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Ashcroft landscape
(Picture BC photo)

Ashcroft

Geography

Ashcroft rests at the edge of the Thompson River surrounded by high hills, expansive grasslands, and ancient geological formations called hoodoos.

These hoodoos, ancient sandstone pillars, are especially found along "The Slough" area of the Thompson River. Above the Thompson Valley sit rolling grasslands of cactus and sagebrush.

Ashcroft's varied geography provides great terrain for hiking in summer and snowshoeing in winter. Neighbouring Cache Creek is situated on the Thompson Plateau at the junction of the Cariboo Valley and Thompson Valley, which form the Interior Plateau.

Local Vegetation

Ashcroft's geography and semi-arid climate are perfect for a variety of vegetation unique to the Thompson Okanagan region. Among these is the attractive prickly pear cactus, a small ground hugging plant that in June blooms a brilliant yellow flower in the centre. (Try not to come in contact with it on bare skin.) Sagebrush is also common to the region, and while it is toxic to humans, it is often eaten by cattle and other wildlife.

Climate and Weather

Summer in Ashcroft brings an average temperature of 35˚C/95˚F, while winters are relatively mild with an average daytime temperature of -5˚C/23˚F. Very little precipitation falls in the valley throughout the year. The entire area is classified as semi-arid, a preferable climate for year-round outdoor activities, such as golfing and fishing.