Welcome to Historic Hat Creek Ranch, where you can step back in time and experience BC’s Gold Rush era and First Nation's history through interpretive tours of our 1860’s Roadhouse and Shuswap Native Village. Depending on the availability of our Interpreters, tours may be given in English, French or German. While at the Ranch, visitors can view our collection of antique agricultural machinery, visit the huge BX Barn, Reconstructed Dunne Barn, and many other buildings from the 1800's. Stroll through our beautiful apple orchard, see the McLeans’ Cabin, enjoy a cool beverage and a delicious home-cooked meal in our Ranchhouse Restaurant or browse through our Gift Shop to find that unique souvenir that you've been looking for all along.
For a different type of adventure, we offer stagecoach rides along the historic “Cariboo Waggon Road”, horseback riding, gold panning, archery and more.
School and youth groups can select from our ½-day, 1-day or 2.5-day programs, which include touring, meals and a variety of unique, period-related activities for interactive participation. Also available is our secondary student First Nations Studies Program that can be customized to meet BC First Nations Studies 12 curriculum standards.
For those wishing to experience a unique aspect of the Shuswap native heritage, we offer overnight stays in a Kekuli lodge (underground pit house) that can comfortably accommodate 18-20 adults or 20-25 children. The Kekuli is located in a beautiful, secluded section of the site at the junction of Hat Creek and the Bonaparte River, and includes a fire pit, storage facilities and outhouses. Showers and public bathrooms are located near the Visitor Reception Centre, a short walk from our cabins and campsite.
Whether you are inviting only 2 guests or 200, the employees at Historic Hat Creek Ranch will help you design a wedding that you will always cherish. With our unique location, rich atmosphere, abundant history and savory menu we offer a wedding recipe that is sure to please!
The Ranch caters to weddings and family reunions, group functions, and other get-togethers on site with the orchard serving as the perfect backdrop for a truly romantic outdoor ceremony and the hay shed being available for gatherings and dances.