McLeese Lake

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This resort community, just 30 minutes north of Williams Lake, was originally known as Mud Lake. It was renamed in the 1880s in honor of nearby Soda Creek’s Robert McLeese, a member of the Legislature who owned a sternwheeler, hotel and store and who was postmaster of Soda Creek for 25-plus years. Today, travelers here enjoy water sports, trout fishing, and August’s B.C. Metis Music Festival & Jamboree, plus hiking, camping and off – roading. In winter, hiking trails welcome snowmobilers and Nordic skiers, while the lake is transformed into a skating and ice- fishing wonderland.