 mi) north of Merritt via Highway 97C.

A great view near the Sundance Guest Ranch in Ashcroft.

A Step Back in Time

The Village is steeped in the history of the Gold Rush. With the arrival of the Canadian Pacific Railway in the late 1800s, Ashcroft became Mile “O” on the road to the goldfields. Freight and mining supplies off-loaded from the train, made their way north to the Cariboo Gold fields by stagecoach, freight wagon, and sleighs in the winter. With the influx of people business grew, and by 1887, the BC Express Company (a stagecoach line in Yale) had relocated to Ashcroft, where it stayed for 35 years.

From 1886 to 1920, the Village of Ashcroft prospered, however in 1920 the Pacific Great Eastern Railway was built accessing Prince George and the Northern Interior of British Columbia from Alberta. This spelled the decline of Ashcroft. To survive, the people of Ashcroft came to rely on the area’s resources. It was already known that when water was added to the parched soil of the “benches” between the hills, practically anything would grow well under the intense heat of this northern desert’s sun.

During the same time, Chinese immigrants were doing experimental planting, and reaping benefits from the sale of tomatoes and potatoes. The BC Express Company converted their freight barn in Ashcroft into a tomato cannery, and consequently put BC Express workers back to work. The cannery remained open until 1957.

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Ashcroft Legacy Park Campground

Ashcroft Legacy Park Campground

Ashcroft

Camp in desert country on the shores of the Thompson River, next to downtown historic Ashcroft. Legacy Park provides a shady, relaxing oasis. Easy walking distance to downtown Ashcroft for shopping, restaurants and tourist attractions. The 15 site park offers washrooms, showers, laundry facilities a ... Read more
Sundance Guest Ranch

Sundance Guest Ranch

Ashcroft

Located in warm Ashcroft with endless panoramic views of the open Thompson River Valley, Sundance Guest Ranch is the ideal getaway for the weekend or a week-long vacation. Only a four hour drive from Vancouver and easy access via three different picturesque routes, guests can escape their busy lives ... Read more
Brookside Campsite

Brookside Campsite

Cache Creek

We are hidden in a lovely and unique creek side setting; and all you can see from the highway is a canopy of trees. Being BC’s hot spot on a regular basis; our trees and our heated outdoor pool are blessings which you will truly appreciate when our summer temperatures are hovering between 30-35 de ... Read more
The Rock & River Rustic Retreat

The Rock & River Rustic Retreat

Savona

Each Glamping Tent experience has a different theme and fits every budget. Decorated with western themes, luxury chambers, to our basic rustic "cowboy" up units. Glamping is the ultimate outdoor hotel, you just have to bring yourself and let nature do the rest. We also have RV camping - a log cabin ... Read more
Tunkwa Lake Resort

Tunkwa Lake Resort

Logan Lake

Tunkwa Lake Resort is a premier family vacation destination that has fantastic fishing and hunting for outdoor enthusiasts. Situated on the shores of Tunkwa Lake, our resort is in the southern interior Thompson Nicola region, which is a short drive from Kamloops and Logan Lake, and a three and half ... Read more
Acacia Grove RV Park & Cabins

Acacia Grove RV Park & Cabins

Spences Bridge

Located in the historic community of Spences Bridge, Acacia Grove RV Park & Cabins is situated on a lush setting overlooking the famous Thompson River. Our well-appointed duplex and triplex cabins are self-contained with air conditioning, fully-equipped kitchens, two or three beds, and picnic tables ... Read more
Logan Lake Municipal Campground

Logan Lake Municipal Campground

Logan Lake

In alignment with the BC provincial restart plan, at this time we are unable to host campers who reside outside of the province of BC. Any reservations found to be made by non-BC residents may be subject to immediate cancellation without refund. Additionally, you may be refused service upon arrival ... Read more
Mile High Resort

Mile High Resort

Logan Lake

Enjoy a piece of paradise at Mile High Resort! Surrounded by pristine forests with breathtaking lake views, our resort is a tranquil oasis for guests to escape their busy lives. We have 14 cabins, eight are deluxe and six are heritage styles. Our cabins offer guests privacy and comfortable beds for ... Read more
Wildlings Resort

Wildlings Resort

Logan Lake

Come enjoy lakefront views in our cozy, rustic cabins at Surrey Lake! Experience off-grid living while enjoying everything nature has to offer. Bring your snowmobiles and bikes, hike on endless trails, swim or fish on the lake and hunt the land. Get outside let your inner Wildling out! ... Read more
KUMSHEEN Rafting Resort

KUMSHEEN Rafting Resort

Lytton

Kick back and relax or stay active, the choice is yours. Kumsheen’s luxurious, activity-filled adventure resort is one of BC’s premier tourism destinations, ideal for short or long visits. Offering first class service and a variety of accommodation options, we welcome guests to enjoy their stay ... Read more
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