Why Choose Lillooet?

Lillooet has always been a favoured place to call home – the ‘gold standard’ for quality lifestyle and opportunity first recognized by the area’s Indigenous peoples. The St’át’imc are the original inhabitants of the territory around Lillooet and today are important partners in Lillooet’s economic vitality and in the rich cultural diversity found throughout the community.

In more recent history, explorers made Lillooet their home – ever since it became ‘Mile 0’ of the Gold Rush, Lillooet has been a place to make a new start, to explore a new lifestyle and to live a dream.  This is still true today – now you too can make Lillooet your new start and achieve that lifestyle or activate that business plan you’ve been dreaming about.

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Families, retirees and digital nomads are choosing Lillooet for the a lifestyle that offers easy to access outdoor recreation and a friendly small town vibe while still being able to get that dose of ‘city life’ whenever needed in nearby Vancouver, Kamloops or Whistler, all of which are within a half day drive. 
Hiking, swimming, biking, ski touring, ice climbing are all here along with upgraded fibre infrastructure to ensure smooth and reliable connectivity for business. Lillooet residents enjoy funky cafes and bakeries for the needed latte to start the day and award-winning winery patios to wind down for the weekend.  Lillooet has several public schools, a high school, a satellite campus of Thompson Rivers University as well as its own hospital and emergency/911 services. Artists are drawn to Lillooet too and draw inspiration of the landscapes, rivers and mountains of the area.  The Community Connect Hub on Main Street is a great place to meet local artists and sample life in Lillooet!

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Lillooet’s housing prices remain relatively reasonable when compared with the Lower Mainland, Squamish, Whistler and the Okanagan.  There is opportunity to purchase and renovate, to build new or to create a live/work space for your business.   Local produce abounds at Lillooet’s Friday Farmers’ Market and includes locally raised beef, pork and honey products – you can grow your own or buy local! Programs for families are easily accessible and affordable too – from ‘free range’ kids who love to play outdoors, to library programs or membership in the local Swim, Curling, Hockey Clubs, cost of living remains reasonable here and is a major draw for families and active seniors who value a high quality of life.

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Access to Markets:

Lillooet is central to many markets – Whistler 130 km southwest along Highway 99 is a strong market for organic produce, meats and other artisanal food products as well as custom wood manufacturing.  The Lower Mainland is 4 hours away via Highway 12 and Highway 1 and the interior/northern markets of BC are readily accessed via Highway 99 to Highway 1 east or Highway 97 north.  There are opportunities to utilize freight trucks bringing supplies into Lillooet and ‘dead heading’ back to the Lower Mainland at reasonable cost.

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Meet Lillooet

2023 video produced the Lillooet & District Chamber of Commerce

Welcome to Lillooet! As a small, rural town in BC we are an undiscovered gem. Meet our businesses, hear their hopes and dreams, and help us unlock our potential. The Lillooet Chamber is proud of all their local business owners, and their incredible achievements!

Video Credit: Brad Kasselman & Godfrey Cheng, Kasselman Creative