Things to Do
Historic Hat Creek Ranch (BC Heritage photo)
Ashcroft, located amid the varied geography of the Thompson Okanagan region, offers excellent hiking, golfing, fossil hunting, geocaching, camping, kayaking, boating, rafting, and fishing. Ashcroft winters are great for snowmobiling. Historical adventures are available year-round on walking tours about town or through Millennium (Heritage Place) Park, or at the Ashcroft Museum and Archives (open during summer).
In addition to hiking, Ashcroft's numerous trails also provide plenty of opportunity for mountain biking. Check with nearby Cache Creek Cycle Parts for information about specific trails and touring. It's the only cycle shop between Hope and Kamloops along the Trans-Canada Highway, and they provide roadside assistance. Horseback riding is an option at Hat Creek Ranch or Lopez Mountain Ranch, which features 404ha/1,000ac of traversable desert lands and forests, as well as a 1672sq m/18,000sq ft covered practice arena. Ashcroft's Thompson River locale also allows easy access (especially via Juniper Beach Provincial Park) to various water sports.