June 20, 1864: I have never seen so many stagecoaches, cattle or comings and goings! The place seems a riot, but Mr. York assures me this is the normal bustle of business in Cariboo.
The Cariboo earned a rowdy reputation during the gold rush, but Ashcroft proves it wasn’t all saloons and shoot ‘em ups. This cultural capital boasts the Ashcroft Opera House, built in 1889. It’s seen international opera companies, traveling productions, recitals, poet laureates, high society events and silent movies. Find out more by visiting the Ashcroft Museum, where you can learn about the gold rush, First Nations, railway and Chinese history.
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Three Fun Facts About Ashcroft
- You can Walk Through Time at Heritage Park’s interpretive displays, featuring experiences of life in a gold rush shanty, work on a ranch and the railway arrival.
- The Ashcroft Museum has detailed exhibits about the gold rush, mining, agricultural, First Nations, railway and Chinese history.
- When the CP and CN railroads came through Ashcroft, the narrow confines of the geography ensured that the lines were close together, running through the same property, making for perfect train-watching locations.