Lillooet Pavilion Mountain Loop

Historic Hat Creek Ranch

(BC Heritage photo)

Cache Creek

Culture & History

Cache Creek's central location between the west coast and the gold fields further north made it an important junction during the Gold Rush.

It was a natural stopping place for miners loading up on supplies before heading north. During the days of the Canadian Pacific Railway, Cache Creek's supply role was greatly reduced, but picked up again after World War II. 

Community Name

There is disagreement over the origin of "Cache Creek." Some claim that it came from the fur trade of the 1800s, when supplies were stored or "cached" in the valley junction, while others argue that it came from a stagecoach robbery during the Gold Rush days when bandits being chased by the BC Provincial Police buried their loot along the creek bed. The buried treasure has never been found. Many residents prefer the latter story, although the former is probably more accurate. Such caches were commonly used by both First Nations and European traders for a variety of goods until transportation could be arranged.

1950s and 60s Theme

Don't be surprised to see a lot of memorabilia from the 1950s and 60s in Cache Creek. Cache Creek has adopted a 1950s and 60s theme that's celebrated each year on the second weekend in June with Graffiti Days. This event is held in conjunction with the Old Time Drags, when vehicles 1970 and older race at the Nl'Akapxm Eagle Motorplex, then parade through Ashcroft ending at the Cache Creek Park. In the evening the Smoke Show gives everyone an opportunity to spin their tires and compete for prizes. This is followed by a 1950s-themed dance.