Things to DoHeritage, Arts & Culture

 

Heritage


DUE TO COVID 19 Xwisten Experience Tours and Historic Hat Creek have been postponed for 2020.  Please see website for more details and for booking for 2021. For visitors who would like to learn more about the Indigenous 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. Visit the Native Village at Historic Hat Creek to learn more about the Shuswap Nation and spend a night in a Kekuli lodge (pit house). Indigenous Day celebrations take place every June in Monck Provincial Park and Lytton. Museums in Ashcroft, Clinton, Lillooet, Lytton, Merritt, Savona and Walhachin provide visitors with the opportunity to look into the past, at ancient archaeological discoveries, fascinating historical artifacts and early photographs that help to preserve local heritage. The communities of Gold Country have maintained many remarkable heritage buildings including churches, old theatres, firehouses and hotels. Highlights include Merritt’s historic Baillie House and Lillooet’s Miyazaki House. Historic roadhouses and town sites include 70 Mile House, Historic Hat Creek and Ashcroft Manor.

Art


Begin your tour of Gold Country’s works of art by visiting the communities and taking a walking tour. Immerse yourself in an art experience at Ken Glasgow’s outdoor gallery of “philosophy art”; steel sculptures that will make you think (Botanie Valley Road, Lytton. Phone: 250-455-2569). Feel the energy of Jo Petty’s paintings at her studio in Ashcroft. Book a tour of Jo’s studio 48 hours in advance by calling 250-453-9000. Pottery lovers will enjoy a visit to Meadow Creek Pottery (315 Chartrand Ave. Phone: 250-523-6946) in Logan Lake, or Pottery Shop Clinton in Clinton. The works of local artisans are displayed at fall fairs in Ashcroft, Logan Lake and Merritt (Nicola Valley Fall Fair). Many other local events showcase our talented crafters’ works, including the Apricot Tsaqwem Festival in Lillooet and the Lytton River Festival.

Music


Gold Country’s local musicians are much loved. Many local establishments host excellent regular live music events. Concert series include Ashcroft’s Music in the Park series (Winding Rivers Arts & Performance Society). The Music at the Miyazaki Summer Concert Series (Lillooet) is a weekly event on Fridays in July and August, featuring the best in bluegrass, jazz, rock ‘n roll, blues and country music. Regular concerts are also hosted by Lillooet Music and the Packing House in Spences Bridge. Clinton hosts Music in the Park at the Regg Conn Park. Barney and Dustin Bentall are just a couple of the talented musicians that have performed under the stars in Clinton. See the Gold Country Events Calendar for more information on upcoming concerts. BC’s Best Live Music

Dance


Visitors to Gold Country are invited to discover the traditional dances of First Nations people at pow-wows. A ‘Gathering of Hearts’ Valentines Pow Wow is held in Lillooet each February; Hat Creek Ranch hosts the Bonaparte Pow Wow each August, and a Remembrance Pow Wow is held in Lytton every November.

Theatre


Keep up to date with the Winding Rivers Arts and Performance Society for information on upcoming theatre and music events in Gold Country.

Film


Gold Country’s awe-inspiring scenery isn’t just a haven for visitors. The grasslands, ranches, volcanic landscapes, forests and historic towns are a filmmaker’s paradise. The region has played host to everything from other worldly sci-fi dramas to the end of the world, laying the backdrop for a Tibetan village in the apocalyptic hit, 2012. From the A-Team in Ashcroft to the X Files in Walhachin, many of our historic towns and beautiful provincial parks have featured in Hollywood hits. Visit the TNRD Film Commission’s website for a more in-depth look at the world of film in Gold Country.

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