Nestled along the Bonaparte River and renowned for its hospitality, Cache Creek is a popular stopover point for travellers. Take a break for a home-baked bite to eat and a cozy bed for the night, or stay and enjoy the community’s parks, golf course and other tourist attractions.
While the town blossomed as a supply point of the 1860s Gold Rush, there are two stories on the origin of the town’s name. Some claim it derived from the fur trade of the 1800s when supplies were stored or “cached” in the valley junction. Others say it came from a stagecoach robbery that occurred during the gold rush. The police were chasing two bandits; one was killed and the other, badly injured, buried the loot along the creek bed. The robber succumbed to his injuries before he could return, and the treasure remains yet to be found…
Things to Do
Horsting’s Farm Market
Spend a sunny afternoon at this farm market just off the highway. Endulge in fresh baked goodies or a delightful sandwich from the bakery. Bask in the sun on the edge of an orchard while cooling off with your favorite flavour of ice cream. Buy the freshest ingredients for a picnic or tonights bbq, select locally grown fruits and vegetables or grab a pie to take home. An amazing stop on your vacation will quickly turn into a must visit everytime you are near!
Cache Creek Visitor Information Centre
Adopting the town’s ‘50s and ‘60s theme, the Info Centre is a town landmark and a useful resource for local and regional tourist information. Internet access is available here. Open mid-May to mid-September.
Those with a sense of adventure will find the Gold Country GeoTourism Program a great way to explore the local area. Immerse yourself in tales of Gold Rush robberies and mysterious mine shafts as you locate Cache Creek’s hidden “caches”.
Cache Creek’s semi-arid desert climate and long summer season is perfect for hiking, mountain biking, ATV-ing, fishing, swimming, golfing and camping.
Bonaparte Ridge Golf Course
The Bonaparte Ridge Golf Course is a scenic nine-hole course with views stretching across the sage covered hills and valleys below. Cache Creek’s warm, dry weather is perfect for taking in this beautiful environment and enjoying the long golf season.
Arrowstone Provincial Park
This large wilderness park that keeps the valley undisturbed is home to Douglas fir and is ideal for wildlife viewing, photography, camping and hunting.
Cache Creek Park
On a hot summer’s day, visit this 11-acre park to go cycling, take a dip in the outdoor pool, have fun at the baseball diamonds, basketball court and horseshoe pits, or simply relax in the gazebo and have a picnic. Kids will have a blast at the playground.
Cache Creek Fitness Centre
Come and get fit with us…it’s FREE! The centre is equipped with great equipment that is sure to get you pumped up! The centre is run by volunteers. Open Monday – Friday and Sunday. Open M, W, F 6am-8am, and M, W 3pm-4pm. Tues 3pm-4pm and 6pm-7pm, Thurs 3pm-4pm, 5:30pm-7pm, Fri 6am-8am, and Sunday 9am-11am. Hours may vary see www.village.cachecreek.bc.ca
MORE THINGS TO DO +
Visitors to Cache Creek are spoiled for choice when it comes to good food. Chum’s Family Restaurant (1108 E. Trans Canada Hwy) and The Bear’s Claw Lodge (1492 Hwy 97N) serve hearty western meals. Try Greek specialties at the Heartland Family Restaurant (987 S. Trans Canada Hwy) and mouth-watering Chinese cuisine at the Star House Restaurant ( 854 S. Trans Canada Hwy). For light snacks, pizzas and pies (all homemade and delicious) stop in at Anie’s Pizza and Bakery. Hungry Herbies (1301 Hwy 97) offers a variety of burgers, and creamy soft serve ice cream.
FULL LIST OF DINING OPTIONS
Graffiti Days takes place in the second week of June, and celebrates the ‘50s and ‘60s theme adopted by the village. Graffiti Days is held in conjunction with the Old Time Drags: vehicles 1970 and older race at the local airport, then parade through Ashcroft and finish at the Cache Creek Park with a show and shine. In the evening, the Smoke Show gives everyone an opportunity to spin their tires and compete for prizes, and then dance the night away ’50s style.
