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Lillooet’s Golden Miles of History
In 2015-16, the District of Lillooet embarked on an ambitious project – creating Lillooet’s “Golden Miles of History” historic panels and plaques. Here is an overview of the panels in the kiosks around the community. 1.The Fraser River “Tacoutche Tesse” – The Mighty One In the spring of 1808, Nor’wester Simon Fraser and his companions set out from Fort George (now Prince George) in four canoes to follow Tacoutche Tesse – a river they thought was the Columbia – to its mouth. The expedition camped below the present town of Lillooet north
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of Cayoosh Creek. Across the creek stood a fortified village of the St’át’imc who called the visitors “the Drifters” and said the leader had a tattoo of the sun on his forehead and the moon on his chest. It was an uneasy night - some St’át’imc wanted to raid them but a chief restrained them saying, “They might be able to help us one day.” “I have never seen any thing equal to this country,” Fraser wrote in his journal June 28, 1808. Aided by First Nations all the way down, Fraser noticed the onceseething river began to rise and fall with the tide. His expedition almost reached salt water but were driven away by Musqueam warriors when they tried to land.
of gold to San Francisco in 1857, word got out and the stampede was on. By 1858, there were 30,000 miners along the Fraser River and they faced a winter without re-supply. Douglas contracted Otis Parsons to build a pack trail along the route along the lakes between Harrison Lake and Lillooet, with labour supplied by the miners themselves. Two years later, the Royal
2. The Gold Rush In 1856, Hudson’s Bay Chief Factor James Douglas began supplying First Nations with hand tools to collect placer gold for trade on the Fraser River while American miners trickled in from Oregon Territory. Douglas sent a shipment 5
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Engineers upgraded the trail into a wagon road and steamboats were built to operate on the lakes. Lillooet became Mile Zero of the Cariboo Road and blossomed into the largest settlement north of San Francisco with a population of 16,000 at its peak. 3. The Bridge River Hydro System The Bridge River is approximately 120 kilometres long and flows from the snow fields of Monmouth Mountain to connect with the Fraser River near Lillooet. Hydro-electric development of the Bridge River system began in 1927 and was completed in 1960. The system consists of three reservoirs, three dams and four generating stations. BC Hydro engineers designed the system to use the water three times before releasing it to the Fraser River. Waters from Downton Reservoir initially pass through the LaJoie Dam and powerhouse before entering the Carpenter Reservoir. From there, water is diverted through tun-
nels and penstocks from Carpenter Reservoir to two powerhouses on Seton Lake Reservoir. Finally, the water passes through the Seton powerhouse before joining the Fraser. The system generates 492 megawatts, or six to eight per cent, of B.C.’s electrical supply. 4. Declaration of the Lilllooet Tribe On May 10, 1911, 16 St’at’imc Chiefs signed a declaration asserting their ownership of territorial lands and protesting the poor treatment they were receiving from the provincial and federal governments with respect to the alienation of land by settlers at Seton Portage. The Declaration begins: “We the underwritten chiefs of the Lillooet tribe (being all the chiefs of said tribe) declare as follows: “We speak the truth, and we speak for our whole tribe, numbering about 1400 people at the present time. We claim that we are the rightful owners of our tribal territory, and everything pertaining
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thereto. We have always lived in our Country; at no time have we ever deserted it, or left it to others. We have retained it from the invasion of other tribes at the cost of our blood. Our ancestors were in possession of our Country centuries before the whites came. It is the same as yesterday when the latter came, and like the day before when the first fur trader came. We are aware the B.C. government claims our Country, like all other Indian territories in B.C.; but we deny their right to it. We never gave it nor sold it to them.” The Declaration has been described as an important document in the history of relations between First Nations and the Governments of Canada and British Columbia. 5. St. Mary the Virgin Anglican Church (Lillooet Museum) St. Mary the Virgin was one of three Anglican churches built under the supervision of the Royal Engineers for the new colony of British Columbia. The original St. Mary’s, which was torn down in 1961 after a century of serving the
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4 PINES MOTEL 108 8th Ave. 250-256-4247 FRASER COVE CAMPGROUND 1234 Davis Rd. 250-256-0142 HOTEL DEORO 639 Main St. 250-256-2355 LIL’TEM’ HOTEL & CRANE’S LANDING RV PARK Seton Portage 250-259-8052 MILE 0 MOTEL 616 Main St. 250-256-7511 RETASKET LODGE & RV PARK 1264 Bouvette Rd. 250-256-2090 REYNOLDS HOTEL 1237 Main St. 250-256-4202 WILLOWS AT 6 MILE www.willowscampground.com 250-256-0429
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BETTER LIVING CENTRE-7TH DAY ADVENTIST CHURCH 603 Main St. 250-256-9218 LILLOOET GOSPEL CHAPEL 1147 Main St. 250-256-7655 ST. MARY’S ANGLICAN/ST. ANDREW’S UNITED CHURCH 577 Main St. 250-256-7037
