Things to Do

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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Things to Do

Walking Tour of Lytton: take in the magnificent natural scenery surrounding you.  The painted silhouettes on building walls and beautiful gardens in the spring and summer time add to Lytton’s small-town charm. 

  • Make your way to the north-east corner of town for an excellent view of the confluence where the green waters of the Thompson River mix with the silt-laden brown waters of the mighty Fraser.
  • At the corner of Fraser and 7th Streets, on the Anglican Church property, is a memorial to Chief Spintlum, who negotiated peace between the First Nations people and the new European settlers.  Walk over Spintlum Bridge right above the confluence if you have a bit more time.
  • On the wall closest to the caboose, take a look at the Lytton Jellyroll: an unusual conglomeration of silt, sand and gravel, formed at the end of the last Ice Age.
  • Railway buffs will enjoyed the retired CN caboose in Caboose Park, and the famous photo opportunities of the Cisco Bridges crossing the Fraser just south of town.

Hiking: Take the free Reaction Ferry across the Fraser River to Stein Valley Nlaka'pamux Heritage Park. The Ferry is closed for periods in the spring due to high water.  From the trailhead parking lot, plan a easy-to-moderate hike to Asking Rock where there are local area petroglyphs.

Backpacking: Allow a week or more to cover the entire length of the extended 40-mile (60-km) Stein Heritage Trail that transects Stein Valley Nlaka'pamux Heritage Park. The challenging trail traverses the wilderness up to Stein Lake from the trailhead at the parking lot, accessed by a gravel road north of the ferry. This hike is suitable only for very fit, experienced hikers who are prepared to be totally self-sufficient.

Fraser River Reaction Ferry: Prior to the ferry, First Nations used to cross the rivers at Lytton by canoe.  Now a non-motorized ferry consisting of two steel pontoons, a small deck attached to a heavy-duty cable spanning across the river.  A simple wooden dock on each side of the river provides a docking area for the ferry and ramps to load vehicles and passengers.  Please check the Inland Ferry Schedule for the most up-to-date information on ferry service.

Geocaching: To join in this recreational activity all you need is a Global Positioning System  (GPS) unit, a treasure and a sense of adventure. The rules of the game are simple.  Once you have located the site, you may take a memento from the cache – just leave your own item in return.  Then leave a message in the log book and head to the next site.  To search for the latitude and longitude coordinates of sites “cached” in the Lytton area, visit http://www.goldtrail.com/

Gold Panning: Follow in the footsteps of the Cariboo Gold Rush prospectors of the mid-1800’s. The BC Ministry of Energy and Mines has created a number of recreational panning reserves around the Province that are open to the general public to use for recreational gold panning.  One is located where the Thompson meets the Fraser River on the Village side.  All you need is a gold pan, shovel, metal detector and patience for a chance to strike it rich!  To obtain a list of maps for gold panning areas in the province visit Recreational Panning Reserves page on the BC Ministry of Energy and Mines website.

Whitewater Rafting: From Spring to Fall, a number of companies offer guided whitewater rafting excursions on the Thompson, Fraser Rivers and nearby Nahatlatch River. There is a choice between power and paddle rafting.  The less strenuous but wetter power rafting requires that you hang on as the guide navigates the rapids with an outboard motor, whereas paddle rafting gives a sense of accomplishment by paddling altogether.

Kumsheen Rafting Resort 1-800-663-6667 Hyak River Adventures 1-800-663-7238 Fraser River Expeditions 1-800-363-7238 REO Rafting 1-800-736-7238

Hunting & Fishing: Avid hunting and fishing enthusiasts will find a number of options throughout the Lytton area.  It is up to the individual to obtain the appropriate licenses and educate themselves on current regulations.  The Ministry of Forests, Lands and Natural Resource Operations is the provincial governing body responsible for managing wildlife diversity.  Anglers who fish the Thompson and Fraser Rivers enjoy a range of styles including catch and release for Fraser River Sturgeon and fly fishing for world-class steelhead.  The First Nations have relied on sockeye salmon stocks for thousands of years where cultural traditions continue to this day.  As Lytton lies within the Thompson-Nicola region, use the following resources to help you plan your next visit:

BC Hunting & Trapping Regulations
BC Freshwater Fishing Regulations

Jetboating & Guided Sturgeon Fishing: Sturgeon Slayers 1-866-587-9253

Dirt Biking: The West Coast Dirt Riders host an annual race every year on the July long weekend called the ‘Monkey Wrench’.  This race is now part of two different series within the PNWMA; The (BCORCS) British Columbia Off-Road Championship series and The (CXCC) Canadian Cross Country Championship series-West.  The weekend is a great place for beginners and pros to ride and have fun! If you love dirt biking, this is your playground with great mountain views.

West Coast Dirt Riders 1 604-999-1149

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