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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


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 country inn 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 skiing. 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
City of Williams Lake: Welcome to the "Heart of Cariboo Country". Williams Lake offers the visitor a myriad of activities and outdoor adventures, including the world famous Williams Lake Stampede. Visit the Museum of the Cariboo Chilcotin, Scout Island Nature Sanctuary, the River V... 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
Ecotours-BC.com: Adventure in the wilds of BC … untamed, wild and remote. Ecotours-BC will take you to rare ancient forests, glaciers, and the alpine. You’ll see wildlife, mountain grizzly bears, eagles, and salmon – all surrounding Quesnel Lake - the deepest fjord lake on e... 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
Kokanee Bay Fishing Resort: Kokanee Bay Fishing Resort is in the heart of the Chilcotin on beautiful Puntzi Lake. Enjoy fishing for Kokanee and Rainbow Trout. We have 6 lakefront cabins, 8 lakefront campsites, and 7 pull-through suites. 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
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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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

Tourism BC Info
Toll Free Phone: 1-800-663-6000

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Area Maps of the Cariboo Chilcotin Coast
Cariboo Region:
Quesnel Barkerville Williams Lake
100 Mile House Wells Gray Park Clinton
Lillooet & Cache Creek
Chilcotin Region:    
Riske Creek (East) Alexis Creek (Central) Anahim Lake (West)
Chilko Lake (South) Tweedsmuir & Blackwater (North)
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Bella Coola Valley    




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