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Ashcroft Info Booth Heritage Park, Railway Avenue Ashcroft Museum 404 Brink Street (250) 453-9232 Cache Creek Visitor Centre 1270 Stage Road (250) 457-7661 Clinton Museum & Archives 1419 Cariboo Hwy (250) 459-2442
Lillooet Museum & Visitor Centre 790 Main Street (250) 256-4308 Logan Lake Visitor Centre 480 Campground Road (250) 523-6322 Lytton Visitor Centre 400 Fraser Street (250) 455-2523 Merritt Visitor Centre at the Baillie House 2202 Voght Street (250) 378-0349
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Gold Country Map . .........................2
Savona .................................................. 45
Visitor Services . ...............................3
70 Mile House & Green Lake ...........47
Ashcroft ............................................6 Aspen Grove .....................................10 Big Bar . .............................................11 Brookmere ........................................13 Cache Creek . ...................................14 Clinton ..............................................18 Copper Desert Country ................... 22 Douglas Plateau . ..............................24 Hat Creek .........................................25 Lillooet . .............................................26 Logan Lake ........................................31 Loon Lake...........................................35 Lytton ..................................................36 Merritt . .............................................39 Nicola Valley .....................................42 Quilchena .......................................... 44
Spences Bridge .................................49 Walhachin . ........................................50 Accommodations..............................51 Things to do
Explore Our History ........................56 Golden Golf ......................................58 Fishing ...............................................60 Local Flavours ...................................62 Arts & Culture . ................................65 Feature Film .....................................67 Indigenous Peoples . .........................68 Summer Adventures ........................70 GeoTourism Adventures ..................74 Winter Adventures . .........................76 Top Ten Experiences of Gold Country ...............................78
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Ashcrof t Quick Facts Population: 1558 Elevation: 335 m (1099 ft) Amenities : Info Centre Accommodations Camping/Sani Dump Restaurants Grocery Stores Service Station/Auto Repair Financial Institution Shopping Health Site Police Station Post Office Museum Public Library Recreation :
Arena Curling Rink Community Parks Fitness Centre Swimming Pool Skateboard Park Soccer Fields Tennis Courts
BACKGROUND Set out on an adventure to Ashcroft, set above the banks of the picturesque Thompson River and framed by rolling hills scented by bushes of sage. Known in the early days for being a place to rest and replenish while travelling during the Gold Rush, this town is a destination for all who like to explore the heritage of bygone days and seek wellness and relaxation.
TOP ATTRACTIONS Wellness awaits you! The dry, semi-arid climate is beneficial and soothing to the body. The slower pace of this comforting community is restful to the soul. Have a relaxing massage at the Ashcroft Wellness Studio. Browse through gift shops for organic products, natural remedies and unique treasures. 6
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Ashcroft Museum and Archives Open: Mid-April to October Phone: 250-453-9232 After you browse through the incredible displays of Ashcroft Museum that take you back to yesteryear be sure to pick up a walking tour guide and stroll through town and view the heritage homes and buildings dating back to the Gold Rush. Look for informative heritage signs on the buildings. Mosaic Walking Tour Local artists have worked together to create colorful themed depictions of the communityâ€™s history and awe-inspiring scenery. These stunning works of art have been installed on private buildings, public areas, and the Chinese Cemetery, no visitor to Ashcroft should leave without seeing these amazing mosaics. A brochure with a self-guided walking tour of the mosaic locations is available throughout the community. Keep an eye out for new additions around every corner. Artistry in Action View art works, mosaics and murals created by local artisans that are on display in the sidewalk gallery and on many buildings. Take in the annual art show and sale in the spring. Discover the Plein Aire Paint Out as artists from near and far descend upon the community
to creatively capture the intriguing landscapes and heritage buildings. After a day of inspiration, the paintings and sketches are hung up for public display and purchase, the artwork so fresh, the paint is often still wet! Chinese Cemetery Ashcroft once had a large and vibrant Chinatown, the history of these early settlers is recounted in the recently restored Chinese Cemetery. Located on the East side of Ashcroft, easily accessible from Hwy. 97C. Quest Upon A creative interactive walking tour that can be downloaded onto your smartphone or tablet free of charge. It combines local trivia, scavenger hunting, augmented reality and so much more. A fabulous way to learn more about the community and its surrounding areas. Desert Hills Ranch Bring the family to Desert Hills Ranch to feed the playful goats and delight in their antics as they climb up a bridge way to receive grain. Pick fresh raspberries in the warm sunshine. Savour a delicious ice cream and wander through the greenhouse full of colorful blooms and blossoms. Enjoy a hayride to the patch
in the fall where you can choose your own pumpkin for carving. Participate in one of the family-friendly fun events such as the Halloween Haunted House and Pumpkin Cannon Shoot. Heritage Park Explore Heritage Park and journey back in time. Unfold a lawn chair on a warm, summer evening and listen to the lively music playing in Heritage Park. Winding Rivers Society provides a deluge of entertainment year round. Come and see local theatre, talented musicians and other extraordinary acts that come to visit and share their talents. Ashcroft Fall Fair Wander through the Ashcroft & District Fall Fair in September. See enticing displays of savoury herbs, mouth-watering fresh picked fruits and produce that grow abundantly in the fertile fields around Ashcroft. Meet artisans and crafters with their creations displayed for you to view. Be entranced by local and guest musicians.
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Take Two Many movies have been filmed in this area, now it is time to recreate some famous scenes with you as the star! Channel your inner director and scout out the sites from the big screen. http://thompsonnicolamoviemap.com
RECREATION Ashcroft abounds with opportunities for adventure and recreation. You can venture onto the hiking and biking trails around town and take in the enthralling views. Hike the Dunes and Inukshuk trails on the Mesa Vista (from town follow Hwy 97 C Highland Valley Road to Mesa Vista Drive). Cool off with a dip in the outdoor pool at the Ashcroft Pool and Park. Soak up the sun as the children enjoy the playground, play soccer, baseball, Frisbee or catch on the green fields. Try your own treasure hunting with geocaching, seek out the hidden caches as you learn more about this intriguing community. For more info visit: www.goldtrail.com
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Drop in on a fitness class at The Hub. Zumba, Step & Sweat, dance and other fun classes are sure to get you moving and feeling energized.
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Fishing is great year-round. Cast a line in the local waters for trout, salmon or steelhead or try ice fishing on Barnes Lake in the winter. (Check with BC fisheries for permits and closures.)
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Experience ice skating on a frozen lake or at the indoor arena. Watch local hockey action or try curling at the curling rink. Or ask a local about our local tobogganing hill and race through the fresh snow on a sled or tube. Go to Barnes Lake in the winter and take in the thrilling sport of ice car racing! Hear the engines roar as the cars slide around the corners of the frozen track. Cheer on your favorite! Cars on Ice host winter events annually. Visit: www.carsonice.ca Christmas in Ashcroft! The Santa parade is sure to delight as the colorful lights twinkle in the evening sky. The town sparkles with lit decorations and holiday specials as local businesses and service clubs make their way down Railway Ave with their decorated floats. Hear the sound of the CPR Holiday Train and see the decorative lights as they shimmer and flash as it rolls into town on its yearly run in support of local food banks. The train stops and as the door slowly opens the sounds of amazing live music comes to life as the cheers swell up from the crowd who are warmed up by hot chocolate, cookies and the incredible entertainment.
DINING & ACCOMMODATIONS Relax with a beverage at the bakery, home of fresh baked bread, treats
and gluten free goodies or indulge in a delicious and freshly prepared meal at one of the cafes. Sip a soothing cup of tea and listen to the rhythms and melodies of musicians playing in the indoor and outdoor venues. Pitch a tent or pull up your RV at a campground along the river or at a nearby lake. Experience the warm hospitality of a local Bed & Breakfast. Lounge in the beautiful gardens as you sip your morning coffee and dine on your delectable, freshly prepared morning meal. Sundance Guest Ranch 1-800-553-3533 Stay at the Sundance Guest Ranch and go for a breath taking scenic trail ride on horseback out onto grasslands and rolling hills, returning to feast upon a tantalizing meal and watch the sunset. Ashcroft Manor and Teahouse Open: May to late October Phone: 250-453-9983 Visit the historic Ashcroft Manor & Teahouse and discover Ashcroft’s origins. Taste a delicious meal as you take in the sites of this early settlement. Stay in the rustic campground where nature is the landscape artist. Ask for a tour of the out buildings that preserve incredible local history.
Events January/February • C ars on Ice, Barnes Lake April • Ashcroft Art Show May • Plein Aire August • Art Walk September • Ashcroft & District Fall Fair December • CPR Holiday Train
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A s pen G rove
Quick Facts Population: 44 Elevation: 990 m (3248 ft) Amenities : Camping Recreation: Cycling Fishing Boating Swimming Hiking Canoeing
GETTING HERE Travel from Merritt on Hwy 5A south to Aspen Grove. Fun fact; The old barn on the right was once the stagecoach stop!
BACKGROUND Look around the peaceful settlement of Aspen Grove and itâ€™s not hard to 10 see visions of the past when the
area was buzzing with industry and a hub of activity. Now Aspen Grove sits nestled in grasslands where historic ranches are still thriving and the old stagecoach stop greets visitors arriving in cars and on bicycles rather than horse and buggy. The ranchers would have mingled with miners coming for the copper boom at that very stop, waiting for supplies and passengers who were coming or going. Copper and silver brought new industry to the area in the late 1800s and stagecoach stops like Aspen Grove were the hub of the community. Mining activity at nearby Copper Mountain continued until the 1990s and visitors can still see old mine sites by exploring many of the logging roads between Hwy 5 and 5A (logging trucks have the right of way).
TOP ATTRACTION Old Stage Coach Stop Grab your camera! The old barn and beautiful Kidd Lake offer great opportunities for photography!
RECREATION Kentucky-Alleyne Provincial Park Journey south from Aspen Grove and
follow the signs to Bates Road and youâ€™ll encounter some of the most beautiful turquoise-coloured water around at picturesque KentuckyAlleyne Provincial Park. An excellent destination for family adventures, the area is known for camping, cycling, fishing, boating, swimming, hiking and canoeing. Bird lovers can often be seen scanning trails around the lakes for signs of the numerous interesting species that frequent the area including goldeneyes, grebes, hawks, falcons and blue-listed sharp-tailed grouse. Laurie Guichon Memorial Interpretive Grasslands Site Discover the secrets of the grasslands at this fascinating interpretive site just north of Aspen Grove on Hwy 5A. Displayed within a Kekuli-style Indigenous traditional dwelling, information panels highlight the wildlife and plant species that make up this sensitive grasslands ecosystem. The nearby Lundbom trails offer a great escape on foot, horseback or bicycle as well.
WINTER FUN Set out for a day of winter snowmobiling fun on the trails on the Lundbom commonage, a pasturing area near the Laurie Guichon Interpretive Grasslands Site. For a slower pace, take some time to enjoy the spectacular winter scenery with a day of ice fishing at KentuckyAlleyne Provincial Park.
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B ig B a r
Quick Facts Population: 40 Elevation: 1067 m (3500 ft) Amenities : Accommodations Guest Ranches Camping/Sani Dump Recreation: Big Bar Trails Hiking Biking Horse Corrals
Cattle were raised here to feed the hungry gold seekers and provide a way of life for generations. Today, ranching is still part of the local economy and part of the tourist experience.
RECREATION View the historical site of Jesmond, which is now a private ranch, where once stood a roadhouse from 1889, then in 1919 a post office and general store. A scenic route will lead you to spectacular views of the Edge Hills Provincial Park and the Marble Range Provincial Park named after its unusual karst (limestone) topography. Spend the day hiking on the trails in these parks. Bring your horse to the Porcupine Creek Canyon trail as it has a corral and is accessible for horses and riders, as well as hikers and mountain bikers. There are some wonderful Bed & Bale accommodations available in Gold Country making it a great place to visit for both you and your steed.
BIG BAR The mountains of this range such as Mount Bowman have caves, sinkholes, disappearing streams, cliffs and chasms making them very enticing for those who love exploration and adventure. Watch for the local herd of California Big Horn sheep, mule deer, bear and cougars. Be sure to pick up a free trail guide and a trail map in Clinton for directions or download from the exploregoldcountry.com website. Discover Wild Horse Trail, Mt. Kerr Trail and Mad Dog Mtn Trail. Always be prepared for hiking, carry a pack with water, a flashlight, snacks and other necessities and let someone know where you are going. Cell phones may not work in these areas. High Bar Road leads to the spectacular Cougar Point. A must see! Overlooking the Fraser River, this panoramic view is certainly a feast for
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Immerse yourself in the cowboy culture of the grasslands, rolling hills, mountain ranges and tucked away lakes of the Big Bar region. Decades of ranching have gone on in this area. Cowboy legends were born here. Tales of western life are sewn into the fabric of these rugged mountains sides. Old homesteads
and barns can be spotted along the road way. Historic communities and ranches still call this home.
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the eyes. Be sure to bring binoculars and your camera. There is a wooden bench at this spot where you can sit and savor the sights for as long as you like. Travel down a steep hill side towards the Big Bar Ferry. This is an experience in itself and it is free! Feel the thrill of driving your vehicle onto the small ferry and then get pulled across the river by cable to the other side. The ripples lap around and you can feel the sway of the current. For details see: https://www2.gov.bc.ca/ gov/content/transportation/passengertravel/water-travel/inland-ferries/ big-bar-reaction-ferry Relax and go fishing! There are many lakes to fish in around Big Bar. This area has long been famous for its fishing lakes and guest lodges. Unwind and cast your cares away as you reel in a rainbow trout.
WINTER FUN Envision standing on the thick ice with a few friends enjoying a hot beverage from your to go cup, taking in the view of the impressive Marble Range in the
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background when suddenly your fishing rod begins to bend and dip towards the hole cut in the ice. After you pull your wiggling catch up into the cool winter air you snap a selfie with your fresh catch to share this incredible experience with family and friends. Be sure to tag #ExploreGoldCountry! Glide over 25kms of groomed and ungroomed runs at the Big Bar Ski Trails. It is also an unforgettable area to snowshoe in. Warm up at one of the shelters after your expedition. Snowmobile enthusiasts will enjoy the Gold Rush Snowmobile trail that extends from Clinton further north past 70 Mile House well into the Cariboo region.
DINING AND ACCOMMODATIONS Echo Valley Guest Ranch 1-800-253-8831 Relax at Echo Valley Guest Ranch, which is world renowned and spectacular. Be pampered at the spa, join in on a trail ride and then dine from an exquisite menu. The featured rooms
and cabin are beautiful and you will feel like royalty. Take a break from your electronics, unplug from technology and tune into the natural surroundings. Big Bar Guest Ranch 1-877-655-2333 Join the ride at Big Bar Guest Ranch. Experience the life of a Ranch hand at this working Ranch. View incredible sunsets and sunrises. Listen to the cattle as they graze on the rolling grasslands. Ride the range on a guided trail ride. Relax and unwind in this western home away from home. Settle in to the Circle H Mountain lodge roadhouse on the old Cariboo gold rush trail road. Set in amongst the mountains with many trails nearby this is perfect place to set out on an outdoor journey. Camp out at the Big Bar Provincial Park or at one of the many recreation sites such as Riley Dam, Little Big Bar or Beaver Dam Recreation Site. Have a cook out under the stars with supplies picked up from nearby Village of Clinton. #ExploreGoldCountry #BigBarBC
B r o o k me r e Quick Facts Population: 20 Elevation: 960 m (3150 ft) Amenities : Camping Accommodations Recreation: Hiking ATVing Snowmobiling Fishing
BACKGROUND Take a step back in time with a visit to historic Brookmere. Once a watering stop for steam engines between Merritt and Princeton on the famous Kettle Valley Railway, a few relics of the area’s critical role in British Columbia’s railway history still remain. Wander around the iconic water tower, the caboose, and the remnants of the station nestled among homes and nearby ranches, and picture this tiny community as it once was – a bustling hive of railway activity until the last train chugged away in 1966.
GETTING HERE Travel south on Highway 5 approximately 30 km from Merritt and take the Kingsvale / Coldwater exit (#256). For a scenic journey take the Coldwater Road from Merritt straight to Brookmere. In the summer months gravel back roads are accessible from Aspen Grove.
TOP ATTRACTION Last KVR Water Tower Enjoy views of the last Kettle Valley Railway water tower, a caboose, fuel storage tank, the foundations of the old roadhouse and other railway artifacts.
RECREATION Discover the rustic natural beauty of the Brookmere area! The Kane, Kettle,
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Otter and Voght Valleys and nearby Thynne Mountain are easily accessed from Brookmere. Be prepared to be self-sufficient if you choose to enjoy camping in Brookmere because while there are no local amenities, the natural quiet beauty is readily abundant. Hiking and Biking Strap on your helmet or lace up your hiking boots – Brookmere’s section on the former Kettle Valley Railway bed is now part of the Great Trail. Travel the trail from Brookmere to Merritt with slight detours on the Coldwater Road where the rail bed passes through. ATV and Dirt Bike Enjoy thrilling rides in Brookmere’s stunning mountainous and forested terrain. There is plenty of space to enjoy the backcountry area surrounding Brookmere while still respecting the land’s sensitive ecosystem.
WINTER FUN Stunning views and beautiful scenery will take your breath away as you explore the area by snowmobile. Start at the Brookmere Parking Lot which serves as the trail head of the Thynne Mountain Snowmobile Trail. Andy’s Lake shelter serves as the perfect spot to take a break. Other trails in the area lend themselves to cross country skiing or snowshoeing.
DINING & ACCOMMODATIONS Tuck yourself in for the night at a guest ranch. Stay in a cabin or bunkhouse with the lakeshore just steps away.
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C ache Creek
Quick Facts Population: 963 Elevation: 396 m (1299 ft) Amenities : Info Centre Accommodations Camping/Sani Dump Restaurants Grocery Store Service Stations/Auto Repair Financial Institution Greyhound Bus Service Shopping Laundromat Post Office Public Library Recreation: Free Gym Swimming Pool Community Park
Re-live the 1860’s Gold Rush and Native History
BACKGROUND Rest and refuel your body, mind and soul in this resilient community. The Bonaparte River meanders through the town that has grown near its shores. Cache Creek also winds its way from the east and meets the Bonaparte providing cooler areas; nestled amongst the shady trees, to enjoy a picnic with family and friends. In the spring the cactus blooms in pale yellow and peach colors amongst the sage in the nearby rolling hills. Whether you are travelling North to traverse the gold trail or heading even further to Alaska, going east along the Trans Canada or South to the coast, Cache Creek is certainly a transportation hub that sends rested and refuelled travellers off to continue their journey. For those seeking an oasis in the desert Cache Creek is the place to stay, relax and play before continuing your trek further into Gold Country.
