Tête Jaune Cache was named after a Métis fur trader and trapper named Pierre Bostonais, who was a guide for the Hudson's Bay Company in the 1800s. He was nicknamed "Tête Jaune" by the French voyageurs because of his blonde hair (meaning Yellow Head). During the construction of the Grand Trunk Pacific Railway, Tête Jaune Cache became a prosperous community, and was the head of navigation for the paddle steamers of Foley, Welch and Stewart, and the BC Express Company. The town boomed, attracting thousands of pioneers, trappers, prospectors, and entrepreneurs to the Robson Valley. Tête Jaune consisted of timber, railways, steamship trade, and mining. Mining include mica extracted for lanterns and stoves which came from Mica Mountain which is visible directly across from Tete Jaune Lodge.
Yellow Head is now known as Hwy 16 which reaches to Portage La Prairie, Manitoba.
The original location of Tete Jaune Cache was flooded and wiped out. The pool halls, restaurants, saloons, and trading posts are no more. Only a few stone chimneys remain as a reminder of Tete Jaune's existence. The Robson Valley treasures its' history and is saturated with information. If you would like to learn more about the area, you can visit Valemount Historical Society.
This log cabin was built in 1922. The logs were cut at Rearguard Falls and transported down the river to this location for construction. In 1969 the property was transformed and became Tete Jaune Lodge. Two lodges, several RV sites, and 4 cabins were built to accomodate travelors. The restaurant is now 91 years old and it is such an honour to still have it in our midst and be able to share it with our guests.