Walhachin, Gold Country’s Ghost Town, is an ideal location to discover some of Gold Country’s beautiful provincial parks.
Walhachin’s pioneer heritage began with an extraordinary idea. In 1907, an American land surveyor named Charles Barnes declared that Walhachin’s beautiful but arid landscape could be tamed with an extravagant irrigation system. Barnes planned to start a settlement surrounded by thousands of acres of crops and orchards.
In 1908 the town site was laid out, plots sold, 35,000 seedling fruit trees planted, and 200 people settled in the new community. The upper-class immigrants lived a life of leisure and luxury, enjoying cricket, hunting, and tennis. A flume, many miles long, was constructed to carry water to the orchards.
When war broke out in 1914, ninety-seven of Walhachin’s one hundred and seven men enlisted with the Canadian or British forces. The few men and women that remained could not maintain the orchards and flume. Many of the men were killed during the war, and those who returned found the colony in hopeless disrepair. By 1922 the dream of Walhachin had been abandoned.
Today, Walhachin is a small and picturesque Gold Country community. A few apple trees still grow and bear fruit. Surrounded by ranches and hobby farms, some of the original homes remain on the town site.
Things to Do
This popular treasure hunt adventure, hosted by the Gold Country GeoTourism Program, is a great way to have some outdoor fun and learn more about our region. While in Walhachin, see if you can locate the ‘Ghost of Walhachin’ cache.
The bridge that spans the Thompson River was completed in 1912 to serve the then thriving community.
Walhachin Soldier’s Memorial Hall & Museum
One of the oldest building in Walhachin, the hall was built in 1912. Originally the packing house it was also used to service the social needs of the busy community. The floating dance floor provided extra bounce for the dancers. Come to the museum and see the beautiful displays and extraordinary collections of local furniture, clothing and photographs. Located 4359 Central Avenue.
The remains of this ambitious irrigation system are still visible along the hillside by the highway.
With a campground, spots for launching canoes or kayaks, swimming and fishing, visitors can discover the beauty of the Thompson River and the spectacular surrounding scenery at Juniper Beach Provincial Park.
#supportlocal Thursday this week is all about Fort Berens Estate Winery!Located in the serene scenery of Lillooet, Fort Berens offers several of their signature award-winning wines made from locally cultivated grapes and above all, passion, a dream of the incredible potential of wine-making in Fraser Valley, and a goal of expressing the unique terroir of Lillooet through premium wines at fair prices.learn more atFort Berens Estate Winery orwww.fortberens.ca/#exploregoldcounttybc#lillooetbc... See MoreSee Less
Today's #WildernessWednesday features the largest and longest-living species of freshwater fish in North America: The White Sturgeon.Adult White Sturgeon (Acipenser transmontanus) can commonly reach lengths of 2.1 metres (6.9 ft.) and can weigh up to and beyond 450 Kg (992 lbs.). This is in part because of their very long life span. While average life expectancy is much lower and they typically reach full maturity at 11-34 years old, some specimens have been found to be over 100 years old.Sturgeon are an ancient family of fish with early fossils dating back to the early Jurassic period, around 200 million years ago. Unlike most modern fish, they do not have scales, instead having five lateral rows of bony armour plates called scutes, and display other unique features such as barbels, which are whisker-like sensory organs between the mouth and the snout of the fish, and being anadromous, meaning they can thrive in freshwater and saltwater conditions.White Sturgeon can be found within Gold Country as one of the few year-round resident species of the Fraser River, however, Fraser White Sturgeon populations are at a fraction of their historic levels, making them vulnerable to extinction.This is the driving force behind the Fraser River Sturgeon Conservation Society.White Sturgeon were historically an important and reliable year-round food source for various indigenous peoples of the Fraser River and its tributaries. For more information and for a chance to contribute to the conservation of white sturgeon, visit the Fraser River Sturgeon Conservation Society at:www.frasersturgeon.com/fraser-river-white-sturgeon/#exploregoldcountry#exploregoldcountrybc#goldcountryBC#sturgeon#fraservalley#whitesturgeon#fraserriver Image attribution: Un esturgeon blanc (Acipenser transmontanus) dans un bassin de l'aquarium du Périgord noir. By Thesupermat - Own work, CC BY-SA 4.0, commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=83572690White Sturgeon (Acipenser transmontanus) By Cliff from Arlington, Virginia, USA - White Sturgeon (Acipenser transmontanus)Uploaded by Magnus Manske, CC BY 2.0, commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=21934383... See MoreSee Less