At the confluence of the Thompson and Nicola Rivers, northeast of Lytton, is the small community of Spences Bridge (population: 25 persons), an important Nlaka’pamux centre.
The area around Spences Bridge has a long and ancient history, with a Native Heritage spanning thousands of years. Europeans first came during the Cariboo Gold rush of the 1850s, when the town was known as Cook’s Ferry.
Famous today for its excellent steelhead fishing, the area around Spences Bridge attracts dedicated anglers from around the world between September and December to catch and release these fabulous sports fish. Aside from fishing, other outdoor adventures include a trail ride operation, river rafting, hiking and sightseeing.
Tourism and agriculture are the main contributors to the economy of Spences Bridge, supported by forestry and service industries. Agriculture includes self-sufficient ranchers that grow corn and hay, and fruit farmers that sell their fruit at roadside fruit stands.
Spences Bridge is located on Trans-Canada Highway 1 on the western shore of the Thompson River, 38 miles (60 km) south of Cache Creek and approximately 39 miles (50 km) north of Lytton.
Tourism and agriculture
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