Prior to the arrival of the rst settlers, Williams Lake was a meeting place for the Secwepemc First Nations; in fact, the city is named after a local Secwepemc chief of the 1860s. Williams Lake has a western-frontier personality showcased at its Museum of the Cariboo Chilcotin – B.C.’s only ranch and rodeo museum and home to the B.C. Cowboy Hall of Fame. The Williams Lake Stampede, held on the Canada Day-long weekend, is one of Canada’s largest pro-rodeos, second only to the Calgary Stampede.
Stroll among the quaint shops and art galleries, try one or all of the three golf courses and visit a 1919 Railway Station House. With heritage murals displayed on buildings throughout the downtown core, “The Mural Capital of the Cariboo” is an excellent home base for outdoor adventures. B.C.’s premier mountain-biking destination, Williams Lake boasts trail systems with a diverse mix of routes. For wildlife viewing, birders nd an avian haven at Scout Island, a trail-laced sanctuary for birds and small wildlife located right on Williams Lake.