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community, was endowed with furnishings and silver liturgical service by a wealthy English gentlewoman. The original chancel was incorporated in the new St. Mary’s and the melodeon and bell from the old church are displayed in the museum, which opened in the new St. Mary’s building in 1972. The museum also features First Nations artifacts, Gold Rush era relics, and a recreation of Ma Murray’s old newspaper office downstairs. 6. Multi-Cultural Lillooet Following the 1846 partition of British and American Pacific territories, trappers, traders and packers – British, French Canadians, Métis, eastern First Nations, Mexican muleteers and Kanakas from Hawaii – found refuge from U.S. race laws north of the border. In August of 1858, Queen Victoria proclaimed the Colony of British Columbia and appointed James Douglas as its Governor. His first priority was to put an end to open warfare between American gold miners and First Nations in the Fraser Canyon. Lacking firepower, Douglas
had to rely on diplomacy and sent “three English gentlemen,” including Judge Matthew Baillie Begbie, to restore law and order. Cayoosh Flat was the Fraser River terminus of the Douglas Trail, the first road built into the Colony of British Columbia, but that name was never popular. After consultation with St’at’imc Chiefs, the town was renamed Lillooet. Thousands of people and pack animals made their way north to the Cariboo goldfields. Some stayed here to farm and open shops to supply them. The boom didn’t last. With the construction of a new road between Yale and Clinton in 1863, Lillooet was bypassed. Twenty years later, unemployed Chinese rail workers started mining to survive. They discovered gold in Cayoosh Creek and the town boomed again. The boom and bust economy of Lillooet continued in successive waves brought about by big game hunting, the construction of the Pacific Great Eastern Railway, gold mining in Bralorne, the development of the Bridge River Power Project, the internment of Japanese
Canadians during WWII and forestry, with value-added agriculture a new boom on the horizon. 7. The Chinese in Lillooet Thousands of Chinese nationals flooded into California when gold was discovered in 1848 but stringent laws against them were passed ten years later and many of them headed north where their rights were protected by British colonial law.
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improved once cash registers started ringing and the two communities began playing baseball together.
When B.C. became part of Canada in 1871, work started on a railroad that would connect the Pacific Coast to the rest of the country. Thousands of workers were required and, at the time, the easiest way to bring them in was by ship from China. Once the CPR was completed in 1884, many of the Chinese workers came to the Lillooet area to re-work tailings left behind by miners bound for the Cariboo. The Chinese miners discovered that Cayoosh Creek had been overlooked. Over the next three years they mined it to a depth of 14 feet and took out millions of dollars in placer gold. A Chinatown sprang up in Lillooet behind Wo Hing’s store at the entrance to Fraserview Street opposite the park. By the 1930s, most of the merchants on Main Street were Chinese. It didn’t have monetary value to others, but there was treasure found here by the Chinese miners - jade. Revered as the “Stone of Heaven” in their culture, they shipped many tons of it back to China. Cut and polished to perfection, Lillooet’s
Jade Walk displays the beauty and variety of some of the boulders they left behind. 8. Japanese Canadians in Lillooet When Canada declared war against Japan in 1942, there were more than 20,000 Japanese Canadians in B.C. The majority were Nisei, born and raised in Canada. Following the declaration of war, a 100 mile “security zone” was declared on the west coast and Japanese-Canadians were forcibly and, under the Geneva Convention, illegally removed from this area. Four internment camps were established in the Lillooet area – Bridge River, Minto, McGillivray Falls and East Lillooet. They were selfsupporting and held almost 1,000 men, women and children. The East Lillooet internment camp consisted of 61 uninsulated tarpaper shacks without indoor plumbing, a garage, a schoolhouse/community hall and a community garden. Initially, the arrival of 300 “enemy aliens” was greeted with suspicion in the town but relations
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9. The Story of the Miyazaki Heritage House The Miyazaki Heritage House’s large porch, shuttered windows, bell eaves and Mansard roof reflect the 1880s era when it was built by Gold Commissioner, Government Agent and prominent merchant Casper Phair and his wife, Cerise. Like his father, the Phairs’ son Artie held many of the town’s official positions but, above all, is remembered as a photographer who documented the rugged landscapes, people and events of the area. Artie Phair was taking pictures in Bridge River (South Shalalth) when he met WWII Japanese-Canadian internee Dr. Masajiro Miyazaki. As Lillooet was without a doctor, Phair drafted a petition that allowed the Miyazaki family to move into his fine home and turn one of its front rooms into a medical office. In 1945, Dr. Miyazaki purchased the property. With a practice covering over
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theatrics always guaranteed an appreciative audience. When one convicted miner complained about his legal defense, Begbie agreed to set him up with another trial “by your Maker,” thereby earning the epithet – The Hanging Judge. Yet Begbie was a compassionate man who sought extenuating circumstances when a jury pronounced a death sentence and
4,000 square miles of some of the most rugged country on earth, Dr. Miyazaki was known for his optimism and sunny personality. He was a true country doctor who also acted as a dentist, veterinarian & mortician. In 1950 he became the first Japanese-Canadian elected to public office in Canada. He was awarded the Order of Canada in 1977 for his “unselfish service” to Lillooet and his home is now a community landmark.
