Originally a Hudson’s Bay Company trading post, by 1858 Yale saw the arrival of thousands of miners coming up the Fraser by steamer. In fact, at one time it was the largest city north of San Francisco and west of Chicago because of the influx of those miners seeking gold. Some stayed to prospect on the shores of the river while others embarked on bold journeys through the Fraser Canyon.
The community of Yale today still has many historic gems from the past and the Yale Historic Site is one of only eleven Heritage Sites in BC. Visitors can enjoy a walking tour and check out the Church of St. John the Divine built in 1863. It is one of the oldest churches on the BC mainland and still stands on its original foundation. The Creighton House Museum was built in the 1870s and houses First Nations, railway and gold rush historic artifacts.
Yale to Hell’s Gate – 31 km
SIDE TRIP: When travelling west of Lytton, hiking is at its finest at the Stein Valley Nlaka’pamux Heritage Park, a wilderness park that protects the Stein River watershed. Hiking trails are moderate to difficult and hikers must be self-sufficient and prepared for anything. Rewards of a trip here include spectacular scenery with cable crossings, a suspension bridge, wilderness campsites and conquering the Devil’s Staircase.