Thompson River - Kumsheen Rafting Resort, Lytton, BC.

Lytton

Situated at the confluence of the Thompson River and the Fraser River, Lytton is one of the oldest continuously settled communities in all of North America. Its history is reflected in the local museum with an excellent collection of artifacts. View the Jelly Roll, a rare natural geological formation comprised of sand and silt that dates back to the Ice Age. It was discovered in a nearby gravel pit and is considered rare as it is one of the largest in the world, if not the largest. Visit Caboose Park which showcases the railway history in these parts with a model railway replicating the rail lines and crossings in the area. Check out the steel sculptures, do some gold panning and try geocaching – fun for the whole family.

Stop in at Skihist Provincial Park. Try river rafting on the Thompson River. Do a little fishing and exploring. Awe-inspiring views of the Thompson Canyon and quiet strolls on the old Cariboo Waggon Road bring to mind the difficulties encountered by early travellers traversing the western mountain ranges. Goldpan Provincial Park is also close by and provides access to the Thompson River and excellent fishing, canoeing and kayaking.

The river and mountains at the Kumsheen Rafting Resort in Lytton.

Location

Lytton is located at the junction of Highway 12 and Trans-Canada Highway 1, at the north end of the Fraser Canyon and at the confluence of the Thompson and Fraser Rivers. It is located 107 km (66 mi) north of Hope, 85 km (53 mi) south of Cache Creek and 257 km (160 mi) north east of Vancouver.

The river and mountains at the Kumsheen Rafting Resort in Lytton.

A Step Back in Time

Lytton is one of the oldest continuously settled communities in all of North America. Built on the site of a First Nations village known as Camchin (“the meeting place”), Lytton was also a stopping place along the route taken by hardy prospectors as they made their way north to the gold fields.

The explorer Simon Fraser visited this site in 1808, travelling down the great river which now bears his name, seeking a route to the Pacific. He stopped at Lytton, the point of the confluence, and named the green tributary flowing into the Fraser the Thompson River, after his friend and fellow explorer, David Thompson.

The tremendous surge inland for gold and other precious metals saw the Indian trail through the Fraser Canyon expanded to a mule trail in 1860, followed by a wagon road in 1863. By this time, the community known as The Forks had been renamed in honour of the British Colonial Secretary, Sir Edward Bulwer-Lytton.

Lytton’s appreciation of its Gold Rush history, as well as its thriving First Nations culture, are all visible through the preserved buildings and archives of a bygone era.

A hawk with a fish at the Kumsheen Rafting Resort in Lytton.

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KUMSHEEN Rafting Resort

KUMSHEEN Rafting Resort

Lytton

Kick back and relax or stay active, the choice is yours. Kumsheen’s luxurious, activity-filled adventure resort is one of BC’s premier tourism destinations, ideal for short or long visits. Offering first class service and a variety of accommodation options, we welcome guests to enjoy their stay ... Read more
Acacia Grove RV Park & Cabins

Acacia Grove RV Park & Cabins

Spences Bridge

Located in the historic community of Spences Bridge, Acacia Grove RV Park & Cabins is situated on a lush setting overlooking the famous Thompson River. Our well-appointed duplex and triplex cabins are self-contained with air conditioning, fully-equipped kitchens, two or three beds, and picnic tables ... Read more
Sundance Guest Ranch

Sundance Guest Ranch

Ashcroft

Located in warm Ashcroft with endless panoramic views of the open Thompson River Valley, Sundance Guest Ranch is the ideal getaway for the weekend or a week-long vacation. Only a four hour drive from Vancouver and easy access via three different picturesque routes, guests can escape their busy lives ... Read more
Claybanks RV Park & Campground

Claybanks RV Park & Campground

Merritt

Large grassy sites, flowers galore, along Coldwater River. Gift shop with local art, crafts and snacks. Clean heated washrooms, free showers. Easy walk to downtown core with many amenities; shopping, restaurants, aquatic center, playgrounds, water park, museum, 9-hole golf course. We have golf disco ... Read more
Ashcroft Legacy Park Campground

Ashcroft Legacy Park Campground

Ashcroft

Camp in desert country on the shores of the Thompson River, next to downtown historic Ashcroft. Legacy Park provides a shady, relaxing oasis. Easy walking distance to downtown Ashcroft for shopping, restaurants and tourist attractions. The 15 site park offers washrooms, showers, laundry facilities a ... Read more
Moon Shadows RV Park & Campground

Moon Shadows RV Park & Campground

Merritt

Moon Shadows is located south of Merritt along the spectacular Coldwater River. Enjoy this year round, brand new campground hosting a variety of secure and immaculate campsites and facilities. Moon Shadows has everything....natural beauty, sun and shade, relaxation and friends. Come and visit us. ... Read more
Logan Lake Municipal Campground

Logan Lake Municipal Campground

Logan Lake

On Logan Lake beside Meadow Creek Golf Course, Copper Ridge Disk Golf and Bike Skills Park 1 km. from downtown, hiking on nature trail. Clean and quiet. Reservation fee $8. Nightly fee $30.00 powered site; tent site is $24.00 ... Read more
Tunkwa Lake Resort

Tunkwa Lake Resort

Logan Lake

Tunkwa Lake Resort is a premier family vacation destination that has fantastic fishing and hunting for outdoor enthusiasts. Situated on the shores of Tunkwa Lake, our resort is in the southern interior Thompson Nicola region, which is a short drive from Kamloops and Logan Lake, and a three and half ... Read more
The Rock & River Rustic Retreat

The Rock & River Rustic Retreat

Savona

Each Glamping Tent experience has a different theme and fits every budget. Decorated with western themes, luxury chambers, to our basic rustic "cowboy" up units. Glamping is the ultimate outdoor hotel, you just have to bring yourself and let nature do the rest. We also have RV camping - a log cabin ... Read more
Mile High Resort

Mile High Resort

Logan Lake

Enjoy a piece of paradise at Mile High Resort! Surrounded by pristine forests with breathtaking lake views, our resort is a tranquil oasis for guests to escape their busy lives. We have 14 cabins, eight are deluxe and six are heritage styles. Our cabins offer guests privacy and comfortable beds for ... Read more
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