Lillooet, British Columbia

Lillooet, British Columbia

There are many well-known destinations in BC that attract travelers from all over the world. Lillooet, British Columbia isn’t on the big time international radar yet, but that makes it so much more pleasurable to visit.

First Nations People

Before modern society discovered this area, the St’at’imc First Nations people lived here. Surviving off the land, they built their villages and planned their hunting for ideal conditions.

Luckily for those curious about this culture, the current generation is still keeping their traditions alive and passing them down to their children. Travelers staying in Lillooet can participate in these cultural activities and leave with a new sense of enlightenment about how the St’at’imc First Nations people were able to thrive without modern conveniences.

Archaeology Site

Most fascinating is the S7istken (pithouse) Archaeological Site. University of Montana students are currently digging up the site, in which 80 pithouse impressions have been found (around 25 people lived in each one), and some of the smaller ones are thought to have been for females who were going through their menstral cycle (they did not take part in ceremonies, activities and feeding or touching others’ belongings, as this was such a sacred time).

Lillooet, British Columbia, canada

Laura John is one of the stewards of her people and, like others who lead visitors on tours, is passionate about keeping her culture alive, especially through teaching the next generation.

“If we have no language, what kind of people are we? If we don’t have a land base…? Everything here has a word. How [else] can we protect what we know nothing about?”

River Salmon Fishing

With that in mind, there is also an opportunity to see a demonstration by the St’at’imc people of how they cut and wind-dry their salmon, as well as how they have fished since time immemorial.

The men have “fishnets” that look a lot like lacrosse sticks, but as they demonstrate, the net opens and closes in order to fish successfully.

river salmon fishing

Then a process of cutting the salmon partially and stretching it allows the pieces to separate and be dried by the air. It is believed this simple technique has been used since their people first started fishing.

Lillooet Hotel

Back in the town of Lillooet, BC, is a fine hotel to rest weary heads. The Reynolds Hotel, built in 1941, is a comfortable and unique accommodation right in the middle of Main Street. Rooms are all decorated in their own themes and have been newly renovated (rates vary between $89-$109 CAD).

Lillooet Travel

For more information about planning a trip in and around the Lillooet, BC area, contact the local visitor’s centre (790 Main Street, 250-256-4308) and Vancouver Coast & Mountain Tourism (604-739-9011 or 1-800-667-3306).

3 Comments

  1. Mariem Osama

    Wow! This place is so gorgeous and the view is breathtaking.
    I wish I could go there someday.

  2. Azad Hossan

    With the Canadian Rockies to the east and the Pacific Ocean to the west, British Columbia offers it all! From the province capital of Victoria to charming towns such as Terrace, travel throughout British Columbia is stress free! Within this landscape of pristine beauty, outdoor activities range from a simple hike to mountain climbing or hang gliding. Splurge in the metropolis of Vancouver, at local and international designer shops. While there, enjoy refreshing outdoor seating at cafés and fine dining to delight your palate. Experience the many museums, which enlighten visitors of the first nations, the fur trade, forestry and mining industries of Canada. The adventures British Columbia offers are as diverse as the people who inhabit it!

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