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Williams Lake

Williams Lake, BC | Kent Bernadet

Named after Chief William, a Secwepemc (shi-HUEP-muh-k) chief from the area, the city is located at the junction of Highways 97 and 20, and has been one of the Cariboo Chilcotin’s major crossroads since the turn of the 20th century. Even prior to the arrival of the first white settlers, the area was a meeting place for the Secwepemc First Nation. This ‘Hub City of the Cariboo’ is the largest in the region (11,200 residents within city limits) and a market-area population close to 30,000. Its distinctive western-frontier personality shines brightly when it hosts the Williams Lake Stampede during the Canada Day long weekend (July 1). Professional rodeo stars from around the globe compete for big-purse money in traditional rodeo and unique home-grown events.

But, cowboys and rodeos are not the city’s only attraction. It’s a mountain biking mecca, with three dedicated areas: Westsyde Ridge, Desous Mountain and Fox Mountain being major attractions. With all three featuring tracks ranging from double-track beginner to epic cross-country and steep, gnarly down-hills, many riders are spreading the word that the area offers the best wilderness biking in British Columbia.

Williams Lake also boasts excellent wildlife-viewing opportunities. Birders make a beeline for Scout Island, a nature sanctuary at the west end of the lake. In addition to a beach area, nature house, picnic ground, and boat launch, this nature sanctuary for birds and small wildlife is laced with trails. Enjoy a walk downtown among quaint shops, retail stores and art galleries, some featuring local art and First Nations gifts. A variety of restaurants are found on nearly every side street. The city boasts three golf courses, a magnificent log Tourism Centre, the B.C. Cowboy Hall of Fame, and the very popular River Valley Trail, spanning 12km/7.5mi from downtown to the Fraser River.

Sandman Hotel & Suites Williams Lake

Sandman Hotel & Suites Williams Lake

Renowned for its spectacular scenery, history and culture, Williams Lake is an ideal pick for those who seek adventure, relaxation, a business stopover or simply a great vacation stay. Located in the heart of BC?s interior, surrounded by gorgeous mountain…

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Williams Lake Stampede

Williams Lake Stampede

Over the July 1st long weekend each and every year, Williams Lake, BC, rolls out the welcome mat as visitors arrive from around the world to enjoy several days of Canadian Professional Rodeo Association action at the World Famous Williams…

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Drummond Lodge Motel

Drummond Lodge Motel

Located within easy walking distance to downtown Williams Lake, restaurants, Scout Island beach and nature trails. Featuring 18 regular and deluxe rooms and 6 large suites and junior suites, the Drummond Lodge Motel is a perfect location for visiting families…

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Museum of the Cariboo Chilcotin

Museum of the Cariboo Chilcotin

The Museum of the Cariboo Chilcotin hosts a collection of nearly 30,000 artifacts exhibiting the depth and breadth of the region’s history. Stop by to view the western displays, including the largest saddle collection in Western Canada and the BC…

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Ramada Williams Lake

Ramada Williams Lake

Book your stay at the only full-service hotel in Williams Lake, located steps from downtown for shopping, restaurants, and activities. Relax in one of the 57 rooms, complete with flat screen televisions and air conditioning. Stay in shape at the…

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Hamilton Hotel

Hamilton Hotel

Hamilton Hotel is a 44 Units boutique hotel with Restaurant (Closed) and Bar (Closed) located in Downtown Williams Lake, BC. When you stay at the Hamilton Hotel, you can walk to almost all: Banks, Grocery Stores, Biotanio Mall, Restaurants, Park…

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Williams Lake Farmers' Market

Williams Lake Farmers' Market

Not unlike other regional markets, the Williams Lake Farmers’ Market was started by a small group of farmers who wanted a local venue to sell their produce. More than 20 years and one location change later, the Friday morning market…

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Lakeside Motel

Lakeside Motel

Great old-fashioned motel, offering quaint rooms with lovely views of Williams Lake. The Lakeside Motel offers 32 cozy, neat and clean rooms. Free newspapers, private yards, unlimited WiFi, public parking and coffee makers are also available to complete the home-away-from-home…

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