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The town of Lillooet lies on the west bank of the mighty Fraser River, while the main highway approaches fron the east and south on the opposite side. The old bridge served for many decades until the new concrete bridge was built in the early 70's. The old bridge still remains upstream and is open to pedestrian traffic only for a spectacular view of the Fraser River surging just about 100 feet below you.
The town is also a major stopover point for the B.C. Rail trains before they climb the steep grades towards Pavilion and Clinton. The trains have six or more of the biggest locomotives pulling them through the canyon.
Written May 27, 2005
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..
Updated Apr 4, 2011