Dr. Miyazaki donated his home to the Village of Lillooet in 1983. His office is preserved as he left it. 10. Sir Matthew Baillie Begbie A 6’5” giant of a man with piercing blue eyes, prematurely white hair and an impeccable Victorian wardrobe, Matthew Baillie Begbie travelled on horseback or on foot over “goat tracks” and by canoe on “foaming torrents.” He presided over goldfield courts in tents, shacks or the open air. His eloquence and
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the Fraser after a nine-mile long flume/irrigation ditch from Fountain Lake was built in 1861. Miners were missing tobacco even more than their wives and for the next 20 years he sold plugs and cut tobacco straight off his presses. The first grapes in the Lillooet area were grown at Fountain from cuttings sent from Italy in 1863. After experimental trials verified the superior terroir of local soils, our first commercial winery was established in 2009. Since then, Fort Berens has won many awards and
medals. The first attempt to grow hops on what is still known today as “The Hop Farm” ended in failure but in 2009 two enterprising biologists succeeded. Their ambition is to make Lillooet the organic hops capital of Canada. Lillooet boasts B.C.’s best tomatoes. When JapaneseCanadians were interned here, they shipped many train carloads of luscious Lillooet tomatoes to Vancouver. Food lovers now come here every year and buy hundreds of kilos of
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defended Chinese miners and First Nations against discrimination. After Confederation with Canada in 1871, Matthew Baillie Begbie was knighted by Queen Victoria and served as Chief Justice of British Columbia until the end of his life. 11. History of Agriculture Jonathan Scott, a planter from Kentucky, farmed the upper bench of the magnificent tablelands across
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tomatoes at the Old Airport Gardens. Stone fruits, especially apricots, thrive in Lillooet. Lillooet’s annual Apricot Tsaqwem Festival also honours native saskatoon berries, equally prolific and widely used by First Nations, eaten fresh or dried for storage. Throughout our area, historic farms and ranches are rising to meet a growing demand for healthy food. Local organic vegetables, fruits, garlic, honey, eggs and poultry are available in local shops or at the Farmers Market.
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12. Highways and Byways of Lillooet In the Lillooet area, ancient St’at’imc First Nation trails formed a sophisticated trading network later used by fur traders. In 1862, as gold miners pushed north, Parsonville, directly across the Fraser from the town, became Mile Zero of the Cariboo Road with the Royal Engineers in charge of its construction. Lillooet is also the gateway to the legendary Skumakum or Land of Plenty as it was known to its St’at’imc people. In the summer, they would fish and wind dry salmon along the Fraser River. In the fall, they would hunt in Skumakum. In 1827, a Hudson’s Bay sketch map of the Lillooet area showed a First Nations bridge accessing Skumakum and from then on, the waterway it crossed became known as the Bridge River. By 1896, miners had discovered the upper Bridge River and within a year, there were over 200 claims on it with extensive hydraulic mining carried on at Horseshoe Bend. Unlike the placer gold of the Fraser River, most of the Bridge River gold was in quartz veins deep in the underground. From 1928 to 1971, the community of Bralorne was one of Canada’s most productive gold mining towns. Today, Highway 40 connects Lillooet’s Main Street to the Hurley Forest Service Road at
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Gold Bridge and then back to the Pemberton Valley. Access to the rugged Anderson Lake Douglas Trail/Highline Road starts at Terzaghi Dam off Highway 40 going up and over Mission Mountain to the community of Seton Portage and follows Anderson Lake to D’Arcy. 13. The Pacific Great Eastern Railway Construction of the historic Pacific Great Eastern (PGE) Railway was an epic undertaking vital to the
development of 20th Century British Columbia. The PGE Railway reached Lillooet in 1915 and continued on into the Interior of BC. Construction of the railway during times of war and economic depression is a credit to the railway crews who built the PGE on some of the toughest and most challenging sections of rail line anywhere in North America. Still, in its early days, the PGE’s reputation for reliability was occasionally less than sterling and it was jokingly referred to as Past God’s
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Endurance, Please Go Easy and Prince George Eventually. Its name was changed to the British Columbia Railway in 1972. Until 2002, Lillooet had daily passenger service from Vancouver via B.C. Rail’s Cariboo Prospector and its famed Budd cars. Unfortunately, the entire B.C. Rail passenger service was discontinued in 2002. Today, the Kaoham Shuttle transports residents and visitors between Seton Portage and Lillooet. 14. Vernon Pick and Walden North Vernon Pick was one of Lillooet’s most fascinating residents. Born in rural Wisconsin in 1903, Pick had very little formal education but he had an appetite for knowledge, studying philosophy, literature, science and religion. At age 48, after nine gruelling months of prospecting, he made the lucky strike that catapulted him into wealth and fame as the Uranium King of America. With part of his fortune, Pick purchased an 800-acre site in California. There, he built a research facility staffed by 20 scientists. To honour his hero Henry
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rugged individualism and do-ityourself Yankee know-how. 15. Ntqwixw Ntqwixw refers to the area in the vicinity of the Old Bridge where St’at’imc catch salmon. “The St’at’imc way of life is inseparably connected to the land.
