Two hikers admiring the views (Picture BC photo)
In the early 1800s, the only way to explore the Fraser Canyon near Lytton was following First Nations cliff-edge pathways or via logs suspended precariously over the water for safe passage.
Thankfully, today there are many alternate routes: paved and forestry roads, trails, campsites and provincial parks that lead to a variety of back-country excursions. Be prepared though, this can be hot and desolate country.
In addition to some awe-inspiring trails in Botanie Valley, Skihist Provincial Park and the pristine Stein Valley, there are exceptional hiking and biking opportunities along the Fraser and Thompson rivers.
Botanie Watch Tower
First Nations call the valley "Pootanie" meaning 'blanket or lake of many flowers' which in spring certainly looks and smells like an aromatic sea of colour.