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TOP ATTRACTIONS Cache Creek Graffiti Days Roll into 1950’s era at the annual Graffiti Day’s on the second weekend of June. Hear the sounds of muscle cars, catch the gleam of polished chrome and smell the delicious aroma of barbecue during this fun event. View the vintage vehicles at the Show & Shine that has been running for over 30 years. Watch the rubber fly at the Smoke Show; enter your vehicle if you are brave! Dress in vintage style and dance into the late night at the sock hop at the local community hall. Murals of vintage vehicles can be seen around town and even the Village of Cache Creek Sign is a classic 55 Chevy that is lit up in neon lights in the evening. Cache Creek Community Hall Plan your stay in the community. Feel welcome at the 1950’s diner theme Information Centre at the Cache Creek
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Community Hall. Take a selfie in the cut out classic car and hook up to free Wi-Fi. Cache Creek Recreation Park Dive into the cool water of the outdoor pool all summer long at the Cache Creek Recreation Park. An open lush grassy field beckons to you to wander, play or set up a picnic under the trees. In the evening gaze at the constellations in the night sky. Enjoy this green gem as you relax and rejuvenate. Bike, stroll or jog along the paved path that encircles the park. Young visitors and those young at heart can climb and explore the adventure playground. Try the outdoor fitness equipment and horseshoe pits. Take in a game of baseball out on the field. View fish as they make their way up the Bonaparte River from the wooden viewing deck. The large Coverall at the park provides shelter from the elements, hosts events annual events and features basketball hoops, a smooth floor for roller blading, ball hockey, tennis and pickle ball. Farmerâ€™s Market Explore the colorful open-air market on
Saturday mornings in downtown Cache Creek from May to October. Here you will discover handcrafted creations; taste freshly prepared warm bannock, tantalizing jams and jellies, and see fresh picked and local grown vegetables and fruit. This is a great place to find rare collectibles, unique gifts and other must have souvenirs! Wander around town and encounter unique gift shops, charming flower beds and landscaped treasures tucked along the pathways providing a place to rest and unwind. The sunflower is the official flower of the community and you will see them with their bright colored faces enjoying all the sunshine throughout the town. Stroll along the nearby pathway and visit Cariboo Sam! His cheerful smiling face has been photographed many times by tourists and he is always ready for the next selfie. Share your iconic Cariboo Sam moment by including #ExploreGoldCountry! Look for spectacular floral displays in spring and summer, festive decorations and displays that light up the night during winter holidays.
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Cariboo Jade and Gifts A one-foot-thick, 2,850 pound slab of jade, cut from a rock near Dease Lake, BC, stands outside the shop, which sells a wide selection of ornaments and jewelry carved from the province’s official gemstone. The shop also sells local gifts, books and clothing.
RECREATION The hills of Arrowstone Park and Campbell Hill provide many trails and roads to explore. See hoodoos, deer, bears, eagles and hawks. Take in scenic views that have been the inspiration for many artists and movie makers. Discover Campbell Hill and the Cache Creek Airport for sweeping views. Geocaching Explore the historic and geological sites of Cache Creek by geocaching! The Gold Country GeoTourism Field Guides provide clues to discover hidden treasures placed throughout the village and surrounding region. See www.goldtrail.com for more information. The outlying hills surrounding Cache Creek house many hidden treasures. Fossils from the Eocene period, amber, amethyst, jade, geodes and other minerals can be seen. The McAbee fossil bed to the east of Cache Creek has been declared a provincial heritage site. Road Trip Take a tour from Cache Creek along the Old Cariboo Hwy now Highway 97 to the historic settlements of Hat Creek Ranch, 16 Mile House and 20 Mile House. See old farm houses and fascinating rock formations. Take a day trip on Hwy 99 and visit Marble Canyon. Crown Lake and Pavilion Lake offer camping, fishing and swimming. In the late fall watch the Pavilion Triathlon as athletes swim, bike and run this beautiful course. Check BC Parks website for updates on Provincial Park Closures.
DINING & ACCOMMODATIONS Hungry? Indulge in the local flavors of Cache Creek. Savour an amazingly thick and creamy milkshake. Sip delicious soups and feast on freshly prepared sandwiches as you feast your eyes on the beautiful valley and locally grown produce at Horstings Farm. Taste succulent fruit grown in the fields at Desert Hills. Enjoy a freshly prepared meal in an outdoor patio at one of the local restaurants. Stay in one of the cozy hotels, motels or park your RV or pitch a tent at the gem in the desert, Brookside Campsite. Taste a cool and refreshing frozen treat at one of the ice cream shops. There are several hotels catering to a range of budgets. Local campgrounds offer an alternative place to spend the night; choose between a site in a shaded valley, or beside the Thompson River, or nestled in the surrounding hillsides.
EVENTS Cache Creek Graffiti Days Looking back to the days of poodle skirts, pompadours and sock hops Cache Creek has adopted a 1950s and 1960s theme. During the second weekend in June the town hosts Graffiti Days, a three-day event. The Show and Shine gives everyone a chance to admire the many cars on display, and the Smoke Show is always popular with the crowd. The evening finishes with a sock hop, where you can dance the night away 1950s-style!
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Restaurant: (250) 457-9312
Quick Facts Population: 641 Elevation: 887 m (2910 ft) Amenities : Accommodations Camping/Sani Dump Restaurants Grocery Stores Service Stations/Auto Repair Financial Institution Greyhound Bus Service Shopping Antiques Health and Wellness Centre Police Station Post Office Museum/Info Centre Library Recreation: Arena Curling Rink Community Park Playing Fields Dog Park
BACKGROUND Transcend time to the days of the Gold Rush in the charming community of Clinton where history meets adventure!
TOP ATTRACTIONS Treasures are waiting to be uncovered in the charismatic antique and gift shops along Hwy 97 in the midst of town. Browse through the antique shops and boutiques for hours and find countless unique items. It will be challenging to choose which pieces of history you want to claim for your own and to take as a souvenir. Western Heritage Week Dust is sure to fly in May during Western Heritage Week. Clinton puts on an incredible show all week long. Events include the elegant May 18 Ball, still going strong at the
Clinton Memorial Hall, which is the longest running Ball in Canada! See vintage vehicles and historic wagons in action as they deliver the patrons and business folks dress in Gold Rush era Victorian style to the Ball for a grand entrance. The week also hosts an Old Timer’s Tea, a fun and festive Clinton Parade, and ends with the May Ball Rodeo Weekend. Grab a seat in the bleachers and watch an incredible display of bustin’ bronc and bull-riding fun. After the adrenaline settles down join the 4H Club for a Rodeo Dinner and Dance, a guaranteed boot scootin’ time with live country music! Did you know? The floor of the Hall, which was constructed in 1920, was built on tires to help put a spring in dancer’s steps! Clinton Museum Open: May to October Phone: 250-459-2442 Pick up a Historical Walking Tour guide
and enjoy a self-guided tour around the community of Clinton. Learn about the pioneers, settlers and early businesses. Wander into the Clinton museum and reminisce back to days gone by. Discover the wooden sled that hauled the Stage Coach passengers in the winter months from 20 Mile to all points north up to Barkerville. See the chair that belonged to the famous Judge Begbie, known as the hanging judge Reg Conn Park Picnic at Beautiful Reg Conn Park. This lovely tranquil gem can be found near the centre of the village. Take a break and enjoy the lush surroundings and meandering creek that flows through. The playground beckons to younger people to play and create new memories. Picnic tables entice one to relax and enjoy a meal with loved ones. In the warm summer months enjoy music in the park presented by local musicians. Famous folks such as Barney Bental with his
talented band come to play occasionally here. This is a perfect romantic setting to bring a loved one, to stretch out on the lush green grass on a blanket while listening to the heartfelt tunes of the musicians under a star filled sky. Look Up Star light, star bright the first of many, many twinkling stars that you will see in the night. The immense night sky envelopes you as shooting stars soar above. On colder nights occasionally the Northern lights are visible throughout the Cariboo region. Set out on a Day trip. Cruise down Kelly Lake Road and enjoy the Downing Provincial Park that boasts great fishing and is home to some unique freshwater stromatolites. If you have a 4x4 you may want to climb up to the Lime Look Out off of the Pavilion/Clinton Lake road.
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Journey north to the Painted Chasm. This iconic Gold Country geological wonder is stunning in its beauty of
Clinton layers of coloured sediment. Learn about the creation of this canyon during the Miocene and Pliocene Epochs. Discover one of British Columbiaâ€™s most incredible views. Look down to see the vast forested valley. This incredible sight will inspire and implore you to simply stay and absorb all it has to show you. Enjoy a picnic, rest and relax for a while before you continue your travels.
RECREATION Trail Rides
Big Bar Guest Ranch 1-877-655-2333 Echo Valley Ranch 1-800-253-8831 Experience the spectacular Cariboo views from a saddle. Ride the range and trails on horseback with an experienced
forested mountains and grasslands into a winter wonderland. Strap on your skies or your snowshoes and go explore the trails creating your own adventure. Spend the day enjoying the groomed and ungroomed trails of the Big Bar Ski Trails. Breathe in the fresh air as you glide or trek your way, winding through the forested landscape. View wildlife tracks and maybe even see some wild animals along your outdoor excursion. Take part in the annual fun day and enjoy the comradery of the local ski club as they host this fun and friendly winter event. Sip delicious hot chocolate as you warm up around the crackling fire. Photo Credit: Roland Stanke
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Take in the action at the 47 Mile Arena where you can watch curling, go public ice skating and see a hockey game.
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Hiking Go on a hiking or biking expedition out into Clinton’s scenic meadows, mountain sides and trails. See water falls, majestic mountains and stunning scenic views. Discover Clinton Falls a short scenic hike close to the village. Guide books and maps are available at the Clinton Museum and at the Village of Clinton office.
Relax and sit a spell and meet some of the local folk at the coffee shop. Be amused by the banter as you sip a delicious beverage and delight in a baked treat and catch up on what is going on around town. Savour a delicious home style meal, mouth-watering BBQ or a warm plate of Asian cuisine at one of the villages’ restaurants and bistros.
Fishing Cast a line and catch a feisty fish at one of the many scenic local lakes. Whether from your canoe, kayak or boat, you are sure to savour the time out in the peaceful waters listening to the loons and viewing the ducks and geese as you relax, surrounding yourself with the melodic sounds and sights of nature. Many of the local lakes freeze over in the winter providing plenty of ice for winter fishing. Those with a competitive streak will want to join in on a fishing derby, try your luck at catching the biggest fish.
WINTER FUN As winter approaches and the days get shorter snow changes the rolling hills,
Stay awhile and settle into a B&B, lodge, hotel or campground. Make yourself at home in this friendly village as you plan your Gold Country holiday adventure.
Events January • F un Day at Big Bar Ski Trails May • Western Heritage Week > Clinton Rodeo > Clinton Ball June • Father’s Day Fishing Derby July • Canada Day Celebrations Music in the Park August • Music in the Park October • Annual Craft Fair
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T H E Y E A R R O U N D A DV E N T U R E I S LI M I T LE S S
Quick Facts Population: 1609 Amenities : Accommodations Camping Restaurant Service Stations Recreation: Beach/Swimming Golf Swimming Horseback Riding Hiking Cycling Marina
BACKGROUND The gateway to Gold Country from the East, Copper Desert Country displays every type of natural beauty in our area. Balancing Rock, incredible hoodoos and â€œthe centre of the universeâ€? are just a few things to admire and explore. Rugged mountains, serene lakes, meandering streams and crashing waterfalls are just off the highway beckoning to the adventurous. Deadman River and Valley are rumoured to owe their names to a murder in 1817, but they hold the entryway to a spectacular area with amazing scenery.
TOP ATTRACTIONS Centre of the Universe Contact Vidette Lake Nature Retreat 778-765-5407 In 1980 an apprentice monk appeared at the Vidette Lake Nature Retreat, claiming to have found the Centre of the Universe, which overlooks the valley and Vidette Lake.
Indigenous people have considered the site a spiritual place for centuries. Contact Vidette Lake Nature Retreat for entry information and then centre yourself and feel the energy of the sacred area. Castle Rock Hoodoos Provincial Park These hoodoos are one of the best formations of their kind and are easily viewable from the roadway. Secwepemc tradition says that the hoodoos are warriors who were turned to stone when they disobeyed the order to not look back after being released from capture. Travel north on Highway 1 and
turn onto the Deadman Valley-Vidette Lake Road to view the hoodoos. Tobiano Golf Course Open: April to October 1-877-373-2218 This award-winning golf course was designed to take advantage of the plunging ravines, gentle bluffs and staggered bench lands. A challenge for the serious golfer while equally enjoyed by golfers of all abilities, this course offer thrilling views not matched anywhere else in the world. Enjoy the clubhouse, golf shop and restaurant between games or perfect
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park is popular with hikers, bikers and hang gliders. Greenstone Mountain Provincial Park offers panoramic views of the surrounding mountains, lakes and dry valleys. There are a number of hiking trails and the park is popular with mountain bikers. Tunkwa Provincial Park contains two large, man-made troutfishing lakes and is listed in the top ten provincial rainbow trout fisheries.
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RECREATION Deadman Valley In addition to the Castle Rock Hoodoos, Deadman Valley contains a wealth of fascinating sites and scenes to discover and enjoy, including an abandoned gold mine, a series of small lakes and a deep fissure called Split Rock that cleaves a massive rock body in two. The area is composed of lava cliffs that attract rock hounds and the spectacular Deadman Falls makes a dramatic 200-foot plunge into a narrow canyon.
Provincial Parks Copper Valley country is blessed with an abundance of Provincial Parks, which protect valuable and vulnerable ecosystems, wildlife habitats and natural features, and give visitors unparalleled opportunities for hiking, biking, boating and wildlife-watching. Painted Bluffs Provincial Park, on the north side of Kamloops Lake, is home to a herd of California Bighorn sheep. Mount Savona Provincial Park features stunning views of the lake and valley and a cave at the summit contains ancient Indigenous pictographs. The
Ice fishing is a popular winter sport in the area and many local lakes provide an opportunity for anglers to continue their pastime in winter. There is cross-country skiing at Stake Lake and Tunkwa Provincial Park, and Stake Lake offers snowshoe trails and equipment rentals. The back roads and trail systems throughout Copper Desert Country are a boon for snowmobilers. The Tranquille Lake/Porcupine Meadows Snowmobile Trail System offers wonderful trails and scenery, and many of the Provincial Parks allow snowmobiling.
DINING & ACCOMMODATIONS Tobiano Golf Course offers fine dining, indoors or out, overlooking Kamloops Lake. Stay in a luxury or rustic cabin at Tunkwa Lake Resort and revel in the beautiful views. Camping abounds at several Provincial Parks including backcountry camping opportunities.
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Quick Facts Population: <500 Elevation: Ranges from 750 m (2461 ft) at Stump Lake to 1524 m (5000 ft) at Paradise Lake Amenities : Accommodations Camping General Store Gift Shops Recreation: Fishing Hiking Ranching Birdwatching
TOP ATTRACTION Douglas Lake Ranch Discover your inner cowboy with a visit to the historic Douglas Lake Ranch. The largest working cattle ranch in Canada, the Douglas Lake Cattle Ranch was founded in 1872 by John Douglas Sr. Now boasting roughly 20,000 cattle and 300 horses on ½ million acres of land, the ranch offers visitors a variety of accommodation styles for the entire family with opportunities for the ever popular hunting, boating and stillwater fly fishing.
Pennask Lake Provincial Park Fish until your heart’s content or you reach your limit at Pennask Lake Provincial Park! Each year the fishery at Pennask Lake sees the spawning of 3-5 million rainbow trout eggs, making the lake extremely popular for fishing enthusiasts. Take a break from the rod and reel and check out the great canoeing, kayaking and swimming at the park as well. Note that the last section (6km) of the access road is suitable for 4x4 vehicles only.
Explore the Douglas Plateau’s sunlit hills and valleys that blend into a breathtaking rolling grasslands landscape. Dotted with sparkling lakes, wetlands teeming with waterfowl, mixed forests and picturesque rocky outcroppings the plateau, on Gold Country’s eastern edge, is a fascinating vision of beauty at every turn.
Birdwatching Birdwatchers, don’t forget your cameras and binoculars when visiting the Douglas Plateau area. The plateau is considered to be the most important area in B.C.’s interior for migratory birds. Sandhill cranes, flammulated owls and Lewis woodpeckers are vulnerable species often sighted in the area.
GETTING HERE Follow Hwy 5A north from Merritt.
Don’t miss all the other ways to enjoy the outdoors in the Douglas Plateau as well. Many of the other lakes in the area, including Paradise (north of Hwy 97C) boast excellent fishing and hiking opportunities. Surrounded by smaller lakes that are easily accessible, Paradise Lake is nestled in a wilderness area that is just waiting to be explored. Hatheume Lake, translated as ‘big fish’ in the local Indigenous language, is also a popular spot for fishing rainbow trout.
WINTER FUN Embrace winter with some of the offerings at the Douglas Lake Ranch! Guests can enjoy cross-country skiing and snowshoeing experiences right near the ranch. Many other parts of the plateau are also ideal places for snowmobiling, crosscountry skiing, skating and ice fishing.
DINING & ACCOMMODATIONS The excitement lasts all year at the Douglas Lake Ranch. From lodges fully equipped with meeting facilities to lakeside yurts guests enjoy a choice of accommodation styles. Elsewhere on the plateau there are a number of isolated camping locations and resorts that make for a perfect wilderness retreat.
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Quick Facts Amenities : Accommodation Camping Restaurant Gift Shop Recreation: Hiking Guided Interpretive Walks
What is it like to step back in time? Find out when you experience the sights, sounds and tastes of an authentic 19th century roadhouse at the Historic Hat Creek. Then travel on to beautiful Hat Creek Valley itself, where miles of grassland surrounded by mountains await the explorer. Hat Creek has a rich Indigenous history and the original inhabitants of the valley made use of the area’s mineral springs, which intrepid hikers
can still find. Later settlers took advantage of the abundant grassland then discovered the rich seam of coal lying underneath the valley. The historic Parke Ranch at the south end of the valley has remained largely unchanged for more than a century.
