About Lytton

PO Box 100, 380 Main Street, Lytton, BC  V0K 1Z0 Email: hotspot@lytton.ca   Phone # 250-455-2355  Fax # 250-455-2142 

 

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About Lytton

Surrounded by magnificently diverse mountain ranges, lush pine forests and rushing rivers, the Village of Lytton is only 3 hours (260 kms) northeast of Vancouver along the Trans-Canada Highway.  This natural gathering spot was the site of the Nlaka’pamux (Thompson) village where First Nations people have inhabited the past 10,000 years. 

In 1808, Simon Fraser’s famous descent of the Fraser River in search of a route to the Pacific Ocean eventually led to the village, then named “camchin” – the meeting place – by its people. 

Decades later, settlers arrived with the Fraser Gold Rush and the site was named in 1858 after Edward Bulwer-Lytton, the British colonial secretary and a popular novelist who penned the opening line “It was a dark and stormy night… ”

The Canadian National and Canadian Pacific transcontinental railways and the Trans-Canada Highway all pass through the community, which incorporated on May 3, 1945.

Nature lovers will find Lytton to be the ideal location to connect with incredible natural beauty and fresh air freedom.  The Coast, Lillooet, and Botanie Mountain ranges all provide incredible vistas for a variety of recreational opportunities. 

The nearby Stein Valley Nlaka’pamux Heritage Park bears great historical, cultural and spiritual significance, with backcountry hiking opportunities ranging from a couple hours to several days.  In order to visit the park, take the Lytton Reaction Ferry across the Fraser River, one of the last remaining reaction ferries in BC.

Agriculture, the railways, whitewater rafting, tourism, and forestry have all grown the local economy.  The cultural fabric of the area is rich with First Nations traditions. The area population is approximately 2,000, when including neighbouring Lytton First Nation, Skuppah, Nicomen, Siska, and Kanaka Indian Bands.

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