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About Lillooet

At an elevation of only 250 m (820 ft.) Lillooet’s climate combines the sunny skies of the interior with the moderating influences of the coast. Lillooet has one of the most pleasant climates in Canada, four distinct seasons without extremes: early sunny springs, warm dry summers, long mild autumns and short winters with just a touch of snow.  This climate has made Lillooet a place of interest for growing grapes, hops and most fruits and vegetables.  The Fort Berens Estate Winery is a successful example of this interest.

It is not unusual for Lillooet to be blessed with over 300 hours of sunshine per month in the summer. In over 50 years of record keeping, Lillooet has averaged fewer than 80 days of precipitation annually with the total rainfall and snowfall for the year averaging only 390 mm (15in). Our semi-arid climate means that Lillooet is virtually free of mosquitoes and other biting insects.

The District of Lillooet is picturesquely located on the sage and pine covered bench lands of the Fraser River in South Central British Columbia. This location represents the junction of two major transportation corridors to the coast – Hwy 12 & the Trans Canada Hwy and Hwy 99 – which is the most scenic route connecting the Lower Mainland and the Interior.

Lillooet, with its 13 saloons, 25 licenced premises and clutter of cabins and tents, had a shifting population of over 15,000 residents in the 1860′s and was the biggest little gold rush settlement in the Cariboo district (now British Columbia).

Lillooet is also surrounded by a number of great recreational lakes. Whether you enjoy sun bathing, canoeing or water skiing the 27 km long Seton Lake 5 minutes out of Lillooet provides a public beach and boat launch for cooling off in the summer months.

The Lillooet REC Centre has a 25 metre swimming pool, ice arena, weight room, squash/racquetball/tennis courts, gymnasium and library. This is a facility that a town this size is very fortunate to have!

Lillooet has a fully staffed hospital including surgical needs and a medical clinic. Other important local services include a dental clinic, physiotherapist and other health therapy practitioners. There is a resident provincial ambulance service that is ready 24/7.

Lillooet is 3 hours from Abbotsford, 2 hours from Whistler and just under 2 hours from Kamloops.

In 2004 there were 20+ properties that sold in Lillooet. In January 2005 there were approx. 26 for rent ads in the local classifieds.  In 2007 there were approximately 120 local property sales, with vacant land sales jumping from 7 in 2006 to approximately 40! For rent ads dwindled down to only three some weeks in the local classifieds. Since the boom year in 2007 Lillooet has seen sales numbers slow to approximately 55 sales over the 2010 and 2011 years and there continues to be a demand for rental properties.