Historic & Heritage Sites
Heritage buildings (Picture BC photo)
There are two heritage sites located near Ashcroft that date back to the 1800s Gold Rush boom: Ashcroft Manor & Teahouse and Historic Hat Creek Ranch.
Go back even further in time by digging for fossils at the McAbee Fossil Beds; guided fossil bed tours are available and provide all the equipment needed to search for fossilized plants or insects that can be up to 50 million years old.
Ashcroft Manor & Teahouse
Located on the Trans-Canada Highway between Cache Creek and Ashcroft, the Ashcroft Manor & Teahouse is one of the oldest roadhouses in British Columbia. Built in 1862, the manor first served as place to stay for prospectors on their way to gold fields in the north. It then became the area's first courthouse, presided over by Judge Matthew Begbie, the "hanging judge." Today the manor is a teahouse, museum, and art gallery. Walk around the grounds exploring the property's original buildings before grabbing a light lunch at the teahouse.