Cache Creek, British Columbia

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Cache Creek, British Columbia
Location of Cache Creek, British Columbia
Location of Cache Creek, British Columbia
Coordinates: 50°48′50″N 121°19′36″W / 50.81389°N 121.32667°W / 50.81389; -121.32667
Country Canada
Province British Columbia
Region Thompson Country
Regional District Thompson-Nicola
Incorporated 1959
 • Mayor P. A. John Ranta
 • Governing body Cache Creek Village Council
 • Total 10.25 km2 (3.96 sq mi)
Elevation[1] 396 m (1,300 ft)
Population (2011)
 • Total 1,040
 • Density 101.5/km2 (263/sq mi)
Time zone PST (UTC−8)
 • Summer (DST) PDT (UTC−7)
Highways Highway 97
Highway 97C
Highway 1
Website Town website
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Coordinates: 50°48′43″N 121°19′24″W / 50.81194°N 121.32333°W / 50.81194; -121.32333

Cache Creek is an historic junction community and incorporated village 354 kilometres (220 mi) northeast of Vancouver in British Columbia, Canada. It is on the Trans-Canada Highway in the province of British Columbia at its junction with northbound Highway 97. The same intersection and the town that grew around it was at the point on the Cariboo Wagon Road where a branch road, and previously only a trail, led east to Savona's Ferry on Kamloops Lake.

Its name is derived, apparently, from a cache or buried and hidden supply and tradegoods depot used by the fur traders of either the Hudson's Bay Company or its rival the North West Company.[2]

Although still very active with traffic, Cache Creek was extremely busy for a few decades before the Trans-Canada Highway was superseded by the newer and shorter Coquihalla Highway, which bypasses the Fraser and Thompson Canyons between Hope and Kamloops via Merritt, about 97 kilometres (60 mi) southeast.

The nearby fossil locality, the McAbee fossil beds, is noted for the wide diversity of Eocene plants and animals preserved in the shale, including the extinct plants Dillhoffia[3] and Trochodendron drachuckii.[4]

Medieval Pastiche, accommodation options on the Trans Canada Highway.
Bonaparte River Indians on horseback, 2 mi. from Cache Creek


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  2. ^ "Cache Creek (creek)". BC Geographical Names.
  3. ^ Manchester, S.; Pigg, K. (2008). "The Eocene mystery flower of McAbee, British Columbia". Botany 86: 1034–1038. doi:10.1139/B08-044. 
  4. ^ Pigg, K. B.; Dillhoff, R. M.; Devore, M. L.; Wehr, W. C. (2007). "New Diversity among the Trochodendraceae from the Early/Middle Eocene Okanogan Highlands of British Columbia, Canada, and Northeastern Washington State, United States". International Journal of Plant Sciences 168 (4): 521. doi:10.1086/512104.  edit

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