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  • The once flourishing gold and silver mining boomtown of Rock Creek is located in Boundary Country, in the southern Okanagan region. Remains of this early mining history are abundant, and just waiting to be explored on a day trip or circle tour through the region’s tranquil hidden valleys.

    A series of major and minor gold rushes began at Rock Creek in 1859 and throughout the area over the next 10 years, and saw the sudden influx of more than 5,000 miners. Governor James Douglas quickly ordered the rapid construction of the now-famous Dewdney Trail, going from the coast to the gold field just north of the border. Rock Creek became the supply centre for the Boundary Country. When bigger strikes occurred in the Okanagan and the Cariboo, the miners left, but an important trade route remained.

    Rock Creek remains an unincorporated community and is a gateway to hiking trails, wilderness recreation sites and some of the best fishing lakes in the Boundary Region. Rock Creek experiences a humid continental climate with mild, moderately cold winters and hot summers. Precipitation is higher than in many other British Columbia Southern Interior locations, but still fairly low.

    INDUSTRY:
    Agriculture, forestry, ranching


    • Population

      Town Population: 86 (BC Stats, 2011 Census)


    • Health Administrative Information

      Health Authority: Interior Health

      Health Service Delivery Area: Kootenay Boundary

      Regional District: Trail

      Rural Designation: RSA community

      RRP Designation: A

      RRP Points: 30.60


    • Practitioners

      General Practitioners:  1 (www.cpsbc.ca) + 1 Specialist



    • Clinic Information

      Greenwood Public Health Building
      255 South Government Street
      Greenwood, BC, V0H 1J0
      P: 250 445-6600
      
      Hrs: 8-9 am, Monday
      

    • Ambulance

      BC Ambulance Services provides coverage to this community.

    • Imaging Services

      Mammography services provided by BC Cancer Agency. See BC Cancer Agency for details.