AROUND CACHE CREEK

Pavillion Lake - 43km (approx. 30 minutes)

Fossil microbialites represent some of the earliest remnants of life on ancient Earth, and were common from 2.5 billion to 540 million years ago. Today, microbialites are found in environments where conditions are often too harsh for most organisms. However, the microbialites in both Pavilion and Kelly lakes have provided a new environment for the scientific community to study. These lakes demonstrate that large and uniquely shaped structures can also occur in non-extreme environments that also support fish, plants and other species. The microbialites of these modern lakes are relevant to our understanding of ancient microbiaites that were once common and diverse on early Earth & could help us to understand more about the development of life on earth.

Kelly Lake - 55km (approx. 39 minutes)

Fossil microbialites represent some of the earliest remnants of life on ancient Earth, and were common from 2.5 billion to 540 million years ago. Today, microbialites are found in environments where conditions are often too harsh for most organisms. However, the microbialites in both Pavilion and Kelly lakes have provided a new environment for the scientific community to study. These lakes demonstrate that large and uniquely shaped structures can also occur in non-extreme environments that also support fish, plants and other species. The microbialites of these modern lakes are relevant to our understanding of ancient microbiaites that were once common and diverse on early Earth & could help us to understand more about the development of life on earth.

Historic Gold Rush Trail

The village of Cache Creek flourished as a main supply point during the gold rush and served as a halfway point for prospectors en route to the Cariboo gold fields. It’s rumored that the community got its name because exhausted gold seekers often sought refuge near a small creek where they could “cache” some of their belongings overnight. Cache Creek is still a refreshing stop for the modern explorer on the historic Gold Rush Trail. A “must do” is geocaching through the Gold Country GeoTourism Program where visitors are immersed in tales of gold rush robberies and mysterious mine shafts while attempting to locate hidden caches.

Vidette Lake - The Centre of the Universe

The Centre of the Universe is in the Thompson Okanagan region, 81 kilometres from Cache Creek at the Vidette Lake Gold Mine. Tibetan monks believe that the Centre of the Universe is located on the earth and that a series of tests can verify it. The site is said to emit power from at least three spots within a seven metre diameter and has been a special place for First Nations people for over 200 years. A scenic drive follows the Deadman River and multiple lakes through Deadman Valley on to Vidette Lake.
 

The McAbee Fossil Beds

The McAbee Fossil Beds is a Heritage Site that protects an Eocene Epoch fossil locality east of Cache Creek, British Columbia, Canada, just north of and visible from Provincial Highway 97 / the Trans-Canada Highway (Highway 1). The McAbee Fossil Beds, comprising 548.23 hectares (1,354.7 acres), were officially designated a Provincial Heritage Site under British Columbia’s Heritage Conservation Act on July 19, 2012. The site is part of an old lake bed which was deposited about 52 million years ago and is internationally recognised for the diversity of plant, insect, and fish fossils found there.

Deadman’s Creek

Also known as the Deadman’s River or Deadman’s Creek, is a tributary of the Thompson River in the BC Canada. It is about 70 kilometres (43 mi) in length.
The lower portion of the river’s route was a component in the Hudson’s Bay Brigade Trail linking Fort Vancouver to the New Caledonia fur district and during the Cariboo Gold Rush was adopted by overland travelers heading north via the Okanagan to the Cariboo.
Amazing scenery with a 200 foot waterfall, beautiful landscape & terrain makes this a must see on your travels.

Photo Spot

Stop along Highway 97 at the B.X. Historical marker outside of Hat Creek to view the incredible Painted Hills, an iron and mineral rich hillside of special beauty.

Fresh Water Coral

Found in Pavilion & Kelly Lakes