‘Guaranteed Rugged’ describes the mountainous terrain around Lillooet and the lifestyle enjoyed by its actively engaged people. The landscape is rugged, rocky, steep, and challenging in a fun way. Roads are carved out of the mountainsides overlooking the Fraser River and people experience the thrill of feeling alive, living life to its fullest and enjoying every second of it!
Lillooet, located north of Vancouver via Whistler on the Sea to Sky Highway or via Lytton through the Fraser Canyon, offers a variety of restaurants and affordable lodging, including B&Bs and campsites, making it a great spot for a romantic weekend getaway or a quick day trip out of the city. Easy access to mountain biking, backpacking, and boating make Lillooet a perfect playground in spring, summer and fall, while winter boasts unprecedented ice climbing, heli-skiing and snowmobiling.
Lillooet embraces the culture and traditions of the St?t’imc (stat-lee-um) First Nation. Take a cultural tour with Xwisten Experience Tours (hoysh-ten) for authentic St?t’imc history, traditions and food. The Lillooet Apricot Tsaqwen Festival (cho-com) celebrates local culture and is a huge hit with visitors and locals every July. If treasure hunting sounds more your style, try geocaching. Search out over 100 geocaches to find hidden secrets. Pick up one of the local Hiking Guidebooks, and get up close and personal with nature while travelling the trails. For the less extreme, play a round of golf at the Lillooet Sheep Pasture Golf Course, complete with hazards like resident sheep, or take a rock hounding stroll along the banks of the mighty Fraser.
Enjoy jade sculptures on the Jade Walk along Main Street. Take a ride on the Kaoham rail shuttle on Fridays as it skirts the pristine waters of Seton Lake; the same tracks used by the internationally renowned Rocky Mountaineer. Visit Miyazaki House, built in the 1890s, and view its historic architecture with Dr. Miyazaki’s original office. For wine connoisseurs, a visit to Fort Berens Estate Winery is a must! Plan a visit to the Museum and Visitor Centre located in an old Anglican Church, where you can learn about notable characters and fascinating stories of the Cariboo Gold Rush.