Getting to Lillooet (St’at’mic Territory)

From Vancouver:

You can fly to Vancouver or Kamloops, but not Lillooet directly. There are currently no public buses or trains to Lillooet. There are buses that go from Vancouver airport and downtown Vancouver to Whistler. If necessary we could come pick you up from Whistler.

Let us know if you would like to have your email address shared with other participants so you can coordinate arrangements for transport and accommodation with each other.

The drives from Kamloops to Lillooet and Pemberton to Lillooet are incredibly beautiful. There are lots of fantastic camping places in and around Lillooet.

  1. Take BC-1 E out of Vancouver (through Hope) to BC-12 N at Lytton. Follow BC-12 from Lytton to Lillooet. Watch out for rocks on the road between Lytton & Lillooet.
  2. Take BC-99 N out of Vancouver (through Whistler). Turn right to stay on BC-99 in Mt Currie. Follow BC-99 the rest of the way to Lillooet (gorgeous drive). Watch for rocks, deer and other wildlife on the road between Mt. Currie and Lillooet.

From Kamloops:

Take BC-1 W, then in Cache Creek, follow BC-97 N briefly to BC-99 S. Follow BC-99 S to Lillooet.

Location

Lillooet, BC in St’at’mic Territory is an incredibly beautiful little town on the Fraser River, about 240 kilometres (150 miles) or 4 hours drive north from Vancouver (2 hrs north of Whistler). Lillooet has no airport but is only 2 hours drive from Kamloops. Nestled into the rivers and mountains, Lillooet is a rugged, natural location that is truly unique. There is something very special about this place for healing, culture, relationships and feeling the symbiotic interactions of human and non-human.

Lillooet is an important location in Aboriginal history and culture and remains one of the main population centres of the St’at’imc Nations. First Nations communities assert the land as traditional territory. Considered to be one of the oldest continuously inhabited locations on the continent, the area is reckoned by archaeologists to have been inhabited for at least eight thousand years. The immediate area of the town attracted large seasonal and permanent populations of native peoples because of the confluence of several main streams with the Fraser and also because of a rock-shelf just above the confluence of the Bridge River which is an obstacle to migrating salmon. Many archaeological and heritage sites are in the vicinity of the town, including Keatley Creek Archaeological Site, one of the largest ancient pit-house communities in the Pacific North West.

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