Ashcroft

Spences Bridge copy

Ashcroft’s origins are rooted in Gold Rush history, as a teeming transfer point in the 1880s, where freight and mining supplies were unloaded o Canadian Pacific railcars and hauled north to the Cariboo goldfields. Visit the Ashcroft Museum, housed in the town’s 1917 post office, for exhibits on gold rush history, the railway, ranching, mining, farming, Chinese and First Nations history and notorious events, such as the BX Express Coach robbery of 1890 by Martin Van Buren Rowland or the great re of 1916. A desert haven, Ashcroft recently adopted the slogan “Ashcroft – Wellness Awaits You” as a nod to its clean air, fresh water, locally produced foods and health studios. Local operators offer horseback riding, guest ranch stays, hiking, ziplining, mountain biking or guided wildlife and birdwatching tours. Try a day of drag racing at the nearby Nl’Akapxm Eagle Motorplex or visit Ashcroft Manor, a popular stopover for travellers heading north to the gold elds in the 1800s and later the district’s first courthouse, now a teahouse, museum and art gallery.