Lytton in British Columbia, Canada, sits at the confluence of the Thompson River and Fraser River on the east side of the Fraser. The community includes the Village of Lytton and the surrounding Indian Reserves of the Lytton Indian Band, whose name for the community is Camchin, Lytton was on the route of the Gold Rush in 1858. That same year, Lytton was named for Edward Bulwer-Lytton, the British Colonial Secretary, however, it has become much less important since the construction of the Coquihalla Highway in 1987 which uses a more direct route to the BC Interior. Novelist Bulwer-Lytton was a friend and contemporary of Charles Dickens and was one of the pioneers of the novel, exemplified by his most popular work. He is best remembered today for the line to the novel Paul Clifford. And is considered by some to be the worst opening sentence in the English language, however, Bulwer-Lytton is also responsible for well-known sayings such as The pen is mightier than the sword from his play Richelieu. Despite being a popular author for 19th century readers, few people today are even aware of his prodigious body of literature spanning many genres. The debate received wide media coverage including The Globe and Mail, the New York Times, the debate was moderated by Mike McArdell of Global TV. In the end, Rice begrudgingly admitted to an admiration of Bulwer-Lytton and this event was held as part of the Village of Lyttons 150BC celebrations, as it was the 150th anniversary of the community receiving its name. 802 members out of 1,970 registered members of the Lytton First Nation live on reserves immediately adjacent to the municipality, Lytton experiences a Cold semi-arid climate. During summer heat waves, Lytton is often the hottest spot in Canada, due to the dry summer air and a relatively low elevation of 230 m, summer afternoon shade temperatures sometimes reach 35 °C and up and occasionally top 40 °C. Lytton, along with the community of Lillooet, share the second-highest temperature ever recorded in Canada. On July 16 and 17,1941, the reached a record 44.4 °C on both days in both communities. Lytton also holds the record for the hottest temperature recorded in the province during August after the temperature reached 41.8 °C on the August 14,2004. The coldest temperature recorded in Lytton was -31.7 °C on 18 January 1950. Hot summer temperatures are more tolerable by low humidity. However, the heat can be intense with usually clear skies and blazing sunlight – heat also radiates from the valleys slopes. Lyttons climate is characterized by relatively short and mild winters
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Lytton's welcome sign
The confluence of the Fraser and Thompson rivers showing the mixing of the two different coloured waters. Botanie Mountain right background, Lillooet Ranges at left.