Ashcroft (pop. 1,630) is cut into the Thompson River Valley in the midst of sagebrush-speckled high desert hills. The historic village of Ashcroft is home to scenic adventures, wellness and relaxation. It’s a small town nestled along the banks of the Thompson River with clean air, fresh water, locally produced foods, ample hiking and walking opportunities. Both of Canada’s major railroads, Canadian Pacific and Canadian National, travel through Ashcroft as well as Highway 97C which connects us with the Trans-Canada Highway and the Yellowhead Highway.

The town is set amid a spectacular recreational environment where hiking, golfing, and fishing thrive. The area’s provincial parks are marked by semi-arid grasslands and rolling hills that form the Highland Valley Plateau. Visitors to Ashcroft in the late nineteenth century would have witnessed the Gold Rush fever that led to the rapid development of the settlement. With the establishment of the railway, Ashcroft became a major supply centre for prospectors and miners travelling north on the trail to the goldfields. Ranching was also vital to the growth of the community.

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