TOP ATTRACTIONS Historical Hat Creek Open: May to September Phone: 1-800-782-0922 The stagecoach is coming and you could be on it! Historic Hat Creek is one of the most famous of the Gold Rush Trail roadhouses, now lovingly restored. Interpreters in period costume take you on a guided tour through original buildings; be sure to ask about the ghosts! Don’t miss the Indigenous interpretive centre, where local guides help you explore the world of the region’s first inhabitants. B.X. Historical Marker and Painted Hills Find out about the history of the famous B.X. Express Company and view the striking Painted Hills, their rich colours are the result of mineral deposits.
Hat Creek RECREATION Harry Lake Aspen Provincial Park Explore a protected high grassland area containing ponds and wetlands, as well as a fascinating geological diversity.
DINING & ACCOMMODATIONS Enjoy breakfast, lunch, or a snack at the licensed restaurant at Historic Hat Creek; they’ll even prepare a picnic for you to take with you. The Ranch has a variety of accommodation: you can stay in a miner’s tent, a Tee Pee, a cabin, or a Kekuli lodge. Camping and RV sites are available.
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Quick Facts Population: 2275 Elevation: 239 m (784 ft) Amenities : Info Centre Accommodations Camping Restaurants Grocery Stores Service Stations/Auto Repair Financial Institution Shopping Laundromat Hospital Police Station Post Office Museum Public Library Recreation :
Golf Arena Curling Rink REC Fitness Centre Swimming Pool Community Park
BACKGROUND Adventure, rugged mountains and tales of yesteryear flourish in the awe-inspiring natural beauty of Lillooet. On a plateau overlooking the Fraser River, surrounded by mountains, Lillooet beckons to be explored. With scenery similar to Banff this charming community has great character and persona. There is always something to do in this peaceful and welcoming community.
TOP ATTRACTIONS Xwísten Experience Tours Tours available June through September Phone: 250-256-7844 Venture to the ancient Bridge River Fishing Grounds at Xwísten and learn about the St’át’imc Nation culture, visit the pit houses and enjoy a mouthwatering salmon entree. Discover the spirit of the Fraser River as it winds its way below. Salmon dries with the wind and hot sun along the shores supplying a continuous way of life for the people that have resided here for thousands of years. Learn about this diverse culture as you
tour through the ancestral village. Sit in an early pit house and listen to the beat of the drum and songs of the story teller as you absorb into the surroundings and begin to feel the spirit of the Indigenous community. Lillooet Sheep Pasture Golf Course Open Seasonally Phone: 250-256-0550 Enjoy an intriguing round of golf at the nine-hole course that boasts amazing scenery and is naturally mowed by the friendly sheep that roam the green grass, come experience grass roots golf at its best! Fairy Trail The young and the young at heart will take delight in the beautiful Fairy Trail with fairy tale creations that were hand crafted from items found in nature. Be sure to pick up a copy of the Canyon to Alpine guide that is available at many of the local businesses in Lillooet including the Visitor Centre and plan your next outdoor excursion. Keep your eyes open, as the ‘fairies’ build their homes
so craftily, they blend right in with the natural elements! Located on hiking trails off Duffy Lake Rd, near the Seton Lake Reserve Rd. Miyazaki House Phone: 250-256-6808 Hear the Music that resonates in Lillooet! The heritage Miyazaki House features a lush beautiful garden area that springs to life in the summer months with talented musicians and performers. Roam through the historic home of Dr. Miyazaki and take a look into the past of Lillooet in this architectural treasure. Check exploregoldcountry.com calendar of events for music performance dates. Lillooet Museum and Visitor Centre Open: May to October Phone: 250-256-4308 Heritage is prominent in this gold rush community. The mile 0 cairn sits on Main Street and marks the start of the journey early gold seekers on the
Cariboo Road took in their search for riches north, providing a great place to take photos. Peruse the Lillooet museum which houses artifacts, tales and photos of a bygone era. Enrich your knowledge of the gold rush, Chinese Miners, local personalities such as Ma Murray and early settlers with a visit to the Lillooet Museum & Visitor Centre. Kaoham Shuttle Phone: 250-259-8300 Reserve your seat on the Kaoham Shuttle for a spectacular train journey from Lillooet to the remote communities of Seton Portage and Shalath. Mountains tower over you as the train makes its way along the pristine green glacial waters of Seton Lake. Seating is limited and visitors should ensure they received a confirmation phone call.
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RECREATION Gold Panning Gold still brings travelers to the area just like it once did during the infamous gold rush of the 1800â€™s. Feel the rush of excitement as you discover golden flakes at the bottom of your pan! Recreational gold panning can be done along the banks of Cayoosh Creek in a designated zone. For details see: www2.gov.bc.ca/gov/ content/industry/mineral-explorationmining/mineral-titles/reserves/ recreational-panning-reserves
Helicopter Tour Take in a private sightseeing tour aboard a helicopter and receive first rate views
Explore Follow the trail behind the Miyazaki house to Begbie Park which contains the remnants of the Hangmanâ€™s Tree that was said to be used as a gallows by the legendary Judge Matthew Begbie. photo: Kelly Tuohey
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Lillooet Jade Country Welcome to BC Jade Country! Local First Nations prized jade for its beauty and strength for tool making and cut jade into tools using another softer stone and wet sand. The collection of tools used was all shaped by hand by Stâ€™atâ€™imc people many
years ago. Most of these pieces were found in the Bridge River area just north of Lillooet and the artifacts are part of Xwistenâ€™s extensive collection.
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Wander along Main Street down to the Old Bridge that is over 100 years old. Be sure to view the Camel Barn and as you enjoy your adventure in the town discover the story of how camels came to be in Lillooet. Seek the Jade trail that reveals extraordinary heritage sites and large jade pieces along the way. In the starlit evening skies, watch for bats as they swoop and dip above the river near the old bridge, feasting on insects, helping keep Lillooet free of mosquitos! To book a guided tour of the Jade trail visit KC Health & Gifts. Meander along the spawning channel at Seton Lake and see the salmon return in autumn to the waters of their beginning to end their long journey from the ocean. Rest and relax on the beautiful benches or spot birds, ducks and fish from the wooden viewing decks along this peaceful riparian site. Stroll along the ecological restoration and
informative native plant nursery. Browse and Shop Browse and shop in the boutiques, adventure outfitters and gift shops along Main Street. Hand crafted items, herbal remedies, hiking guides, fishing and hunting gear are just some of the items to be discovered and purchased. The Farmers’ Market is open on Fridays from mid-May to October. Locally grown, scrumptious vegetables, juicy fruits and sweet fresh honey are in abundance at this friendly outdoor market. Listen to the musicians as you pick up a handcrafted gift for someone special. The rugged and majestic mountains rise above the town of Lillooet creating a stunning back drop in which to enjoy any activity you choose to do. Visit Old Airport Gardens for sun-ripened, succulent produce including their famous tomatoes.
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Lillooet Recreation Centre Relax at the Recreation Centre with a dip in the refreshing indoor swimming pool, work out in the gym or climb the indoor rock wall! Learn to curl or enjoy a fun time of ice skating in the winter months.
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EVENTS Stâ€™ĂĄtâ€™imc New Year Pow Wow Celebrate the beginning of a new year at the Annual Stâ€™ĂĄtâ€™imc New Yearâ€™s Pow Wow. Sturgeon Derby Experience the thrill of the annual Sturgeon fishing derby as anglers try their hand at catching one of the largest freshwater fish in North America. A challenge for even the most experienced fisherman. The waters of Lillooet and area are great for fishing. Salmon, trout and sturgeon travel through these waters making a fishing excursion a true adventure and thrill for anyone who enjoys casting a line. The Apricot and Tsaqwem Festival Savor the flavors at the Apricot and Tsaqwem Festival in July. â€œTsaqwemâ€? is a local Indigenous word for Saskatoon Berries. A wonderful weekend of festivities, Farmerâ€™s Market, music, a vintage and collector car show & shine and a â€œcamelâ€? race! Route 99 Show and Shine Lillooet is host to a car show that is like no other. There are no trophies or judges at this afternoon on the grass, just great cars and trucks to appreciate. Held in conjunction with the Lillooet Apricot Tsaqwem Festival enjoy the beer gardens, live music and outdoor dance to complete your day.
Events January â€˘ Stâ€™ĂĄtâ€™imc New Yearâ€™s Pow Wow May â€˘ May Day Parade June â€˘ National Indigenous Peoples Day anada Day July â€˘ C Sturgeon Derby Apricot Tsaqwem Festival Music at the Miyazaki September â€˘ Lillooet Harvest Festival
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Quick Facts Population: 1993 Elevation: 1067 m (3500 ft) Amenities : Info Centre Accommodations Camping/Sani Dump Restaurants Grocery Stores Service Stations/Auto Repair Financial Institutions Shopping Health Centre Police Station Post Office Public Library Fitness Centre Laundromat Car Wash Recreation :
Golf Archery & Gun Range Arena/Curling Rink Tennis Courts Bike Skills Park Multi-Use Trail System Disc Golf Cross-Country Ski Trails Water Park Snowmobile Trails Bird Watching Dog Park Baseball Field
GETTING HERE Follow Hwy 97C north from Merritt or turn off Hwy 5 on Hwy 97D.
BACKGROUND Adventure into the great outdoors with a visit to Logan Lake. Encircled by mountains, forests, pristine fishing lakes and kilometres of accessible trails, Logan Lakeâ€™s enticing natural beauty calls out to be discovered. Relax in the stillness of nature. There are no bright city lights Photo Credit: Kelly Tuohey
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here to detract from the beautiful night sky. Come to Logan Lake to explore, play and discover our nature in this natural outdoor playground.
TOP ATTRACTIONS Visitor Information Centre Logan Lake Visitor Information and Municipal Campground Office Open: May 15 through September 30 Phone: 250-523-6283 Located lakeside, Logan Lake’s visitor hub provides a comfortable and relaxing spot to gather travel information, tap in to free WIFI, freshen up and explore Logan Lake. The office is beside the Meadow Creek Golf Course, close to paved and dirt pathways leading to beautiful Maggs Park and a stone’s throw from fantastic rainbow trout fishing. The 195B Bucyrus Erie mining shovel with a 13-metre bucket, parked next to a 235-ton ore haul truck is a thrill! Park your vehicle beside the piece of mining history, snap a photo, and post a photo online using #measureupinloganlake Highland Valley Copper Mine Enjoy a scenic tour from Logan Lake to the Highland Valley Mine. Explore the viewing sites one of the world’s largest mining operations from a vantage point along Hwy 97 C. Observe the wild horses
of the Highland Valley area that graze along the road ways. Learn about local Indigenous culture and mining history at the viewing point of the Teck Copper Mine one of the largest open pit mining operations in the world off of Hwy 97C. Geocaching goldtrail.com Discover geocaching! A fun way to find not only hidden treasures around the community but to also see amazing sites that are sprinkled all over the area. Seek hidden secrets that unfold once you reach the destination and you uncover the trove of delights
RECREATION Pack a knap sack and hit the trail! Numerous trails beckon to be hiked, ridden and explored. Designated trails can be found for ATV use. As you hike into the back country along a meandering path that takes you into heart of the wilderness feast your eyes on beautiful wildflowers and breathe in the fresh, fragrant air. Berries grow abundantly here so do be bear aware! Listen for the sound of Mimi Falls. Once you find this hidden gem you will want to stay and sit awhile to absorb it all. Meadow Creek Golf Course, where you can play a round or two on the 9-hole
surrounded by pine and aspen trees and rolling hills. Test your swing on this challenging course that boasts gorgeous fairways and plenty of wildlife sightings. Relax and enjoy some great food and great laughs in the licensed clubhouse. Open late April to mid-October, for more information call 250-523-6666. Take in a friendly game of Disc golf at one of the top courses in BC right in the heart of Logan Lake, Copper Ridge Disc Golf. A fun game that is played with discs and is similar to both Frisbee and golf. The course takes you into the beautiful treed meadow setting above Magg’s Park, with plenty of natural obstacles to overcome as you make throws and eventually feel the joy of your disc landing into the basket. Fresh air, sunshine and a fun rejuvenating game outdoors this is life in recreational Logan Lake. Pedal your bike on the outdoor Bike Skills Park course designed to please any bike enthusiast with jumps that range from easy to skilled. Splash! Cool off at the brightly colored water park and explore the playground and trail that surrounds Logan Lake. Discover the spawning channel nearby, adults and children alike are filled with wonderment over the life cycle of the fish and their innate, natural 33
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highways. Moose love to stand in these wetlands to graze on the vegetation that grows within. The wild cats are more evasive but tracks can be seen in fresh fallen snow or in muddy areas. You just never know what animal may have just crossed your path.
Go Fishing! Incredible pristine lakes of all descriptions are just a short drive away. For absolute serenity venture out into the mountains and hike to a secluded lake or for the more social angler fish right in the centre of town! Unwind your line and your mind as eagles soar overhead; mountain bluebirds fly by, flashing their shimmering vivid blue wings.
Wildlife & Birdwatching abounds in the back country surrounding Logan Lake. Moose, deer, bear, lynx, bobcats, cougars, coyotes and birds of many varieties can be spotted from the road ways and trails in this wild terrain. You never know when you will encounter one of these amazing creatures. Bring binoculars and your camera. Watch closely as you drive by the many swamps in the mountain areas and along the
Logan Lake is home to kilometers of snowy trails, whether you want to snowshoe, cross-country ski or skate ski, these trails are well groomed and are sure to exhilarate you.
Glide into winter as you skate on the frozen lake or at the indoor arena. Take in the Logan Lake Polar Carnival with many exciting events, displays and activities to enjoy. Fishing is a year round activity here with plenty of lakes frozen enough to ice fish on in the winter!
Feel the thrill of cruising through the snow in backcountry of the surrounding mountains which provide plenty of opportunities to snowmobile! Be sure to follow BC and local regulations.
DINING & ACCOMMODATIONS Logan Lake Municipal Campground 1-833-523-6283 Stay & Play! The beautiful Logan Lake Campground provides easy access to the scenic Meadow Creek Golf Club, the lake and a paved path that leads to Magg’s Park and the Recreation Centre. Rest at one of Logan Lake’s B&Bs, lodges and resorts and enjoy the fares of local pubs, restaurants and cafés. Savour fresh baked goods, home style cooked meals or indulge in tasty pub food.
February • Logan Lake Polar Carnival May • ATV Poker Run June • Community Garage Sale July • Canada Day Celebrations High Country Flyers August • Highland Valley Copper Open House November • Lions Christmas Craft Chaos
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Lo o n La ke
Quick Facts Population: 200 Elevation: 795 m (2608 ft) Amenities : Accommodations Camping Convenience Stores Recreation: Fishing
BACKGROUND Loon Lake has a long Indigenous Peoples history and it was also a stop on the Hudson Bay Fur Brigade Trail, some of the first homesteads can still be found. It has long been a popular resort destination, with many families owning summer properties there for three or four generations.
RECREATION Loon Lake is one of the few remaining naturally stocked lakes in BC and is regularly ranked one of the top ten in North America. Fly, flat and troll fishing are all popular, and tackle is available from several of the resorts if you havenâ€™t brought your own. Boating is a popular activity and the area abounds in hiking and horseback riding trails. Rock hounds will find a wealth of fascinating destinations nearby and wildlife enthusiasts can look for moose, deer, beavers, black bear and even porcupines. Eagles and ospreys can be spotted overhead and the haunting cry of the loon is a constant presence through the summer.
WINTER FUN The road into Loon Lake is maintained year-round, and some of the resorts remain open through the winter, providing an excellent base for snowmobiling, snowshoeing, crosscountry skiing, and tobogganing. There is also excellent ice fishing on the lake itself.
DINING & ACCOMMODATIONS There are several resorts located around Loon Lake, with cabin rentals, RV spaces, and camping. The oldest operating resort is the Evergreen, which was opened in the mid-1930s. Many of the resorts also offer boat rentals.
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Ly t ton Quick Facts Population: 249 Elevation: 200 m (656 ft) Amenities : Info Centre Accommodations Camping/Sani Dump Restaurants Grocery Stores Service Stations/Auto Repair Financial Institution Shopping Art Galleries Laundromat Health Centre Police Station Post Office Museum & Archives Public Library Recreation :
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Overlooking the Thompson and Fraser Rivers where these two mighty rivers converge into one with a surging energy. This tucked away community is full of life and spirit! Salmon journey through as they return by the hundreds to thousands to their spawning grounds. Indigenous culture and heritage is vast here. Traditions and customs are passed down through the generations. Gold dust that taunted earlier pioneers of unclaimed riches still slowly drifts down from the mountains to rest in the sand bars as it has for centuries.
Lytton Museum & Archives Meander through the Lytton museum and view artifacts and reminisce of days gone by. Learn about the history of the area and view cannon balls used for bridge building and explore the railway displays out in the yard.
Enjoy the open market and taste the sweet local honey, fresh picked tender fruits and vegetables. Savour fresh warm bannock and listen to the melodic sounds of musically talented buskers. Wander through the friendly village and view charming parks and scenic resting areas. Stand by the â€œhot spotâ€? and have the ferry crossing the river as a backdrop for a unique photo op.
Lytton Chinese History Museum This museum is a reconstruction of the Chinese Temple that was originally a place of religion in 1881. Although not a functioning temple today, this new building has kept the religious significance of the earlier temple and includes an altar and area for study and meditation. Spend a morning or afternoon viewing the collections inside, linger over the glass cabinets filled with artifacts from the CPR Railway camps, feel the hard work the weathered gold mining equipment exudes, and study the historical photos to catch a glimpse of the past.
