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Seton Portage Historic Provincial Park

About This Park

Seton Portage This historically significant site commemorates the location of the first railway in British Columbia and contains an old railway caboose.

Note that no camping or day-use facilities are provided.

Park Size: 0.7 hectares


70 km west of Lillooet on the south side of the Seton River; access is via gravel road from Shalalth to Seton Portage. The park is located between BC Railway and the road connecting Shalalth to Seton Portage.

Nature and Culture

  • History: Established March 29, 1972. The land comprising the park was donated to the people of BC by the British Columbia Railway.
  • Cultural Heritage: The historic site lies on an important route out of the lower mainland, used at the time of the Gold Rush and commemorates the first railway in the province.

    The portage was created about 10,000 years ago when a large landslide occurred dividing the then existing lake into two separate lakes.

    Alexander Anderson, a fur trader with the Hudson’s Bay Company, was one of the first explorers through this area. He was looking to establish a travel route from Kamloops to Harrison and back up the Fraser. He was responsible for naming the two lakes. One he named after himself. The second he named after his cousin Major Seton, who was a troop commander of the 74th Highlanders.

    The 3 miles of railway was constructed in 1861 on wooden rails to facilitate the transport of goods and miners between the two lakes. In 1915 the line was completed to Lillooet and became a bustle of activity.

Management Planning

Activities Available at this Park

Pets on Leash

Pets on Leash

Pets/domestic animals must be on a leash at all times. You are responsible for their behaviour and must dispose of their excrement. Backcountry areas are not suitable for dogs or other pets due to wildlife issues and the potential for problems with bears.