Things To Do
As a visitor to Ashcroft there are a number of "must see" things. Some of these are seasonal but others are available year around. Make sure to check out our 'Events
' section to see some local activities!
Located downtown at the corner of 4th and Brink Streets this brick buildings boasts one of the best museums in the BC interior. Open from mid-April until the end of October, visitors can learn about the history of the area, the people who settled here and our Chinese and First Nation backgrounds. Admission is by donation.
The walking tour is a leisurely walk in the downtown area and is designed for people of all ages and mobility. There are plenty of benches to stop and rest on during the walk. The walk highlights various architectural styles as well as notable citizens and events. Walking tour brochures are available from the Museum, the Village Office and many businesses.
Mosaic Walking Tour
Ashcroft has a vibrant and diverse Arts community. However, one artform in particular is becoming a draw for many visitors to our community - glass mosaics. This visually stunning artform is proudly displayed throughout the community in various locations and as a result, a Mosaic Walking Tour Map has been created to help direct visiotrs to the various locations. Don't be surprised to find other mosaics that are not located on the map, the collection is growing every year. A special thanks to Sun Country Community Futures for designing and printings the walking guides. Please view the guide pamphlete here, you may also pick up glossy printed version when you arrive in Ashcroft.
This park was built during 2000 as part of our Millennium Project. It features a walk through time and is currently undergoing some revitalization thanks to the Communities in Bloom committee who are working with the Village's crew. One area of the park highlights our relationship with our Japanese Sister City, Bifuka.
This facility (formerly known as Historic Hat Creek Ranch) is one of the original road houses on the Gold Rush Wagon Road. Open from May until October, visitors are guided through the road house and learn about life in the 1800's. A ride on a stagecoach is available and a Native Interpretive Centre is included on site. The ranch is less than a 20 minute drive along Highway 97 and the restaurant provides light snacks or full lunches.
This nine-hole golf course is located just east of Cache Creek, a short 15 minute drive from Ashcroft. The facility has club and cart rentals, a clubhouse and hosts a number of local tournaments each season. The views from many of the fairways offer stunning vistas of the Thompson River valley.
The Thompson River offers excellent fishing opportunities for anglers, whether it be for Trout, Salmon, or Steelhead. Please ensure you check provincial regulations for opening times/dates as well as any boundaries. Federal fishing regulations should be consulted for anyone wanting to fish for Non-tidal salmon. Anglers are required to have a vaild BC Fishing License; special conservation stamps for Steelhead and Salmon are also required.
Barnes Lake is a little gem just minutes off of Highway 97C about 20 minutes from Ashcroft. There are a few rustic campsites along the lake and this is a favourite with many fishermen, many do not feel their season is complete without at least one visit to Barnes Lake. The lake is ideal for canoeing and small boats. Agian be sure to have a valid BC fish license before you go.
The Western Canadian Ice Racers Association of BC hold races on Barnes Lake during January and February of each year. The snow is cleared and cars specially modified for this style of race take to the ice. There are a number of categories - studded tires, rubber on ice, etc. and it provides a great reason to get outdoors during the winter season.
Ashcroft Art Club Summer Artwalk
The Ashcroft Arts Club sponsors a Summer Artwalk during July and August. Members of their club display their original works of art in businesses within the downtown area. The art club will be holding their Annual Spring Art Show and Sale in April so watch for more details in the spring.
Gold Country GeoTourism project was launched in 2009 and was an immediate success. A project undertaken by Gold Country Communities Society, there are currently 72 sites located within the geographical boundaries of Gold Country each one offering a unique perspective. Site locations vary from accessible by vehicle to a more challenging hike. Details on the program and cache locations are available from their website: www.goldtrail.com
Camping at Legacy Park
What could be more beautiful that camping along the Thompson River. Legacy Park is a facility that was built as a community project by volunteers and is operated by the Village of Ashcroft. The facility is open from May to October and offers sites serviced with electricity and water, there are also tenting sites available, a sani-station and a washroom and shower building. For reservations or more information please call 250-453-2642 or Ashcroftlegacypark@gmail.com
during the operating season.
Truly one of Ashcroft's finest gems. Desert Hills Ranch is a family operation that produces a wide variety of crops and you can purchase them directly from the ranch. In the spring their greenhouses provide not only local residents with bedding plants, vegetables plants and flower baskets, but they supply large outlets as well. Then as the season progresses, take a daily trip down to the "wagon" and pick up your fruits and vegetables that were picked that morning. With more and more concern for the environment and for eating fresh foods produced locally, nothing beats Desert Hills.
Ashcroft Car Show
Ashcroft Plein Air