Stein Valley Nlaka’pamux Heritage Park Take an exhilarating ride across the fast moving Fraser River by ferry. Enjoy a scenic cruise by a heritage farm then hike in the pristine Stein Valley on the Nlaka’pamux Heritage Park Trail, home to many woodland creatures. The sweet scent of cedar and the fresh cool breeze from the creeks that run into the Stein River refresh and revitalize your soul. View ancient pictographs, the “Asking Rock” and Indigenous trails centuries old. A favorite among backpackers, one can spend many days hiking in the vast park. Explore Lytton For the train enthusiasts, take a walk along the train bridge on the covered pedestrian pathway on the south side of town and feel the thrill of watching trains roll along right beside you. Take a photo of the caboose at Caboose Park and see the train museum inside. Look up in Caboose Park and you’ll be greeted with a mural of a delightful
geological wonder. The Lytton Jelly Roll, shown here in profile, is a rare geological phenomenon caused by prehistoric glacial movement. What makes this example rare is its size. They are usually measured in centimeters and this one is one of the largest of its kind in the world. View the site where both CPR and CN bridges cross the Fraser at Siska (historically know as Cisco).
RECREATION Whitewater Rafting Thrill seekers can take an exhilarating heart pounding adventure through the canyon riding the whitewater rapids on a raft venturing past the sites such “Frog Rock” and the Devil’s Gorge. Spectacular scenery comes to life at every twist and turn in front of you. Don’t be intimidated by the size of the river or the swells, river rafting is suitable for almost every age and mobility level. Lytton is home to some of the best whitewater rafting and their resorts are
It was canoes that first carried the local Indigenous people across the rivers. Now it’s a reaction ferry that carries people across the water, and it’s a memorable journey at that. The first Reaction Ferry in the area was built in the 1940s and, like the current one, was propelled by the current of the river. A reaction ferry requires no power source. A truly green form of transportation, the Lytton reaction ferry is one of only five remaining in public operation in British Columbia.
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Ly tton equally amazing as the river! At Hyak Rafting, you can take in a bbq and a game of volleyball with your comrades that helped you brave the river that morning, or sit poolside and sip a blended cocktail at Kumsheen Rafting Resort. Skihist Provincial Park Plan a rendezvous at Skihist Park. Take a leisurely walk along the Old Cariboo Wagon Road where travellers headed north to the Gold Rush once traversed. Hike up the trail of switch backs for more of a challenge and be rewarded with a mesmerizing view of the Thompson Canyon. Have a picnic overlooking the canyon at the park. Road Trip Indulge in a leisurely day trip up to Botanie Valley, stopping to see the sculptures and metallic philosophy of Ken Glasgow. Watch for Bighorn sheep climbing along Botanie Rock.
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Wildflowers, mountain views and spectacular rock formations will beckon to you to stop and admire every eye catching moment.
DINING & ACCOMMODATIONS Don’t forget to bring your appetite when you visit Lytton. Lytton has great eateries to choose from. Fine dining, Chinese cuisine, delicious pizzas and homemade treats are available at the cafés and restaurants. Enjoy the hospitality of the many accommodations Lytton has to offer. The rafting resorts in Lytton offer everything from tents, yurts, teepees and log cabins. Set up camp at Skihist and soak in the amazing views. You can also choose from B&B’s, motels and campgrounds to stay in and around the town.
EVENTS Lytton Days Make your way to Lytton during the May long weekend and have some fun
during Lytton Days. This is the time when Lytton breaks out the banners and the parade floats. There’s a little bit of fun for everyone with the crowning of the May Queen, a community dance, farmers’ market and parade. Lytton River Festival Come celebrate the rivers and all they signify at the Lytton River Festival in September. Lytton puts on a great show for the weekend with plenty of music and entertainment, river races, an interpretive hike, a Pow Wow and displays of local artisans’ work riverfestival.ca May • Lytton Days July • H ealing Gathering Kumsheen Summer Music Series September • Lytton River Festival November • N laka’pamux Remembrance Day Pow Wow
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Quick Facts Population: 7139 Elevation: 595 m (1952 ft) Amenities : Info Centres Accommodations Camping/Sani Dump Restaurants Grocery Stores Service Stations/Auto Repair Financial Institutions Greyhound Bus Service Shopping Laundromat Art Gallery Hospital Police Station Post Office Museum Public Library Recreation :
Golf Arena Curling Rink Fitness Centre Swimming Pool Community Parks Skateboard Park Bike Park Water Park Dog Park
MERRITT BACKGROUND Vast open ranges surrounded by rolling hills, grasslands and forested mountains welcome you as you make your way into the City of Merritt. The Nicola and Coldwater rivers meet here and so too does city and country life. Here in Merritt, you have the modern comforts of City living with big box stores, big name restaurants, coffee outlets, large grocery chains, art gallery and plenty of boutiques shopping as well. Then you have the captivating country side. Acres of ranch land with grazing cattle, Pow Wows, rodeos, music festivals and a kick back way of life with plenty of lakes to keep the fishing enthusiast entertained for days.
TOP ATTRACTIONS Visitor Information Centre at Historic Baillie House Open: year-round Phone: 250-378-0349
Visit the Baillie House! Sip a cool drink as you relax in the quaint back yard garden of this lovely Victorian home. Wander around the home and uncover tales of old, antique furniture and possibly a visit from a previous owner as rumours are this and a few other heritage homes in the neighbourhood are haunted. The friendly visitor centre staff is more than happy to answer any questions you may have and provide you with any brochures, guides and maps you may need for your Gold Country holiday and Merritt adventures. Discover the Merritt Heritage Walking Tour. Pick up a printed guide at the Baillie House and discover tales of intrigue and mystery on your journey. View beautiful heritage homes and buildings. Nicola Valley Museum & Archives Open: year-round Phone: 250-378-4145 History buffs will also be intrigued with the Nicola Valley Museum & Archives. Learn about local legends such as James Teit and the Cowboy Judge. Wander around the museum as it divulges the hidden secrets of the past in the well preserved photos, journals and family heirlooms that are on display. 39
• Internationally renowned fly fishing • Great food and hospitality
• Comfortable cedar cabins with all
amenities and rooms in the lodge • Hiking, cycling, canoeing and wildlife viewing • Retreats, reunions and weddings
Host to the North American Fly Fishing Championships 2017 & 2018 15 min. east of Merritt on Hwy 97C Okanagan Connector
Only 2.5 hours from Vancouver
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Courthouse Arts Gallery Open: year-round Phone: 250-378-6515
trails that occupy serious bikers and hikers for days at a time. The trials are also great for fat bikes as well.
View intriguing works of art that showcase the incredible talent of the area’s artists at one of Merritt’s shining landmarks, the Courthouse Arts Gallery. This former courthouse building is also home to a dance studio where you can join in on a Zumba or Yoga class.
Furry friends are welcome! Take your dog to the off-leash park at the end of Quilchena Avenue, or enjoy the trails at Rotary Park.
Walk of Stars Stroll around the city and take in the Walk of Stars. Find hand prints of your favorite country performers in over 100 bronzed stars around the city as you wander around the streets and avenues, viewing the painted murals on buildings of the musicians as well.
Merritt Golf & Country Club Open: mid-March to late-October Phone: 250-378-9414
Merritt Speedway Open: May to October The Merritt Speedway provides actionpacked stock car racing entertainment on its lighted 3/8 mile oval track. Day and night events are fun for the whole family. Come out and see races featuring NPP late models, hobby stocks, V8 bombers, street stocks, and Hornets, then visit the pits after to talk to the drivers and have your picture taken with your favourite car.
RECREATION Experience the great outdoors. Adventure is just a trail away! There are marked trails for every outdoor activity you can think of. From horse riding, hiking, fat-tire biking, mountain biking, snowshoeing, cross country skiing, snowmobiling to ATV trails. Whatever activities you are into Merritt and the surrounding mountains have it all. One of Merritt’s best viewpoints is from the Norgaard Lookout Point, accessed from Juniper Dr. Be enraptured with the vastness of the scenery. Hoodoos, meandering rivers, gorgeous canyons, stunning mountain peaks and beautiful grasslands all beckon to be explored and discovered. Pull up your boots, get your camera, grab your water bottle and hit the trail. Godey trail system offers a series of easy to challenging mountain biking and hiking
Rotary Park has walkways, a fun playground for the young family members and a water park!
Pick up your clubs and take a swing at the 9-hole, par 72 course. Set in the city surrounded by views of the beautiful countryside, the lush greens of the Merritt Golf & Country Club offer a fun yet challenging game of golf. The Nicola River meanders through the course and is one of the highlights of playing here. A Lake a Day for as Long as You Can Stay Cast your cares away! Known for having a large number of fishing lakes Merritt is certainly a fisherman’s dream destination. Take a fly fishing lesson and discover the art of landing a feisty rainbow trout. Sit back in a boat and let your line drift along, enticing a fish to take a bite as you relax in the peaceful setting.
WINTER FUN Go cross-country skiing on the picturesque Kane Valley trails just east of Merritt. Snowmobilers will be enthralled with all the trails in the Coquihalla Lakes, Thynne Mountain, Swakum Mountain and Stoyoma Mountain areas. Nothing is more Canadian then the full on, live action of hockey. Go cheer for the Junior A Hockey League team, The Merritt Centennials. All the heart pounding, thrilling action of the sport comes to life at the Nicola Valley Memorial Arena during the home games. For the full team schedule see merrittcentennials.com or go to exploregoldcountry.com Many of the local lakes are great for ice fishing and in January try competing to catch the biggest fish at the Mamit Lake fishing Derby.
Come stay, play, relax, rest and rejuvenate your body, mind and soul. Unwind from your day’s adventures at one of the cozy hotels, motels and bed and breakfast AP Guest Ranch Phone: 250-378-6520 Toll Free: 1-866-378-6500 Country charm is imminent with the pleasant company of the AP Guest Ranch. Trail rides and world renowned fishing are just some of the great activities to do while you immerse yourself in the western culture of the working ranch. Create your own fish story at Corbett Lake Lodge, with panoramic views and acres of tranquillity to partake in while fishing, hiking or just relaxing. Enjoy a delicious meal at the dining room of the Lodge. Venture into one of the local cafés that feature such delicious menu items as mouthwatering fresh baked goods, hot bannock dishes and home style meals. Spend an afternoon in a tucked away charismatic coffee shop where the country personality of the city of Merritt shines through. Dine at the Coldwater Hotel or the Grand Hotel. These historic buildings are iconic images of the city and are a great place to meet the friendly local folk.
EVENTS Rockin’ River Music Festival Country music is legendary in these parts and so too is the entertainment! Catch the brightest and biggest music stars as they come to town to rock the river at the Rockin’ River Music Festival. Bass Coast Festival Bass Coast Electronic Music and Arts Festival immerses you into the action
with 3 stages showcasing over 100 international and local performers. Featuring over 50 original art installations, amazing workshops and a dance party that floats down the river, Bass Coast is quickly becoming a must-see attraction. Nicola Valley Pro Rodeo For more electrifying cowboy and cowgirl action go on down to The Nicola Valley Pro Rodeo in September. Laugh at the antics of the rodeo clowns, watch with bated breath the saddle broncs and bulls as they veer, buck and try to toss their riders in the seemingly longest 8 seconds you will ever experience. National Indigenous Peoples Day Celebrate National Indigenous Peoples Day with the Conayt Friendship Society as they host an annual Pow Wow at Rotary Park. Let yourself be transfixed by the colourful regalia as the dancers move to the beat of the drummers. Listen to the songs that have transcended time. Show and Shine Car Show Nicola Valley Cruisers Car Club Show and Shine Merritt’s Central Park plays host to this event each July, allowing car lovers to feast their eyes on classic and vintage vehicles, muscle cars, imports, custom built rides, and much more. The show attracts more than 150 vehicles from as far away as the Yukon, and participants have a chance to vote in more than a dozen categories.
Merritt June • N ational Indigenous Peoples Day Merritt Country Run July • Art walk Bass Coast Music Festival Canada Day Celebrations Show and Shine (car show) August • Ambassador Program Rockin’ River Music Festival September • Nicola Valley Pro Rodeo October • Merritt Centennials Hockey Pacific Forest Rally November • Merritt Country Christmas Santa Parade
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Merritt Visitor Centre at the Baillie House
On the Historic Baillie Property
January • C urling Bonspiel Mamit Lake Fishing Derby May • Merritt Stock Car Race season begins
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DINING & ACCOMMODATIONS
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Imagine what it was like being a stoker on a Kettle Valley Railway steam train as it pulled into a siding to “take on water” while you stand under the shadow of the only remaining KVR water tower. Experience life out West at one of the working ranches in the area.
TOP ATTRACTIONS Merritt Speedway Open: May to October merrittspeedway.ca Phone: 250-936-9296 Hear the crowd cheer as the cars kick up dust challenging each other around the ⅜ mile track. This is the original home of dirt track racing, a one of a kind experience in Gold Country. Spius Creek Hatchery Open: year round, contact for more info Phone: 250-378-2992 Photo Credit: Ankur Sud
Nicol a ValLey
Quick Facts Population: <1000 Elevation: Ranges from 568 m
(1864 ft) at the Nicola River to 1734 m (5689 ft) at the top of Promontory Hill
Amenities : Arena Camping Community Park Driving Range Gift Shop Grocery Stores Horseshoe Pits Public Beach Service Stations/Auto Repair Restaurant Recreation: Trail Riding Hiking Fishing Camping Paddleboarding 42
Getting Here The Nicola Valley encompasses Douglas Lake, Quilchena, Nicola Ranch, Merritt, Aspen Grove, Brookmere, Lower Nicola, Coyle and Canford. To see all of the Upper Nicola Valley travel north from Merritt on Hwy 5A and to visit Lower Nicola travel west from Merritt on Hwy 8.
BACKGROUND Be amazed by the quietness and beauty of the Nicola Valley. Rolling hills and calm, shining lakes are a haven for wildlife and the quiet click of your camera shutter is the only sound to compete with the stillness of nature. Capture your own wildlife photos in the most incredible, serene setting. Leave your stress behind as you find a rhythm in the sounds of your footsteps crunching down a hiking trail. Strap on skis or snowshoes in the winter and be the first to make a path through the fresh snow. Discover all the hidden experiences that the valley provides.
Gain insight into the ecosystem balance with a visit to Spius Creek Hatchery. A behind the scene view of the Chinook and Coho salmon that return to spawn each year. See each life stage before they are released back into the rivers to continue their journey. Located on Sunshine Valley Road West.
RECREATION Smith’s Pioneer Park Try your luck and test your skills with a game of horseshoes on these regulation sized pits. Enjoy the recreation space and walking track. Many amenities to utilize to shake up your road trip through Nicola Valley. Promontory Mountain Buckle up and hold on as you test your driving skills on the challenging 4x4 road to this breathtaking recreation area. A wonder of botany and biology this trek is a must do for anyone wanting stunning 360 degree views of Merritt and mountains. Discover a new geocache for your collection as a trophy of your journey. Chataway Lake Area Feel the excitement of having many
quality choices of lakes and all of them within your reach. Fly fishing lakes with lots of action, hike-in lakes, lakes with Forest Service Campsites with roof top boat launches and even lakes with rustic resorts are sure to land you plenty of fish. Stock up on supplies and dip a line in a different lake each day, it is an angler’s paradise. Monck Provincial Park Bring your sense of adventure to popular Nicola Lake. Dive into the cool, clear water for a swim or tear up the lake waterskiing. Hike on one of the many trails and find a great spot to watch the windsurfers cut and slice the lake waves in the perfect conditions. Set up a site, grab your chair and snuggle closer to the campfire as the night draws in. The perfect ending to a perfect day. Nicola Lake Cast a line into Nicola Lake and wait for the rod to bend with the first strike. The shoreline of this beautiful lake is blessed with thick vegetation, sandy beaches
and rocky waterfront. Creating perfect habitats for resident and migrant birds, who bob, dip and swoop in and around the lake, producing a most entertaining view as you enjoy the weather and dream of catching dinner.
WINTER FUN Feel the bracing winter wind against your face as you fly down the slope on a toboggan. Play in the freshly frozen snow on your snowmobile along the back country trails. Pull up a bucket and become a hard water fish hunter on one of the numerous lakes famous for ice fishing.
ACCOMMODATIONS Bunk down in a rustic cabin on the lakeshore. Pitch a tent in a Provincial Park, Forest Service Campsite or a locally owned campground.
EVENTS Savour the country atmosphere of the Nicola Valley Fall Fair, an affair in
September that has been an annual event since 1913. Peruse the entries and admire the handiwork of the participants. Attend the Harvest dance, fun for the whole family. Unleash your inner foodie for the Nicola Garlic Festival every September. Every product of garlic is explored in this two day celebration that brings together food, fun and games. Attend a snorting and bucking good time at the Nicola Valley Pro Rodeo. Cheer on participants in Bareback, Saddle Bronc, Bull Riding and more. Watch the antics of Mutton Bustin’ and Pee Wee Barrel Racing. Soak in the authentic country experience of this two day event in September. September • Nicola Valley Fall Fair Nicola Valley Pro Rodeo Nicola Garlic Festival
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Kick off your boots and GET ON BOARD
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Quick Facts Population: < 500 Elevation: 660 m (2165 ft) Amenities : Accommodations Camping Restaurant General Store Service Station Gift Shop Post Office Recreation: Golf Boating Fishing Windsurfing Paddleboarding Hiking
BACKGROUND Imagine experiencing British Columbia’s Wild West history and a day of windsurfing or a round of golf at the same time. Quilchena is just that place! Originally purchased as local ranch icon Joseph Guichon’s ‘Home Ranch’ in 1882, Quilchena is now popular for its boating, fishing, golf and colourful history.
of the family-run ranch, trail rides and hay rides, are available to hotel guests and pre-booked parties Quilchena Hotel Open: April to October Phone: 250-378-2611 Step into the luxurious style of the early 1900’s at the Quilchena Hotel. A historic landmark in the heart of cattle country, the hotel was opened by local ranching pioneer Joseph Guichon on July 3, 1908. Closed a decade later under the burden of prohibition, it was Guichon’s descendants who revived the hotel in the 1950s. Graced with elegance and style, the hotel features original furniture and a saloon, complete with bullet holes in the bar. Bike rentals for touring are available here as well. Quilchena General Store Open: year-round Phone: 250-378-2753 Treat yourself to a unique shopping experience! Built in 1912 as a stop for stagecoach travelers, the store now boasts an interesting mix of giftware and items from around the world. Quilchena on the Lake Golf & RV Park Open: April to October Phone: 250-378-2923 Test your driving and putting skills on this beautiful 9-hole golf course that curves
along the road and the shores of Nicola Lake. Following Quilchena Creek and dotted with cottonwood trees, this tranquil yet challenging course also features an excellent pro shop and licensed club house.
