2016 LILLOOET & AREA VISITORS GUIDE
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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 Recently named one of the Top Five Places to Eat in the Sea-to-Sky Corridor, the Ponderosa Kitchen at Fort Berens Estate Winery opens May 21 and will remain open until Oct. 10. 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 vine-
yard towards the Coast Mountains. The kitchen’s open daily for lunch, and for tapas-style dinners Friday nights and set-menu dinners Saturday evenings June 24-Sept. 3. 3
Lillooet Business Directory ACCOMMODATIONS
4 PINES MOTEL 108 8th Ave. 250-256-4247 FRASER COVE CAMPGROUND 1234 Davis Rd. 250-256-0142 HOTEL DEORO 639 Main St. 250-2560-2355 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
INTEGRA TIRE & LILLOOET GLASS 561 Main St. 250-256-4111 KAL TIRE 249 Main St. 250-256-4198 LORDCO AUTO PARTS Old Mill Plaza 250-256-0599 SHULAPS SERVICE CENTRE 151 Moha Rd. 250-256-4040
BETTER LIVING CENTRE-7TH DAY ADVENTIST CHURCH 603 Main St. 250-256-9218 LILLOOET GOSPEL CHAPEL 1147 Main St. 250-256-7655
DEANO’S PIZZA 682 Main St. 250-256-0064 DINA’S PLACE 690 Main St. 250-256-4264 FORT BERENS ESTATE WINERY 1881 Hwy 99 North 250-256-7788 ROYAL CANADIAN LEGION BRANCH 66 737 Main St 250-256-7332 SUBWAY Across from Old Mill Plaza 250-256-7807
Established by ‘Ma’ Murray in 1934
BLACKCOMB AVIATION www.blackcombaviation.com 250-256-6000 DISTRICT OF LILLOOET REC CENTRE 930 Main St. 250-256-7527 HISTORIC HAT CREEK RANCH www.hatcreekranch.ca 250-457-9722 LILLOOET MEMORIAL CURLING CLUB 178 Mountainview Rd. 250-256-4370 LILLOOET SHEEP PASTURE GOLF COURSE 5000 Texas Creek Rd. 250-256-0550 MIYAZAKI HOUSE 643 Russell Lane 250-256-7527 SPLITROCK ENVIRONMENTAL Splitrock Centre, Hwy 99 250-256-3109 XWISTEN EXPERIENCE TOURS www.xwisten.ca 250-256-7844
ABUNDANCE ARTISAN BAKERY Unit A - 657 Main St. BUY-LOW FOODS Old Mill Plaza 250-256-7922 CARIBOO APIARIES 4007 Moha Rd. 250-256-7231 CREATIVE HAVEN 657 Main St. 250-256-2280 ENERGY PLUS 626 Main St. 250-256-4796 GRANT A WISH 600 Block Main St. LILLOOET FARMERS MARKET May - October Fridays 250-256-7797 LILLOOET TIMBER MART 129 Moran Place 250-256-4141 LINDA’S PLACE ON MAIN 777 Main St. 250-256-1884 OLD AIRPORT GARDENS FARM MARKET Hwy 12 South 250-256-7051 PHARMASAVE Old Mill Plaza 250-256-4262 TAFFY’S TWOONIE TOWN 86 7th Ave. 250-256-0066 WINNER’S EDGE 644 Main St. 250-256-4848
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BRIDGE RIVER - LILLOOET NEWS 979 Main St. 250-256-4219 CAYUSE FLATS TRANSPORT Hwy 99 250-256-7155 DIRECT ELECTRIC 250-256-4157 DISTRICT OF LILLOOET 615 Main St. 250-256-4289 HUB INTERNATIONAL BARTON INSURANCE 682 Main St. 250-256-7596 LILLOOET CONTRACTING 109 Main St. 250-256-7669 LILLOOET & DISTRICT CHAMBER OF COMMERCE www.lillooetchamberofcommerce.com 250-256-3578 LILLOOET ELKS 250-256-7972 LILLOOET LIONS CLUB 250-256-1968 LILLOOET MUSEUM & VISITORS CENTRE 790 Main St. 250-256-4308 LILLOOET NATURALIST SOCIETY www.lillooetnaturalistsociety.org LILLOOET PUBLIC LIBRARY 930 Main St. 250-256-7944 LILLOOET REGIONAL INVASIVE SPECIES SOCIETY www.lriss.ca 250-256-4292 LILLOOET ROYAL PURPLE 250-256-4523 LILLOOET SPA & WELLNESS 836 Main St. 250-256-2156 RADIO LILLOOET www.radiolillooet.ca 250-999-2086 RE/MAX REAL ESTATE LILLOOET 909 Main St. 250-256-7166 SKOOKUM TOWING 250-256-4789 THOMPSON RIVERS UNIVERSITY Old Mill Plaza 250-256-4296 THOMPSON VALLEY FUNERAL HOME www.tvfh.ca 1-800-295-5138 TRADEWINDS HAIR PLUS Old Mill Plaza 250-256-7431
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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, pausing 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.
Visitors can also enjoy outdoor dining on the patio at Dina’s Place Restaurant, which specializes in Greek dishes such as souvlaki, spanakopita and moussaka as well as pastas. Locals recommend the thin crust pizza at Deano’s Pizza; Subway is a quick and healthy lunch option; and the DeOro Coffee Lounge is a comfortable place to relax over an espresso. Other cafes serve sushi and Chinese food. Or ask a local and they will point you in whatever direction your taste buds crave.
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Travel West on Main Street, turn right on Mountainview Road, up the hill turn right on Bouvette Road, around the and curve you’ll see our sign.