David Thoreau, he named a retreat on the property Walden West. In the 1970s, he built his 100acre Walden North complex outside Lillooet. Vernon Pick died in 1986 and is still fondly remembered in Lillooet for creating many jobs in the construction of Walden North and then producing photocopier drums, microchip components and fine furniture in his state-of-the-art workshops. By all accounts he was a gentle and magnanimous man who embodied the American spirit of
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Our people use different locations throughout the territory of rivers and mountains and lakes, planning our trips with the best times to hunt and fish, harvest food and gather medicines. The lessons of living on the land are a large part of the inheritance passed on from St’at’imc elders to our children. As holders of one of the richest fisheries along the Fraser River, the St’at’imc defend and control a rich resource that feeds our people throughout the winter and serves as a valued staple for trade with our neighbouring nations. The St’at’imc can think of no better place to live.” (Nxekmenlhkalha lti tmxicwa, St’at’imc Land Use Plan) Please be respectful of our St’at’imc fisher people. It is every person’s obligation to keep the lands healthy for future generations. 16. White Sturgeon, Bats and Osprey White sturgeon are the largest freshwater fish in North America, attaining lengths in excess of six metres and weights of more than 600 kilograms. An ancient relic of the Jurassic Period, they can live
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Naturalist Society, decided to make the Old Bridge bat friendly and bat houses were installed under the structure. If you are watching closely at dusk by water in the Lillooet area, you may see some of our bats performing their amazing aerial stunts. In 2013, volunteers from the Lillooet Naturalist Society installed a web-cam to view the activity in the osprey nest on the Old Bridge. We have enjoyed watching successful nestings and young fledgllngs each season since. 17. and 18. Welcome Welcome to St’at’imc Territory and Welcome to the spectacular District of Lillooet located in the traditional territory of the St’at’imc Nation. for over 150 years. To help save the species, in 1994 the Province of B.C. imposed catch-and-release sport fishing regulations, commercial harvesting of sturgeon was banned and aboriginal authorities placed a voluntary moratorium on the fishing. Of the three major remaining world populations of white sturgeon (Sacramento, Columbia and Fraser), the Fraser River stock is the only remaining
wild population. There are over 1,000 species of bats worldwide and unlike other mammals, bats are unique in their ability for sustained, flapping flight. Our bats navigate and pursue their insect food by using an enhanced sonar system (ecolocation). Contrary to popular belief, bats are not blind; in fact most bats have excellent vision. In 2003, the District of Lillooet combined with the Lillooet
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Parking: 50°40’54.53”N 121°55’49.37”W Park in Cayoosh Campground close to the Bridge of the 23 Camels. Distance: 2.4 km (1.5 miles). Time: 45 min. one-way. Difficulty: Easy to moderate. Built by the Lillooet Lions Club in the 1990s, the Lions Trail is a staple for local hikers, traversing the bank of the Fraser River through diverse habitat affording breathtaking views of the mighty river.
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Parking: N50° 41’ 43.4’’ W121° 56’ 19.9’’ Park in lot behind REC Centre (access behind Museum). Distance: 8.7km (5.4 mi). Time: 1-hour jog, 2-hour walk. Difficulty: Moderate. Popular route with local runners, walkers and cyclists, crosses the Bridge of 23 Camels and the Old Suspension Bridge, offering gorgeous views of town and the famous river with fabulous mountain backdrops.
Hangman’s Park Trail
Parking: N50° 42’ 21.7’’ W121° 55’ 55.6’’ Park at Old Mill Plaza. Distance (Time): 2.4 km from mall to cemetery (30-45 minutes), 5.3 km for complete route (1 to 1.5 hours). Difficulty: Easy to moderate. This trail commemorates Lillooet’s history as the site of the first jade mine in BC. Stroll down Lillooet’s Main Street and enjoy over 30 unique pieces of jade, some weighing many tons. Pick up a brochure at KC Health & Gifts.
Golden Mile of History
Parking: N50° 40’ 97.9’’ W121° 55’ 89.1’’ Park at Bridge of the 23 Camels. Distance: 4.5 km (2.8 miles). Time: 1 to 1.5 hours one-way. Difficulty: Easy to moderate walk. This walk highlights the many sights the Lilllooet Historical Society recommends you enjoy in a town whose post-European contact history dates back to the Cariboo Gold Rush. Pick up a “Golden Mile” brochure at the Lillooet Museum and Visitor Info Centre.
