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Inaugural Lillooet Outdoors Festival

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May 22, 2016 - 12:14 PM

LILLOOET - Are you ready for some great adventures? The place to be for guaranteed adventures is Lillooet for the inaugural Lillooet Outdoors Festival coming up on May 27 and May 28.

“Lillooet offers an incredible bounty of outdoor activities. The Lillooet Outdoors Festival brings all of these activities together for one very special weekend to kick off the season. Whether you are an adventure seeker or you prefer more gentle activities, the first annual Lillooet Outdoors Festival offers an incredible opportunity to explore the great outdoors," Neil Curtis from Green Earth Strategies, and one of the organizers of the festival says.

Tickets are now on sale for 10 fascinating and unique adventures. Guests can Discover Lillooet by helicopter, by train, by raft or by foot. Guests can do yoga in the vineyard or play sheep pasture golf and more.

One of the adventures is a Cultural River Cruise from Lillooet to Lytton.

“We’re very excited to be partnering with Fraser River Raft Expeditions to offer a river cruise from Lillooet down to Lytton. We believe that the blend of nature, aboriginal history and geological wonder will be an incredibly powerful experience for participants," Sek’el’was Experience Tours manager Kim North says.

If train adventures are more your style, check out the Kaoham Shuttle and the brand new Lil’tem Hotel. The Kaoham Shuttle, which was named “Canada’s greatest hidden rail trip” in an article by John Lee on, is a wonderful adventure.

“The views from town or coming over the mountain or along the lake are spectacular. There are often sightings of bears and mountain sheep. The eagles and hawks, the ducks and geese, the lakes and falls. They are beautiful. It is nature at its finest," Tsalalh Development Corporation manager Ray Joubert says.

For a unique cultural adventure, consider the Xwisten Experience – Fishing Rocks and Pithouse Tour, with Salmon BBQ.

“Reactions from tourists in previous seasons have been incredibly positive: most people are amazed to see our old village site, which contains over 80 identified pit houses, which we call ‘s7istken’ in our language. And the tour of the fishing area near the Bridge River Rapids highlights traditional fishing methods dating back thousands of years, that are still in use today," Xwisten Experience Tours manager Florence Jack says.

Rolf de Bruin from Fort Berens Estate Winery, and another of the organizers of the festival says whatever adventures you and your family choose during the day, be sure to join us at Fort Berens for a free, family event with live music from 3 p.m. to 5 p.m. We are thrilled that Cornshed will be performing. This high energy instrumental group performed at a recent Lillooet Beer & Wine Festival, and we are thrilled to have them back again at the winery.

If you are heading to Lillooet from outside the region, why not make it a full weekend in Lillooet? Hotel DeOro is offering a 10% discount on a one-night booking, and a 15% discount on a two-night booking. Call the hotel directly at 250-256-2355 and state you are coming in for the Lillooet Outdoors Festival to get the discount.

“It’s going to be an amazing weekend filled with outdoor adventures, entertainment and great family fun. Plus, as an added bonus, everyone who participates in the Lillooet Outdoors Festival will have the opportunity to win the grand prize of a $250 gift certificate from REO Rafting Resort. The winner can use this gift certificate towards a whitewater rafting day trip adventure on Nahatlatch River, a glamping adventure or any of the other REO Rafting adventures. Be sure to reserve your tickets today for guaranteed adventures plus a chance to win the grand prize," Rolf says.

Guests can choose their own adventures. Many are family friendly and there is something for everyone. Visit to discover all of the adventures and buy your tickets today.

The Lillooet Outdoors Society is a partnership between three aboriginal-owned businesses (Xwisten Experience Tours, Sek'el'was Experience Tours, Tsalalh Development Corporation) and two non-aboriginal businesses (Fort Berens Estate Winery and Green Earth Strategies). All of them are interested in fostering appreciation and enjoyment of the outdoors in the Lillooet and St'at'imc region. 

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