An interesting area on the west bank of the Thompson River, north of Spences Bridge. The park provides access to the river and includes both river and upland habitats.
Special Feature: Epsom is one of the few areas along this section of river that provides access for the public to the river.
The road is impassable to two-wheel-drive vehicles below the last bench. One can descend, but getting back up the hill would be impossible with a two-wheel-drive vehicle. It is a short walk to the river shore.
There are no designated trails. Visitors may park by the bench overlooking the river and hike the remainder of the road to the railway tracks to access the river. This road is short in length but quite steep.
At low water levels in late July and August, there is a pebble beach area but visitors must use caution in and around the swift flowing river. There are no lifeguards on duty at provincial parks.
There are canoeing or kayaking opportunities on the river but visitors need to make themselves aware of the river’s gradient before attempting navigation. If launching from the park, the boat must be portaged over the railway tracks.
The Thompson River provides opportunity to fish for trout, salmon and steelhead. Anyone fishing or angling in British Columbia must have an appropriate licence.
Pets/domestic animals must be on a leash at all times. Backcountry areas are not suitable for dogs or other pets due to wildlife issues and the potential for problems with bears.
Hunting is permitted only during lawful game hunting season. Please check the BC Hunting & Trapping Regulations Synopsis for more information.
This park is located on the Thompson River approximately 15 km south of the town of Ashcroft. It is accessed off Highway 1. There is road access to within 200 metres of the river, although the final section of road is steep and not suitable for all vehicles. The remaining distance is by foot. The closest communities, towns and cities are Ashcroft, Cache Creek and Kamloops.
BC Parks honours Indigenous Peoples’ connection to the land and respects the importance of their diverse teachings, traditions, and practices within these territories. This park webpage may not adequately represent the full history of this park and the connection of Indigenous Peoples to this land. We are working in partnership with Indigenous Peoples to update our websites so that they better reflect the history and cultures of these special places.