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 Home > Travel BC > BC Cities and Towns > Thompson Okanagan > Cache Creek

Cache Creek
Cache Creek is located 79 km (49 miles) west of Kamloops at the junction of Trans-Canada Hwy 1 and Hwy 97 near Ashcroft.

Dry Climate
If you enjoy a small town atmosphere with a dry climate, Cache Creek is a good destination point. It is close enough to Kamloops for all your city needs yet far enough away for a relaxed country atmosphere.

Gold Country
Situated along the Bonaparte River, Cache Creek was historically part of the Gold Rush Era in the 1800's. As people migrated into the Cariboo Gold Fields, Cache Creek played a central role as a terminus for the stagecoach lines.

Trans-Canada Hwy 1
Later with the establishment of Trans-Canada Hwy 1, Cache Creek provided the necessary means of support for the weary traveler driving British Columbia with gas stations, motels and restaurants.

Cariboo Jade Shoppe
While you're in Cache Creek there are a couple of businesses worth checking out on Todd Road near the Bonaparte River. One is the Cariboo Jade Shoppe which specializes in jade jewelry and gifts.

Robbie's for Ice Cream
Then for the kids and those who enjoy a delicious ice cream cone there is Robbie's a local favourite which is situated next door to the Cariboo Jade Shoppe.

Semi-Arid
The climate in Cache Creek is very dry and semi-arid, quite hot in the summer and cold in the winter. Around Cache Creek, especially near the Thompson River, the land is very spectacular with the benches overlooking the valley and river.

Recreation
Recreation around Cache Creek is excellent. If you enjoy hunting, cross-country skiing, fishing, snowmobiling and enjoying the backcountry Cache Creek has a lot to offer.

Loon Lake
One area in particular that has good fishing is Loon Lake that is just 50 km (31 miles) northeast of Cache Creek. With consistent rainbow trout fishing year after year this 12 km (7.5 mile) long lake should show some great action. There is some private resorts complete with cabins, boat rentals and RV camping.

Brookside Campsite
For other RV camping in the immediate Cache Creek town site there is Brookside Campsite located just 1 km (.6 mile) to the east on Hwy 1. Brookside Campsite has always been a favourite as it is conveniently situated next door to a gem of a 9-hole public golf course called Semlin Valley.

Juniper Beach Provincial Park
Two provincial parks near Cache Creek that are worth visiting include Arrowstone Protected Area located up the Battle Creek Forest Service Road and Juniper Beach Provincial Park on the Trans-Canada Hwy 1 towards Kamloops near Walhachin. Juniper Beach Provincial Park also features a campsite close to the Thompson River.

'Back to the Fifties'
If you enjoy street rods and older vehicles and vehicle paraphernalia, make sure you make the annual 'Back to the Fifties' weekend. Every June this is where a few of the locals get to exhibit all the neat auto collectibles that they have kept throughout the years.

Nl'akapxm Eagle Motorplex Eagle Motorplex
The automotive transportation theme of this event features drag races and dance at the Nl'akapxm Eagle Motorplex Eagle Motorplex located towards Ashcroft on Hwy 1. Make sure you get to see the cruise nicknamed, "Graffiti Days." This is where the street rods are really appreciated by old-time automotive fans.

Hat Creek Ranch
There are quite a few ranches around the Cache Creek area with the famous Hat Creek Ranch in the next valley 10 km (6 miles) to the north on Hwy 99 and up Semlin Valley towards Walhachin on the Trans-Canada Hwy 1.

Going to Whistler
Cache Creek makes an excellent destination point if you are doing a driving circle route through Whistler to Vancouver. The turnoff for Hwy 99 to Lillooet is located just north of town making for a different drive down south.

Marble Canyon Provincial Park
Try and stop at Marble Canyon Provincial Park just located near Pavilion for a rest stop. Marble Canyon has some interesting rock formations and outcrops. The different areas are unique, especially the mineral colours present and if you rock climb, it can be quite an experience.

Deadman River
Other exploring in the area also includes travelling on the backroads towards the Deadman River on the way east to Savona.

Information on Cache Creek

 

 

Map of Cache Creek
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Hwy 1 east of Cache Creek
Hwy 1 east of Cache Creek

 

Bonaparte River
Bonaparte River

 

Fertile Ranches up Semlin Valley
Fertile Ranches up Semlin Valley

 

Loon Lake
Loon Lake

 

Semlin Valley Golf Course
Semlin Valley Golf Course

 

Thompson River and Juniper Beach
Thompson River and Juniper Beach

 

Hwy 97
Hwy 97

 

Rangeland around Cache Creek
Thompson River Valley

 
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