Cache Creek, British Columbia

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Cache Creek
Village of Cache Creek[1]
Cache Creek is located in British Columbia
Cache Creek
Cache Creek
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
ProvinceBritish Columbia
Regional districtThompson-Nicola
 • TypeElected village council
 • MayorSanto Talarico
 • Governing bodyCache Creek Village Council
 • Total10.25 km2 (3.96 sq mi)
 • Land10.40 km2 (4.02 sq mi)
Elevation396 m (1,300 ft)
 • Total963
 • Density92.6/km2 (240/sq mi)
Time zoneUTC−8 (PST)
 • Summer (DST)UTC−7 (PDT)
Area code250 / 778 / 236
Highways Hwy 1 (TCH) Trans-Canada Highway
Hwy 97
Hwy 97C Edit this at Wikidata
Flag of Canada.svg
Cache Creek's welcome sign

Coordinates: 50°48′43″N 121°19′24″W / 50.81194°N 121.32333°W / 50.81194; -121.32333

Cache Creek is a historic transportation junction 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 a junction with 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. This community is also the point at which a small stream, once known as Riviere de la Cache, joins the Bonaparte River.[4]

The name is derived, apparently, from a cache or buried and hidden supply and trade goods depot used by the fur traders of either the Hudson's Bay Company or its rival the North West Company.[5] Although it was first incorporated as a Local District municipality with the name Cache Creek in 1959, the name has been associated with this community since long before incorporation. The Cache Creek post office was established in 1868.[6]

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still very active with traffic, Cache Creek was extremely busy for a few decades before the Trans-Canada Highway was superseded by the newer and shorter Coquihalla Highway, which bypasses the Fraser and Thompson Canyons between Hope and Kamloops via Merritt, about 97 kilometres (60 mi)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[7] and Trochodendron drachukii.[8] The town lends its name to significant geological features, dating back to the Carboniferous, whose rocks are exposed in the area, Cache Creek Terrane and Cache Creek Ocean.

The village of Cache Creek is also served by a community television station (run by the Ash-Creek Television Society), CH4472 in the neighbouring town of Ashcroft on VHF channel 4 (with an effective radiated power of 74 watts at 15 metres (49 feet) above ground level), with a repeater (CH4473 on VHF 8, with an effective radiated power of 49 watts at 45 metres (150 feet)) in Cache Creek, British Columbia. The town is also served by CFMA-FM 105.9, a community radio station run by the Ash-Creek Television Society.

Bonaparte River Indians on horseback, 2 mi. from Cache Creek


In the 2021 Census of Population conducted by Statistics Canada, Cache Creek had a population of 969 living in 471 of its 522 total private dwellings, a change of 0.6% from its 2016 population of 963. With a land area of 10.4 km2 (4.0 sq mi), it had a population density of 93.2/km2 (241.3/sq mi) in 2021.[9]

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  1. ^ "British Columbia Regional Districts, Municipalities, Corporate Name, Date of Incorporation and Postal Address" (XLS). British Columbia Ministry of Communities, Sport and Cultural Development. Archived from the original on July 13, 2014. Retrieved November 2, 2014.
  2. ^ Cache Creek elects new mayor for first time in 28 years – Ashcroft Cache Creek Journal
  3. ^ BC
  4. ^ Akrigg, Helen B. and Akrigg, G.P.V; 1001 British Columbia Place Names; Discovery Press, Vancouver 1969, 1970, 1973, p. 35
  5. ^ "Cache Creek (creek)". BC Geographical Names.
  6. ^ "Cache Creek (Village)". BC Geographical Names.
  7. ^ Manchester, S.; Pigg, K. (2008). "The Eocene mystery flower of McAbee, British Columbia". Botany. 86: 1034–1038. doi:10.1139/B08-044.
  8. ^ 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.
  9. ^ "Population and dwelling counts: Canada, provinces and territories, and census subdivisions (municipalities), British Columbia". Statistics Canada. February 9, 2022. Retrieved February 20, 2022.

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