Walking Tour of Lytton:
Take in the magnificent natural scenery surrounding you while searching out the painted silhouettes around the village and admiring the beautiful gardens during the spring and summer time that all add to Lytton’s small-town charm.
Make your way to the north-west corner of town for an excellent view of Where Two Rivers Meet – 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 David Spintlum, who negotiated peace between the First Nations people and the new European settlers. Take a walk over Spintlum Bridge right above the confluence if you have a bit more time.
On the wall closest to the caboose, admire the Lytton Jellyroll: an unusual conglomeration of silt, sand and gravel, formed at the end of the last Ice Age.
Railway buffs will enjoy the retired CN caboose in Caboose Park, and the famous photo opportunities of the Cisco Bridge crossing the Fraser just south of town.
Take the free Reaction Ferry across the Fraser River to Stein Valley Nlaka’pamux Heritage Park (http://www.env.gov.bc.ca/bcparks/explore/parkpgs/stein_val/). The Ferry is closed for periods in the spring due to high water volumes. From the trailhead parking lot, plan an easy-to-moderate hike to Asking Rock where faded pictographs can be seen; do not touch these ancient paintings as they are extremely fragile. The true name of this magnificent stone is the Birthing Rock and it is an important part of the Nlaka’pamux First Nation heritage; this is where women would come to give birth to their children, cradled in the safety of the hollows of this sacred place. When First Nations people would travel through the Stein Valley, they would stop here and ask for permission to pass through the area, safe passage, or good weather for their travels. This is how it also became known as the Asking Rock. Sometimes offerings can be seen throughout this area; please respect this site as it is sacred to the First Nations Peoples and do not disturb any offerings or physical or cultural remains you might see, or touch any of the pictographs. Please respect this site as it is considered sacred to First Nations.
Take a week or more and cover the entire length of the extended 60-kms (40-mile) 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 with a small deck attached to a heavy-duty cable spanning across the river makes the daily crossings. 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 (https://www2.gov.bc.ca/gov/content/transportation/passenger-travel/water-travel/inland-ferries/lytton-reaction-ferry) for the most up-to-date information on ferry service.
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 https://www.exploregoldcountry.com/things-to-do/geocaching/
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. One is located where the Thompson meets the Fraser River on the Village side. All you need is a gold pan, a shovel and a lot of 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. https://www2.gov.bc.ca/gov/content/industry/mineral-exploration-mining/mineral-titles/reserves/recreational-panning-reserves
From Spring to Fall, a number of companies offer guided white-water rafting excursions on the Thompson and Fraser Rivers and the 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 https://kumsheen.com/
Hyak River Adventures 1-800-663-7238 http://hyak.com/
REO Rafting 1-800-736-7238 https://www.reorafting.com/
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 and these 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:
Freshwater Fishing Regulations in BC: https://www2.gov.bc.ca/gov/content/sports-culture/recreation/fishing-hunting/fishing/fishing-regulations
Jetboating & Guided Sturgeon Fishing:
Sturgeon Slayers offer guided fishing trips that allow you to customise your experience while they take care of your every need
On the July long weekend,the West Coast Dirt Riders host an annual race called the ‘Monkey Wrench’. This race is now part of two different series within the PNWMA; The British Columbia Off-Road Championship series(BCORCS) and The Canadian Cross Country Championship series-West(CXCC). 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.
The Lytton Chinese History Museum:
A reconstruction of the 1881 Chinese Temple that, while not a functioning temple, is still respectful of the religious significance of the earlier temple and includes an altar and area for study and meditation.
Historical displays bring recognition to the early Chinese influence in Lytton and the Fraser and Thompson Canyons, and create a greater awareness of the historic links between the Chinese community, the First Nations community and other local residents.
145 Main St
Lytton Museum & Archives:
Visit our museum, located at 4th and Fraser beside the Visitor Information Centre. Discover local history and enjoy browsing our collection of artifacts.Open by appointment only during the winter. Summer hours announced soon.
4th & Fraser
Lytton’s outdoor pool is open during the summer months. For detailed information contact the Village Office at (250) 455-2355.
Boat Launch information to access the Fraser and Thompson Rivers can be obtained by calling the Village office at (250) 455-2355.