RECREATION Nicola Lake Revel in a day on the water at Nicola Lake! Strong winds racing through the valley make this lake an outstanding destination for windsurfers. The salmon and trout fishing are fantastic and family time on the water is always fun! Beaver Ranch Flats Cast your eyes to the horizon. Birdwatchers and naturalists with an eye for wildlife flock to the scenic protected wetlands on the Guichon Ranch.
DINING & ACCOMMODATIONS A variety of lodging is available in and around Quilchena. Snag a spot in the RV Park and set up camp. Stay in a heritage room or the Ranch House at the Quilchena Hotel. Where ever you settle in you will be rested and relaxed.
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GETTING HERE Enjoy the beautiful and meandering journey 20 Km North from Merritt on Highway 5A. Quilchena rests on the south shore of Nicola Lake.
TOP ATTRACTIONS Quilchena Cattle Company Ranch Saddle up and enjoy the view of the rolling grasslands by horseback on a leisurely trail ride. Or, take in the 44 fun on a traditional hay ride. Tours
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Quick Facts Population: 538 Elevation: 343 m (1125 ft) Amenities : Accommodations Camping Restaurant Grocery Store Service Station/Auto Repair Greyhound Bus Service Post Office Museum Public Library Recreation: Beach/Swimming Community Park Boat Launch Playing Fields Marina
BACKGROUND Originally located on the North Shore of Kamloops Lake, Savona was mostly accessed by ferry up until 1884. When the Canadian Pacific Railway was built on the South shore, Savona was relocated to take advantage of the railway line. Most of the buildings were dragged across the frozen lake to the spot Savona occupies now.
TOP ATTRACTIONS Balancing Rock A huge boulder perches atop a pillar of clay, which has gradually eroded over thousands of years. To the local Secwepemc Indigenous people, it is known as Coyote Rock, and marks one of the boundaries of their land. The balancing rock can be glimpsed from Hwy. 1 west of Savona; for a better view stop at the lookout at Six Mile Hill.
Kamloops Lake Lookout Travel just past Savona on your journey to Cherry Creek and you will come to a rest stop on Hwy 1. The lookout at Six Mile Hill features a spectacular 180ยบ view along Kamloops Lake and is the starting point for many walking
Savon a and hiking trails. Be sure to heed the warning signs and keep an eye out for basking reptiles on sunny days! Savona Heritage Museum Open: May-Sept The folklore and history of Savona and area come alive at the centre. Learn about the Martin, which was the first steamboat constructed in the interior of BC and was launched at Savona. Kellyâ€™s Kaboose-The Railway Store Come visit Savonaâ€™s unique little store that was started in 1997 from a love of model trains and items of yesteryear. This special place is full of antique treasures and train memorabilia. Spend an afternoon browsing the unique items
on display and for sale while learning about Savonaâ€™s unique history. The building itself has great history and character and train enthusiasts will relish in itâ€™s unique location situated between the CN and CP rails, making it the perfect area for train spotting.
RECREATION Savona Community Park The park is a popular spot for a picnic, a swim, volleyball, or a game of horseshoes. Thereâ€™s also a boat launch, enabling you to spend time on Kamloops Lake fishing, waterskiing, or viewing the dramatic landscape surrounding the lake. The lake is a quite retreat that you will find underutilized, sometimes the only footprints to be seen are your own. Make a point to walk along its shores in the winter where you will be greeted
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with the stunning beauty of the crisp winter landscapes and the stark white of the swans that come to swim in this lake in the cold months.
DINING & ACCOMMODATIONS You can find casual dining in Savona. Spend the night at a lakeside B&B, or camp at Steelhead Provincial Park on the shore of Kamloops Lake. Other parks in the area also offer camping facilities.
EVENTS Deadman Creek Rodeo is held every spring and is an exciting event for the whole family.
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70 Mile House & Green Lake
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70 Mile House & Green Lake
Quick Facts Population: 450 Elevation: 1100 m (3609 ft) Amenities : Visitor Information Accommodations Camping/Sani Dump Restaurants Grocery Store Service Stations/Auto Repair Greyhound Bus Service Gift Shops Post Office Kayak/Canoe Rentals Recreation: Golf Biking ATV trails Boating Horseback Riding Snowmobiling Soccer Fields Kayak/Canoe
BACKGROUND Golden light glistens along the calm emerald water as Sandhill cranes croon to each other in the distant field. A rainbow trout leaps and sends rings shimmering on the surface like jewels as the sun begins to rise. Songs of chickadees, calls of the loon and the soft honking of Canadian geese carry across the morning air. A woodland choir that composes its own song as you indulge in a hot beverage sipped from a travel mug as you sit by the shore of Green Lake taking in the stillness of the peaceful morning.
sunset. Leisurely making your way and enjoying the peacefulness of the journey. Relax around the campfire sharing stories of the dayâ€™s adventures with friends and family as the tantalizing scent of marshmallows roasting over a crackling fire and melting chocolate mix in the fresh night air. Thousands of stars twinkle in the night sky far away from the neon lights and traffic of the city. Time seems to stand still. The hustle and bustle left behind leaving only the present moment to enjoy and savour.
Green Lake / Watch Lake Recreational Area Feel the swish of your line as it performs a dance above the surface then gently lands to tempt the silver fish below as you cast in an artistic flow back and forth over the sparkling water.
Tin Cup Greens Open: May to October Phone: 250-456-7577 Enjoy a quiet round of golf in amongst the trees in the serenity of Tin Cup Greens, tucked away in the beautiful Bonaparte Plateau.
Trot along with a trail ride, on horseback with a guided tour on trails that lead through the woodlands over stunning grassy knolls and open pastures. Watch as a black bear and her cubs lumber along feasting on the succulent berries.
Seventy Mile Access Centre (S.M.A.C.) Discover vintage trinkets, classic novels and other treasures waiting to be found at S.M.A.C. (Seventy Mile Access Centre). Take a journey and explore local outdoor markets and craft fairs.
Cruising in either a kayak or canoe you make your way along the shore line you watch a deer grazing on sweet grass that glistens with morning dew. Your paddle slices through the water as you glide towards an island and into the stunning
RECREATION Trails Awaken your soul as you explore the many trails of the 70 Mile and Green Lake area. Discover streams,
70 Mile House & Green Lake ponds, waterfalls and rustic pioneer cabins tucked away in the woods. Revive your mind and body as you take in the fresh, pristine air. Mosey along the scenic North Bonaparte Road to Crater Lake and the hiking trails around Pressy Lake. ATVing For ATV enthusiasts enjoy the marked trails of the Green Lake Snow/ATV trails. Wildlife Viewing Fields of green, marshes and meandering brooks that feed into the many lakes provide ideal panoramic wildlife viewing areas.
WINTER FUN New fallen snow sparkles like diamonds in the warm sunshine creating a winter wonderland for your delight.
Feel the crunch of the snow under your feet as you glide along the trails among the trees encrusted in snow on groomed cross country trails. Snowshoe among the sparkling white covered hills and the plateau. View wildlife tracks created by deer, moose, coyotes, rabbits and other forest creatures. Snowmobile enthusiasts will enjoy the rush of adrenaline as they cruise the snowmobile trails such as the Green Lake Snow/ ATV trail and the expansive Gold Rush Snowmobile Trail, which one can travel on for 170 km in the beautiful back country between 70 Mile House and Horsefly.
DINING & ACCOMMODATION Savour a sweet, fresh, deep fried pastry called a “beaver tail” sprinkled with cinnamon and dripping in maple butter or a hot poutine at the Sugar shack. Try a tasty home style cooked meal at one of the eateries that are just moments away in 70 Mile House BC. Stay at a beautiful log home bed & breakfast, motel, camping ground or
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guest ranch. Choose your own adventure! Tenting, rugged cabins or glamping, campfire cook outs or gourmet dining, all are available for you to enjoy. Brought your own horse? There are many riding trails for horses and riders in the area and some accommodations include Bed & Bale for your four-legged friends as well.
EVENTS Cariboo Trails Carriage Driving Event Experience the Cariboo Trails Carriage Driving Events at Huber Farms. This exciting equestrian sport involves carriages drawn by either a single horse/ pony or a team. They perform many skills such as dressage, country cross marathon and obstacle cone driving. With a backdrop of rolling grassy hills this scenic farm provides a wonderful venue for this event.
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Spences Bridge Quick Facts
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Spences Bridge GETTING HERE
Located between Lytton and Ashcroft on Hwy #1, or you can reach Spences Bridge from Merritt via the scenic Hwy 8.
Cast your eyes over the historic town of Spences Bridge and you’ll be reminded of British Columbia’s rich history at every turn. Cast your reel in the teeming junction of the Nicola and Thompson Rivers and you won’t have to imagine the steelhead or trout that have made the area famous – they’ll be swimming all around you! Known as Cook’s Ferry in the mid 1800’s, Spences Bridge started as a ferry point across the rivers. Mortimer Cook and Charles Kimball started the first rope ferry in 1859. Later, in 1863, Thomas Spence obtained a charter from the government to build a bridge at the popular crossing site. Unfortunately, money ran out and a toll was charged to cover the costs to the contractor. At this time, it became known as Spence’s Toll Bridge. The toll was discontinued in 1872. Spences Bridge has remained a small but important stopping place for travellers moving across the province in all directions.
Murray Creek Falls Take a short walk and enjoy the refreshing beauty of Murray Creek Falls, the site for the town’s power in the early days. Wildlife Viewing Keep your eyes open for big horn sheep!
Introduced by the government in 1928 the herd has grown from 50 to several hundred over the decades. Fishing Drop your fishing line and learn why Spences Bridge is such a popular fishing destination! Fish for rainbow trout and chinook in the summer and the famous steelhead in the fall.
Population: 99 Elevation: 259 m (850 ft) Amenities : Accommodations Camping Restaurants Convenience Store Laundromat Post Office Recreation: Fishing Hiking Cycling Wildlife Viewing
DINING & ACCOMMODATIONS Taste what fresh really means with a stop at one of Spences Bridge’s local eateries. Eating options range from pub food to heritage-style dining and farmto-plate delights. Stay for the night and enjoy a evening of rustic elegance at the oldest continually running inn in British Columbia. Enjoy the outdoors and try camping at either a beautiful farm or Goldpan Provincial Park right on the river (10Km south on Highway 1).
EVENTS Desert Days Music Festival Make your way to the Desert Daze Music Festival and celebrate with music, family activities and fun workshops. For more details, visit desertdaze.ca JULY • S ummer Music Series at The Packing House AUGUST • S ummer Music Series at The Packing House Desert Daze Music Festival
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Wa lh achin
Quick Facts Population: 100 Elevation: 500 m (1640 ft) Amenities : Camping Sani Dump Recreation: Beach Fly-fishing
BACKGROUND The plaque on the highway says “Ghost of Walhachin” and the site itself is often described as a ghost town. But Walhachin, nestled beside the Thompson River, is still very much alive. In 1907 an American settler conceived of the idea of irrigating the arid lands of this section of the Thompson Valley, and turning the area into “Canada’s Camelot.” He succeeded in interesting the Marquis of Anglesey and other investors soon followed. An elaborate flume system was built to bring water to the site and thousands of apple trees were planted. Homes were built, along with a hotel and the town boasted a
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swimming pool, polo field, skating rink, cricket fields and tennis courts. Before the orchards could become established, however, World War I intervened and most of the able-bodied men of Walhachin went off to war. During their absence it proved almost impossible to maintain the flume, and eventually it disintegrated. By 1922, with the orchards dead or dying, most of the inhabitants had left. The town has attracted new residents, however, who keep the memory of “Canada’s Camelot” alive.
TOP ATTRACTIONS Walhachin Soldiers Memorial Hall Museum Built in 1912, the Memorial Hall is one of 14 original buildings left in Walhachin (most are private residences). It once hosted gala balls, dances, dinner theatre and plays, and now also serves as the town’s museum, with a fascinating display of artifacts, clothing, sports equipment and furniture from Walhachin’s past. Walhachin Bridge Before the bridge’s construction in 1910, the only way to cross the Thompson River to Walhachin was by cable ferry, and at low water you can still see the original pilings. In spring and summer you can spot osprey, which return to their nest above the bridge every year.
Walhachin Flume Large sections of the ambitious wooden flume system can still be seen clinging to the hillside to the north of Hwy. 1.
RECREATION Juniper Beach Provincial Park On the Thompson River this park is an excellent base for swimming, canoeing, and kayaking. Train enthusiasts absolutely love this park and return every year. It is a fantastic spot for train watching, with the hill backdrop and the river in the foreground, photographers think this is the PERFECT spot for capturing images of Canada’s still thriving mode of transporting goods, the CN and CP railway. Walhachin Oxbows Provincial Park Walhachin Oxbows Provincial Park is only accessible by boat from the west end of Kamloops Lake. The cottonwood, willow and underbrush provide a valuable habitat for wildlife, and the oxbow slough is home to a variety of waterfowl.
DINING & ACCOMMODATIONS Retreat to a rustic cabin on a hot summer’s night. Glamp on the river at a resort or set up camp at Juniper Beach Provincial Park.
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Hotels, Motels & Inns Ashcroft Apartment Motel 715 Railway Avenue (250) 453-9129
Ashcroft River Inn 50-1st Street (250) 453-9124 G
Cache creek Bear Claw Lodge 1492 Hwy 97 North (250) 457-9705
Cache Creek Inn 1209 Hwy 97 North (250) 457-9144
Sage Hills Motel 1390 Hwy 97 North (250) 457-9777
Bonaparte Inn 1395 Hwy 97 North 1-888-922-1333
Cache Creek Riverside Motel 827 Trans Canada Hwy (250) 457-9500
Sandman Inn Cache Creek 987 Trans Canada Hwy 1-800-726-3626
Canada’s Best Value Desert Inn 1069 Trans Canada Hwy (250) 457-6226
Robbie’s Motel 1067 Todd Road (250) 457-6221
Sundowner Motel 1085 Trans Canada Hwy (250) 457-6216
Sunset Motel 1197 Collins Rd (250) 457-9300 Tumbleweed Motel 1221 Quartz Road (250) 457-6522
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Cariboo Lodge 1414 Hwy 97 North (250) 459-7992
A P T & MOTEL Nomad Motel 1500 Hwy 97 North (250) 459-2214
Round Up Motel 1214 Kelly Lake Road (250) 459-2226
DAILY - WEEKLY - MONTHLY 715 Railway ave. Ashcroft
Full kitchen units Pet friendly Wifi internet
Lillooet 4 Pines Motel 108 - 8th Avenue 1-800-753-2576
Hotel Victoria 667 Main Street (250) 256-4112
Retasket Lodge & R.V. Park 1264 Bouvette Road 1-866-456-2090
Hotel DeOro 639 Main Street 1-888-256-2354
Mile 0 Motel 616 Main Street (250) 256-7511
Reynolds Hotel 1237 Main Street 250-256-4202
Laundry facility Family suites Storage lockers Cleaning service Downtown
Copper Valley Resort 19 Apex Drive (250) 523-9433
Lytton Pines Motel Lytton Hotel 150 Trans Canada Hwy 538 Main Street (250) 455-2322 (250) 455-2211
Logan Lake Lodge 111 Chartrand Avenue (250) 523-9466
Rest Inn 223 Main St (250) 455-2334
Totem Motel 320 Fraser Street (250) 455-2321
Hotels, Motels & Inns Merritt Area All Season Motel 2652 Nicola Avenue (250) 378-2352 Best Western Plus 3969 Crawford Ave (250) 378-0700 Coldwater Hotel 1901 Voght Street (250) 378-2821 Comfort Inn & Suites 3713 De Wolf Way (250) 315-0237 Copper Valley Motel 2276 Nicola Avenue 1-866-378-9214
Corbett Lake Country Inn 15 min east of merritt on Hwy 97C Okanagan Connector (250) 378-4334 www.corbettlake.ca
Merritt Lodge Motel 2751 Nicola Avenue (250) 378-0424
Road Runner Motel 2799 Nicola Avenue (250) 378-4201
Quality Inn 4025 Walters Street (250) 378-4253
Intown Inn & Suites 2201 Voght Street (250) 378-4291
Quilchena Hotel & Resort 6500 Hwy #5A (250) 378-2611
Sportsman Motel 3463 Voght Street 1-800-663-6868
Knights Inn 2702 Nicola Avenue 1-888-658-9244
Ramada Inn 3571 Voght Street (250) 378-3567
Merritt Desert Inn 2350 Voght Street (250) 378-2254
Ranchlands Villa Motel 2379 Nicola Avenue (250) 378-2140
Savona Lakeside Country Inn 7001 Savona Access Road (250) 373-2528
Super 8 Motel 3561 Voght Street 1-800-668-9244 Travelodge Merritt Inn 3581 Voght Street (250) 378-8830
70 Mile House Savona Hotel 6578 Buie Street (250) 373-2515
70 Mile Motel Hwy 97 North (250) 456-7500
Spences Bridge Baits Motel 3717 Riverview Avenue (250) 458-2223 The Inn at Spences Bridge 3649 Hwy #8 1-877-354-1997
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Bed & Breakfasts Ashcroft Blue Sage B&B 405 Brink Street (250) 453-2022
Willow ‘N B&B 570 Mesa Vista Drive (250) 453-9227
Clinton B&B at the Big House 7624 Meadow Lake Road (250) 459-2604
Lillooet Sturgeon Bay B&B 130 Haylmore Place (250) 256-7792
Logan Lake Area Bookworm B&B 19 Breccia Drive (250) 523-6505
Highland House B&B 8615 Tunkwa Lake Road (250) 523-2766
The Logan Lake Log Cabin B&B 255 Calcite Drive (778) 586-3474
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Loon Lake Dabbling Duck’ N B&B 2379 Loon Lake Road (250) 459-2281
70 Mile House Wind and the Pillows B&B Retreat/Resort 101 North Bonaparte Road (250) 644-4242
Merritt Area Running Waters Country Estate 1464 Miller Road (250) 378-4476
Guest Ranches Ashcroft
Sundance Guest Ranch 2591 Kirkland Ranch Road 1-800-553-3533
A-P Western Guest Ranch Hwy #5A, South of Merritt 250-378-6520 1-866-378-6500
Big Bar Guest Ranch Jesmond Road, off Big Bar Road 1-877-655-2333
Echo Valley Ranch & Spa 10635 Jesmond Road 1-800-253-8831
70 Mile House Graham Dunden Ranch 70 Mile House (250) 395-0756
Siwash Lake Ranch East of 70 Mile House (250) 395-6541
Just 4 hours north of Vancouver
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Campgrounds, Cabins & Resorts Ashcroft
Ashcroft Manor & Teahouse 1282 Trans Canada Hwy #1 West (250) 453-9983
Legacy Park Campground North Railway Avenue (250) 453-2642
Historic Hat Creek Junction Hwy #97 & #99 1-800-782-0922
Cache Creek Brookside Campsite 1621 Hwy #1 East (250) 457-6633
Marble Canyon Provincial Park Hwy #99, 40km NW of Cache Creek (250) 320-9305 Photo Credit: Terri Hadwin
Clinton Circle H Mountain Lodge 9000 Jesmond Rd (250) 459-2565
Big Bar Provincial Campground 42km NW on Big Bar Road (250) 320-9305
Circle W Hi Hium Fishing Camp Deadman Vidette Road (250) 373-2636
Lac Le Jeune Provincial Park 47 km N of Merritt on Hwy #5 (250) 320-9305
Cayoosh Creek Campground 100 Cayoosh Park Road (250) 256-4180
Logan Lake Municipal Campground 480 Campground Road 1-833-523-6283
Evergreen Fishing Resort 1820 Loon Lake Road (250) 459-2372
Goldtrail RV Park & Campground 1640 Cariboo Highway
Tunkwa Lake Resort 4405 Tunkwa Lake Road (250) 523-9697 Tunkwa Lake Provincial Park Tunkwa Lake Road (250) 320-9305
Fraser Canyon River Ranch Resort 12 km S of Lillooet on Hwy 12 (250) 256-9282
Lac Le Jeune Resort & Conference Centre 5665 Lac Le Jeune Road (250) 372-2722
HiHium Lake Fishing Resort 1740 Loon Lake Road (250) 459-2306
Stella Ranch Campground 1512 Kelly Lake Road (250) 459-2731
Marigold Resort 2414 Loon Lake Road (250) 459-2579
Vidette Lake Nature Retreat 9425 Deadman Vidette Rd 778-765-5407 Wendego Lodge Red Lake Road (780) 978-5711
Fraser Cove Campground & Guest Cottage 1234 Davis Road (250) 256-8757
Lac Le Jeune Wilderness Resort 5485 Lac Le Jeune Road 1-855-375-2779
Willow Springs RV Park & Campground 6353 Cariboo Hwy
Willows Campground 8 km S of Lillooet on Hwy 12 (250) 256-0429
Mile High Resort 4700 Mile High Lane 1-866-371-2606
White Moose Resort 2890 Loon Lake Road (250) 459-2258
Surrey Lake Fishing Resort Surrey/Sussex Lake Road 1-866-523-9778
Ski Hi Lodge 5924-3400 Rd 604-537-3099
Campgrounds, Cabins & Resorts Ly tton
Goldpan Provincial Park Hwy #1, 25 km NE of Lytton (250) 320-9305
Jade Springs Campground Hwy #1, 1 km N of Lytton (250) 455-2678
Kumsheen Rafting Resort Hwy #1, 6 km NE of Lytton 1-800-663-6667
Skihist Provincial Park Hwy #1, 6 km NE of Lytton (250) 320-9305
Merritt 7 Half Diamond Ranch Hwy #5A, 50 km S of Merritt 1-800-357-3198
Douglas Lake Cattle Co. Various locations 1-800-663-4838
Monck Park Provincial Campground Hwy #5A, N of Merritt (250) 320-9305
Chataway Lakes Resort Aberdeen Road, off Hwy #8 (250) 378-0105
Hatheume Lake Resort 24km off Hwy #97C, Sunset Main Exit (250) 469-9600
Moon Shadows RV Park & Campground 1.5 km S of Merritt on Neilson Street 1-888-344-2267
Claybanks RV Park 1302 Voght Street (250) 378-6441 Coquihalla Lakes Lodge Hwy #5, exit #228 1-877-978-2096
Kentucky-Alleyne Provincial Park Hwy #5A, S of Merritt (250) 320-9305
Steelhead Provincial Park Savona Access Road 250-320-9305
Quilchena on the Lake Golf & RV Park 2584 Quilchena Creek Road (250) 378-2923
Paradise Lake Resort Cabins 7 km on Bobâ€™s Lake Pit Road, off Hwy #97C www.paradiselakeresort.ca
Rock and River Rustic Retreat 6888 Thompson River Dr 250-373-2091
Vidette Lake Retreat 70 Mile House
Green Lake Provincial Park South Green Lake - Sunset View (250) 320-9305
Acacia Grove RV Park & Cabins 3814 Riverview Avenue 1-800-833-7508
Eagan Lake Resort Eagan Lake Road (250) 593-4343
Hilltop Gardens Campground 2500 Hwy #1, N of Spences Bridge (250) 458-2288
The place to hold your next event, retreat, get married, or just get away from it all. We have cabins to house your guests and participants, and for you to get off the grid and find the quiet to go within. Reconnect yourself with nature here at the Place of Life!
