The meeting place of two great rivers, the Fraser and Thompson, Lytton was originally a First Nations village. The area has been inhabited by the Nlaka’pamux people for over 10,000 years, and due to the Gold Rush, is also one of the earliest communities settled by non-natives in the southern interior. The legendary Fraser Canyon War of 1858 was narrowly averted by Chief David Spintlum, who argued for a peaceful resolution and co-existence between local First Nations and immigrant gold seekers.
Lytton is the “Whitewater Rafting Capital of Canada” with several first-class rafting companies navigating the local rapids. Those seeking slower-paced activities opt for camping, shing, geocaching, and hiking close to town. Lytton also boasts one of the few reaction ferries left in B.C., a turn-of-the-century river transport that uses the power of a river’s current to propel the craft from one riverbank to another; this free ferry provides access to the Stein River Valley. The nearby campground in Skihist Provincial Park provides a base camp for strolls along remnants of the original Cariboo Waggon Road.