Goldpan Provincial Park
Goldpan Provincial Park
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boxowine
Summerland, Canada19 contributions
1.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2022 • Family
We were looking forward to visiting this campground again and were prepared for dry camping and heat. When we got there, there was a faded notice on the water pump that there was lead in the water and it wasn't suitable for drinking. It ruined our whole trip. We couldn't stay. There was no notice on the BC Parks website.
Written August 3, 2022
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PookyCake
Victoria, Canada14,422 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2020
Goldpan Provincial Park is adjacent to TC-1, approximately 10 kilometers outside of Spences Bridge. Established in 1956, this park is very small – clocking in at a whopping 5 hectares in size – and is more campground than park. It’s a place I’ve passed countless times with the family whenever we’ve driven through the majestic Fraser Canyon. It was only this past summer, though, that my partner and I decided to patronize Goldpan as part of our exciting Mid-Summer road trip adventure.

A bit of context: As we drove from northern BC down to the Fraser Valley, we made it a point to stop at various Provincial Parks along the way so as to give our road trip a bit more depth than it might otherwise have. In doing so, we were also adhering to Premier Horgan’s suggestion that we explore our own “backyard” in light of the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic. For the most part this advice has worked out well because we’ve discovered places throughout British Columbia that we might’ve never visited under normal (i.e.: pre-COVID) circumstances. Goldpan Provincial Park is one such place, though I’m not sure I’d put it on my “must see” list again – at least not from the perspective of someone simply visiting versus actually camping.

As noted, the park is very small. We pulled off into the campsite area, drove through, and turned around before getting out and exploring the grounds. Goldpan features 14 small camping sites, all of which face the mighty Thompson River. In this respect, each site, while small, offers a scenic view of the arid landscape above and the rushing waters below. In terms of amenities, Goldpan is still pretty rustic in that there are only a couple of pit toilets on site + a few picnic tables. When it comes to recreational activities, this park is well-known for its steelhead fishing and has even been called the “park of choice for anglers.” Swimming is also an option, but I’d stay relatively close to the shore so as to avoid the rushing currents. Sadly, there are no hiking trails in this park.

I think Goldpan Provincial Park is noteworthy from a historical perspective. Before its designation as a park, it functioned as part of the old Wagon Road, which was built between 1862 and 1865. Now just imagine this place being used by prospectors as a rest stop en route to Barkerville. Indeed, “Goldpan” connects to the Gold Rush in more ways than one. You have to admit that’s actually pretty cool.

So, yes, Goldpan Provincial Park is small; however, unlike certain other Provincial parks we visited on our journey (I’m looking at you, Seeley), it has some amazing landscapes unfolding in and around it. In addition, Goldpan is a place steeped in social and economic history, which is sure to please anyone interested in BC’s early development. I’m just not sure I’d come here unless I intended to actually camp on site.
Written January 10, 2021
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Orchid Z
Vancouver, Canada336 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2019
This little campground has no running water, you have to pump your own water, no flush toilets and no hookups. There are trains running night and day on both side of the campground which is right on the Thompson River. Somehow, it is peaceful and relaxing if you enjoy camping in the rough...
Written September 8, 2019
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Swiss Angel
5 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2019
We were sad that we could only stay one night, we loved it here in this beautiful provincial park on the river. The toilets are very clean, the noise from the road and the trains is not bad at all, it was actually interesting to see the trains on both sides of the river. We could sit outside until after 11 pm on a full moon night and listen to the crickets and watch the stars. We definitely want to camp there again and for more than one night.
Written August 21, 2019
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Jean B
Spences Bridge, Canada6 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2018 • Friends
This small campground also has a great swimming hole if you walk a minute upstream through the brush to the sandy beach. Often you will be the only ones there and not have to worry too much about swim attire. If it is summer you can jump in in your clothes, cool off, paddle around a bit, then air dry fast in the dry sunny hot climate. Don't swim out past the big rock into the main current as it has taken a few lives over the years. Stay in the still or slow moving water where you can still stand up on the sandy bottom. Beautiful scenery and a chance to really feel close up the majesty of the Thompson River. Likely to spot eagles!
Written November 6, 2018
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Riverguy A
4 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2016 • Couples
A great campsite right on the banks of the Thompson River in the mostly sunny arid region of British Columbia.
Written October 18, 2016
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ria3896
Campbell River, . B.C.112 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Sept 2016 • Couples
All sites face the Thompson River. Pit toilets, but clean. Nice picnic tables. No services. If you love trains, this is the place to see them . A set of tracks across the river, the highway behind you, and more tracks above the highway. It was lovely sitting in our law chairs watching the river. So pretty. Salmon in river. Trains pass several every hour...all night too...if you are a light sleeper, you won't like the noise, but we really enjoyed the quiet, then the rumble of the trains. Stayed one night on our way home. Had a bear for company next to our campsite in the tree eating rotten salmon.
Written September 13, 2016
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Per55ia
62 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2016 • Couples
We stayed at this camp ground after we did the paddlerafting with Hyakk in Lytton. It was a great day! We spotted goldpan campground on our rafting trip, because its the spot they bring us for our lunch stop! Its a really nice spot, with probably aruond 25 camp spots. There is a very active bear issue in the summer. Make sure to have bear spray, and DO NOT LEAVE FOOD UNATTENDED, OR GARBAGE ANYWHERE! We saw 2 bears in the 12 hours we stayed there! First mama bear came strolling by the river at night, then babybear came by in the morning. The baby was curious, and more of a threat to us than the mom. Great clean spot, absolutely zero smell in the outhouses (which was shocking because it was 36degrees while we were there!).
costs 18$ to stay the night. Make sure to leave your money in the money box at the entrance of the camp ground as it takes alot of time to maintain a beautiful spot like that! Any help to the BC parks is always good! Highly recomend this spot for anyone who is driving through lytton, or wanting to get a weekend get away. weather is great, water is warm, and its one of the only spots in lytton that is by the water- the Thompson River!! Best part of it is being by the water! You can see big horned sheep on the other side of the river as well! lots of great entertaining wildlife!
Written August 24, 2016
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UnrepentantFoodie
Bellingham, WA974 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2016 • Friends
Small, right on the Frasier River with fantastic views of water and passing trains, this park is the perfect place to overnight while travelling further north and east. All spots are available on a first-come, first-served basis, no reservations.
Written July 25, 2016
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Al L
Vancouver, Canada13 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2016 • Couples
We drive by this park at least once a month on our way to the cariboo, and have stopped many times just for a rest and have always thought it would be a nice place to camp. Used the campground as a base for exploring the Drynoch slide area nearby. Very nice and well maintained campround with large sites right at the river's edge. Only downfall of this spot is the proximity of two major rail lines, one on each side of the river. These lines are very well used, 24 hours/day so if you are looking for a quiet peaceful spot, this may not be the place. We found that the sound of the Thompson river acted as a bit of white noise to drown out some of the noise. Would stay here again.
Written June 25, 2016
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