Red Rock Trail
Parking: N50° 41’ 52.9’’ W121° 56’ 65.9’’ Park in gravel cul-de-sac at west end of Victoria Street. Distance: 3.4 km (2 mi.) Time: 2 to 3-hour hike Difficulty: Moderate to difficult, 500 metres elevation gain. This popular route takes hikers to the famous Red Rock outcropping 500 metres above town, offering an astounding panorama of the Fraser River valley. Local flora and fauna abound. Take water with you.
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Parking: N50° 40’ 51.2’’ W121° 55’ 49.7’’ Park in parking area just off Powerhouse Road. Distance: 190 m to 2 km Time: 30 min. to 1 hour. Difficulty: Easy (rocky shoreline). A chance to get up close to the mighty Fraser River. Enjoy a walk through an active ecological restoration site that showcases our beautiful grasslands and Black Cottonwood ecosystem at the confluence of the Seton and Fraser Rivers.
Parking: N50° 40’ 61.9’’ W121° 56’ 09.8’’ Park at Miyazaki House. Distance: 0.3 Miles Time: 1520 minutes. Difficulty: Easy to moderate loop walk. In the heart of Lillooet’s downtown, a brisk walk from the Miyazaki House to the scenic bench where, legend has it, frontier Judge Matthew Begbie hung murderers in the Gold Rush era.
Parking: N50° 40’ 25.1’’ W121° 58’ 11.9’’ Park in beautiful, paved wayside park. Distance: 0.35 km (0.2 miles). Time: 10 minutes Difficulty: Easy. A short, easy walk along fast-moving Seton River offers the chance to see mountain goats on the cliffs above and other wildlife. Trails follow spawning channels full of salmon in season. Interpretive signage reveals local ecology and First Nations history.
Seton Spawning Channels
Parking: N50° 40’ 37.1’’ W121° 56’ 39.7’’ Parking lot is off gravel road that is immediately west of Lightfoot Gas. Distance: 1.4 km (0.9 mi.) Time: 20 min. Difficulty: Easy. A pleasant loop around a man-made spawning stream complex built to assist the reproduction of the many species of salmon. When the salmon are running these streams harbour thousands of spawning fish. Now managed by the Sekw’el‘was First Nation.
Parking: N50° 40’ 06.2’’ W121° 58’ 67.3’’ Park at BC Hydro Campground entrance. Distance: 3.3 kms (2 mi.) Time: 60 minutes. Difficulty: Easy to moderate. Two pretty loop walks connected by a steep hill. The loops go through forest, along Cayoosh Creek and offer awesome mountain views. Across Highway 99 from the upper bench you can access the incredible Seton Lake lookout.
Parking: N50° 40’ 14.1’’ W121° 58’ 40.6’’ Park on immediate south side of Canal Bridge on Highway 99. Distance: 3.2 kms (2 mi.) one-way Time: 40 minutes Difficulty: Easy. On this level roadway along the south side of the BC Hydro canal which connects Seton Lake with the powerhouse on the Fraser, you walk in the shadow of the majestic towering cliffs at the base Mt. Brew. Watch for waterfowl on the canal. Thanks to Fort Berens Estate Winery, the District of Lillooet, the Lillooet Naturalist Society, the Lillooet Historical Society and Sekw’el’was First Nation for their help with this project. For more trails and information, pick up a copy of ‘Canyon to Alpine, the Lillooet Hiking Guide.’
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Lillooet is a birder’s heaven Lillooet Naturalist Society Different biogeoclimatic zones converge at Lillooet resulting is diverse habitats. We have arid Ponderosa Pine grasslands, Cottonwood riparian and coastal Cedar and Interior Douglas Fir ecosystems. The area offers an opportunity to see many interior and coastal birds. Lillooet naturalists have confirmed over 250 species of birds including records for all fourteen owls of Western Canada. Along Highway 99 towards Seton Lake you can find trails and visi-
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tor stops that are excellent birding areas. In the spring and summer these places often yield warblers and Western Tanagers. Cayoosh Creek is a nesting area for the Harlequin Duck. Along the Fraser River, on both sides of the historic Old Bridge, the azurecoloured Lazuli Bunting and the striking orange and black Bullock’s Oriole can be found. Listen for the melodic sound of the Western Meadowlark calling from the fields and watch for Chukars as you head towards Pavilion. A hike into the alpine tundra can afford a close look at White-tailed Ptarmigan and other grouse. This is also a good area to see Golden Eagles and other raptors soaring over mountain ridges, especially in late summer. Watch for Clark’s Nutcracker feeding on cones of the Whitebark Pine. The Fountain Valley, about 20 kilometres east of Lillooet, is a migration stopover for many birds including several arctic-bound waterfowl and shorebirds. The valley is also a good place to see breeding waterbirds, especially Barrow’s Goldeneye, Common
Loon, Canada Goose, Mallard and Spotted Sandpiper. Heading north on Highway 99, the fields past Xaxli’p (Fountain) are a good place to look for the Longbilled Curlew. Watch the fence posts for Mountain Bluebirds. The sparsely treed slopes above the highway support Common Nighthawks and Common Poorwills in summer. Lillooet also boasts fourteen of the seventeen bat species that occur in BC. This is one of the reasons we enjoy so few insects in the warm summer season. During your stay, enjoy all that nature has to offer in Lillooet.
