Historic & Heritage Sites
Heritage buildings (Picture BC photo)
There is no better way for an urban cowboy to experience how real ranchers once lived than at Historic Hat Creek Ranch in Cache Creek or at the Ashcroft Manor & Teahouse.
Or, go even further back in time digging for ancient 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.
Historic Hat Creek Ranch
Historic Hat Creek Ranch, which dates back to 1861, is located at the junction of Highways 97N and 99, 11 km/8.5mi north of Cache Creek. This ranch is one of the best preserved and accessible historic sites in British Columbia that was a popular stop for tired travellers during the Gold Rush boom, offering good meals and a place to sleep. In 1863 the building momentum of the Gold Rush brought the Royal Engineers and the Cariboo Wagon Road.