Located midway between the west coast of British Columbia and the gold fields further north, Cache Creek was the perfect place for miners to load up on supplies during the Gold Rush in the 1890s.
It was incorporated as a village in 1967 and it’s now it’s a hotbed of geocaching activity, but I can’t find evidence of any hauntings. Not even this nifty souvenir spoon with a tiny miner at the top seems possessed. So disappointing.
Try harder, ghosts of Cache Creek!
Captain George Vancouver was born in Norfolk, England on June 22 in 1757. (I’m a day late!)
Captain Vancouver is most famous for exploring and charting the Pacific Northwest coastline from 1791 to 1795. He leaves behind two cities that bear his name, one in southwest Washington State and the other in British Columbia, Canada (where they also named an island after him).
This spoon is from the Canadian city of Vancouver and was in a collection my friend Kim gave me. I’ve seen the exact same design of spoon for at least three other places (Santa Fe, New Mexico, and the states of Nevada and Arizona). I’m no art doctor, but I’m pretty sure it’s not representative of any artwork from the Northwest Coast tribes.
Nestled in a quaint neighborhood above the harbor in Victoria, British Columbia is Craigdarroch Castle, a 25,000 square foot mansion built for wealthy coal baron and local politician, Robert Dunsmuir and his family. Completed in 1890, the 39-room castle was home to Robert’s wife, Joan, for 18 years and after her death, served as military hospital and housed Victoria College for 25 years.
We’ve visited the castle twice now, and although we didn’t see any ghosts, we did manage to find the gift shop, where I picked up this spoon.