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Cache Creek

Cache Creek is located in Gold Country in the Thompson Okanagan region and can accurately be described as a bustling oasis town in the midst of cactus, tumbleweed and a desert-like climate. Legend has it that the town got its name when travelers began to hide their ‘cache’ in the nearby Bonaparte River while they rested. Whatever the story may be, the ‘cache’ has still not been found.

Hoodoos near Cache Creek

Hoodoos near Cache Creek

This is a town that celebrates the 50s and 60s and invites visitors to stop by and indulge in a freshly  baked goody or an icecream and to enjoy the Farmer’s Market.  Geocaching has become a popular pastime in Gold Country with planned events and a guide to assist you in your quests.  Swimming, golfing, hiking, biking and other outdoor activities abound and popular Juniper Beach Provincial Park offers a place to cool off and explore the waters by kayak or canoe, do a spot of fishing or wildlife viewing.

Location

Cache Creek is located at the Junction of the Trans-Canada Highway 1 and Cariboo Highway 97 11 km (7 mi) north of Ashcroft, 83 km (52 mi) west of Kamloops and 115 km (71 mi) north of Merritt.

A Step Back in Time

The name Cache Creek goes back to the fur trade era when First Nations were the only inhabitants of the BC Interior along with the occasional fur trader. It is thought that cache came from the storage or cache used by fur traders to store furs, fish and supplies. Such caches were commonly used by both First Nations and white traders.

Cache Creek was of little importance during the early years of the gold rush, however farmers and ranchers began to settle in the region.

The building of the road brought about Cache Creek’s first hotel or stopping house in 1863 or 1864. It was built by James Orr at Rattlesnake Hill about a mile below the bridge over the creek. In 1865, Semlin and Parke bought him out, moved the hotel to Cache Creek proper, and renamed it Bonaparte House.

Charles A. Semlin arrived in B.C. from Ontario in 1862, and in 1864 he was working for the Cornwall brothers. He ran the Bonaparte House from 1865 to 1968 with Philip Parke, who had also worked for the Cornwalls. At that time, Parke sold his interest to Sandford and started ranching near Hat Creek. The Parke family still operates this ranch today, which includes Donald McLeans’ original ranch and roadhouse.

Charles Semlin gave up his part of the hotel in 1870 when he purchased James Campbell’s Bonaparte Ranch just east of Cache Creek. The Semlin Ranch became a well-known establishment in B.C., especially after Charles Semlin turned to politics. First elected to the Provincial Legislature in 1872, he served the Yale riding continuously to 1900. In 1882, he became leader of the opposition and finally served as Premier of B.C. from 1898 to 1900.

Cache Creek became an important station on the Cariboo Road because of a short-lived gold rush on the Big Bend of the Columbia River in 1866. To facilitate access into the region, a wagon road was built from Cache Creek to Savona’s Ferry on Kamloops Lake. From there, miners could take a paddle wheeler to Seymour Arm of Shuswap Lake, then overland to the Columbia River. From then on, Cache Creek was the place that passengers and mail transferred to the stage for Kamloops and the Okanagan.

By the 1870s, the interior was beginning to fill up with settlers and the provincial government became concerned over education for the children. A report in 1871 recommended that a boarding school for the district be built at Kamloops. However, Charles Semlin’s political influence secured this school for Cache Creek, his own home. As more schools opened in the interior, the enrollment dwindled until the school was finally closed in 1890.

Cache Creek remained an important station on the Cariboo Road through the 1870s and most of the 1880s. In 1871, the survey party of the Canadian Pacific Railway passed through Cache Creek however, the railway was eventually to reduce the town to relative unimportance after Ashcroft was chosen as the railhead for the Cariboo Road in 1885. Cache Creek as a town had to wait for the era of mass automobile traffic after World War II.

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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 ... More Details
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 ... More Details
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 ... More Details
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 ... More Details
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 ... More Details
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 ... More Details
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 ... More Details
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 ... More Details
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 ... More Details
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! ... More Details
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