Williams Lake, British Columbia
, Canada is home to the famous Williams Lake Stampede. Williams Lake is located on Highway 97, 540 km (338 mi.) Northeast of Vancouver
. Train and bus access are available, with a commercial airport situated 13 km (8 mi.) north of the city.Set in the heart of the Frontier, amid lakes and rolling ranchland, Williams Lake has been the focal point and service centre for the ranches of the Cariboo and Chilcotin regions since the turn of the century.This former "cowtown" has grown into a vibrant city that offers a comfortable blend of urban living and easy going western charm perfect home away from home at one of our vacation rental accommodations. With an area population over 36,000, Williams Lake has managed to maintain its western charm and rustic look while still being the fastest growing city in the region. The town is thought to be named after Chief William, the leader of the Shuswap First Nations Band that lived in the area when fur traders made their first appearance.
Experience the spiritual and cultural magic of the native Xats'ull Heritage Village. This Shuswap heritage village has been occupied for over 4,000 years, and is today inhabited by less than 1,000 people who live nearby the site.
Rent holiday lodging directly from owners
of cottages, cabins, homes and condo accommodations in Williams Lake
. 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 Mountains. There you will enjoy some of the regions finest fishing and camping moments from your vacation rentals.
Every year, during the July 1st long weekend, British Columbia’s Lake City
rolls out the welcome mat for you to enjoy several days of action packed rodeo excitement during the Williams Lake Stampede. These events and many, many more all come together to create a great family fun filled rodeo and community-wide event moments from our condo rentals, cabins, and other vacation rental accommodations.
Situated in the center of this vast region, Williams Lake has earned its nickname "The Hub of the Cariboo". The Cariboo-Chilcotin region boasts a plethora of lakes and rivers, inviting exploration, outdoor adventure and fishing.
River Rafting is big here. The Chilko-Chilcotin-Fraser system is one of the best-known river systems in British Columbia for adventure, thrills and spills. Lava Canyon on the Chilko River is a world-class run with continuous Class IV rapids, and a very high level of risk. Novice kayakers can try the Lower Horsefly River to Quesnel Lake. The more experienced are in for a real adventure, on the Quesnel River from Likely to Quesnel Forks, and the Cariboo River, putting in at Quesnel Forks. There is no limit to the opportunities for canoeing in the area.
Surrounded by the hills of Chilcotin Country, the beautifully maintained course at the Williams Lake Golf Club overlooks the community of Williams Lake, offering scenic views, rolling terrain, and a variety of holes.
Cross-country skiers can head for the 30 kilometers of well maintained trails at the Bull Mountain Trails, 20 km north of Williams Lake, and to the Corner Lake Ski Trail, 7 km southwest of Horsefly.
Downhill skiers and snowboarders are catered for as well, 24 kilometres east of Lac la Hache. The Mt. Timothy Ski Area operates a family ski hill featuring a snowboard park and a seven-minute scenic T-bar ride up the 1,635-metre hill. Wide open wilderness and frozen lakes invite snowmobilers to the area during winter to participate in snowmobile races, or to venture out for the pure adventure of it.
Experience the romance and thrill of Dog Sledding through Cariboo Country, where the heavy and reliable snowfalls provide excellent backcountry trails. Local companies will take you on a short tour, or set you up to mush your own team of enthusiastic and friendly huskies. Stay at one of our condo rentals or other vacation rentals or accommodations for a peaceful vacation for the whole family.