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.
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!
- Road Trip
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)
Read here about the famous Lillooet Hanging Tree
Were there any hangings here????
Although not as wild as the Colorado, the rapids on the Chilko and Fraser can be just as challenging....be prepared to ge wet!
The road begins on the shore of Seton Lake at Seton Portage (shown in the photo) and climbs to more than 5000' elevation.