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Hiking Guide To enjoy the best of Lillooet’s spectacular scenery, flora and fauna, take a hike into the rugged mountains and meadows surrounding the town. The Lillooet Naturalist Society’s “Canyon to Alpine: Lillooet Hiking Guide” describes thirty-two day hikes and contains information on trails and access, routes and topography. The guide stresses a gentle footprint and contains information about natural history. Enjoy its spectacular colour photos as you plan your trek, from a leisurely stroll to a more challenging excursion. Enjoy your hike, enjoy your stay, enjoy Lillooet!
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What makes Lillooet Lillooet? Is it the spectacular mountain scenery with its call to adventure? The great climate (hot summers and mild winters)? The strong Aboriginal heritage that flourishes here? The spirit of the place? The diversity and independence of the people who call it home? It is all that and more. And now it is yours to explore. Let’s begin with some of the best activities, attractions and amenities Lillooet offers. AROUND TOWN Lillooet’s Farmers Market is open every Friday from early May to the Thanksgiving weekend in October. Check out the local produce for sale, sample bannock (a traditional
Aboriginal fry bread) or fritters, buy jam or a home-baked pie for the road or the campsite. Browse through the crafts for sale, perhaps listen to an impromptu performance by local musicians, meet old friends and make new ones.
Dining options. Named one of the Top Five Places to Eat in the Seato-Sky Corridor, the Kitchen at Fort Berens Estate Winery opens May 19 and will remain open until later in the fall. Executive chef Dylan Foss blends fresh, local ingredients and classic old-world techniques. Enjoy the exquisite food and friendly, attentive service; savour an awardwinning wine; feel the summer breeze on the patio; and drink in the view over the lush green vineyard towards the Coast Mountains. The kitchen’s open daily for lunch, and special tapas-style dinners or formal dinners will be served on select weekends during the season. You must reserve for these special dinners. Visitors can also enjoy outdoor dining on the patio at Dina’s Place Restaurant, which specializes in 31
Chinese food. Or ask a local and they will point you in whatever direction your taste buds crave. The Jade Walk is a relaxing stroll through downtown Lillooet. Start at the Jadehenge at the Lillooet Museum and Visitor Centre and proceed along Main Street, paus-
Greek dishes such as souvlaki, spanakopita and moussaka as well as pastas. Check out the homemade soups, sandwiches and treats at the Rugged Bean. Locals recommend the thin crust pizza at Deano’s Pizza. Subway is a quick and convenient lunch option, and the DeOro Coffee Lounge is a comfortable place to relax over specialty organic coffees or enjoy a selection from the juice
bar. Adding to your options this year is the local, fresh “rustic” food being served at Abundance Artisan Bakery’s new Main Street location. Other cafes serve sushi and
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ing to admire the 30 pieces of jade on display. These art pieces have been cut, polished and mounted to reveal each individual “face” of jade, whose colours, shapes and fractures all have different qualities. For good luck, Asian visitors rub the tall jade boulders at the Jadehenge. The REC Centre is the heart of Lillooet. Paying the drop-in fee gives visitors access to the public swims in the indoor pool (it opened in April for the season); the weight room, squash court and the bouldering wall, where wannabe mountaineers can test their climbing skills; as well as public skating in the arena in the winter. The arena also hosts numerous league hockey games and tournaments during the colder months. The REC Centre – the REC stands for Recreational, Educational and Cultural – is home to Radio Lillooet (CHLS-FM, 100.5 on your dial), and the popular Lillooet Library, which offers public computers, youth nights, movie nights and other activities.
