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Seton Portage Historic Provincial Park
About This ParkThis historically significant site commemorates the location of the first railway in British Columbia. This small park is the site of the Seton Portage tourist information centre, which is housed in an old railway caboose.
Note that no camping or day-use facilities are provided.
Park Size: 0.7 hectares
Location and MapsPlease note: Any maps listed are for information only – they may not represent legal boundaries and should not be used for navigation.
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 PlanningManagement Planning Information
- The management plan was approved in 2012 by BC Parks.
- The Seton Portage Historic Park Management Plan [PDF 1.17MB] – November 2012.
Activities Available at this Park
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.