Planning a trip to Lillooet? Here are 33 things to see and do in Lillooet, British Columbia! As the Lillooet Visitor Centre we are often asked by people about what to do and the things they can see. So we compiled a list of the most popular things to see and do while you visit us.
What makes our community unique besides the spectacular scenery?
- Visit the historic Miyazaki House and learn about the prominent families who once lived there. The Phair and the Miyazaki families.
- Visit the old suspension bridge. Look for the bat houses, and spot the Osprey in it’s nest on the top of the bridge.
- Walk by the old camel barn/ Log Cabin theatre
- Follow one of the historical walks along Main street. Discover the history of Lillooet (Golden Mile of History) and see magnificent Jade pieces.
- Take an ethnobotanical tour or visit the spawning channel with Split Rock Environmental.
- Check out Hangman’s Tree and Park to learn about Sir Matthew Baille Begbie.
- See the Chinese mining rocks behind the Miyazaki House, along Park Drive below Hangman’s Tree park. and near the suspension bridge.
- Go bird Watching. Lillooet has many birds, watch for them when you’re out and about, pick up a bird checklist at the Visitor Centre.
- Mile 0 Cairn (To mark mile 0 on the gold rush trail north)
- Stop by the Kilowatt sculpture at the end of the bridge of the 23 Camels
- Xwisten Experience Tours. Visit the traditional fishing grounds or the archaeological site of the traditional winter homes of the St’at’imc. The village contains over 80 pit houses. Enjoy lunch at the Bearfoot Grill while you’re there.
- Rockhounding – thundereggs, agate, petrified wood, and jade
- Cruise main street shops for souvenirs or local handmade gifts and artisan ware.
- Visit the East Lillooet Memorial Garden, to honour the Japanese Canadian Internment Site.
- Stroll along Main Street and view the banners painted by local artists
- Drive to Pavilion Lake, learn about the Stromatolites, picnic on the shore, swim or fish for trout
- Cool off at Seton Lake. Swim/Kayak/Water Ski or hike the trails and enjoy the spectacular vistas. Look for mountain goats on the cliffs.
- Hike the Fountain Ridge Trail for some great views over the valley
- Crown Lake Ice Climbing (Winter time at your own risk)
- Bring a bike, cycle the bridges or go to Seton Lake
- Buy a hiking guide and choose from the many hikes in the area or surrounds
- Hike to Redrock for a spectacular view over the town of Lillooet.
- Climb the indoor rock wall at the Rec Centre or do a few laps of the pool
- Visit the Lillooet Farmers Market every Friday, May to Oct 8.30 am to 1:00 located between the Rec Centre and the Skateboard Park.
- Book a jet boat ride on the Fraser River.
- Taste the local Wine. Take a vineyard tour at Fort Berens or Cliff & Gorge Winery
- Skateboard park available for enthusiasts
- Play a round or two of golf among the sheep at the sheep pasture golf course.
- Sturgeon fishing on the Fraser River, also a sturgeon fishing derby held in July.
- Take the Koaham shuttle to Shalath/Seton and back for a tour up Seton Lake
- Visit the Lillooet Museum to learn about the history of the gold rush
- Listen to live music. Summer live music series at the Miyazaki House. Local musicians also play at various bars and venues.
- Charter a helicopter and view Lillooet and the surrounding area from the sky.
What Makes Lillooet Unique?
Lillooet is well known for its stunning scenery, but it also possesses several unique features and aspects that set it apart. Here are a few notable characteristics that contribute to Lillooet’s distinctiveness:
Indigenous Heritage: Lillooet is located within the traditional territory of the St’at’imc Nation, and the town has a significant Indigenous presence. The area holds great cultural and historical significance for the St’at’imc people, and visitors have the opportunity to learn about their traditions, art, and history through various cultural experiences and events.
Gold Rush History: Lillooet played a pivotal role during the Fraser River Gold Rush in the mid-1800s. It became a bustling town and an important supply center for prospectors seeking gold in the region. This rich history is still evident today, with preserved heritage sites, historic buildings, and interpretive displays that provide insights into the gold rush era.
Outdoor Recreation: While the spectacular scenery is undoubtedly a draw, Lillooet offers abundant opportunities for outdoor enthusiasts. The region is ideal for activities such as hiking, fishing, river rafting, mountain biking, and wildlife viewing. The nearby Fraser River and surrounding mountains provide a picturesque backdrop for these recreational pursuits.
More Things To See and Do In Lillooet
There’s definitely more than 33 things to see and do in Lilllooet. Check out the Lillooet Community Calendar for more events, activities, and festivals.
An annual event is the Apricot Tsaqwem Festival in July.
Do you live in Lillooet? We’d love to hear about your favourite things to see and do in our beautiful community!