September 03, 2010 | Tips from Travellers >
Lytton, Sightseeing Tours
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Lytton, British Columbia, Canada sits at the confluence of the Fraser and Thompson Rivers. (The Thompson is the darker blue river in the image, the Fraser, the lighter grey colour)
I wanted to walk through some deeper history of British Columbia, and follow the Cariboo Gold Rush Trail
With such fantastic names like Horsefly, Likely, Gold Bridge and Cache Creek, I knew this would be an area that would not only be a trip through British Columbia's history, but quite possibly, a trip further back in geological time.
It draws on your spirit and sense of awe that such wild, rugged areas were merely hindrances to overcome in their drive to find wealth and riches. I wonder if the prospectors took the time to experience such incredible beauty that the whole area has to offer.
Today, there are several driving routes you can take to tour the paths and adventures that the gold miners and hope filled entrepreneurs experienced from bygone days.Lytton
is along the Cariboo Gold Rush Trail, and was a stopping place for prospectors to replenish both their supplies and waning spirits.
There was originally a First Nations village here called Camchin, the meeting place, and Lytton is one of the oldest continually settled communities in North America. She's a truly beautiful and wild area of British Columbia.
Peregrine Falcons abound here. At the junction of #12 and #1 highways (across from the old hospital, you can park here and walk across #12 just before the bridge, look for 3 poles that have been erected), the hydro company has erected a utility pole for a nesting pair of falcons.
I was told by a native woman that the falcons come back every year, and have for many decades. They are part of the heritage here, and their haunting cries can be heard echoing along the canyons walls and city streets of Lytton. The city inhabitants know these falcons, know how many chicks have been laid, how they are progressing and when they fledge from their nest. Their lives are somehow intertwined with the rhythms of nature.
It's all so perfect.