Acacia Grove R.V.
Park & Cabins is part of the property once owned by
Jessie Ann Smith who wrote, with her daughters, the book entitled
“The Widow Smith of Spences Bridge”. She calls
this particular part of her land “Sunnyside” and notes
the “lovely grove of acacia trees” that are “visited
by swarms of hummingbirds” in the spring when they are blossoming.
The park is set back from the highway and runs parallel but overlooking
the river, affording a spectacular panoramic view of the surrounding
mountains, the Thompson River where the Nicola River joins it, the
old one-lane bridge and of course the trains. To compliment the
acacias and green lawns, there is a small orchard as well as several
other fruit trees planted all over the property. During summer and
fall there are apples, apricots, plums, pears, and mulberries to
pick and preserve.
The climate is perfect for fruit and vegetables, sunshine almost
every day, (85%, that’s 310 days per year). Luckily there
is a plentiful supply of water from a dam above the Murray Creek
Falls which can be seen at the south end of town from the bridge.
Since the climate is so dry there is no problem with mosquitoes
once the spring run-off has receded and the river banks return to
Wildlife is abundant in and around Spences Bridge. Bighorn Sheep
live in the neighboring hills and drop in from time to time to sample
the local fare in the schoolyard and resident’s lawns. They
can be seen very often once the mountain weather turns to winter
and their food is covered in snow. There are several returning pairs
of osprey who live high above the river on the hydro poles. Black
bear come down to the river when the salmon are returning from the
ocean and there is lots of wild fruit to eat. The salmon runs are
spectacular, they can be seen through the clear water from the shore
and also as they jump and splash in the river. On the back roads
it is common to spot deer, grouse, black and grizzly bears, and
of course many kinds of birds live in the woods and in the park.
Your Hosts ; Roy & Sarah .