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The lovely little town of Lillooet is steeped in gold rush history. During the 1850s it became the northern terminus of the important Harrison/Douglas trail that took miners over land, river, and lakes from the Lower to the Upper Fraser River. In 1862, Lillooet became mile zero of the wagon road to Clinton.

Miners came to Lillooet along several different routes. So can you. If you’ve traveled up the Fraser Canyon, try the number 12 highway from Lytton -- a quiet and charming route that follows the Fraser River through ponderosa pine forest. Or, if you’re driving north from Whistler, get on the Duffy Lake Road from Pemberton. This route rises into the splendor and majesty of the Cadwellder Range and then softly descends to the warm embrace of Lillooet’s rolling brown hills.

Local attractions include gold panning, Seton Lake, and the Indian Friendship Center. The Lillooet Museum and Information Center is housed in the former St. Mary the Virgin, Anglican Church. Another Lillooet favorite is the “Hangman’s Tree”, reputed to have been a place Judge Begbie hung many a criminal. On both sides of the Fraser River one can find great piles of “Chinese Rocks”, neatly piled by Chinese placer miners while washing the sand and gravel in search of gold.

From Lillooet try taking the original wagon road north along the Pavilion Road to Clinton. Otherwise, take highway 99 to number 97, and be sure to stop off at Hat Creek Village.