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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 Airport Gardens on Highway 12 in East Lillooet. Believe it when they say their tomatoes are the best in B.C., with that justpicked, fresh-from-the-vine aroma of Lillooet’s sun and soil. It’s not unusual for folks from the Lower Mainland to make their annual trip
The REC Centre is the heart of Lillooet. Paying the drop-in fee gives visitors access to the public swims in the indoor pool (opening for the summer season in mid-May); 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 REC Centre – the REC stands for Recreational, Educational and Cultural – is home to Radio Lillooet (CHLS-FM, 100.5 on your dial), and the Lillooet Library, which offers free WiFi and public computers. Taste the difference. The Lillooet area has been known for its agricultural produce since the 1920s when a box of Seton
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Legend Paved Highway Secondary Roads (Most of these roads are unpaved. Some have rough conditions in places)
Forest Service Roads or Seasonal Roads (Some of these roads impassable in winter and some have very rough conditions)
Camp Sites (Some sites maintained to minimal levels) Scale in kilometres 5
Campground & Guest Cottage • Full Hook-ups • Hot Shower • 30 & 50 amp available • Free Wifi • Shady Riverfront Tent Sites • Scenic walk or bike over Historic “Old Bridge” to Shopping Mall • Fraser River Beach Fishing for Sturgeon and Salmon • 1.5 km north of Fort Berens Estate Winery Bridge River
1234 Davis Road (Just off Hwy 99) email@example.com www.frasercove.com 250-256-0142 Toll Free: 1-800-936-2040
Established by ‘Ma’ Murray in 1934
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here to take home a hundred kilos of tomatoes for canning, preserving and plain good eating. The new Abundance Artisan Bakery sells cookies, sourdough ryes, challah, a very popular flax bread, 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 earlier this year the 2013 Pinot Noir won Fort Berens its first-ever platinum medal. Just up the road from Fort Berens is the Bitterbine Hop Farm, home to Harvesters of Organic Hops (HOOH). Established in 2009, the local farm serves B.C.’s growing micro-brewing industry. In 2013, Old Jalopy Ale – the Canadian Brewing Awards Beer of the Year – was made with organic hops grown at Bitterbine. And Pemberton Distillery makes a Lillooet Apricot Liqueur from – you’ll never guess! – Lillooet apricots.
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Walking the Dog Whether you’re visiting overnight, enjoying a weekend jaunt or staying longer, your dog is on holiday, too. Walk your four-legged pal on the Lions Trail along the Fraser River or the dock at Seton Lake (dogs aren’t permitted on the beach). Pooches on leashes are also welcome for a walk along the spawning channels at Splitrock Environmental or at the Restoration Site. Please clean up
after your pet and be aware that the latter two sites are fish and wildlife habitat areas.
THE GREAT OUTDOORS Come Fly with Me. Is it time to get down on bended knee and pop the question? Do it in high style on a mountaintop with stunning vistas and popping champagne corks. Blackcomb
LILLOOET PUBLIC LIBRARY • Free WiFi and Public Computers • Summer Reading Club • Branches in Gold Bridge and Shalalth at the Bridge River Power Site Contact info and hours of operation at:
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• Pharmacist on Duty 5 Days/Week • Gift Shop • Toys • Seasonal Supplies • Books/Magazines • Greeting Cards • Lottery Centre
• 47 Units • Air Conditioned • Cable TV • Kitchenette • Honeymoon Suites with Jacuzzis • Suites with Jet Tubs • Guest Laundry • Direct Dial Phones/Voice Mail • Internet Access available • Seniors Discount • Reasonable Rates • Complimentary Tea, Coffee & Ice
1-800-753-2576 Ph: 250-256-4247 Fax: 250-256-4120
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HISTORIC HAT CREEK RANCH ‘Relive the 1860s Gold Rush and Native History!’ Located 80km east of Lillooet along scenic Hwy. #99
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Old Mill Plaza 250-256-4262 www.pharmasavelillooet.com email: email@example.com Hours: Mon. - Thurs. - 9:30 am - 6 pm Friday - 9:30 am - 8 pm Saturday - 9:30 am - 6 pm Sunday - 11 am - 5 pm
~ Guided Tours of 1860’s Roadhouse & Native Interpretation Site ~ Stagecoach ~ Restaurant & Gift Shop ~ Goldpanning, Archery & More ~ RV Sites, Camping, Cabins, & Public Shower House ~ Stay in a Covered Wagon
Open Daily May to October
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Helicopters offers heli fishing, alpine picnics, sightseeing, hiking and flights to uniquely romantic locations for proposals and weddings. Local pilot Scott Taylor is a world traveler who’s just returned from his own adventures in Antarctica. With Gold Bridge as a base, take a flight-seeing tour for a once-ina-lifetime flight to the Lillooet Ice Fields’ Bridge Glacier. Watch ice bergs calve into the glacier’s lake and take a walk to the toe of the two-kilometre 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 a treasure hunt. 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.
Photo: Lloyd McNary
Photo: Brad Naylor
The Lillooet Geocache sites are part of Gold Country Geotourism Adventures, the largest geo-tour in all of Canada. FYI: The B.C. Geocaching Association meets here at the Cayoosh Creek Campground on the Labour Day weekend. 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 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.
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TAKE YOUR PICK! Old Airport Gardens Farm Market • B.C.’s Best Tomatoes • Fruits, Veggies, Herbs • U-Pick • We Pick Phone/Fax: 250-256-7051 1/4 Mile South of Lillooet Turn-Off on Hwy 12
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