Mount Currie is located 8.5 km (5.3 miles) east of Pemberton
and 91 km (57 miles) from Lillooet
on Hwy 99.
Mount Currie is made up of two main sections separated by the Lillooet
and Birkenhead Rivers with most people belonging to the Mount Currie
Band of the Lil'wat First Nation, members of the greater Stl'atl'lmx
Nation. The Lil'wat First Nation has traditional lands associated
with them along either side of both rivers.
The main business section of Mount Currie is along Hwy 99 near the
junction to either D'Arcy or Lillooet on
Main Street. Here you can find St. Christopher's Catholic Church
and the Hitching Post Motel. The Lil'wat Service Station is off
Hwy 99 farther up Main Street towards Birkenhead Provincial Park.
Another communal focal point in Mount Currie is the beautiful facility
found at the Pqushnalhcw Health Centre. Here you can find a modern
way to approach health care that involves a traditional holistic
approach to the practice of wellness throughout the body and mind
utilizing historical treatment.
The other area of Mount Currie is situated 3 km (2 miles) to the
east off Hwy 99 up Xit'olacw Road where there is a residential area
and the Xit'olacw Corner Store which has groceries, including a
Mount Currie is near the Birkenhead and Lillooet Rivers as they
meander towards the north end of Lillooet Lake. Lillooet Lake is
used extensively as an outdoor recreation area with canoeing, kayaking,
fishing, hiking and quadding all about. There are a number of user-maintained
Forest Recreation sites situated on the east side of the lake at
Strawberry Point, Twin Run Creek, Lizzie Bay and Driftwood Bay.
Agnes Well (Skookumchuck) Hot Springs
There are two hotsprings fairly close to Mount Currie by going along
the In-SHUCK-ch FSR next to the Lillooet River and, later, the Lillooet
West Port Douglas FSR called St. Agnes Well (Skookumchuck) Hot Springs
Recreation Site and one farther south on the Lillooet West FSR.
Creek Hot Springs
Then, if you keep going and cross the Lillooet River, and travel
to just before the north end of Harrison Lake and another 7 km (4
miles) up Sloquet Creek on an FSR. Both areas have rustic camping
available; just remember to practise proper wildlife procedures,
especially for black bears.
For gasoline, other fuels and convenience snacks, there is the Lil'wat
Service Station on Main Street going towards Birkenhead Provincial
Park and D'Arcy. The Lil'wat Gas has a good of selection of items
of United Petroleum products including diesel, full premium, a number
of regular pumps and Autogas Propane products.
The Lillooet Lake Rodeo occurs every May long-weekend at the rodeo
grounds found east of Mount Currie on Hwy 99 towards Lillooet Lake
near Xit'olacw Road.
Hitching Post Motel
The Hitching Post Motel which is clean and quiet, has fairly large
suite-type kitchenette motel rooms complete with laundromat facilities.
The Hitching Post works out well as it is within walking distance
to the Lil'wat gas station.
Through Lil'wat Business Corporations, the band has stimulated or
provided other employment and opportunities throughout the valley
for the members. Lil'wat Business Corporations projects included
teaming up with world-wide construction giants like Peter Kiewit
Sons' in developing infrastructure for the 2010 Winter Olympics
at Whistler and long-term facilities
for sustained development within the band.
To get to D'Arcy, travel north-east of Mount Currie on Main Street,
which turns into the Pemberton Portage Road and travel north for
approximately 34 km (21 miles) to D'Arcy.
Lake Provincial Park
On the way to D'Arcy, if you have the time, try and take the 17
km (11 miles) gravel road into Birkenhead
Lake Provincial Park. There is a small campground there with
various walks throughout the park. Another provincial park close
by to Pemberton is at Nairn
Falls Provincial Park.
Lakes Provincial Park
If you are travelling via Lillooet, you have to return to Mount
Currie and take Hwy 99 through Duffy Lake. Along the way, visit
Joffre Lakes Provincial Park and take the short walk into the 1st
lake. The view is absolutely incredible. There are only remote campgrounds
at Joffre, but if you continue on Hwy 99, there are some free user-maintained
recreation sites along Cayoosh Creek.
From D'Arcy there is a summer-only 4x4 route to Seton
Portage on the north end of Anderson Lake. Called the Anderson
High-Line route, the summer-only narrow gravel road with easterly
views of Anderson Lake follows a number of high-voltage transmission
lines coming from the BC Hydro generating plant at Bridge River.
This is not a road to attempt if your vehicle is in poor operating
condition, bad weather or if you are inexperienced.
on Mount Currie