The Lytton Museum & Archives occupy a former Canadian National Railway residence built in 1942. The museum has an impressive collection of local historical artifacts, including over 1,300 photos illustrating the history of the area. Keep an eye out for the original gold scales from the general store, a canon ball found in the Thompson River Canyon and a 140 year-old Chinese tapestry. The museum is open from June to September.
Brochures and historical walking tour pamphlets are available here. The friendly staff are always happy to help visitors with directions or suggestions on things to see and do in the area. The Visitor Info Centre is open every day from June to September, with limited opening hours during the winter.
This museum is a reconstruction of the Chinese Temple that was originally a place of religion in 1881. Although not a functioning temple today, this new building has kept the religious significance of the earlier temple and includes an altar and area for study and mediation. Spend a morning or afternoon viewing the collections inside, linger over the glass cabinets filled with artifacts from the CPR Railway camps, feel the hard work the weathered gold mining equipment exudes, and study the historical photos to catch a glimpse of the past.
This is a must-see for railway enthusiasts. Inside the caboose is a model railway layout of the rail lines running from Siska to Lytton, including famous bridges. Visitors can also view fascinating railway memorabilia and photographs.
This large sand and silt structure represents a fascinating geological discovery that was uncovered in a gravel pit south of Lytton. This rolled layer of silt encased in coarser sands and gravel was formed in the last glaciation 11,000 to 25,000 years ago. The Lytton Jelly Roll is rare because of its size; usually measured in centimetres, this one measures in meters and is one of the largest, if not the largest, formation of its type in the world!
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