Juniper Beach Provincial Park Hwy #1, 20 km E of Cache Creek (250) 320-9305
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Explore Our History
who walk you through the roadhouse, providing details about what life was like in those rough-and-tumble early days. It’s supposedly one of the most haunted sites in the province, so be sure to ask about the resident ghosts. Afterwards you can take a ride on a stagecoach, go for a trail ride, and visit the fascinating Indigenous Village, where members of the Shuswap Nation illuminate Indigenous Peoples history. Lillooet Museum and Visitor Centre Open: Mid Spring to Mid Fall The museum is located on the site of the Anglican church of St. Mary the Virgin, built in 1861. It was the first church in Lillooet and the timber for it was carried over the rugged Harrison to Lillooet trail on the backs of miners.
You’re never far from history in Gold Country and there’s something for everyone, no matter how far back in time you want to go. Does 50 million years sound about right? Several thousand years? View the Indigenous pictographs at Mount Savona, or in the Stein Valley Nlaka’pamux Heritage Park, or at Cornwall Mountain near Ashcroft. Would you like to go back 150 years and find out what life was like in a bustling roadhouse during the Gold Rush? From abandoned gold mines to beautifully preserved historic buildings, Indigenous archaeological sites to pioneer cemeteries, Gold Country is full of historical interest; and the region’s many museums are wonderful ways to discover this fascinating heritage. Please contact each location for operating hours while planning your visit. Ashcroft Museum and Archives Open: Mid Spring to Mid Fall Walk past re-creations of original stores, tour a coal mine, see what Ashcroft’s Chinatown was like and peek into a Victorian dining-room in this awardwinning museum, which features two floors of fascinating exhibits. The museum began life at the 56 Ashcroft Journal office next door
in 1905 and was moved to its present location originally the village post office. Ashcroft Manor and Teahouse Open: Mid Spring to Mid Fall The Cornwall Brothers settled here in 1862, establishing the site which was the original Ashcroft. The Ashcroft Manor is now a Teahouse and displays a large collection of items and is open in the summer months. Two large elm trees on the property were imported from England and are over 100 years old. Clinton Museum Open: Mid Spring to Mid Fall Built in 1892 as the local schoolhouse, it’s the only building left in Clinton to have been constructed from local brick, and its distinctive appearance sets it apart from its neighbours. The building also served as a courthouse for many years, and in the fall of 1915 saw two dramatic trials for murder, one of which resulted in the last person hanged for murder in Kamloops. Historic Hat Creek Open: Mid Spring to Mid Fall One of the original stops on the Cariboo Wagon Road, Hat Creek has a long and colorful history. This history is brought to life today by guides in period costume
The museum is a treasure trove of local history, documenting the town’s foundation as “Mile 0”. There are displays highlighting local Indigenous history, the Chinese and Japanese communities and an exhibit devoted to the legendary Margaret “Ma” Murray, the extraordinary newspaper editor who was awarded the Order of Canada for her work. Hidden Treasure: Find out about the surprising role that camels played during the Gold Rush era and then visit the building where the ornery animals were stabled. Lytton Chinese Museum Open: Mid Spring to Mid Fall The Lytton Chinese Museum opened its doors on May 13, 2017 on the original site of the Joss House. From 1881 until 1928 The Joss House was a place of worship and local meeting space; the museum is a replica of the original temple and displays the history of the Chinese immigrants and their connection to the Indigenous Peoples and other residents in Lytton and the surrounding area from 1858 to 1928. The hard work and sacrifice of more than 17,000 Chinese laborers was instrumental in building the Canadian National Railway through the Fraser Canyon. You will find displays highlighting the 1860’s Fraser River Gold Rush, artifacts from camp life of railway workers and collections of texts from the original temple.
Lytton Museum and Archives Open: Mid Spring to Mid Fall The building which houses the Lytton Museum was built in 1942 by the Canadian National Railway as a foreman’s house. Exhibits include Indigenous artifacts and early pioneer items, including a 140-year-old Chinese tapestry and a cannon ball found nearby in the Thompson River Valley. Hidden Treasure: Don’t miss the view of two great rivers – the Thompson and Fraser – meeting in Lytton, where they create a dramatic sight. Visitor Information Centre at Historic Baillie House, Merritt Open: Year-round The Baillie House was built in 1913 by a man who was waiting for his mailorder bride to arrive from England. Sadly, his bride-to-be met another man en route to Canada and never arrived. The building is fitted with period furniture and decorations, and is now an enchanting trip back in time. Hidden Treasure: Mrs. Baillie had a reputation as a dreadful gardener, but you can still admire the hollyhocks which she planted along the side of the house more than seven decades ago. Nicola Valley Museum and Archives Open: Year-round The museum’s extensive archives feature more than 4,000 historical photographs detailing life throughout the region over the last 150 years. There are also fascinating displays, including a pioneer general store and kitchen, musical instruments, and exhibits about local Indigenous Peoples, including the work of pioneering anthropologist and photographer James Teit. Train buffs won’t want to miss the model train set up by the local Model Railway Club.
wide array of artifacts, photographs, scrapbooks, and reference material documenting the birth and growth of the town, from its foundation during the Gold Rush days to the present. There is also information about local Indigenous sites that are of considerable historical importance, including the cave pictographs on nearby Mount Savona. Hidden Treasure: Be certain to check out the Savona Station Antique Mall, home of Kelly’s Kaboose-The Railway Store. If these walls could talk! Ask the friendly owners about the incredible history of this building while searching for your unique souvenir to take home with you. Walhachin Soldier’s Memorial Hall Open: Mid Spring to Mid Fall One of the oldest buildings in Walhachin, the Soldier’s Memorial Hall was built in 1912. It was originally intended as a packing house, but also served the social needs of the growing community, boasting a floating dance floor made of spruce planks that was set on springs for extra bounce. Today it hosts a fascinating display of furniture, clothing, photographs and artifacts documenting the rise and fall of “Canada’s Camelot”. Hidden Treasure: To the north of Hwy. 1 you can still see remnants of the ambitious flume system built to irrigate Walhachin’s orchards, while a handful of original apple trees stand to the south of the highway, where they mingle with sagebrush and cactus.
Mus eum s Ashcroft Manor & Teahouse Trans Canada Hwy #1 West Tel: 250-453-9983 Ashcroft Museum & Archives 404 Brink Street Tel: 250-453-9232 Lytton Chinese History Museum 145 Main Street Tel: 778-254-6667 Clinton Museum 1419 Cariboo Hwy Tel: 250-459-2442 Historic Hat Creek Junction of Hwy 97 & 99 Tel: 1-800-782-0922 Lillooet Museum & Visitor Centre 790 Main Street Tel: 250-256-4308 Lytton Museum 420 Fraser Street Tel: 250-455-2254 Merritt Visitor Information Centre at Historic Baillie House 2250 Voght Street Tel: 250-378-0349 Nicola Valley Museum & Archives 1675 Tutill Court Tel: 250-378-4145 Savona Heritage Museum 6640 Tingley Street Walhachin Soldier’s Memorial Hall 4359 Central Ave. Tel: 250-318-6100
Hidden Treasure: Pick up a guide from the Visitor Information Centre and search out the handprints of some of the biggest names in country music, including Johnny Cash and the Dixie Chicks, on the Walk of Stars. Savona Heritage Museum Open: Mid Spring to Mid Fall This charming museum features a
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Book your tee time and prepare yourself for the happy days in the sunshine that come with golfing in Gold Country. Along with challenging courses you’ll be treated to warm breezes and spectacular views of sagebrush, lakes, forests and desert. Several golf magazines have ranked a few of our courses within the top places to play in Canada! 1 Sagebrush Golf and Sporting Club Quilchena Tel: 1-778-549-8038 sagebrushlife.com
The first of its kind in Canada, the Sagebrush Golf & Sporting Club has embraced a unique minimalist “linksstyle” golf course and paired it with a world-class fly-fishing experience. An 18-hole course designed and built by Rod Whitman, tour pro Richard Zokol and Armen Suny, the course takes advantage of the rocky mountainside landscape and the stunning backdrop of Nicola Lake.
Quilchena on the Lake Quilchena Tel: 250-378-2923 quilchenaonthelake.com With the sounds of Nicola Lake lapping up on the shore, Quilchena on the Lake offers a relaxing 9-hole round of golf in a setting that was at one time a ranch and at another time a field for polo matches. Well-manicured greens and the winding Quilchena Creek offer a bit of difficulty at every turn, this course is both challenging and relaxing at the same time. 2 Merritt Golf & Country Club Merritt Tel: 250-378-9414 merrittgolf.com
Located in the heart of Merritt and nestled among a circle of scenic hillside vistas, the Merritt Golf and Country Club is a challenging 9-hole course that covers an expanse of 6,200 yards. With a CPGA pro on staff and a 2,400 square foot clubhouse and fully stocked pro shop, the club is a great place for a round of golf and perhaps some socializing after.
3 Meadow Creek Golf Club Logan Lake Tel: 250-523-6666 golfloganlake.ca
Take a swing and enjoy the view of pine and aspen forests, wildlife and sunny skies! Logan Lake’s Meadow Creek Golf Club features 9 holes and 6,100 yards of peace and relaxation. A small practice range, putting green, licensed snack bar, pro shop and a 100 seat hall make this an excellent place to unwind and enjoy some excellent golf. 4 Tobiano Golf Course Tobiano Tel: 1-877-373-2218 tobianogolf.com
One of Canada’s premier golf courses, Tobiano lies on the site of the former Six Mile Ranch, on the spectacular shores of Kamloops Lake. A thrilling and challenging 18-hole course designed by award-winning Canadian golf architect Thomas McBroom, Tobiano is a unique course that is challenging and visually breathtaking.
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5 Tin Cup Greens 70 Mile House Tel: 250-456-7577 tincupgreens.wordpress.com
Co ntac t Lillooet Sheep Pasture Golf Course Tel: 250-256-0550 lillooetgolf.com Meadow Creek Golf Club Logan Lake Tel: 250-523-6666 golfloganlake.ca Merritt Golf & Country Club Tel: 250-378-9414 merrittgolf.com Tin Cup Greens 70 Mile House Tel: 250-456-7577 tincupgreens.wordpress.com Tobiano Golf Course Savona Tel: 1-877-373-2218 tobianogolf.com Quilchena on the Lake Golf & RV Park 250-378-2923 quilchena.com Sagebrush Golf & Sporting Club Quilchena Tel: 1-877-350-9555 sagebrushclub.com
Family owned and fun for the whole family, the Tin Cup Greens Golf Course offers 9-holes of recreational golf in scenic 70 Mile House. The course is conveniently located near the many popular resorts and lakes in the area such as Green Lake and Watch Lake, making it a perfect activity to add to a lake vacation plan! 6 Lillooet Sheep Pasture Golf Course Lillooet Tel: 250-256-0550 lillooetgolf.com
Golf among the sheep and enjoy one of the most unusual 9-hole courses in British Columbia! Small, yet challenging, the Lillooet Sheep Pasture Golf Course features unforgiving greens, new bunkers, short but straight fairways, challenging hazards and water holes, and of course â€“ grazing sheep.
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Fishing As varied as the geography of gold country is, the same can be said of the fishing adventures. Gold Country has lakes of all sizes, rivers and streams all perfect for fishing. You can cast a line and reel in rainbow trout, dolly vardens, steelhead trout, and salmon. You can even land a giant 1500 lb, 13 foot long sturgeon. Now that is how a good fish story should end! There is no wrong time of year for being on our lakes, each season welcomes the angler with a different environment, but please ensure you have a current fishing license and are following the regulations. 1 Corbett Lake Lodge Merritt 1-250-378-4334 corbettlake.ca Spend some quality time at Corbett Lake Lodge, just 15 mins away from Merritt. Try out your luck and favorite lure to catch an 18 lb Kamloops rainbow trout and have the best story to tell later that night at the lodge! 2 Surrey Lake Fishing Resort Logan Lake 1-866-523-9778 surreylake.com The higher altitude of Logan Lake means the waters stay cooler and the lakes don’t experience the typical slowdown in the hot summer months. Surrey Lake Fishing Resort has been a great spot to stay and wet your line since 1931. An authentic off-grid experience will revive and refresh you. Stay in a rustic cabin, rent a boat and spend your vacation reeling in lake and rainbow trout.
3 Tunkwa Lake Resort Tunkwa Lake 1-250-523-9697 tunkwalakeresort.com Tunkwa Lake Resort offers cabins, camping sites and boat rentals. This lake is wildly popular for ice fishing and in the warmer months is a fly fishing hub. Larger rainbow trout are reported but the average catch out of this stocked lake is about is 4 lbs. 4 Rock and River Rustic Resort Savona 1-250-373-2091 paradisethompson.com Travelling on the Trans Canada Highway will take you right past Rock and River Rustic Resort. They offer great river shore views and the chance to catch salmon on the river. The resort offers cabins, camping and “glamping”, a form of tenting in luxury. Camp and Fish packages are available.
5 Bait’s Motel Spences Bridge 1-250-458-2223 Bait’s Motel is very popular with anglers and the Log Cabin Pub is a great place to relax after a long day of fishing and sunshine. 6 Goldpan Provincial Park Hwy 1 env.gov.bc.ca/bcparks/explore/parks/
Goldpan Provincial Park offer up camping sites for both tenting and RVs. Right on the edge of the river you will be sure to find a great spot to cast your line and land the big one. 7 Fraser Canyon River Ranch Lillooet 1-250-256-9282 sturgeonfishingbc.com
Fraser Canyon River Ranch offers multiday fishing packages that include your accommodations in a yurt or cabin, a full meal plan and your excursion to catch the big ones!
