Quilchena Hotel is a full-service hotel located in the heart of one of British Columbia’s largest working cattle ranches and overlooks Nicola Lake. Opened in 1908, the hotel was built by Joseph Guichon, who arrived in California from France with his brother in 1857, then trekked north to British Columbia following the gold rush.
The hotel is valued as an economic driver in the area, and for its association with the Guichons, who became ranchers who established themselves in the Nicola Valley. The structure was built to reflect European elegance in a western setting, and became a popular overnight stopover for stage coaches. Events such as World War I and prohibition reduced business for the hotel and it closed in 1917. In 1958 the hotel re-opened and continues to receive guests to this day.