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Things We Love to Do in Williams Lake

We don’t just work here, we live and play here, too. These are some of our favourite spots you won’t want to miss while you’re in town. We’ve highlighted a few well-known attractions as well as a couple of local gems you may not have heard about, but we think are well worth a visit. Need more hints about where to go and what to do? Just ask! We’d love to give you the inside scoop.

Coast Fraser Inn - Local Gem - Downhill Biking on Fox Mountain

Downhill Biking on Fox Mountain

This is the longest standing trail network in Williams Lake and is host to some of the most stunning scenery in the Cariboo. The network has 28 trails totaling over 45 km of single track. The network is 28 % beginner, 37% intermediate and 40% advanced.

Coast Fraser Inn - Local Gem - Museum of the Cariboo Chilcotin

Museum of the Cariboo Chilcotin

Step into the Museum of the Cariboo Chilcotin and discover the history of Williams Lake and surrounding region. More than 8000 artifacts tell the stories of aboriginal people, fur trappers, pioneers, ranching, rodeos, forestry, railroading, businesses, schools and much more.

The only museum of its kind in BC, this museum is dedicated to the rich heritage of ranging and rodeo. Home to the Cowboy Hall of Fame!

Coast Fraser Inn - Local Gem - Chances Signal Point

Chances Casino & Signal Point Fine Dining Restaurant

Try your luck with bingo and over 100 slot machines. When you’re ready for a break, enjoy some top-notch fare.

Coast Fraser Inn - Local Gem - Boitanio Park

Boitanio Park

Just minutes from the hotel, this beautiful 17-hectare park showcases manicured lawns, gardens, open grasslands and natural fir forests. Take a stroll through the weekly Farmer’s Market or listen to live music on Thursday nights in summer.

Coast Fraser Inn - Local Gem - Scout Island Nature Centre

Scout Island Nature Centre

Experience an incredible diversity of wildlife at this gorgeous, protected sanctuary.

Coast Fraser Inn - Local Gem - Williams Lake Stampede

Williams Lake Stampede

This world-famous rodeo held every July 1st long weekend brings cowboys and cowgirls from all around. You’ll get your fill of bull riding, ladies barrel racing, bronco riding, steer wrestling, tie-down roping and more. Other seasonal events to check out: the Williams Lake Indoor Raodeo every April and the Fall Harvest Fair.

Coast Fraser Inn - Local Gem - Williams Lake River Valley Trail

Williams Lake River Valley Trail

From the west end of Williams Lake, the Williams Lake River meanders 12km along the valley floor, eventually flowing into the mighty Fraser River.

The River Valley Trail and various loop trails follow the river as it snakes through dry douglas fir forests, open grasslands and stunning geological features.

The diverse vegetation of the valley supports a healthy wildlife population including deer, beaver, the occasional bear and a variety of birds of prey, song birds and water fowl.