spences_bridge_churchSPENCES BRIDGE is a wonderful little community on the banks of the Thompson River in the southern interior of beautiful super-natural British Columbia!  Check out our history and the many quaint and peaceful places to stay during your visit with us!


Spences Bridge is a small town of just over 100 people, originally called Cook’s Ferry, up until the Cariboo Gold Rush of the 1850’s when Europeans first came through the area. An important Nlaka’pamux centre, First Nations people have been living along the Nicola and Thompson Rivers for thousands of years.

World-class steelhead fishing, whitewater rafting, locally grown award-winning produce, the railway and hot summer temperatures all contribute to the character of this unique rural landscape.

Spences Bridge has a very dry climate, almost desert-like, with only around 254 mm (10 inches) of precipitation in a year. You will find prevalent throughout the arid countryside that surrounds Spences Bridge tumbleweeds, sand hoodoos and sagebrush. The community sits near to where the Nicola River joins the Thompson River and has beautiful southerly views of the valley with both the CPR and CNR having railway tracks alongside.

A resident herd of California bighorn sheep visit town frequently. Other wildlife include osprey, coyotes, bears, deer, cougars, rattlesnakes and bald eagles.

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