Steeped in history and heritage this small community has more to offer than bigger centers could only dream of; the weather, the wildlife, the adventure, the scenery, and the characters. When the California Gold Rush died the Caribou Gold Rush was born. Fortune seekers from all over converged to "Gold Country". Spences Bridge was originally known as Little Forks; after the ferry was built it was known as Cooks Ferry, named after Mortimer Cook, the founder of the Ferry and one of the area hotel owners. In 1863 the government commissioned Thomas Spence to build a bridge across the Thompson River Canyon. Spence and his crew finished the bridge in the spring of 1984 and barely had time to step back and admire their work when unusually high waters washed the bridge away, Spence was immediately commissioned again to build another bridge and this was finished the following year. Thus Spences Bridge was born.
Murray Creek Falls is named after pioneer John Murray an orchardist who ran one of the first seed horses in western Canada. Experience the natural wonder of this spectacular waterfall as it cascades and spills at your feet. It is just a short hike with the trail head located at the edge of town.
A steelhead fishing heaven from October thru December that attracts fishermen from around the world hoping to catch one a world famous "Thompson River Steel Head" often weighing over 30 lbs. Limited Chinook fishing for those looking for something big and bright with lots of spirit and fight. Great trout fishing begins around June. The world famous Adams River Sockeye run passes through town via the Thompson River every summer bringing a spectacular sea of red as they forge the long and winding river to their spawning grounds.