Williams Lake, British Columbia. City of Williams Lake, BC

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Williams Lake
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Williams Lake

Williams Lake, The Stampede City

Home 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.

Situated 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.

Highway 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 Pacific Ocean.

A 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 and camping.

Accommodation/Adventure Providers

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
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: A unique fly fishing lodge offering guided fly fishing on 4 wilderness rivers in the Cariboo Mountains. Wild native Rainbow Trout on the fly! more

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City Information

Population: 10,500 city and 19,720 surroundingregion. Total service area of 30,220.

Main Industries: Forestry, agriculture,mining; tourism; transportation; government offices.

Elevation: 599 metres (1,965 ft.) 

Climate: July avg. temp is 22 C. (71.6 F).January avg. temp is -10 C (14 F).

Rainfall: 40 cm/yr (15.75")  Snowfall: 145 cm/yr (57")  Frost Free Days: 120

Growing Season: Late May to late September

Access: 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.

Accommodations: Williams Lake offers a variety of hotels, motels, and bed & breakfasts.

Campsites: 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.

Annual 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)

Recreation Facilities: Golf courses, swimming pool, tennis, Mini-Golf, curling & skating arenas, parks, hiking trails,auto racing oval, bowling alley, playing fields.

Local Attractions: Museum of the CaribooChilcotin; Station House Gift Shop & Gallery; Scout Island Nature Centre; Williams Lake River Valley Trails.

For City Information:

The City of Williams Lake
The official website of the City of Williams Lake, BC

For Travel & Visitor Information:

Williams Lake Vistor Info Centre
1660 S. Broadway, Williams Lake, V2G 2V8
Telephone: (250)392-5025
Toll Free: 1-877-967-5253
email: visitors@telus.net

Visit Cariboo
Regional Tourism Information for the Williams Lake area.

Cariboo Chilcotin Coast Tourist Association
118A North 1st Ave
Williams Lake, BC V2G 1Y8
Telephone: (250) 392-2226
Fax: (250) 392-2838
Toll Free: 1-800-663-5885
E-Mail: cta@landwithoutlimits.com

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Cariboo Region:
Quesnel Barkerville Williams Lake
100 Mile House Wells Gray Park Clinton
Lillooet & Cache Creek
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Riske Creek (East) Alexis Creek (Central) Anahim Lake (West)
Chilko Lake (South) Tweedsmuir & Blackwater (North)
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