Located 14 km (9 mi) north of 150 Mile House, on Hwy 97. 540 Km (348 mi) north of Vancouver. 238 km (148 mi) south of Prince George and 480 km (298 mi) east of Bella Coola. Known as British Columbia's Stampede Capital - "The Hub of the Cariboo -, with an area population of 36,000, Williams Lake is the heart of the Cariboo and gateway to the Chilcotin and Central Coast. This former "cowtown" offers a comfortable blend of urban living and easy going western charm. Forestry, agriculture, mining and tourism are the main industry of the community. Williams Lake offers great activities: - Fishing, camping, river rafting, fly fishing, horseback riding, canoeing, mountain biking, hiking, skiing, snowmobiling and skiing, as well as golf courses, mini golf, swimming pool, tennis, curling & skating arenas, parks, hiking trails,auto racing oval, bowling alley, and playgrounds.
Visit the Museum of the Cariboo Chilcotin, BC's only museum dedicated to Rodeo. Enjoy attending the four day event of the famous Stampede held on the weekend closest to July 1st. Explore Scout Island and the Nature Centre at the west end of the lake for birdwatching. Browse through several galleries and the BCRail Stationhouse. Williams Lake offers from lodges, guest ranches to bed & breakfasts, as well as fine restaurants.
33 km, (20 mi) north of Williams Lake, on Hwy 97 is Soda Creek & Xats'ull Village, where visitors board paddle-wheelers and bound up the Fraser River to Quesnel. Enjoy boating, fishing and snowmobile races by visiting McLeese Lake, a small resort lake about halfway between Williams Lake and Quesnel, an alternate access point to Likely.