to the famous Williams Lake Stampede, this former "cowtown"has
grown into a vibrant city that offers a comfortable blend
of urban living and easy going western charm.
in the center of this vast region, Williams Lake has earned
it's nickname "The Hub of the Cariboo".
Bringing thousands of travellers north and south each year,
Highway 97 is interior BC's
major route for tourism and commerce.
20 travels three hundred miles west from Williams Lake,
through BC's 'last frontier', the sprawling ranch land and
forests of the Chilcotin, then makes a breathtaking descent
to the BellaCoola Valley and the
few miles south of Williams Lake is 150 Mile House, the
turnoff to the historic communities of Likely
and Horsefly. Follow the original
Gold Rush Trail into the foothills of the Cariboo mountians.
There you will enjoy some of the regions finest fishing
Anahim Lake Resort: We offer rustic simplicity, down-home service & excellent fly-in and guided fishing. Relax in a cozy cabin or RV and lakeshore campsites. There’s boat and motor rentals, trail riding, flight seeing, hiking, & even winding surfing -- or just relax and watch t... more
Bear Camp at Chilko Lake: Chilko Lake is a jewel set amongst the breath-taking Coast Mountain Range and Tsylos Provincial Park. We offer many outdoor / indoor / multi-sport adventures, and a luxurious stay in this truly healing blend of wilderness and comfort. more
Big Creek Lodge: Live your dream of untouched nature and pure wilderness at our 4 Star Lodge & Guest Ranch in the Chilcotin - one of the province's most remote areas. Take part in hiking, photo safaris, fishing, horseback riding, gold-panning, snowmobiling, and cross-country ... more
British Columbia Guest Ranchers' Association: Our guest ranch membership offers a variety of ranch holidays. Some are working ranches, others remote lodges in pristine back country areas and some are luxury resorts. You're sure to find something to fit your taste with the help of our assocation. more
Crooked Lake Resort: This is a private & secluded wilderness location, where the peace & silence is broken only by the loon’s mournful cry or a lone wolfs soulful howl. Escape to enjoy back-country recreation - or seclusion & solitude. Be our guest for a relaxing stay you'll reme... more
Eagle's Nest Resort: Beauty and comfort in the wilderness. Elegant suites or cozy log cabins. Lakeside dining room, breathtaking views, hiking and birdwatching, and the natural splendor of the area. more
Elysia Resort: Our full service getaway destination on Quesnel Lake offers fishing for Rainbow Trout, romantic getaways, great dining, and vacation packages in lakeview rental cabins & guest rooms. You'll be warmly greeted at our small, friendly and secluded piece of paradi... more
Escott Bay Resort: The adventure starts with fishing, hiking, horseback trail riding, pack trips and hunting – and with the snow comes x-country skiing & snowmobiling. Located between Tweedsmuir and Itcha Ilgachuz Parks, we offer fully serviced cabins and camping facilities. more
Northern Lights Lodge: Join us for dry fly fishing on world-class rivers & Quesnel Lake, for the largest most aggressive strain of rainbow trout on the planet. You’ll experience wild native trout and river fishing at its best. We’re located on Quesnel Lake, the deepest freshwater f... more
Pacific Coastal Airlines: Enjoy scheduled service from Vancouver's South Terminal to Anahim Lake, Bella Bella, Bella Coola, Campbell River, Comox, Cranbrook, Kamloops, Klemtu, Masset, Port Hardy (float & amphibious aircraft to coastal communities), Powell River, Trail, Victoria, & Will... more
Rainbow Waters Fly Fishing Adventures: Rainbow Waters Fly Fishing Adventures offers guided fly fishing in the pristine wilderness of the Cariboo Mountains of British Columbia. From diverse stillwaters to Sockeye salmon creeks and rivers, the exceptionally beautiful and unique Quesnel Lake ecosystem... more
ROAM (Rivers Oceans and Mountains): Experience the most unique vacations with whitewater rafting, sea kayaking, whale watching, heli-hiking and multi-sport activities. We offer unprecedented access to pristine wilderness environments and places no other adventure companies dare to venture. more
Tourism Williams Lake: Official website of the Williams Lake Visitor Centre, located in the Tourism Discovery Centre. Here you will discover your next unforgettable vacation in the Williams Lake area of BC's Cariboo Country. more
Tsylos Park Lodge: Enjoy fully guided river fly fishing and horseback riding vacations, through the valleys, while staying at our mountain lodge. Call us or visit our website to ask for a free colour brochure and be sure to ask about week-long mountain horse packtrips! more
Williams Lake & District Chamber of Commerce: This is the perfect year round playground and in the centre of it all is the City of Williams Lake. Enjoy a dream vacation with the help of the WL and District Chamber of Commerce. The informed and friendly staff is well versed on Williams Lake and area. more
Williams Lake Stampede Association: During the July 1st weekend take in the world famous Williams Lake Stampede -- it's exciting Canadian Professional Rodeo Association action with Bull Riding, Steer Wrestling, Bareback Riding, the Pony Express Mountain Race, Ladies Barrel Racing and more. Don'... more
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10,500 city and 19,720 surroundingregion. Total service
area of 30,220.
Industries: Forestry, agriculture,mining; tourism; transportation;
599 metres (1,965 ft.)
July avg. temp is 22 C. (71.6 F).January avg. temp is -10
C (14 F).
Located 25 km (16 mi) north of 150 Mile House on Hwy
97. 540 km (348 mi) north of Vancouver.
238 km (148 mi) south of Prince
George. The major north-south route is Highway 97. Highway
20 connects with Bella Coola on
the coast. Williams Lake is readily accessible by road,
rail and air. Passenger service is available on both BC
Rail and Greyhound Bus Lines.The airport is located 13 kilometers
north of the city. Scheduled airlines include Air BC to
Vancouver and Aviair which services Kamloops,
Kelowna and Penticton.
Charter Services are available from: Canadian Helicopters
Ltd.; Sharp Wings Ltd.;
Northern Mountain Helicopters; Lawrence
Aviation; Highland Helicopters Ltd.
Williams Lake offers a variety of hotels, motels, and bed
40 bay campsite at the WilliamsLake Stampede grounds; full
facilities campground outside of town at the southend of Williams
Lake; 8 miles north of Williams Lake is another 40 unitcampground
with or without full hookups. The outlying lakes offer numerous
fullservice private campgrounds and many have free rustic
campsites maintained bythe BC Forest Service.
Events: Williams Lake Stampede & Parade (First weekend
in July); Cariboo Fall Fair (late Aug); 4H Show & Sale
(Aug); Oktoberfest; Medieval Market (Nov); Home Show (Mar);
Indoor Rodeo (Apr); High School Rodeo (May); Great Cariboo
Bed Race (May); Children's Festival (June)
Facilities: Golf courses, swimming pool, tennis, Mini-Golf,
curling & skating arenas, parks, hiking trails,auto
racing oval, bowling alley, playing fields.