Arts and Culture
Arts and Crafts
Ashcroft has many arts and crafts opportunities. Ashcroft and area can be a source of many hidden treasurers for the traveller. It abounds in artists, artisans and craftspeople, some doing it as a hobby and some professional.
Native arts and crafts, popular in the area, are also available at tourism outlets throughout the Gold Country service area and make wonderful souvenirs of that special summer trip.
The Ashcroft and District Stampede has often been billed as the "Biggest Little Rodeo in the West". People come from far and wide to enjoy the weekend of western action. Stampede weekend is held on Father's Day Weekend in June and they celebrated their 50th Anniversary in 2012.
The weekend's events begin with a pancake breakfast sponsored by the Lions Club on Saturday and Sunday mornings downtown. The Annual Rodeo Parade begins at 11:00 a.m. Saturday and makes its way down Ashcroft's main street, Railway Avenue. The parade includes many local entries as well as several bands and equestrian teams.
The rodeo action takes place both Saturday and Sunday at 1:00 p.m. It features all of the usual rough stock events of Bareback Riding, Saddle Bronc and Bull Riding, as well as Boys Steer Riding. There are also lots of timed events with Calf Roping, Team Roping, Ladies Barrel Racing and others.
Saturday night sees the Annual Rodeo Dance held at the Drylands Arena, come out and kick up your heels to the live band.
For more information on the event, or to become a sponsor check out their website at www.ashcroftrodeo.ca.
The Ashcroft and District Fall Fair is held the second Sunday of September in the Drylands Arena. It is a chance for area residents to show off their talents and green thumbs. There are categories for everyone from the very young to the more experienced with judging done in most sections. Each year the Fair dons a different theme.
The Fair is organized by dozens of volunteers who generously donate their time to making this community minded event such a great success.
Whether it be participating in one of the many fun-filled events taking place during the fair, browsing the goods of the judged categories, or visiting the local entrepreneur's wares on display, visitors are sure to have a good time.
Ashcroft Art Show
The Annual Art Show is held in April of every year. This show is a great opportunity for everyone to meet the local artists and see the results of their efforts. In 2010 the Ashcroft Art Club organized an Artwalk
where their members were able to display their works in local businesses.
The Ashcroft Museum and Archives is located at the corner of Fourth and Brink Streets. The building was built in 1917 and used as the federal Post Office up until 1980. As the previous museum building was not suitable for a museum, the Village of Ashcroft acquired the post office building and after the interior of the building was remodelled completely, in 1982 the Ashcroft Museum was officially re-opened.
On the lower floor, exhibits portray the history of the Southern Cariboo, the native tribes who first settled the area and the establishment of Ashcroft. Replicas of some early stores have been created and visitors will be offered a taste of what it was like to stroll down Ashcroft's main street at the turn of the century. A colourful combination of artifacts, text and photographs vividly illustrates life as it was in the "glory days" between the first settlement in Ashcroft in 1884 and the great fire which destroyed much of the downtown core in 1916.
On the second floor, the history of the farming and ranching communities of Hat Creek Valley has been recreated by following the stories of several of the pioneer families in the area. Included as part of the display is a replica of a small coal mine circa 1860 and a slide presentation.
The museum collection was started by R.D. Cumming, who began acquiring artifacts as early as 1905. His museum was founded in 1935, and was housed over the offices of the Ashcroft Journal Newspaper, which he ran for a number of years. In 1958, R.D. Cumming died and a museum built in his name opened in the same year. The original collection has since been expanded by many donations form the community. The Ashcroft Museum and Archives acquired new premises in 1980, and in 1982 the present museum officially opened.
The archives hold large collections of journals and photographs documenting the development of Ashcroft and area. In addition, indexed local newspapers and manuscripts are available to researchers.
The Museum is open seasonally - usually mid-April to the beginning of November, and is closed statutory holidays. Admission to the museum is by donation and visitors have the option of being treated to a tour by museum staff or browsing through the rich in history displays at their own leisure.
The museum is a great illustration of the human and natural history of Ashcroft.
Local history publications are for sale.
The Ashcroft Library is operated under the direction of the Thompson Nicola Regional District. Located at 201 Brink Street the library offers a variety of services to residents and visitors. For more information on the Ashcroft Library click here.
The Winding Rivers Arts and Performance Society is a group of individuals dedicated to the promotion of the arts (music, dance, theater, visual arts and whatever) in the Thompson - Nicola region of the interior of British Columbia, Canada. It is the goal of the Society to showcase their member's creative talents however they are also involved in local events such as music concerts, festivals and art displays.
Ashcroft Community Stage Application