Seton Portage

Once the site of a unique railway system, Seton Portage is a historic rural community located 25km/15.5mi by boat (78km/48mi by road over Mission Mountain) west of Lillooet, between Seton and Anderson Lakes. During the Fraser Canyon Gold Rush of 1858 to 1860, nearly 30,000 prospectors, following what was then known as the ‘Lakes Route’ from the Lower Mainland, swept through the narrow strip of land and a wooden rail link that was built connecting the two lakes, as they pushed north to the gold fields.

Besides fishing, hiking, and boating, Seton Portage’s main attraction is the Kaoham Shuttle train, winding along the shores of turquoise-coloured Seton Lake through the third-longest tunnel on the CN Rail line and past the nearby Bridge River hydroelectric development, which in 1948 was the largest power project ever undertaken in British Columbia.