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 Home > Travel BC > BC Cities and Towns > Thompson Okanagan > Ashcroft

Ashcroft is located 93 km (60 miles) west of Kamloops and 388 km (210 miles) north-east of Vancouver in an area called 'Gold Country.'

Thompson River
Situated off of Trans-Canada Hwy 1 on Hwy 97C, Ashcroft is spread out along a flat bench on both sides of the Thompson River. Historically Ashcroft economy has revolved around ranching, the Canadian National Railway and the servicing of the Highland Valley Copper Mine.

Grassland and Miles of Rangeland
Driving to Ashcroft you will pass through miles and miles of rangeland. Large ranches and grassland are throughout the scenery with beautiful panoramic views of the sand bluffs next to the Thompson River. The smell of sagebrush in the air is quite aromatic as you make your way through this dry country made famous because of the cattle industry.

Ashcroft's Economy
Only 10 km (6 miles) southeast of Cache Creek, Ashcroft's economy includes not only ranching but also a government centre for the region plus a service point for the Highland Valley Copper Mine.

Highland Valley Copper Mine
The Highland Valley Copper Mine is the second largest open pit copper mine in North America and is only 45 km (28 miles) from Ashcroft on Hwy 97C towards Logan Lake. Copper concentrates from the Highland Mine are loaded on the C.N. Railway at Ashcroft destined for the Far East.

Going to Ashcroft
To get here from the Trans Canada, take the exit near the historic Ashcroft Manor or the north end towards Cache Creek. Ashcroft is only 6 km (3.75 miles) away on 97C.

Coquihalla Hwy
If you happen to be on the Coquihalla Hwy from Kamloops or Hope, take exit points for Logan Lake and take Hwy 97C through the Highland Valley to Ashcroft. This drive is particularly interesting as it travels alongside the massive Highland Valley Copper Mine.

Ashcroft and the surrounding area of Cache Creek are famous for the various fishing lakes that dot the landscape. Other recreational pursuits include mountain biking, hiking, cross-country skiing and trail riding. Kamloops is close by with Sun Peaks resort if you enjoy downhill skiing and snowboarding.

Juniper Beach Provincial Park
Two provincial parks near Ashcroft that are worth visiting include Arrowstone Protected Area located up the Battle Creek Forest Service Road and Juniper Beach Provincial Park on the Trans-Canada Hwy 1 towards Kamloops near Walhachin. Juniper Beach Provincial Park also features a campsite close to the Thompson River.

Bear Country
Just remember if you are enjoying the countryside around Ashcroft, please remember this is bear country. Try to avoid the rivers during heavy salmon spawning times unless you feel comfortable with bears around and take the usual precautions. There is also the possibilities of encounters with wolves or cougars so please play it safe.

Information on Ashcroft



Map of Ashcroft
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Drive Into Ashcroft
Drive Into Ashcroft




Hwy 97C
Hwy 97C


Ashcroft Manor
Ashcroft Manor


Ashcroft Museum
Ashcroft Museum

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