Around the District - Pritchard
In years gone by Pritchard was a stopping place for Sternwheelers. It had a warf, a busy train station, ferry crossing, blacksmith shop and the majestic Hotel; built by Walter Percy Pritchard in 1912.
The classic wooden bridge was built in 1920 and is still in use today. Pritchard is prime agricultural area and hosts an annual Rodeo in August.
Pritchard Provincial Park protects 15 hectares of wilderness that encompasses a 5-km section of riparian habitat on the South Thompson River. Surrounding vegetation consists of Aspen, Cottonwood, Ponderosa Pine, Douglas Fir, Willow, Russian Olive, Hawthorne, Saskatoon Berry, grass and sedge. The park provides important habitat for white trumpeter swans and a variety of other waterfowl. Shorebirds, beavers muskrats and otters frequent the area.
The South Thompson River contains trout, salmon and other fish species. Visitors can enjoy hiking, bird watching, nature study, canoeing and kayaking. The park provides valuable public access to the South Thompson River, since much of the river frontage between Chase and Kamloops is privately owned. Note: there are no facilities provided at the park.
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