Cache Creek, British Columbia – Like most of the communities in Gold Country, Cache Creek was formed during the Gold Rush days. There are two stories on the origin of the town’s name. Some say it is derived from the fur trade of the 1800s when supplies were stored or “cached” in the valley junction. Others say it came from a stagecoach robbery during the gold rush days. The bandits were being chased by the B.C. Provincial Police. One was killed and the other, badly injured, buried the loot along the creek bed. The robber succumbed to his injuries before he could return, and the treasure remains yet to be found.
Located at the junction of the Trans Canada Highway 1 and 97 North, Cache Creek is a popular stopover point for the weary traveler. Nestled along the Bonaparte river, the town has many gas stations, restaurants and motels to comfort travelers. The village has adopted a 50’s and 60’s theme and this is celebrated each year on the second weekend in June with Graffiti Days, held in conjunction with the Old Time Drags. Vehicles 1970 and older race at the Eagle Motorplex, then parade through Ashcroft ending at the Cache Creek Park with show and shine. In the evening the Smoke Show gives everyone an opportunity to spin their tires and compete for prizes. This is followed by a dance in the 50’s theme.