Fraser Canyon Sáťatqwa7 Cycle Journey – 48 kms
FraserFEST Group Bike Ride – Trip Details and Registration
Wednesday, August 7th: 7-8 hour cycle journey.
This cycle route—organized and led by LORCA (Lillooet Off Road Cycling Association) and the Lillooet Naturalist Society—traverses high above the Fraser River, and is unique in that you will be riding through both coast mountain and desert landscapes. The route is on a rural dirt road, with almost no traffic. It offers spectacular views of the Fraser River, crosses numerous mountain creeks, and passes by sagebrush fields.
The tour will highlight the Indigenous history and culture of the St’at’imc and Nlaka’pamux communities, the history of the gold rush era, and the historic and current farming of this excellent growing region. You will see unique geologic features, and experience the vegetation of the region – you will smell cedar, Ponderosa pine and sagebrush all in the one tour!
There will be two opportunities to walk down to the Fraser River to learn more about the region. Be awed by the rock piles made by Chinese miners during the gold rush era, and join Indigenous leaders and SLLP participants at the confluence of the Fraser and Stein rivers at the end of the trip. Along the way, you may also meet with organic farmers, birders and plant ecologists.
We will take snack and lunch stops along the way, under the spray of mountain creeks or on a lookout high above the Fraser River. A shuttle will be available to carry equipment and ferry riders as needed. The ride ends at the Stein River within the Stein Valley Nlaka’pamux Heritage Park, where cyclists will join the FraserFEST rafters on the banks of the Fraser River.
Level of difficulty: This ride is on a dirt road that meanders up and down, with an elevation gain/loss of around 1500m. This ride is rated as being moderate, bordering on difficult. The weather of the region can be very hot but the route has shade around all the creek crossings – great places to cool down and rest.
What to bring: Be prepared for the weather. August is usually hot in the Fraser Canyon, so ensure you dress in layers, have a well-fitting helmet (preferably with visor), sunscreen and appropriate sunglasses. Bring your mountain bike or touring bike suitable for gravel roads, with tool kit and a spare tube. You are responsible for bringing your own lunch, snacks and water to nourish you during the ride. We will be taking regular rest breaks so the group can refresh with some complimentary regional fruits and veggies.
Logistics: The day before the ride (Tues, Aug. 6), people are welcome to camp in Lytton at Skihist Provincial Park, or at the Lillooet Cayoosh Creek Campground to make it easier to get to the starting point on Wednesday morning. There is a FraserFEST Community Dinner at the Lillooet Cayoosh Creek Campground the night before the ride for only $15 + GST, we would love to have you join us (advance registration required).
On the day of the ride, registered cyclists staying at Skihist Provincial Park in Lytton will be picked up at 6:00am and shuttled to the Cayoosh Creek Campground in Lillooet to meet up with the other cyclists by 7:00am. From there, all cyclists will be shuttled to the end of pavement on Texas Creek Road, where the ride will begin between 7:30-8:00am. The shuttle will journey with the cyclists and can carry their supplies and lunches, as well as extra water.
The ride ends at the confluence of the Stein and Fraser rivers, where cyclists will join the FraserFEST rafters on the riverbank around 3:30pm. The shuttle and a community bus will then pick up participants around 5:00pm. You will be transported across the Lytton Reaction Ferry, to Lytton, and then to Lillooet. Estimated time of arrival in Lillooet is approximately 6:00 pm.
It is important to note that times may change based on the cycling level of the group and rafting time-frames that are based on the river’s rhythm. Be prepared to enjoy participants in both the cycle and rafting trips, as well as locals from the region, who will share their knowledge and passion for the area.
Price: $15 + GST
Since this ride requires the use of a shuttle, we require each rider to pay $15 + GST to cover the cost of the shuttle.
FraserFEST Community Dinner: You are invited join us for the Lillooet Community Dinner the evening before your day of cycling. The dinner is on Tuesday, August 6th and is only $15 + GST per person. Please note that advanced registration is required.
Register for this Group Ride
Open to cyclists 19 years of age and older. Participants must have their own bicycle and be capable of cycling 40 kms in 3-4 hours, with breaks. Parking is available at the ride’s start location, but we strongly encourage you to take transit or arrange to carpool.