Xá:ytem Longhouse Interpretive Centre - Mission
Activity:A designated BC Heritage Historic site, Xá:ytem (pronounced "HAYtum") is the oldest known dwelling site in British Columbia, dated by archaeologists at 9000 years old. Xá:ytem refers to a huge rock (also known as the Hatzic Rock) on an ancient terrace on the Fraser River. The Sto:lo people attach great spiritual significance to this monolith. The Xá:ytem Longhouse, constructed in the traditional Sto:lo way now stands near the rock.
Details:35087 Lougheed Hwy., Mission, BC. Open for public visits from June to September. For exact dates and times, call (604) 820-9725. Admission: $4. Website: www.xaytem.ca
To get to the Xá:ytem Longhouse Interpretive Centre take Highway 7 east from Vancouver to Mission. The centre is 3 kilometres east of Mission. Or take the Trans Canada Highway (Highway 1) east to Abbotsford and then go north across the Fraser River via Highway 11 to Mission.