Williams Lake Area Attractions


Williams Lake Stampede

Held on the July 1st weekend, offering barrel racing. calf roping, steer wrestling, wild horse racing, bull riding and other events of the Canadian Professional Rodeo Association circuit. This 4 day event was originall started in the 1920's and now is a major professional rodeo. For more information contact 1-800-717-6336 (Williams Lake Stampede Association)

Stationhouse Gallery

Visit this historic BC Rail depot at the foot of Oliver Street. Open daily with monthly shows and some local crafts.

Museum of the Cariboo Chilcotin

Drop by the museum throughout the year and browse through the collection of historic artifacts and relics which illustrate the lifestyles of the areas pioneers. A special feature of the museum is the famous Williams Lakes Stampede's display. Open daily during the summer and during the other seasons from Tuesday to Saturday . Located at 113 N. 4th Avenue, Willams Lake, BC, V2G 2C8. Tel: 250-392-7404.

Scout Island Nature Centre

This Nature Centre is a delight for young and old and a marvellous place to learn about local natural history. The Nature House itself is full of fascinating exhibits, small wildlife. waterfowl, birds, fish and shells, all indigenous to the Williams Lake area. A busy bee colony is also on display. Outside there are many trails which meander around the island complex. There is beach for sunning and swimming, picnic tables and a boat launch. Reached by a causeway at the west end of Williams Lake, this area with its lakeshore trails is open year round. The hands-on Nature House open daily from May to August and on Sunday afternoons from April through October. For more information please contact 250-398-8532.

Xats'ull Heritage Village

step back in time...experience the spiritual and cultural magic of a native Shuswap Heritage Village. One day cultural programs give a tour of the village, lunch, mini workshops on toolmaking,basketmaking and traditional food preparation. Tours with interpreters are offered and traditional snacks and beverages are available. Sweatlodges can be arranged for groups on request. Ancient Petroglyphs can be found a few hundred yards from the teepee circle. Reservation information can be made at the Tourism Center.

Boitano Park

Boitano Park contains walking trails, picnic areas and a skateboard park along with 4 volleyball courts. Visit this relaxing park in the middle of the city.

Forest Tours

Timberwest Mill in Williams Lake has a research forest and offer tours for the public. This tour takes the full day and does involve walking. Reservations can be made several days in advance through the Tourism Center.

Mill Tours

Different sawmills offer tours by reservation.

The Silviculture Trail

On the 3 km trail you will discover how forests use sciences such as biology, botany, ecology and geology to help them make decisions on how to manage this woodlot.

River Rafting!

Check out one of these river guides below for an amazing adventure!


Thank you to Cariboo Chilcotin Jet Boat Adventures for the following pictures:



Thank you to Chilko River Expeditions for the following pictures: