When to visit
- Very Favourable
What to do
- Worth the detour
- Must see
Ashcroft lies a few kilometres east of Highway 1 (the Trans-Canada Highway). Many gold prospectors heading north set out from here in the 1860s.
You can take the Trans-Canada East towards Kamloops, passing through Cache Creek on the way in order to skirt Kamloops Lake and see the ginseng fields.
Ashcroft enjoys a warm dry climate, with one of the hottest summers in Canada and very little precipitation throughout the year. The entire area is classified as semi-arid.
Ashcroft's economy is primarily based on mining, agriculture, ranching, transportation services and tourism.
Where to eat
- $ Inexpensive
- $$ Moderate
- $$$ Upscale
- $$$$ Fine dining
Ashcroft Bakery & Coffee Shop ($)
This traditional old-school bakery serves specialty coffees, teas, bread, cookies, sandwiches, salads, small pizzas and soups, as well as a daily menu for lunch. A wide selection of fresh-baked breads and pastries including cinnamon buns (which are gigantic, by the way!), pies and cakes. Warm and welcoming atmosphere. Open Monday-Saturday from 7:30 a.m. to 5 p.m.
303 3rd Street, Ashcroft / 250-453-9212
Chum’s Restaurant ($)
Eating at Chum's is a bit like travelling back in time to the middle of the 1970s. Don't expect too much from the décor or the food, but it's still a favourite family restaurant with the locals who go for the traditional Canadian breakfast (eggs, bacon, etc.), burgers and friendly service. Open daily from 7 a.m. to 3 p.m.
1108 Trans-Canada Highway, Cache Creek / 250-457-6735 / www.chumsrestaurant.com
Horsting's Farm Market ($)
Horsting's houses a bakery, a cafe and a farmer's market with farm-fresh produce, flowers and plants, all in a charming setting. Sit on the patio and enjoy a custom sandwich, entirely designed by you with your choice of bread, protein, condiments, cheese and vegetables. Don't feel like a sandwich? Have soup, a muffin, a slice of homemade pie, a cookie or just an ice cream cone. There is also a small boutique selling gifts and garden items. Easily accessible with a large parking lot. A real nugget on the Gold Rush trail! Open daily from mid-March to December, 8 a.m. to 6 p.m.
2540 Cariboo Hwy 97, Cache Creek / 250-457-6546 / www.horstingsfarm.com
- Very Favourable