The community of Dome Creek lies down in the valley several kilometres north of Highway 16 along the railway and the Fraser River. Founded by the railway in 1912-13, it continues as a settlement and farming area. Its first school is now under development as a museum.
The community has a post office open MWF 10-4:30 and a library open Mondays from 12:30 to 3:00pm and Thursdays from 6:00 to 8:30pm. The library, Lena Schultz Reading Room, has a good collection of books, DVDs and magazines to read or take home, as well as Wi-Fi high speed Internet accessible from two computers during library hours or anytime from the front porch. For more information about the Reading Room, call 250-553-2388, email [email protected], or check out their website at www.domecreek.ca.
Dome Creek is home to the Ancient Cedar Forest, 20 hectares of old growth trees and plant communities undisturbed possibly for thousands of years. One of the best, and now rare, examples of BC’s most inland temperate rainforest, it may have had its beginning with the end of the Ice Age. Many of the western red cedar trees are likely 1,000+ years old, and greater than 2.5 to 3 meters (8-10 feet) in diameter.
A popular year-round destination for hiking or snowshoeing, the forest has marked trails and walkways, and sections are being made wheelchair accessible.
Drive 94 km west of McBride (6.6 km west of the Slim Creek rest stop on Hwy 16), and park south of the highway. Go 250 m up the old road towards the west corner of the forest opening, where the big trees begin immediately. Visit www.ancientcedar.ca for more information.