Gold Country is set in the heart of British Columbia’s stunningly diverse Interior. Alpine mountains, wildflower meadows, sagebrush scented desert and vast ranchlands are rich with stories of gold panners, cowboys and Indigenous Culture. Gold Country’s heritage, wildlife and scenery makes every visit a great adventure.
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Heritage, Arts & Culture
For visitors who would like to learn more about the Aboriginal culture of the region, the award winning Xwísten Experience Tours (Lillooet) is an excellent place to start. Visitors are invited to discover aspects of the St’át’imc Nation’s vibrant culture and history. The tour includes opportunities to view a replica s7istken (pit house), view the traditional fishing grounds of the St’át’imc people, watch a demonstration of the preservation of salmon through wind drying, and partake in a wonderful BBQ salmon feast.
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The Wild Outdoors
Birdwatchers and wildlife enthusiasts have great reasons to venture into our provincial parks and onto our backcountry roads. Patient observers may be rewarded with sightings of Stellar’s Jays, Bald Eagles, grouse, bluebirds and owls, to name a few. Gold Country is also home to whitetail and mule deer, elk, moose, black bears, cougars, bobcats, coyotes, and bighorn sheep.
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Wrap up warm and wax those skis. The climate of Gold Country produces perfect conditions for avid skiers. The region is home to a number of well-maintained and exhilarating trails, including the Big Bar Ski Trails that has approximately 30kms of groomed trails (with incredible views of the Marble Range), the Clinton Cross-Country Ski Trails (60km), Logan Lake Cross-Country Trails (including 2km that are lit at night for a wonderful winter experience) and the Kane Valley Recreational Area (south of Merritt and maintained by the Nicola Nordic Ski Club). The popular Stake Lake trails (Copper Desert Country) are maintained by the Overlander Ski Club, who also offer lessons and kids’ ski equipment rentals.
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Discover the region’s rich history while using GPS points or treasure hunt clues (letterboxing) to find boxes cached throughout Gold Country.
Free fun for the whole family!
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#supportlocal Thursday this week is all about Fort Berens Estate Winery!Located in the serene scenery of Lillooet, Fort Berens offers several of their signature award-winning wines made from locally cultivated grapes and above all, passion, a dream of the incredible potential of wine-making in Fraser Valley, and a goal of expressing the unique terroir of Lillooet through premium wines at fair prices.learn more atFort Berens Estate Winery orwww.fortberens.ca/#exploregoldcounttybc#lillooetbc... See MoreSee Less
Today's #WildernessWednesday features the largest and longest-living species of freshwater fish in North America: The White Sturgeon.Adult White Sturgeon (Acipenser transmontanus) can commonly reach lengths of 2.1 metres (6.9 ft.) and can weigh up to and beyond 450 Kg (992 lbs.). This is in part because of their very long life span. While average life expectancy is much lower and they typically reach full maturity at 11-34 years old, some specimens have been found to be over 100 years old.Sturgeon are an ancient family of fish with early fossils dating back to the early Jurassic period, around 200 million years ago. Unlike most modern fish, they do not have scales, instead having five lateral rows of bony armour plates called scutes, and display other unique features such as barbels, which are whisker-like sensory organs between the mouth and the snout of the fish, and being anadromous, meaning they can thrive in freshwater and saltwater conditions.White Sturgeon can be found within Gold Country as one of the few year-round resident species of the Fraser River, however, Fraser White Sturgeon populations are at a fraction of their historic levels, making them vulnerable to extinction.This is the driving force behind the Fraser River Sturgeon Conservation Society.White Sturgeon were historically an important and reliable year-round food source for various indigenous peoples of the Fraser River and its tributaries. For more information and for a chance to contribute to the conservation of white sturgeon, visit the Fraser River Sturgeon Conservation Society at:www.frasersturgeon.com/fraser-river-white-sturgeon/#exploregoldcountry#exploregoldcountrybc#goldcountryBC#sturgeon#fraservalley#whitesturgeon#fraserriver Image attribution: Un esturgeon blanc (Acipenser transmontanus) dans un bassin de l'aquarium du Périgord noir. By Thesupermat - Own work, CC BY-SA 4.0, commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=83572690White Sturgeon (Acipenser transmontanus) By Cliff from Arlington, Virginia, USA - White Sturgeon (Acipenser transmontanus)Uploaded by Magnus Manske, CC BY 2.0, commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=21934383... See MoreSee Less