The First Fly Fishing in BCfly fishing lytton bc ©BFandrich

Fly-fishing in Lytton goes back a long, long time! The journal of Arthur Thomas Bushby - the personal clerk and registrar of none other than the famous “Hanging Judge” Mathew Begbie -  contains a very significant reference on Sunday, April 3, 1859. While in Lytton, Bushby wrote, “I went out with Begbie and he tried the Thompson with a fly but with no success – while I lounged on the sand in the sun a cigar en bouche and the Chinook vocabulary en main!!” (154).

This is the first written record of fly-fishing on the Thompson and possibly the first written record of fly-fishing in BC. Need we say more? Ever since, Lytton has been an angler’s mecca.

 

 

white water rafting lytton bc ©BFandrichLytton BC – Canada’s Rafting Capital

Lytton is the tl'kemtsin or meeting of two great rivers - the Thompson and the Fraser. Adopted in the 1980's, Lytton’s slogan Canada’s Rafting Capital came about when there were 25 different commercial rafting companies operating out of Lytton. Because of the importance of whitewater rafting to our local economy, it remains part of our business identity to this day.

Whitewater rafting was in its infancy on the Thompson River when Bernie Fandrich opened Kumsheen Raft Adventures in 1973. From one raft on the river, the whitewater industry grew into Lytton’s major tourist attraction. Today, the Thompson is one of the most popular whitewater rafting rivers in Canada; thousands of enthusiasts flood to Lytton in the summer to challenge the Devil’s Gorge and other great rapids of the Thompson. 

Several rafting companies offer daily trips from late June until late September.

 

 

 

  

 Walking Tour of LyttonLytton BC ©BFandrich

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 newly-arrived gold seekers swept up in the gold rush of the era. Take a walk over Spintlum Bridge right above the confluence if you have a bit more time.

jelly roll lytton bc ©BFandrichOn the wall closest to the caboose, admire the Lytton Jellyroll, a cast of an unusual conglomeration of silt, sand and gravel, formed at the end of the last Ice Age. This rolled layer of silt encased in coarser sands and gravel was uncovered in a gravel pit south of town and is one of the largest specimens in the world. Geologists from all over the world come to see it for its unique size! 

Railway buffs will enjoy the retired CN caboose in Caboose Park. Originally built as a box car in 1918, it was transformed into a caboose in 1953 by CNR, who sold it to the Village of Lytton for $1 in 1984. The caboose contains several displays added by volunteers but is otherwise as it was when it worked the rails. The CNR and CPR bridges at Cisco offer photo opportunities of the only place in the world where two transcontinental railways cross one over the other.

 

 

 

Fraser River Reaction Ferryreaction ferry Lytton BC ©BFandrich

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. 

 

 

hiking, trails, Stein Valley, Lytton, BC ©BFandrichHiking 

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 petroglyphs. Please respect this site as it is considered sacred to First Nations.

 Backpackinghiking, backpacking, Stein Valley, Lytton, BC ©BFandrich

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.

 

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 https://www.exploregoldcountry.com/things-to-do/geocaching/

 

gold panning preserve Lytton, BC, ©BFandrichGold 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. 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

 

Hunting & Fishing fishing, fly fishing, steelhead, Lytton BC ©BFandrich

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:

Hunting in BC: https://www2.gov.bc.ca/gov/content/sports-culture/recreation/fishing-hunting/hunting 

Freshwater Fishing Regulations in BC: https://www2.gov.bc.ca/gov/content/sports-culture/recreation/fishing-hunting/fishing/fishing-regulations

 

sturgeon, fishing, Lytton BC ©BFandrichJetboating & Guided Sturgeon Fishing

Sturgeon Slayers offer guided fishing trips that allow you to customise your experience while they take care of your every need

https://sturgeonslayers.com/ 

1-866-587-9253

 

 

 Dirt Bikingdirt bike, trails, rider, Lytton BC ©BFandrich

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.

http://www.westcoastdirtriders.ca/ 

1 604-999-1149

 

Museum Lytton BC ©BFandrichLytton Museum & Archives

Our museum is a jewel of knowledge! As on of the first thriving communities in British Columbia, the Lytton Museum houses documents, relics, and photographs which span the last 150 years. It is housed in an ex-Canadian National Railway residence on Fraser Street at 4th Street that was originally built in 1942. The house was acquired by the Village of Lytton fifty years later, renovated into its current state in the early 1990's, and officially opened on July 1st, 1995.

Sitting beside the public swimming pool and Visitor Information Centre, the museum sees tourists from around the world stop by every year to gaze at moments in time from our historied past. Very few small towns can boast a museum that is as well-organised, maintained and operated as we can. The credit for the museum's ongoing success can only be given to the volunteers who have served for many years as the backbone of the competent and dedicated staff that we are privileged to have here, and the students who come to help and learn from them during the summer months. Dorothy Dodge is the Curator and Archivist, and Richard Forrest is the President of the Museum Society.

Open by appointment only during the winter. Summer hours announced soon. 250-455-2254

www.lyttonmuseum.ca/

 

The Lytton Chinese History Museum

chinese museum, lytton bcA 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.

lyttonchinesehistorymuseum.com 

145 Main St

778-254-6667 

Outdoor Pool

Lytton's outdoor pool is open during the summer months only.  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.