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8 Xwisten Tours Lillooet 1-250-256-7844 xwistentours.ca
Take a cultural fishing journey and view the Bridge River Fishing Grounds where the Indigenous people have fished for centuries. The salmon wind drying on the wooden racks is caught and prepared by the locals. Taste the salmon and bannock at the Bear Foot Grill. 9 Marigold Fishing Resort Loon Lake 1-250-459-2579 marigoldresort.com
This resort has lakefront cabins and RVs, campsites and boat rentals available. Grab some bait and advice from the locals and soak up the sun on the lake all day.
10 Siwash Lake Ranch 70 Mile House 1-250-395-6541 siwashlakeranch.com
Siwash Lake Ranch has the ultimate experience awaiting you. The Ranch offers an on-site pond stocked with 8 lb Rainbow trout and an angling guide to teach you the art of fly fishing. Once you have the confidence and skills there is Crater Lake where you can practice your swoosh-flick fly fishing skills and admire the waterfalls. Other waterways are accessible by guided trips in 4 wheel drive vehicles and include a packed lunch to keep up your strength after wrangling trout in all day. Siwash is recognized as a “Canadian Signature Experience”, and one of the “Unique Lodges of the World” by National Geographic. exploregoldcountry.com wheretofishinbc.com env.gov.bc.ca/fw/fish/regulations/#Synopsis Photo Credit: Kelly Tuohey
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The rich, fertile soil of Gold Country has produced apples fit for a King; Edward VII, who requested Spences Bridge apples at the Royal Horticultural Society Fair in London in 1909. Fortunately, you don’t have to go to England to taste the delights of the region, whether it’s locally grown fruit and vegetables, honey, or liquid delights from a local winery or cidery. Break up your journey, stretch your legs, and sample local produce close to the source; in some cases you can pick your own! Suede Hills Organic Farm, Thompson River Estate suedehills.com Phone: 1-877-682-1188
Near the small community of Walhachin, Suede Hills Organic Farm adheres to an authentic food eating style and philosophy. All their products – including organic alfalfa, organic green leaf stevia, organic olive leaf, and caffeine-free teas – are hand harvested and naturally dried. The Terrace Heights Ranch and Farm sells home grown produce from its “spray free” fields, including tomatoes, squash, leeks, potatoes, and garlic. They also sell fresh local honey, eggs, bacon and 62 lamb. (Phone 250-373-2251).
2 Left Field Cider Co., Mamit Lake
Open: Year Round (by appointment in low season)
leftfieldcider.com Phone: 250-448-6991
Two sisters turned a hay field into an orchard and a barn into a ciderhouse to produce award winning cider. Left Field Cider Co. makes artisanal English-style cider in small batches using BC dessert apples. The results are great ciders that you can try in their sample room located between Merritt and Logan Lake.
3 The Nicola Valley Apiaries, Merritt nicolavalleyhoney.com Phone: 250-378-5208 Family owned for more than 25 years, produces fine quality gourmet honey utilizing the climate, soil and flowers of the ranchlands of the beautiful Nicola Valley. Liquid and creamed honey, comb honey, honey pots, beeswax, candles and pollen are available. .
4 3 Bar Farms, Nicola Valley Phone: 250-378-2124 Organically grown produce with every effort made to grow crops in a sustainable manner using natural fertilizer produced on the farm. Some of the delicious crops
grown include pumpkins, many varieties of squash and potatoes, kale, swiss chard and much more! Nicola Valley Produce grows organic garlic and sells garlic seeds for you to grow your very own tasty garlic!
5 Monkey in the Garden Restaurant, Spences Bridge Phone: 250-458-2420 Located on Hwy 8 between Spences Bridge and Merritt, this all-organic farm bistro is open Saturdays and Sundays, June through September. It’s a farmto-plate food experience featuring homegrown ingredients, delicious desserts, and wonderful coffee creations. The Packing House, Spences Bridge Phone: 250-458-2256 Located in the original packing house of the Widow Smith, who grew the apples King Edward VII was so anxious to find. The restaurant uses local ingredients sourced from area farms and orchards, including the owner’s own garden, and the soups, desserts, and bread are homemade. You can pick up the produce that was used in your fresh meal from The Secret Gardens Market.
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The Hilltop Gardens Market and Campground, Spences Bridge Phone: 250-458-2288 One of the largest produce stands in the area and has been a prominent feature of Spences Bridge for many years. It’s also a heritage site, built on the spot where pioneering anthropologist James Teit once lived.
6 Spapium “little prairie” Farm, Lytton Phone: 604-819-0969 Spapium offers tours on how food is grown, gathered, and preserved, leave enriched by the cultural understandings shared through unique Nłeʔkepmx culture. It is awesome to pick your sustainably grown heritage produce fresh from the gardens, farm gates sales of produce is available Monday – Saturday of the growing season. Tours are by appointment.
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7 Old Airport Gardens, Lillooet Phone: 250-256-7051 At this family run garden you can pick your own delicious local fruits, including apricots, cherries, peaches, pears, apples and watermelon. Fort Berens Estate Winery, Lillooet Open: Year round (by appointment in January and February) Phone: 1-877-956-7768 fortberens.ca A relative newcomer to the BC wine scene, the Fort Berens Estate Winery has 65 acres of vineyard in the heart of gold mining country. The hot summer days, cool nights, and sandy soil are ideal for growing premium grapes, and the winery is already winning awards for its 100% estate grown vintages. HOOH Hops Inc, Lillooet Phone: 604-992-4145 The owners’ passion for fine ales turned into a passion for growing its vital spice – hops. They transformed an untended mountain slope into one of the few organic hop farms in the country,
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producing distinctive hops for craft brewers. Tours of the site, overlooking the Fraser River Canyon, are available from May to September (book in advance).
8 Horsting’s Farm Market, Cache Creek horstingsfarm.com Phone: 250-457-6546 Locally grown, peak of season produce, a delicious café with fresh baked pies and bread and a home décor store. Take in lunch on the covered deck or enjoy ice cream and let the kids stretch their legs in the play area and pay a visit to the goats. Early in the season the greenhouse is overflowing with bedding plants, planted containers and hanging baskets full of flowers, tomatoes and strawberries.
9 Desert Hills Ranch, Ashcroft deserthillsranch.com Phone: 250-453-9878 Desert Hills Ranch has fresh, locally grown fruit and vegetables in season, along with bedding plants, cut flowers, and cider. In October you can visit the haunted barn, and take a hay ride out to the pumpkin patch to pick your 64 own jack-o’-lantern. The famous
climbing goats are a hit with children of all ages.
10 Bhumi Farm Organics, Venables Valley sarangati.ca Phone: 250-457-7171 In Venables Valley, (between Spences Bridge and Ashcroft,) Bhumi Farm Organics specializes in crops that thrive in the region’s short, hot growing season, including horseradish, rhubarb, and “sunchokes” (more commonly known as Jerusalem artichokes, although it has no relation to Jerusalem, nor is it an artichoke), the only commercially produced vegetable native to North America. Pick your own raspberries in July and take part in the fall festival of harvesting.
Ashcroft June to late September Saturdays 8:30 am to 1:00 pm Cache Creek May to October Saturdays 9:00 am to 1:00 pm Clinton Mid May to mid October Thursdays 10:00 am to 3:00 pm Lillooet Mid May to mid October Fridays 8:30 am to 12:30 pm Logan Lake July to August Sundays 10:00 am to 2:00 pm Lytton Mid June to early October Fridays 10:00 am to 4:00 pm Merritt May to October Saturdays 10:00 am to 2:00 pm Spences Bridge May to October Sundays 10:00 am to 2:00pm
For a true taste of Gold Country, visit one of the many farmers’ markets throughout the region. They offer a huge variety of local and organic produce, plants, flowers, eggs, honey, preserves, and confectionary, as well as local crafts. You might even find fresh homemade bannock! Photo Credit: Kelly Tuohey
Arts & Culture
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Gold Country is alive with the sound of music, the joy of painting and the creative spirit in all its forms, from chainsaw carving to handmade pottery to local soapstone carvings. Be inspired by the art and artists of the region, watch them at work and perhaps create some art of your own.
BeadTrails On your adventure in Gold Country be sure to make time to collect and create your own memory bracelet with the BeadTrails. Visit original businesses and take home a memento of your time there with a signature bead. Every bead design is unique and will serve as a great reminder of your amazing vacation. This BC wide initiative has just begun to pop up in Gold Country, so whether you’re exploring local art galleries, wineries, museums or boutiques, follow the BeadTrails to find all the hidden gems. Gold Country Communities Society has a unique bead just waiting for you to add to your collection. This bead features a gold heart with a bright red maple leaf as a nod to Canada’s 150 birthday. Available from Gold Country’s office in Cache Creek. 250457-6606 Check out beadtrails.com for an up to date list of businesses and an interactive map.
Experience Art Courthouse Arts Gallery, Merritt Phone: 250-378-6515 Located in a beautiful heritage building, the gallery features displays of solo, group and community artwork which change monthly. It also hosts workshops and a number of art events within the community, including the summer Art Walk in July and August. Ken Glasgow’s Philosophy Park, Lytton Phone: 250-455-2569 From “The Great HOG of Freedom” to “The Mood Pole”, the incredible steel sculptures and curios in this outdoor park are designed to amaze and delight while imparting a few words of wisdom. Jo Petty Studio, Ashcroft Phone: 250-457-0997 Acclaimed artist Jo Petty’s vibrant works are unmistakable, with their stunning use of shape and color. Book a tour of her studio and you’ll come away refreshed and inspired. Mosaic Art Walk Stunning works of mosaic art created by local artists have been installed throughout the community. These colorful themed depictions of its history are a must see for everyone. A brochure with a self-guided walking tour of the mosaic locations is available throughout the community.
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Wayfinder ARTmapp Murals resonate with small towns… it is the big screen in a rural way. Vibrant in heart, ideas and true rich rural living. The people are rich in values, culture and rural living stories: stories that map the area with braided heritage highways that connect to those that have traveled the roads before them. The Gold Country land is wild, and time is entwined with the past, pointed to the future. In the middle are the youth. The Indigenous youth, that have dreams, and whispers from the elders, that lend vision and care for the land and the water that is their soul. Painting county music stars and spending the days in the sun, sharing cultures, food, and most of all art. The art, the people and the sun. The sun on the faces, painting worlds brighter and leaving social change as a legacy. Stunning artwork will capture your attention and wondering what is around the corner, we will keep you exploring, so pack your sneakers or best walking shoes. You haven’t seen anything quite like this before, we promise! MichelleLoughery.org RouteBlue.ca #TrailsGoneWild #WayFinderArtMapp #ExploreRouteBlue
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distinctly west coast experience. This multi-day event with over 100 artists, DJ’s and performers; a floating river parade and 3 immersive audio-visual environments is sure to engage all weekend long. Rockin’ River Country Music Festival August A four day festival that has the river rockin’! With multiple stages entertaining over 20 artists and bands, this is a party all weekend. Camping is available as well as early admission to beat the rush. Photo Credit: Jonah Greenman
Local Art & Artisans
Art is all around in Gold Country. Shops throughout the region carry paintings, sculptures, pottery, jewelry, leathercraft and carvings by talented local artisans, and many restaurants and businesses proudly display local artwork on the walls. Ashcroft and Merritt’s summer Art Walks pair local artists and businesses, providing visitors with a walking tour (maps available throughout the communities) that is vibrant and unique, while the Ashcroft Art Show (May) and the Clinton Art and Artisan Show (August) showcase the many talented artists in and around those communities.
Making music comes naturally to many in Gold Country, and the region features many outstanding musicians who are regulars at concerts and events throughout the area and beyond.
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Music at the Miyazaki Summer Concert Series, Lillooet July and August
Throughout the summer and fall many communities throughout Gold Country host events which provide a showcase for local artisans and crafters, who demonstrate their skill with jewelry, wood, pottery, textiles and much more. Desert Daze in Spences Bridge, the Apricot Tsaqwem Festival in Lillooet, the River Festival in Lytton are all popular places for artisans to display their creations, as well as the Fall Fair in Ashcroft. 66
Music in the Park Series, Ashcroft Late June through August Held at the gazebo in Heritage Park on Railway Avenue, this long-running concert series organized by the Winding Rivers Arts and Performance Society features musicians from across the country, supported by local soloists and groups. It is a wonderful way to enjoy the Thompson Okanagan evenings with the whole family.
Often called “the most beautiful house in Lillooet”, the Miyazaki House – built in the 1890s – opens its grounds in summer for free nights of family entertainment featuring bluegrass, rock and roll, jazz, blues, and country music. Bass Coast, Merritt July This festival of electronic music also incorporates conceptual art and dance to create an exciting, innovative, and
Desert Daze, Spences Bridge August This fun-filled, family-friendly event is held every year, and features wall-towall, toe-tapping live music in a wide variety of styles. There are also jam sessions for the adventurous; ask someone to lend you a guitar! Workshops, local vendors and Indigenous demonstrations round out the two days of music and entertainment.
Dance The Clinton Ball – established in 1868 – kicks off Western Week in Clinton. Dress up and travel back in time to when this was the society event in the region. Traditional Indigenous dances strike a vibrant note at the region’s Pow Wows and many other events, such as Lytton’s River Festival.
Theatre The Winding Rivers Arts and Performance Society, based in Ashcroft, keeps the theatre tradition alive with annual productions featuring community members of all ages. The Merritt Live Theatre Society is dedicated to promoting the performing arts in Merritt and the Nicola Valley and also brings in productions from other venues, including the Vancouver International Fringe Festival. For exact dates, times and locations visit exploregoldcountry.com calendar of events.
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Imagine being in downtown Ashcroft when a grizzly bear walks down the middle of the main street while a crew films the movie An Unfinished Life with Robert Redford, Jennifer Lopez and Morgan Freeman. Picture standing on a barren plain near Stump Lake, as people from a warring space inhabit a new world in the series finale of Battlestar Galactica. Take a journey through Gold Country and explore all the locations that are treasured by filmmakers from around the world! The Thompson-Nicola Film Commission’s new interactive map at tnrdlocationsmoviemap.com shows just how popular the area has been in the film industry. Click on any of the icons on the map and you’ll instantly see what film, TV show, commercial or music video filmed there. For many years locations throughout Gold Country have been admirable
stand-ins for places like Afghanistan, Tibet, Africa, New Mexico, Texas and even other planets.
Loughery in her show stopping artistic style is highlighted in Merritt, BC. #ExploreRouteBlue
The X-Files used the barren land of Ashcroft as a stand in for New Mexico to recreate an Area 51 downed UFO. The area’s dry, dusty western-styled setting was a perfect stand in for Montana, where the story takes place. The Ashcroft landscape also played a significant role in 2012, starring John Cusack and Woody Harrelson, as well as The A-Team, starring Bradley Cooper, Liam Neeson, Jessica Biel and Rampage. Firewall, starring Harrison Ford and Paul Bettany, shot scenes in Walhachin. The Oscar-nominated film, The Sweet Hereafter, shot a number of scenes in the Barnes Lake and Venables Valley areas. Tomato Red, a promise of a better life, an Irish produced film showcases local artist Michelle
Of course, it’s not only movies and TV shows that seek out unique and special places to film, countless commercials have featured Gold Country’s winding roads and rocky terrain as well. The area around Logan Lake and Stump Lake are popular with brands like Honda and Dodge who are looking for the perfect backdrops for showing off the performance of their vehicles. With sweeping desert vistas, rolling grasslands, historic ranches and towns, barren and rocky landscapes and thick forests, Gold Country is a filmmaker’s paradise. Locations are close together and easy to reach, and the distinct and breathtaking views that make Gold Country so memorable can’t be found in any other location. 67
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Sleep in a Kekuli, or pit lodge, with only the sounds of water rushing and nature in full voice, or listen to the stories of elders who learned those stories from their elders before them. Explore the Indigenous culture that weaves through Gold Country’s past and present. Visitors can experience local Indigenous traditions through a number of tours. The Xwísten Experience Tours, run by the Bridge River Indian Band near Lillooet, offer visitors an opportunity to discover the rich fishing traditions of the St’át’imc People. As the fish are brought up from the river, salmon will be drying in the wind in a traditional preservation method that is still in use today. Tour the archaeology site where over 80 pit houses (s7ístken), large round dwellings dug into the earth, have been identified. You can even explore inside one of
these traditional winter homes before enjoying a salmon BBQ, complete with bannock! Sekw’el’was Experience lets you get up close and explore their culture, plants and wildlife. Join a knowledgeable guide on a one hour tour as they show you how Splitrock Environmental Sekw’el’was combines traditional and contemporary methods to produce ethnobotany products. At the on-site native plant nursery, learn about Naturescaping your own garden. While each area’s Indigenous People share many common threads, their lifestyles and traditions are fascinating and diverse. Visit Historic Hat Creek and wander through the thoughtprovoking Indigenous Village. Take in an interpretive tour, or by special arrangement, sleep in an 18 foot teepee
or Kekuli (pit lodge). In Merritt the Conayt Friendship Centre tells the story of the Indigenous People in the Nicola Valley. Each year the centre hosts a number of events, including National Indigenous Peoples Day celebrations in Merritt’s Rotary Park.
The Pow Wow Listen to the rhythm of the drums. Watch the flashes of silver from the visiting jingle dresses catch in the light. The dancers at the Pow Wow, drawn from all over North America, light up the grounds with colour and sound. While not part of the history of most local Indigenous groups, the Pow Wow has become an important part of modern tradition. Some excellent local Pow Wows to attend include the St’at’imc Nation
‘Gathering of Hearts’ Valentines Pow Wow in Lillooet, the very moving Remembrance Pow Wow in Lytton in November for Remembrance Day, and the Skeetchestn Pow Wow near Savona in November.
Discover Artisan Treasures Beadwork, deer hide drums, soapstone carvings, weaving – just a few of the one of a kind treasures you can find when purchasing the work of local artisans in Gold Country. Lytton First Nation Hot Spot sells soapstone carvings, weaving,
preserves, and traditional beadwork created by Lytton artisans. Just 7 Km west of Savona is the Big Sky Station and Restaurant where you can find birch bark baskets, buckskin moccasins, drums, beadwork, and other items made by local Skeetchestn artisans. Many of the Pow Wows and local fairs also have booths where Indigenous artists bring their works to sell.
