Soda Creek is a community at the mouth of Soda Creek and ten miles north of Williams Lake – which began as the terminus of the first sternwheeler steamboat in the upper Fraser River, launched in 1863, named the SS “Enterprise.”
As travellers on their way to the goldfields reached the end of the Cariboo Waggon Road, they’d continue on via the steamboat to Quesnel, at least until the road was completed in 1865. The town experienced another boom when in 1910, with the Grand Trunk Pacific Railroad arrived from eastern Canada into Fort George, and several steam sternwheeler boats were built to travel the Fraser River.
Today Soda Creek is a rural community and home to residents that travel to and from Williams Lake. Visitors can find ample opportunity to enjoy history, culture, and active pursuits, with Xatsull (hat’sull) Heritage Village nearby, offering a replica of a Shuswap (shoo-shwahp) Indian village that is open during the summer.