The GCPS is a registered society dedicated to preserving the history, site, and memory of Granite Creek, BC. Membership is open to all.

NEW: The John Granville Thynnes Story has been added to our Archive Biographies page.

The GCPS are now the Operators of the Granite Creek Cemetery

* GCPS is honoured to be a British Columbia | Canada 150 grant recipient. *

Murphy, Cook, Frenchy

They came from China, California, Vancouver and Victoria, and they wanted gold and adventure. Here you will find pictures, letters, maps, and stories from those early years.


Welcome to our Website. Stay a while and enjoy the exciting history of Granite Creek.


“White Gold and Black Diamonds – The History of Granite Creek and Coalmont” is now online. Read about the 1885 Granite Creek gold rush and stories about old timers. To download this book, click here.

If you enjoy this book, please consider making a donation to the Granite Creek Preservation Society by using the “donate” button at the bottom of this page.

Granite Creek Map showing the boundaries of Granite Creek Townsite and Cemetry as recognized by the RDOS Area 'H' Heritage Register. Centre of map is N 49 30 14.1 W 120 40 49.3. Click image to enlarge.

1962 Granite Creek plaque "The Granite Creek Town Site is valued because it is the oldest town in the area, as well as being the location of a major placer gold rush in 1885. The discovery of gold at Granite Creek redirected interest in the area from fur trading to mining. Built by miners searching for gold, the town is a testament to early British Columbia mining history."

Click here to read the complete RDOS Area 'H' Heritage Register Statement of Significance for the Granite Creek Town Site and Cemetry.

The purposes of the Granite Creek Preservation Society are:

  • To protect the territorial integrity of the Granite Creek site
  • To provide an understanding of the importance of the historical, archeological and geological aspects of the Granite Creek site
  • To encourage the continued study of the significance of the Granite Creek site

Society business is usually conducted via emails except for the Annual General Meeting.

If you have an interest in the history of the Tulameen valley, mining district, and Granite Creek
please become a member of the society