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Welcome to Williams Lake, B.C.

The unBEATable School of Log Construction is situated in the heart of the Cariboo Chilcotin, one of the most beautiful areas in not only British Columbia, but in Canada. It is the ideal location for outdoor enthusiasts with ample lakes, rivers, trails, mountains and the activities that go along with them.

Mountain Biking

Williams Lake boasts some of the best mountain bike terrain in the world. It has even been called the Shangri-La of Mountain Biking with a plethora of amazing trails for all levels of rider, from beginner to advanced.

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Water Fishing, Kayaking & Canoeing

The Cariboo Chilcotin is home to thousands of water systems whether you want to fish, boat, or swim. The Williams Lake tourist centre also lends out fishing gear. If you are looking for great places to swim and relax, Chimney Lake is only 20 minutes west of Williams Lake, while Horsefly Lake and Big Lake are only 40 minutes east. The Horsefly and Likely area also have beautiful waterfalls and rivers to explore.

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Explore Hiking, Backpacking & Sight-Seeing

Just 2.5 hours North of Williams Lake is the restored and entertaining historic gold mining town of Barkerville. Pan for gold, take in a can-can show, tour the old cemetery, and get a genuine glimpse of what life was like in the 1800’s. Looking for something a little less touristy but still historic? The ghost town of Quesnel Forks (by Likely) is just 1.5 hours east of Williams Lake. Want breathtaking views? Farwell Canyon on the Chilcotin River with epic sand dunes and hoodoos 45 minutes west of the city. How about excitement? Chilko River Lodge is 3 hours west of Williams Lake. It offers beautiful rustic cabins with tours offering wildlife viewing.

In Town

Williams Lake has an art gallery, a tourist centre, casino, and museum. Scout Island, located on Williams Lake, has a nature centre and beautiful trail systems that can be explored.


The Cariboo Memorial Complex is located in the heart of Williams Lake. It has a fitness and aquatic centre as well as 2 arenas. There are also a number of gyms in Williams Lake, including Concrete Fitness and Fit City Athletica.

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