Lillooet...the Chinese connection
Many of the early Chinese who came to Canada came to find their fortune in Lillooet...not only did they become successful miners and merchants, they had an export business...of what appeard to be useless black rocks...but they knew different..
Duffy Lake Road
This road is unbelievable. The scenery is amazing, and there are few towns along the way. This means that there are few people and little traffic along the way, either.
This is my idea of nature - rugged and untouched in many areas. You will see turquoise blue lakes, an abundance of streams, waterfalls, mountains, wildlife and the best part - enjoying the tranquility of the area and breathing in the clean mountain air.
We were fortunate to see several moose along this road too!
Mission Mountain Road
The Bridge River area northwest of Lillooet has some spectacular mountain roads, not the least of which is Mission Mountain Road.
The Mission Mountain Road was - in its heyday - one of the most famous roads in British Columbia, and to those who know it remains legendary to this day. Sometimes compared to Montana's Going-to-the-Sun Road for its torturous switchbacks and steep climb, the Mission Mountain Road has never been paved, and even with today's various improvements is still a challenge and a marvel - and torture on brakes and engines.
Moran was once proposed as a site for a large dam on the Fraser River 30 miles north of Lillooet. However, it would have permanently destroyed the salmon runs.
The plan put forward by U.S. financiers in 1952 called for a 270-metre (885 foot) high dam at Moran Canyon on the Fraser River. It would have been the world's largest, creating a reservoir that would stretch as far as Quesnel, 270 kilometers long. The hydroelectric output would have been equal to Grand Coulee + TWO Hoover dams combined! I for one, am glad this hair-brained proposal was trashed.
The best way to explore this part of the river is by rafting it. Most of the rafting trips begin on the Chilko River thence into the Chilcotin, and finally into the Fraser near Alkali Lake. Other put-in sites are at Big Bar Creek, Canoe Creek (Gang Ranch)
"What can I say..........."
But Wow!.......It is beautiful around here!
This town is located in such a spectaular setting,......................
....... amongst spectacular scenery including..............................
... valleys, lakes, canyons, mountains, gorges, fraser river,.......
.... plus the wildlife and history,..................................................
this would have to be one of my favourite areas in British Columbia!
They say, Lillooet, is British Columbia's best kept secret, and I really think it is!
Hardly another car on the roads, I think we may have been the only tourist wandering the Town's streets.
It is within easy driving distance of Vancouver, Whistler, Kamloops and the Fraser Valley, but the journey is slow because of the windy mountainous roads.
In 1860, the town was the 2nd largest North American centre west of Chicago, behind San Francisco, really hard to believe when we saw the size of it today!
Lillooet is a paradise for locals and tourists alike!
"Bridge of 23 Camels"
I thought the "Bridge of 23 Camels" was an unusual name for a bridge, so upon some research, I found it was named after the 23 camels that were shipped there from San Francisco in 1862 for the price of $300.
The Camels were meant to replace the stubborn Mules.
They were effecient, but had bad tempers, bad feet and bad odour, so the scheme didn't succeed.
The towns folk named the bridge in their memory.
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