Williams LakeÂ is found in the Central Interior of British Columbia, Canada. It is the largest urban centre between Kamloops and Prince George. The population in the city limits is approximately 11,150 but the City and market area is approximately 25,120.It is in the heart of the frontier amid lakes and rolling ranch land. Williams Lake has been the focal point and service centre for the ranches of the Cariboo and Chilcotin regions since the turn of the 20th century.
The Wild West Flavour
Land of Diversity
Xats'ull Heritage Village
The Museum of the Cariboo Chilcotin gives visitors a glimpse into how all of the peoples of the area converged and brought the Cariboo Chilcotin to where she is now. From First Nations people to the first settlers of the gold rush to the ranchers, there are many interesting stories here to entertain and inform.
Scout Island Nature Centre on Williams Lake offers a unique opportunity to view shorebirds and waterfowl that populate the wetland marsh. It is located at the west end of the community of Williams Lake, connected to the mainland by a vehicle causeway. There are exceptional viewing opportunities of wildlife from blinds and the 1.5 miles (2.5 km) of well-groomed trails. Here is a naturalists dream, with a profusion of ospreys, bald eagles, black-capped chickadees, yellow-headed blackbird, marsh wren, Brewer's blackbird, great blue heron, hooded merganser, swallows, flycatchers, gulls, hummingbirds, and songbirds. Animals often include red foxes, mink, river otters, beavers and muskrats. The Nature House features natural history displays where you can study local ecosystems. The centre also has a boat launch, providing easy paddling around the island and marsh areas.
West of Williams Lake, the 1,368-kilometre long Fraser River has the notoriety of being the longest river that flows entirely within British Columbia. It is also considered to be the world's greatest salmon stream.
The Chilko-Chilcotin-Fraser system is one of the best-known river systems in British Columbia for River Rafting. The Lava Canyon on the Chilko River is a world-class run with continuous Class IV rapids, and a very high level of risk.
Surrounded by the hills of Chilcotin Country, the Williams Lake Golf Club overlooks the community of Williams Lake, offering scenic views, rolling terrain, and a variety of holes.
From cross-country and downhill skiing to snowboarding, snowmobiling and even Dog Sledding, there are plenty of winter sports to entertain locals and visitors through the winters.