Cariboo. Photo Blake Jorgenson

Williams Lake

The city of Williams Lake has everything for the outdoor adventurer. This is cowboy country with rodeos, big breakfasts and family fun. The region offers whitewater rafting, kayaking and canoeing, hiking, golfing, wildlife viewing. There is a world class network of mountain bike trails. The River Valley Trail and various loop trails follow the Williams Lake river as it snakes through dry Douglas fir forests, open grasslands and stunning geological features. There are a myriad of places to paddle within an hour’s drive, including the city itself and around the Scout Island Nature Centre. Experienced guides are available for river drifting and searching for the renowned grizzly bear. Guided jetboat cruises on the Fraser River to Soda Creek pass by the territory of the largest non-migratory California bighorn sheep population in the world. Notable whitewater trips take place on the Quesnel, Cariboo and Fraser Rivers. And in the winter there is an abundance of snowmobiling.

The community of Riske Creek is just 47 km (29 mi) to the southwest along highway 20.

Location

Williams Lake is located on Hwy 97, approximately 540 km (335 mi) north of Vancouver.

A Step Back in Time

Prior to the Cariboo Gold Rush, the Williams Lake area was occupied by a small Shuswap village. When the gold rush brought an influx of European fur traders and eager gold miners, this village was transformed into a bustling community. In the ensuing decades, settlers took up ranching and turned Williams Lake into a cattle town. Even today, ranching plays a major role in the local economy, and many of the biggest and oldest working cattle ranches can be found in the region.

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Williams Lake & Nearby Accommodations

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Williams Lake Stampede Campground

Williams Lake Stampede Campground

Williams Lake

The Stampede Campground is owned and operated by the Williams Lake Stampede Association, which is a non-profit organization operated by volunteers. Seasonal onsite campground hosts occupy site #50. The campground is open (weather permitting) from mid-Apr to mid-Oct. ... Read more
Drummond Lodge & Motel

Drummond Lodge & Motel

Williams Lake

If you want to be surrounded by nature while having easy access to downtown Williams Lake, then Drummond Lodge & Motel is the ideal accommodation. Walking distance to the stampede grounds, restaurants, shops, Scout Island beach and scenic trails, our motel is the perfect base for your fun filled tri ... Read more
Whispering Willows Campsite

Whispering Willows Campsite

Williams Lake

Whether you are looking for an overnight rest area, or a longer term home-away-from-home, we offer both tenting and fully serviced sites. Our fully serviced pull-thru sites include water, power and sewer, with level and easy access for large RVs. We also offer sites with water and power only, and un ... Read more
The Historic Chilcotin Lodge

The Historic Chilcotin Lodge

Riske Creek

Historic Country Inn, established in 1940, located in the rolling Chilcotin grasslands, 47 km (28.2 mi) west of Williams Lake on Highway 20. We offer uniquely restored rooms with two shared baths, a stone fireplace in the lounge and a licenced private dining room for homestyle meals. Breakfast is in ... Read more
Kokanee Bay Motel & RV Park

Kokanee Bay Motel & RV Park

Lac La Hache

Kokanee Bay Motel & RV Park is relaxation at its finest. Bring the entire family to enjoy beautiful Cariboo while staying at Kokanee Bay. Situated along the shores of Lac La Hache, guests will have their days filled with fishing, swimming, hiking or soaking up the sun. Our accommodation ranges from ... Read more
Ten-ee-ah Lodge

Ten-ee-ah Lodge

Lac La Hache

Ten-ee-ah Lodge is the only property on the 11 km long Spout Lake, in the heart of the Cariboo. (28 km from Hwy 97). This remote place combines the attractions nature has to offer with gracious living ... Read more
Alamo Motel & RV Park

Alamo Motel & RV Park

Quesnel

21 sites with electrical hook-ups, pull thru sites. Flush toilets, showers, sewer and restaurant onsite. RV Park open seasonally. Water shut-off in October, weather dependent. ... Read more
Plato Island Resort & Marina

Plato Island Resort & Marina

Quesnel Lake

Welcome to Plato Island Resort and Marina. Relax and enjoy. Park your RV permanently or a few days. Bring your boat or rent a cabin or a couples-only romantic luxury tent. ... Read more
Kayanara Guest Ranch & Resort

Kayanara Guest Ranch & Resort

Eagle Creek

Visit one of the most beautiful guest ranches in British Columbia! Offering the perfect combination of ranch and lake activities, Kayanara Guest Ranch & Resort is the ideal destination for the whole family to enjoy a fun vacation. Stay in one of our three luxurious log cabins with picturesque views ... Read more
Cariboo Bonanza Resort

Cariboo Bonanza Resort

Lone Butte

Situated on beautiful Horse Lake in the centre of the Cariboo region, Cariboo Bonanza Resort is the ideal vacation destination for guests wanting a tranquil getaway. Unwind in the pristine wilderness and catch sight of majestic wildlife. Offering a range of accommodation, guests can choose from rust ... Read more
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