Historic Hat Creek Ranch is a Province of BC owned Heritage Property and a Government of Canada National Historic Site, located on the unceded territory of the Secwépemc (Shuswap) Peoples and managed by The Friends of Historic Hat Creek Ranch Society, a not-for-profit organization governed by a volunteer Board of Directors.
The purpose of the Society is to:
Preserve, operate, and maintain Historic Hat Creek Ranch.
Provide educational and interpretive programs that focus on the history of the ranch and the indigenous peoples of the area for the general public, including school groups.
Historic Hat Creek Ranch is located on one of the few sections of the original Cariboo Wagon Roads still accessible to the public. The ranch includes almost 130 hectares (320 acres) of fields and hills in the sunny southern Interior of B.C.
The buildings stand as they did in 1901; some were built as early as 1860. Between1885 and 1905 they witnesses the busiest era of transportation along the Road, serving the needs of freight wagons and passengers of the B.C. Express line (The “BX”).
We invite you to explore this era, through the exhibits and special interpretive activities presented by our staff. Open from May 1st to September 30th.
Experience Hat Creek Ranch
Historic Hat Creek Ranch offers you a rare opportunity to explore the original buildings used by the Gold Rush travelers of the 1860’s. Stroll along the actual dirt road the wagon trains traveled on, and visit the historic roadhouse, where interpreters dressed in period clothing will take you on a guided tour.
A stagecoach ride along the beautiful Hat Creek will take you to our Indigenous Site, where members of the Shuswap Nation will share their fascinating history and culture.
Enjoy lunch in our air-conditioned, licensed restaurant with a scenic outdoor patio, and visit the gift shop which stocks souvenirs and unique items from talented, local crafters.
Educational programs are available for school groups and youth groups. As well, we offer the perfect location for weddings and reunions, with cabins and camping galore.
Come and experience one of the most distinctive heritage sites in British Columbia!
Historic Hat Creek is located at the intersection of Hwy 97 & 99 in Beautiful British Columbia.
4 hrs northeast of Vancouver, BC
1 hr northwest of Kamloops, BC