Taste the difference. The Lillooet area has been known for its agricultural produce since the 1920s when a box of Seton Portage apples was delivered to Buckingham Palace every year. Today while shopping in local stores, be sure to pick up organic greens from Green Dirt Farm, garlic from Ucwalmicw’s Community Garden, organic carrots grown at Fountainview Farms and Golden Cariboo Honey produced by local bees working for Cariboo Apiaries. If you love fresh, healthy homegrown produce – and who doesn’t? – be sure to visit Old Airport Gardens on Highway 12 in East Lillooet. Believe it when they say their tomatoes are the best in B.C., with that just-picked, fresh-fromthe-vine aroma of Lillooet’s sun and soil. It’s not unusual for folks from the Lower Mainland to make their annual trip here to take home a hundred kilos of tomatoes for canning, preserving and plain good eating. The Abundance Artisan Bakery sells cookies, sourdough ryes, challah, a very popular flax bread,
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baguettes, cinnamon buns bursting with local fruits and berries, sausage rolls made with local beef and two kinds of croissants (the chocolate croissants are deliciously decadent.) Fort Berens Estate Winery operates the first commercial vineyard in Lillooet. Named for the Hudson’s Bay Company Fort that began construction here in 1859 on what is now the winery site, Fort Berens wines have won acclaim nationally and internationally. Their 2012 Riesling received the 2014 Lieutenant Governor’s Award for Excellence in B.C. Wine and the 2013 Pinot Noir won Fort Berens its first-ever platinum medal. Just up the road from Fort Berens on Highway 99 is JAR Enterprises – a new aquaponics business selling greens, herbs and fresh produce. Ask to see their giant salad spinner! And up the hill from JAR is the Bitterbine Hop Farm, home to Harvesters of Organic Hops (HOOH). Established in 2009, the
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A Little Night Music While you’re visiting, check out the ads in the Lillooet News, the new Lillooet and Area Calendar of Events (LACE) at http://lillooetcalendar.com/calendar/ and posters, websites and Facebook pages around town for the latest info on what’s happening on the entertainment scene. The Miyazaki House will be offering a 2017 summer outdoor concert series on Wednesday evenings. BYOLC (Bring Your Own Lawn Chair) or stretch out on a blanket on the lawn and enjoy live music at the gazebo. Lillooet Music offers a winter/spring concert season ranging from square dancing and folk singers to Broadway pop and improv comedy. Fort Berens Estate Winery is another venue for live music. St’at’imc communities and organizations host powwows and other gatherings. They’re an opportunity to see St’at’imc singers, drummers and dancers perform and learn more about Aboriginal tradition and culture. Visitors are welcome and are asked to respect the “No alcohol/no drugs” rules. A performance by dancer Laura Grizzlypaws in “Grizz,” her majestic grizzly bear regalia, will give you memories that last a lifetime. The T’it’q’et community is the home of Juno-award winning singer-songwriter-musician George Leach. Seeing him perform before a hometown audience is another special memory.
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long mass of ice. British Columbia Magazine recently named the Bridge Glacier flight as one of B.C.’s Top 7 Tours. Geocaching is an outdoor treasure hunt using GPS enabled devices. Participants navigate to a specific set of GPS coordinates and then try to find the geocache container hidden at that spot. There are 11 fun and fascinating geocaching locations in the Lillooet area. They are the Xwisten fishing rocks, the Old Bridge over the Fraser River, the Lower Seton Spawning Channels, the Kaoham Shuttle, Red Rock, the Burkholder Lake Trail, Camelsfoot Peak Trail, Horseshoe Bend Trail, Mission Ridge Trail, Pavilion Lake and the Seton Ridge Trail. The Lillooet Geocache sites are part of Gold Country Geotourism Adventures, the largest geo-tour in all of Canada. Go for the Gold Gold seekers came here in the 1860s seeking their fortunes in the sandbars and gravel bars of local rivers and creeks. Follow in their footsteps and try your luck gold panning. Cayoosh Creek Campground is a provincially-designated Recreational Gold Panning
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Reserve. Easy access to the Fraser River’s back eddies can also be found at the BC Hydro Restoration Site, located off Powerhouse Road. Gold seekers are welcome to use hand pans, hand shovels and metal detectors in their search for precious placer gold nuggets and “colour” that has washed free of the motherlode. Gone fishin.’ Rainbow trout, lake trout, Dolly
Varden, steelhead and salmon abound in the rivers, lakes and creeks in and around town. Seton Lake offers good fishing for trout and Dolly Varden off the dock or by boat at the south end of the lake at Seton Portage/Shalalth. Fountain, Pavilion, Crown and Turquoise Lakes are all favourites for those using flies or conventional tackle, and there are great trout fishing lakes in the Bridge River Valley as well.
The Bridge and Fraser Rivers are both home to chinook, the largest salmon species. Sockeye salmon are found in the Bridge River in the fall, while steelhead are common in the winter. The salmon and steelhead fisheries are subject to local openings, so please check local regulations before wetting a line. How about a hike? The “bible” for hikers in this area is the Lillooet Naturalist Society’s “Canyon to Alpine Hiking Guide.” It includes trail and access information on 32 hikes, dazzling colour photos by Ian Routley, route maps and topographical information. Close-to-town hikes include the Bridges Walk (it’s a total distance of approximately 10 kilometres and includes the Old Bridge and the Bridge of the 23 Camels; (this is also the route of Lillooet’s annual Terry Fox run); the Lions Trail, the Powerhouse Restoration Site, the Seton Spawning Channels, the Canal Walk and the trail above Lillooet to Red Rock (becoming known among the hiking fraternity as the Lillooet Grind). Tips for the trails less traveled: - travel in a group of at least three
Miyazaki House Built in the 1880’s for the Phair family, the Miyazaki House is the heart of Lillooet’s gold rush history. Purchased by Dr. Masajiro Miyazaki after WWII, it tells the fascinating story of his life in Lillooet and his many contributions to the community over four decades. Open Seasonally Museum, local art, weekly music concerts and community events. Available for private tours and event rentals. 250-256-6808
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people - carry enough water and food for your trip. Hiking in the mountains requires extra energy and Lillooet’s hot, dry climate can cause heat exhaustion - leave enough time to return in daylight - leave an outline of your intended hike, including your location and expected time of return, with someone who can report you missing in case of an emergency - please remember your wilderness ethics. Walk on established trails, bring along a small garbage bag so you can pack out your garbage and be respectful by staying back from nests, young animals, dens and feeding and rutting spots.
