How warm is it where you live? It’s now the middle of summer, the hottest time of the year in Canada, and Canada’s traditional “hot spots” are pretty darned hot. The two hottest locations in Canada are the little towns of Lytton and Lillooet, in the Fraser Canyon, an hour or so south of Echo Valley.
In the summer, Lytton is often the hottest spot in Canada, despite being north of 50 degrees in latitude. Due to its interior location and at a low elevation of 230 metres (750 feet), summer afternoon shade temperatures regularly reach the mid to high 30 degrees Celsius (upper 90’s to low 100 °F’s) and sometimes top 40 degrees (104 °F).
Lytton and Lillooet share the second-highest temperature ever recorded in Canada. On July 16 and 17, 1941, the temperature reached a record 44.4 degrees C (111.9 degrees F) on both days in both communities. Yes, you could fry an egg on the sidewalk, as people have done before.
What else is “hot”? Despite its northerly latitude, Lillooet is home to a new winery, perhaps the most northerly winery in North America. Fort Berens Winery is now well established and its vineyards are thriving in heat and soil that are perfect for grapes.
Also hot are celebrations for the 150th anniversary of the Cariboo Gold Rush,. Several professional travel writers will be touring the Gold Rush route from Lillooet to Barkerville next week, driving up the Fraser Canyon from Lillooet to Echo Valley Ranch via back roads, and staying at the ranch for two days while touring the reaches of the canyon close to Echo Valley. Their stories will appear in Canadian and American newspapers in the near future.
Meanwhile, at at elevation of over 1,000 metres (3,000 feet) Echo Valley Ranch is a lot cooler than the blast furnace that is the Fraser Canyon far below. Nights are cooler too, as the heat disappears into the clear and starry skies, a perfect chance to view the heavens above.
During the next month or so Echo Valley will enjoy the best weather of the entire year, warm and sunny. It’s a perfect time of the year to book a family vacation, a romantic getaway, enjoy the last weeks of the summer warmth, and plan ahead for the fall. Days are still long, nights are cool, and the Echo Valley staff are waiting to hear from you.
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