UPCOMING EVENTS IN CACHE CREEK
Located southeast of Lillooet, Cliff and Gorge Vineyards offers amazing wine tasting and a beautiful scenic landscape including two signed walks to heighten your experience. Reviews: 5/5 star averageJeanette Freiberg5/5 stars 3 weeks ago"A hidden gem, a fabulous host, and the most breathtaking scenery! Eckhard was so welcoming and accommodating. He’s a great conversationalist and made us feel right at home. We took a 25-minute walk around the gorge (accompanied by the best dog!) and caught stunning views. Eckhard then joined us for a picnic (we brought our own food) and we stayed well into the night. A wonderful experience. Thank you!"Sulliman Aïad5/5 stars 11 months ago"Amazing views, amazing hike, amazing chat with the owner and overall amazing experience at Cliff and Gorge. If you're looking for a wine tasting where you can take your time, enjoy the sun, and have a leisurely chat with the owner, you've found the right place - and, I believe, one of the only places in BC where you can get this kind of personal experience."Brandi Read5/5 stars 2 years ago"My favourite winery experiences are those that feel like you've pulled up to someone's barn and then they surprise you by pouring a delicious glass of wine from their farm. Cliff and Gorge is no flashy big-time winery. It is local, thoughtful, delicious small batch wines cultivated in a rugged and beautiful part of the country. The whites and rose are perfume-y and I could sit all day under those big trees sipping and staring at the weather systems that roll along that beautiful mountain range. Worth the trek."Visit Cliff and Gorge Vineyards at18460 Texas Creek Rd, Lillooet, BC V0K 1V0250-256-8000www.cliffandgorge.com/#SupportLocal #ExploreGoldCountryBC #ExploreBC #Geocaching #GreenLake #70MileHouse #BigBarLake #LoonLake #ClintonBC #HatCreek #CacheCreek #Savona #Walhachin #Ashcroft #Lillooet #LoganLake #SpencesBridge #Lytton ... See MoreSee Less
The Great Pond Snail (Lymnaea stagnalis) is a fascinating freshwater gastropod mollusk that can be found in ponds, lakes, slow-moving rivers, and marshes across Europe, parts of Asia, and North America. As a popular subject of study for biologists and nature enthusiasts alike, these snails boast a range of unique characteristics and behaviours. Let's dive into the world of Great Pond Snails and learn more about these intriguing creatures!The Great Pond Snail is one of the larger snail species, with adult individuals typically reaching a size of about 1.5 to 2 inches (4-5 cm) in length. They have a spiral-shaped, coiled shell that is usually a light to dark brown colour, with prominent growth rings. The shell serves as protection for the snail's soft body and can be withdrawn entirely inside when threatened.Great Pond Snails are primarily aquatic creatures, preferring still or slow-moving freshwater bodies. They are adaptable and can be found in various habitats, from clear waters to more nutrient-rich, eutrophic environments. This widespread species has been introduced to many parts of the world, sometimes unintentionally through the movement of aquatic plants or fish.These snails are herbivores and predominantly graze on algae, which they scrape off rocks and other submerged surfaces. They use their radula, a specialized tongue-like organ with tiny teeth, to rasp away at the algae. Additionally, Great Pond Snails have been known to eat decaying plant matter and detritus, contributing to the ecosystem's nutrient cycling.One of the most intriguing features of Great Pond Snails is their respiratory system. They possess a specialized structure called a "pulmonary cavity" that functions as a lung, allowing them to breathe oxygen from the air while being submerged. To facilitate this, the snails surface periodically and extend a small snorkel-like tube, known as a "pallial siphon," to the water's surface to breathe.Great Pond Snails are hermaphroditic, which means each individual possesses both male and female reproductive organs. However, they still require a partner for mating. During mating, both snails transfer sperm to each other, and each can lay eggs fertilized by the partner's sperm. The eggs are deposited in gelatinous masses attached to submerged objects and vegetation, providing protection for the developing embryos.Great Pond Snails play a crucial role in freshwater ecosystems. As algae grazers, they help to control algal blooms and maintain the ecological balance in their habitats. Additionally, they serve as a food source for various predators, such as birds, fish, and insects, contributing to the food web's dynamics.Though they lack eyes, Great Pond Snails have a well-developed sense of touch and chemical sensing. They utilize tactile and chemical cues to navigate their environment, locate food, and detect potential threats.While Great Pond Snails are generally abundant and not considered endangered, their populations can be affected by habitat destruction, pollution, and the introduction of invasive species. Efforts to preserve and protect their habitats are crucial to maintaining healthy freshwater ecosystems. Photo: Water snail Rex 1 Public Domain, commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=219513#WildlifeWednesday #ExploreGoldCountryBC #ExploreBC #Geocaching #GreenLake #70MileHouse #BigBarLake #LoonLake #ClintonBC #HatCreek #CacheCreek #Savona #Walhachin #Ashcroft #Lillooet #LoganLake #SpencesBridge #Lytton ... See MoreSee Less
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