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.
Xwísten Experience Tours is now open, offering traditional fishing rock & archaeological village tours. Learn the traditional wind-dried salmon preservation method, visit the archaeological village with over 80 identified Pit Houses (s7ístken). To top it all off, participate in the salmon barbecue, with salmon, bannock, rice, salad, and a traditional whipped berry dish for desert. www.xwistentours.ca/@village of ashcroft | @Love Clinton | @village of cache creek | @district of logan lake | @savona activities | @Lillooet British Columbia#SupportLocal #ExploreBC #ExploreGoldCountryBC #Geocaching ... See MoreSee Less
The American beaver, scientifically known as Castor canadensis, is a remarkable mammal native to North America. Recognized for its distinctive appearance and impressive engineering skills, the beaver plays a vital role in shaping ecosystems and is often referred to as a "keystone species." These semi-aquatic creatures are renowned for their ability to construct intricate dams and lodges, creating thriving habitats for themselves and numerous other species.Beavers are the largest rodents in North America, with adults reaching lengths of up to four feet and weighing around 40 to 60 pounds. They possess a stocky body with dense, waterproof fur that is primarily brown, aiding in their survival in aquatic environments. Beavers are well-equipped for their semi-aquatic lifestyle, featuring webbed hind feet for efficient swimming and broad, scaly tails that serve multiple purposes, including balance, communication, and as a tool for slapping the water to alert others of danger.Perhaps one of the most fascinating aspects of the American beaver is its ability to modify landscapes. By constructing elaborate dams across rivers and streams using branches, logs, and mud, beavers create ponds that serve as habitats for various species of plants and animals. These dams also help regulate water levels, prevent floods, and improve water quality. Additionally, beavers construct lodges within these ponds, which serve as shelter and protection from predators, and even have underwater entrances for safety. Their extensive engineering skills have a profound impact on the surrounding ecosystem, enhancing biodiversity and promoting the overall health of wetland habitats.@village of ashcroft | @Love Clinton | @village of cache creek | @district of logan lake | @savona activities | @Lillooet British Columbia#WildlifeWednesday #ExploreBC #ExploreGoldCountryBC #Geocaching ... See MoreSee Less
Wiki's Way, Quicky, Tree Fort and Rudy's Loop Lower Trail is a trail that is harder to speak than to hike, being only moderate difficulty and 5.6 km in length. This 1.5 hour long trail brings you along a beautiful forest of conifers with plenty of shade for hot summer days, but this is also an excellent trail for snow-shoeing during the winter. Visit this lovely trail just north of Logan Lake year-round.Photo by Natalie Milne@village of ashcroft | @Love Clinton | @village of cache creek | @district of logan lake | @savona activities | @Lillooet British Columbia#TrailingTuesday #ExploreBC #ExploreGoldCountryBC #Geocaching ... See MoreSee Less