Soil landscapes of the Cache Creek area

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The Cache Creek area is home to some of the most spectacular geomorphic scenery in British Columbia. The Thompson River flows through this area after draining from Kamloops Lake, and then flows south to its confluence with the Fraser River. The deeply incised valleys of the Thompson and Fraser provide stark contrast with the surrounding uplands of the Thompson Plateau and adjacent Cascade and Pavillion Mountains, and exemplify a recurring theme in the physiography of BC. Steep elevation gradients and geological transitions from the uplands and mountains to deep valleys are reflections of the diverse geologic history of this part of the province, which will be highlighted during the field trip at several geological and geomorphic stops of interest. The climatic conditions and modern day vegetation are closely associated with the small and large scale landscape pattern, where forests cover the upland areas and dry grasslands occur at lower elevations. Sweeping views of the river valley provide a window on processes of erosion and deposition that have shaped this landscape in post-glacial times. The field tour will provide an overview of the fascinating geologic history, landscape formation processes, and resulting soil conditions in this part of the Thompson River Valley and surrounding Plateau. The effect of these landform features on settlement, agricultural history, and modern day resource development will also be discussed.

  • Date: Thursday May 19, 2016
  • Duration: 1 day
  • Departure from: Kamloops
  • Return to: Kamloops
  • Tour fee: $60.00 (includes lunch and refreshments)
  • Registration Deadline: As of April 2, this tour is now full. If you would like to be placed on a wait list, please send an email to