Learn More Visit exploregoldcountry.com for up to date info on local events and attractions.
P ow Wow E ti q u e t te When attending a Pow Wow it’s important to be respectful and to ask questions if you’re unsure of etiquette. In general : 1. Listen to the MC and follow instructions. 2. Stand and remove hats and other head coverings during the Grand Entry, Flag Ceremonies, Invocation, and Closing Ceremonies. 3. Avoid entering the dance arbour after it has been blessed. 4. Always request permission before taking photographs or recording any drum groups. 5. Sit in the area reserved for the public. If in doubt, ask. 6. Dancers are wearing Regalia, not costumes, and they appreciate it when people refer to it correctly. 7. Always accept an invitation, particularly from elders. 8. Respect that alcohol and drugs are prohibited in the Pow Wow arena. 9. Enjoy yourself!
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The living is easy during Gold Country summers, with the spectacular and diverse landscape, abundant wildlife, and wealth of activities providing visitors with incredible outdoor adventures to suit every taste. Whether you want to keep cool with whitewater rafting, hike through unspoiled mountain meadows, or indulge your inner cowboy with a trail ride, you’ll find an experience you’ll never forget.
Coyotes are a common sight throughout the area, while cougars are an imposing but evasive resident of Gold Country. The most commonly encountered large carnivore in the area is the black bear; grizzly bears also reside here, but are much rarer. In the semi-desert areas of Spences Bridge, Ashcroft, and Cache Creek rattlesnakes can be found, and marmots are also common.
Watch for California Bighorn sheep, which can make their way up the steepest hillsides, while moose prefer spruce forests and swampy ground. Whitetail and mule deer are common sights, often making themselves at home in residents’ gardens, and elk have been residents of the area since the ice age, living in the high mountain 70 country.
The majestic bald eagle can be found throughout Gold Country, and ospreys are common in many areas, returning year after year to established nests. The Steller’s Jay – the official bird of British Columbia – can be seen throughout the region, as can grouse, bluebirds, owls, and Chukar partridges.
Fishing The region’s many lakes and rivers offer many choices, whether you’re after salmon, trout, char, sturgeon, kokanee, or perch, to name a few. The Thompson River between Lytton and Kamloops Lake is known for its steelhead, with Spences Bridge renowned as the prime spot for this fish. Many local resorts are happy to supply tackle, boats, guides, and everything else you need. Be aware that you need a valid fishing license, and consult BC fishing and boating regulations when you plan your trip. Please respect Indigenous fishing grounds when fishing in Gold Country.
Hunting The varied wildlife of Gold Country attracts many hunters, who travel the scenic back country in search of their quarry. Please consult and respect BC
hunting and firearms regulations before you set out. Pick up a free Gold Country Trail Guide, available at local visitor centres, because wherever you are in the region, you’re never far away from the perfect place to explore, by foot, bike, horseback, or ATV.
that is accessible by kayak or for the more intrepid by hiking trail, located just down scenic Hwy 99. Networks of trails can be reached from a variety of places, including the Campbell Hill air strip and Back Valley. Please be sure to check out env.gov.bc.ca/bcparks for up to date information on park closures before you go.
Don’t miss the Inukshuk Trail on the mesa east of town; the more adventurous can continue on to Barnes Lake, and the area’s miles of trails are popular with dirt bikers.
The Painted Chasm is a popular destination, offering breathtaking views of this natural phenomenon, and there’s an easy hike in to Clinton Falls only a few minutes outside town. The Big Bar cross-country ski trails are excellent hiking trails in summer, and details about trails to Cougar Point, Meadow Lake, High Bar, Mount Kerr, and other destinations can be obtained at the Clinton Visitor Centre.
Cornwall Hills Provincial Park puts on a wonderful display of wildflowers in July and August, and the summit offers a stunning 360º view of the surrounding area, while nearby Oregon Jack Provincial Park boasts a spectacular limestone canyon, waterfalls, and ancient Indigenous pictographs.
Cache Creek Crown Lake has a stunning waterfall
Copper Desert Country Explore Deadman Valley, with its amazing hoodoos, lakes, abandoned gold mine, and spectacular waterfall. An 8 km hiking trail
encircles Lac Le Jeune, and from here there is access to the extensive Stake Lake trail system, with more than 45 km of trails suitable for biking and hiking. Tsintsunko Lakes Provincial Park has a trail system which connects many of the park’s lakes and wetlands.
Lillooet Pick up a copy of Canyon to Alpine, the Lillooet hiking guide, at the Lillooet Visitor Centre. It’s a comprehensive guide to the many trails in the area, including the trail to Red Rock, with its panoramic views of the river and mountains, and the Seton Ridge Trail. You can also explore Marble Canyon Provincial Park, with its fantastic limestone formations.
Logan Lake More than 35 km of trails wind through the scenic landscape southeast of Logan Lake, and can be accessed from the town centre. Nearby Tunkwa Provincial Park protects grasslands, wetlands, and forest ecosystems. There is a 4.3 km
Spences Bridge The base of the impressive Murray Creek Falls can be reached by an easy hiking trail. To the east of town is the now abandoned Kettle Valley Railway rail bed, which can be enjoyed by hikers and cyclists.
Summer Sports If your idea of a good walk includes some golfing, be sure to check out one of Gold Country’s golf courses. Tin Cup Greens near 70 Mile House nestles in a beautiful meadow. Tobiano Golf Course near Savona has a stunning setting beside Kamloops Lake, and the Lillooet Sheep Pasture Golf Course is home to a mixed breed herd of sheep which keep the greens trimmed.
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trail around Leighton Lake, or visitors can hike the grasslands and explore the area around Tunkwa Lake.
Valley Nlaka’pamux Heritage Park contains spectacular scenery and outstanding historical, cultural, and spiritual sites.
The Arrowstone Hills to the east of Loon Lake provides excellent hiking opportunities, through canyons and past majestic hoodoos. Arrowstone Provincial Park protects one of the largest undisturbed valleys in the southern interior. It has a long Indigenous history; a basalt quarry within the park’s boundaries has provided arrowheads for thousands of years. From the north end of the Loon Lake you can follow part of the old Hudson Bay Fur Brigade Trail.
Skihist Provincial Park gives access to 8km of hiking trails, which provide panoramic views of the Thompson Canyon and take the hiker on to part of the old Cariboo Wagon Road. The extensive trail system of Stein
The Kane Valley trails are a 50 km network for hikers and mountain bikers which provides access to more trails, including the Kettle Valley Railway bed. Other venues for motorized users include the Thynne Mountain trails, the Clapperton Falls trail, and Walker, Elkhart, and Pennask Lakes. The hiking trails at Monck Provincial Park provide wonderful views of the surrounding countryside. Mount Savona Provincial Park contains cliffs, canyons, dry ridges, grassland, a small lake, and marshes. There are several important Indigenous sites in the park, and the summit of Mount Savona commands an excellent view of Kamloops Lake.
Marble Canyon has been called the “Cinderella of BC rock” because of its still relatively undiscovered beauty, but rock climbers have opened dozens of routes. At the Six Mile Hill Protected Area west of Kamloops off Hwy. 1, climbers can try their skill at “The Beach”, while Prickly Pear Canyon, between Kamloops and Cache Creek short, relatively easy climbs. Early settlers depended on old-fashioned horse-power and these days you can experience Gold Country the way they did: on horseback. Many of the guest resorts throughout the region supply horses and provide trail rides of varying lengths, suited to every type of rider. All-out adventure awaits you on a whitewater rafting trip on the Fraser or Thompson Rivers. Lytton is one of the best centres for whitewater rafting in the country, and you can choose a rafting trip that lasts half a day, all day, or overnight. The powerful winds on Nicola Lake near Merritt make it a popular place for windsurfing. The lakes in Gold Country are popular with boaters of all types, from sailors and speedboaters to canoeists and kayakers. Many lakeside resorts rent boats of all types, and there are boat launches at several of the lakes located within provincial parks.
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Discover the treasures of Gold Country with your GPS or smartphone! Gold Country created the first GeoTourism program in British Columbia and since then, thousands of geocachers have explored the region, moving from geocache to geocache, and learning about the spectacular geology, history, and cultures of the area. Take the journey to the top of the Cornwall Hills fire lookout where you’ll not only discover the geocache, but a spectacular 360 degree view of Gold Country as well. Cross the famous reaction ferry in Lytton, grab the geocache on the other side, and make your way into the lush Stein Valley where a short hike will take you to ancient pictographs, rock formations with deep spiritual significance to the local Indigenous people, and another geocache. Each of these places is a wonder in itself, but sometimes we hear about spectacular locations but never make the effort to go. Geocaching 74 inspires us to make that effort,
and Gold Country’s geocaching programs are like invitations. They form an itinerary for exploring the region and getting off the beaten trail. Geocaching is all about searching for treasure. Like it is with many well-thought out geocaches, it’s the destination and the story that are the real treasures. Geocaching involves using a GPS unit (or smartphone) and a satellite connection to find treasures hidden by other geocachers. Geocaches around the world, including all of the Gold Country geocaches, are listed on geocaching.com where you can download the coordinates to your own device for free. Gold Country is a geocacher’s paradise and in 2009 Gold Country launched its first successful Geotourism program with the release of the Field Guide Volume 1. Available in both English and French, this guide includes detailed and informative write-ups on the first series of geocaches. In 2012 the second volume of the field guide was released to the joy of local and visiting geocachers
alike, with an addition of 72 more stories and caches to discover. Back by popular demand and to celebrate the geocaching program and Canada’s 150th birthday Gold Country will be releasing 8 new geotour geocaches. Each Gold Country geocache includes a fascinating write up in one of the field guides. Inside the cache containers themselves are items to trade and a colourful sticker representing the theme of the geocache. When geocachers collect stickers from 24 geocaches, they earn a highly sought after trackable souvenir geocoin. Visit goldtrail.com to download the free field guides or for more information on fun events for geocaches hosted by Gold Country. You can also find the Phase One and Phase Two Guidebooks free of charge at many museums, visitor information centres and select retailers in Gold Country. Contact firstname.lastname@example.org for more info on the free guides! (watch the Explore Gold Country Youtube video!)
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Take a deep breath and inhale the crisp, clean air that is Gold Country in the winter. Blue skies, white snow sparkling in the sunshine and breathtaking scenery â€“ winter in Gold Country is magical! In Gold Country, we donâ€™t hide from winter, we celebrate it! Speedskating races on the lake, snowmobiling, skiing and other activities make this a popular season that draws people from all over. (watch the Explore Gold Country YouTube Winter Fun video! YouTube.com/ExploreGoldCountry)
Snowmobiling Hit the gas and take to some of the most spectacular trails on a snowmobile this winter. Hands down one of the most popular winter activities in Gold Country is sledding. Snowmobilers manoeuvre these powerful machines through deep powder over the rolling mountainous landscape. Gold Rush Snowmobile Trail runs 170 km from 70 mile house to Horsefly and there are future plans for it to be extended to over 400 km. Contact the Green Lake Snowmobile Club
greenlakesnowmobileclub.ca for more information. Other locations to consider for a snowmobiling adventure include the Coquihalla Lakes, Thynne Mountain (55 km of trails), Swakum Mountain, Stoyoma Mountain (100 km of trails), Carson Mountain near Clinton, the Lundbom trails near Aspen Grove, Lac Le Jeune, Tunkwa Provincial Park, Greenstone Mountain, and the Tranquille Lake / Porcupine Meadows Snowmobile Trail System. Contact the Merritt Snowmobile Club merrittsnowmobileclub.webs.com for more information on snowmobiling in the area.
Snowshoeing Climb the trails without a motor and listen to that distinctive crunching sound the snow makes when you step in it. The air is clean and fresh, and the thrill of being outdoors and exploring on foot is hard to beat. Snowshoeing is one of the fastest growing winter sports around and you need very little equipment or special skills to get started! Most communities
are surrounded by trails that are perfect for hiking in the summer and snowshoeing in the winter. The Big Bar, Kane Valley, and Stake Lake ski trails even have marked snowshoe trails to help you get out there in a safe environment without having to head into the back country. Snowshoe rentals are available at various accommodations in the area.
Cross Country Skiing Glide along groomed trails for some of the finest Cross Country skiing in Canada right here in Gold Country. The thought of swooshing along flat expanses and over rolling trails brings hundreds of enthusiastic skiers out with skis in hand all winter long. The Big Bar Ski Trails, Clinton Cross Country Ski Trails (30 km), Logan Lake Cross Country Trails (includes 2 km of lit trails for night skiing), Kane Valley Recreational Area (south of Merritt) are always busy with grinning skiers as soon as the snow begins to fly. Lessons, snowshoe and kids ski rentals are available at the very popular Stake Lake trails where skiers enjoy over 60 km of groomed trails, including dog-friendly trails and some lit trails for night skiing.
Skating Slice across the ice in a sport that is like a rite of passage for Canadians – ice skating. Most community arenas, including Nicola Valley Aquatic Centre, Lower Nicola Arena, Logan Lake Recreation Centre, Lillooet Recreation Centre, Drylands Arena in Ashcroft, Clinton 47 Mile Sports Complex have public skating times and when the ice is thick enough skating on local lakes is also a popular option. Check local conditions and the best places to go if you choose to try skating outdoors with the locals. Logan Lake frequently has the ice cleared off for speed skating and recreational skating near Polar Carnival time.
Ice Fishing Drop your line and wait for the magic with an afternoon of ice fishing on one of the hundreds of lakes in Gold Country. Big Bar Lake, Loon Lake, Tunkwa Lake, and Chataway Lake are just some of the popular destinations for ice fishers. exploregoldcountry.com can point you to the best spots and let you know about upcoming events in the area including the popular ice fishing derbies.
More Winter Fun Ice climbing – looking for something a little different? How about climbing a frozen waterfall? Some experience is required and lessons are available from the Canada West Mountain School. Popular climbing areas include the Lillooet area, Marble Canyon, and the Joffre Glacier Group. Curling – Hurry hard and try curling! It’s one of the most popular playing and spectating winter sports in Canada. Sociable and fun for all ages, curling associations in Clinton, Lillooet, Ashcroft, Logan Lake and Merritt can let you know about local options to try this skill-testing sport. Ice Racing – Make your way to Barnes Lake (near Ashcroft) or Stake Lake to check out some impressive ice racing with motors! Barnes Lake hosts fast cars racing around icy corners through the Western Canadian Ice Racing Association of British Columbia. On Stake Lake it’s two wheel action with studded tires on motorcycles making the tight turns courtesy of the Greater Kamloops Motorcycle Association. Charters – Get out in the back country for an extreme skiing adventure in the
heart of the mountains surrounding Lillooet. Blackcomb Aviation operates Charter tours for those who are seeking, and prepared for, big thrills and big adventures!
S tay in g s a fe in t he win ter ICE safety The Canadian Red Cross recommends that ice be a minimum of: • 15 cm for walking or skating alone • 20 cm for skating parties or games • 25 cm for snowmobiles In the Backcountry • Always carry an avalanche transceiver • Go in groups, not alone • Check weather forecast before starting • Dress properly • Tell someone where you’re going, what you’re doing, your general route and expected return time • Take lessons, not risks!
Photo Credit: Guy Lundstrom
Highland Valley Outdoor Association maintains All Season Recreational Trails in the Logan Lake area. These well marked 36 kilometers are perfect for snowshoeing and Cross Country Skiing on the groomed trails. They include signage for degree of difficulty and even several telemarking areas. These trails are also enjoyed the rest of the year with bikers, hikers and horseback riders. More info at: highlandvalleyoutdoorassociation.com
Hockey Most communities will have indoor hockey games you can spectate in the winter months. Take in the very casual and fun atmosphere of a “Beer Belly” game at the various arenas, or immerse yourself into the crowd cheering for the home team at a “Merritt Cents” game. Schedule posted on merrittcentennials.com or exploregoldcountry.com calendar of events.
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Top Ten Experiences of Gold Country 1
Explore our diverse terrain; all while discovering the history that took place exactly where you find your first Gold Country geocache.
Watch for Wildlife Deer bounding in the meadow, moose sauntering into the marsh to cool off, coyotes howling to the night, wild horses grazing, bears feasting on wild berries... This is a mere glimpse of the creatures that reside in the scenic areas of Gold Country.
Cast a line The tug on the line as you plant your feet deeper into the rocks lining the banks of the river bed, a flash of silver leaps from the rushing water and the surge of excitement races through your veins. Create your own fish story today!
Immerse yourself in the Indigenous Culture Bright colors flash and feathers fan a whisper with the movement of the dancers as they move to the beat of the Pow Wow drum. Fresh caught salmon sizzles on the grill and the aroma of freshly baked bannock submerge your senses even further to make this an unforgettable cultural experience.
Swing some Clubs Line up your driver, prepare for the swing and as you look to the hole before you, you capture a glimpse of the Gold Country sky, all your cares disappear, you take the shot which lands on the green and descends into the hole. It is just another day in golfers’ paradise.
Live it up at a Festival We LOVE to celebrate! Our calendar is full of art, music, food, culture, entertainment and FUN! Be certain to check out our online calendar of events to be certain you aren’t missing out.
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Relive the History Gold Country is steeped in culture and history. Pick up a walking tour guide to super impose the current stories over the old. Step into a museum and have the locals help you reveal the tales of the characters of our past.
As you make that turn around the bend, the enchanting surroundings will entice you to pull over to pause, to embrace the serenity of this perfect moment.
Taste the Local Flavours The rich fields of Gold Country produce sweet, tantalizing fruits, vegetables, honey, ciders and wines. Sit in a garden filled with fragrant blossoms and enjoy a local grown and freshly prepared tasty meal.
Get on Two Wheels
Look to the Skies Relax for the evening and watch the sunset. Brilliant hues of pinks, oranges and yellows that light up the sky with a truly electric glow. And that’s just the first act of our elaborate night sky theatre… Star gazing in Gold Country will give you a lasting memory of the ethereal. You can find more details of where, when and how to get started on our Top 10 list at the following locations:
exploregoldcountry.com goldtrail.com Check for fishing regulations at fishing.gov.bc.ca.
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