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All aboard the Kaoham Shuttle! No less an authority than the BBC has called the Kaoham Shuttle “Canada’s Greatest Hidden Rail Trip.” Adventurers will discover that truth first-hand when they climb aboard the twocar, 30-passenger train on its trip from Lillooet to the remote lakeside communities of Seton Portage and Shalalth. The shuttle provides great opportunities to see California Bighorn sheep, deer, bear, eagles and waterfowl. It makes unscheduled stops to allow passengers to capture those vivid wildlife images on their cameras and phones and the engineer provides fascinating commentary. For train buffs, the shuttle winds along some of the sharpest curves on the entire CN Rail line and through CN’s third-longest tunnel in B.C. The trip takes one hour from Lillooet to Seton Portage, with options of riding from Lillooet to Seton and returning straight
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back (no time to stretch your legs) or staying overnight in Seton Portage before returning the next day. Reservations must be made for the shuttle. 1-250-259-8300. In the St’at’imc language, the word “Kaoham” means “to meet the train.” Mountain Biking: The Thrill of it All. For years, local riders have explored and enjoyed numerous trails. Now, the rest of the mountain biking community is discovering our area. LORCA (Lillooet Off Road Cycling Association) says these are five of the best-known trails: - Seton Ridge, located about 17.5 km. from Lillooet off the Duffey Lake Road and then another six km. along the gravel Seton Ridge Road. - Shulaps Traverse, located off Highway 40 and up the Yalakom Forest Service Road towards Lake La Mare. - Burkholder Lake, off Highway 40 and up the Yalakom Road and then turn onto the Branch 1 forest road.
In Lillooet’s Guaranteed Rugged landscape, there’s an array of trails to explore whether you are a beginner, intermediate or advanced rider. It’s your choice - go for the adrenaline rush or take it more slowly. A bonus: the area’s low elevation and dry climate make for a longer riding season. Lillooet is a gateway to South Chilcotin Mountains Provincial Park, which attracts bikers from around the world. The park offers almost 300 km. of trails through broad valleys, alpine meadows and ridges, with an excellent variety of loop trips of varying difficulty and distance. Many of the trails are multiuse trails and bikers are asked to respect trail etiquette by giving way to hikers and horses. Bikers are also asked to respect gates and road closures; respect St’at’imc values; stay on the trails; be aware of grizzly bears, especially in the Della Creek area; and Play, Clean, Go to prevent the spread of harmful invasive plant species. That means thoroughly washing off your bike prior to mov-
- Red Rock, above Lillooet and reached by an old road that switchbacks up the mountainside. - Della Creek, halfway between Lytton and Lillooet on Texas Creek Road and accessed via a logging road. “This is the one that everybody who comes to Lillooet wants to ride,” says Kevin Aitken.
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ing from one trail to another, giving invasives the brush-off by cleaning your boots and gear and properly disposing of soil, seeds or plant parts from cleaning. Rockhounders Paradise A rockhound has been defined as an amateur mineralogist, but
really it’s someone who enjoys collecting interesting rocks and minerals. For decades, the Lillooet area has been a popular destination for rockhounds. While Lillooet is most famous for its gold and jade, agates and jasper have been found on each side of the Bridge of the 23 Camels and the sandbars down-
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stream. The aptly named Yalakomite can be found at the Horseshoe Bend of the Bridge River on Highway 40. The Yalakom River Road area is significant for cinnabar, pyrite, gold and nephrite jade. The green gemstone can also be found off Highway 40 in the Marshall Creek area. The Bridge River Valley is also home to the oddly named thunder egg, a rock in the shape of a rough sphere that is formed within volcanic ash layers. Fossils 50 million years old are embedded in the rocks at Fossil Cliffs above Spruce Lake. Fossils can also be discovered near the foot of the limestone slides at Marble Canyon where they border Highway 99 at the west end of Pavilion Lake. On a hot summer day, there’s nothing like a refreshing dip in the shiver-cold waters of Seton Lake, just five minutes from Lillooet. Pack a picnic lunch and relax on the tree-lined beach. Be sure to stay for the sunset as the sun dramatically disappears behind the jagged peaks surrounding the lake. In the summer, the Bridge River Indian Band runs a free Community
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