The Bridge River Valley
First occupied by the Tsilhqot’in peoples and later European settlers, the Bridge River Valley is rich in history. Create your story here.
The Tsilhqot’in Nation
The Tsilhqot’in Nation are the indigenous people of this area. Tsilhqot’in translates roughly into ‘The people of the red ochre river’. The name Chilcotin is the English derivation of the name Tsilhqot’in. They were known as both shrewd traders and fierce warriors. They traded obsidian which was the material of choice for arrow and axe heads at the time.
The Tsilhqot’in people first encountered Europeans circa 1800. They met with traders who by 1808 had built fur trading posts for the North West Company from Montreal. In 1821 The Hudson Bay Company had established a large fur trading post on the eastern limit of the Tsilhqot’in territory.
Located 30 minutes from Tyax Lodge, the town of Gold Bridge is known for its deep history of mining and a modern destination for adventure.
A small town founded on dreams of gold, a massive mine opened nearby in 1932 and brought wealth to the area. Bralorne now attracts history buffs and outdoor adventurers alike, boasting its own impressive network of mountain bike trails.