Lytton BC, Canada's hot spot and river rafting capital, is nestled between the meeting point of the Thompson and Fraser Rivers. The Thompson River and the Thompson Canyon are world famous for white water rafting, kayaking, outdoor adventures and hotter than Texas summers. As the emerald green Thompson flows into the dark waters of the Fraser, it creates a fusion of brilliance. The river rafting in the area is amazing. If you're a railway buff, be sure to visit the caboose filled with history and pictures of the railway dating back to its construction. Like many other communities in the area, you will find two railroads. We have the Canadian National Railway on one side of the Canyon and the Canadian Pacific Railway on the other side. There is a lot of viewable and interesting infrastructure that was built with the railway. For example the Siska bridges when the railways switched sides of the canyon. Another famous treasure in the Lytton area is the Stein Valley. It is southwestern British Columbia's only biologically complete unlogged valley, with thrilling scenery, wildlife, and raging rivers.
The Lytton Museum and Archives is a Contained in a ex-company house on Fraser Street next door to the public swimming pool and visitor info centre. This building was built by the Canadian National Railway as a residence in 1942. It was acquired by the Village fifty years later and was renovated in the early 1990s into its present state. The Museum officially opened on July 1st 1995. The Museum is run entirely by volunteers, with help during the summer months from students on work programs. The Curator / Archivist during the formative years of the late 1990's to date has been Dorothy Dodge.
The Stein Valley in the Fraser Canyon is an untouched heaven of protected BC wilderness. This 107,191 hectare Park is complete with over 150 km of hiking trails, fishing, hunting, white water kayaking and rafting, canoeing, swimming, bird watching, wildlife viewing, ski touring, snow shoeing, and many more outdoor adventure opportunities. Because this area is a protected wilderness site, no vehicles, motor boats, float planes, or ATV's are allowed in the park to preserve the vast eco system that lives here. The Stein Valley has been traveled for thousands of years by the aboriginals of this area the Nlaka'pamux people. used this valley as a source for food, tools, and other items needed for survival Pictograph sites are still viewable, some of the largest pictograph sites in Canada can be viewed in the Stein Valley. Visitors are asked to respect and preserve these historic sites by not touching them. Home to over 60 different species of land mammals including mountain goat, cougar, wolverine, black bear, grizzly bear. Bird species include golden eagles, sharp shinned hawks, barred owls, pigmy owls, white-tailed ptarmigan, woodpeckers, hummingbirds, as well as several species of chickadees, warblers and nuthatches. The Stein River contains dolly varden char, rainbow trout and Rocky Mountain whitefish, as well as steelhead trout, Coho, pink and Chinook salmon which return to the river at certain times of the year to spawn. The Stein Valley has a vast and diverse climate from the dry interior to the wetter Coastal Mountains. This, combined with the large elevation gradient, has resulted in very diverse vegetation communities within the Park. Dry ponderosa pine forests characterize the lower valley, while Douglas fir is predominant in the mid-valley and hemlock, cedar, spruce and fir become predominant in the western end of the valley. Patches of cedar exist throughout the valley. Spectacular flower blooms occur in the spring and summer, particularly at higher elevations. Campsites for small and large groups are available please visit the BC Parks Stein Valley Website for details http://www.env.gov.bc.ca/bcparks/explore/parkpgs/steinvly.html
Skihist Provincial Park is located near Lytton BC on the Thompson Canyon it offers campers a beautiful place to stay with picnic tables at every site. The sites are capable of hosting RV's or just tents sanitation services are also provided.