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Mayor’s Message ........................................ pg 2 Welcome .................................................... pg 3 About Williams Lake ................................... pg 4 Map of Williams Lake.................................. pg 5 Calendar of Events .................................pg 7-11 Resource Industry ..................................... pg 12 First Nations ........................................pg 13-14 Museum of the Cariboo Chilcotin .............. pg 16 Cariboo Memorial Recreation Complex...... pg 17 Scout Island .............................................. pg 18 Tourism Discovery Centre ......................... pg 19 Williams Lake Stampede........................... pg 20 Williams Lake Indoor Rodeo ...................... pg 22 Thunder Mountain Speedway.................... pg 23 Williams Lake Studio Theatre .................... pg 25 Station House Gallery...........................pg 26-27 Timber Kings ............................................ pg 28 Celebrate the Arts ..................................... pg 29 Potato House ............................................ pg 30 Cariboo Growers ....................................... pg 31 Farmers Market ........................................ pg 32 Mural Tour ................................................ pg 33 Hiking ....................................................... pg 35 Provincial Parks Map ...........................pg 36-37 Golf........................................................... pg 38 Mountain Biking...................................pg 39-41 Organizations in the Cariboo ..................... pg 43
Lakers Car Club ........................................ pg 44 WL Off Road Motorcycle Association ......... pg 45 WL Dirt Riders Association ........................ pg 45 Williams Lake Sportsmen’s Association..... pg 46 Hunting..................................................... pg 47 150 Mile House ........................................ pg 48 Fishing...................................................... pg 49 Williams Lake Flying Club ......................... pg 50 Snowmobiling ........................................... pg 51 Downhill Skiing ......................................... pg 52 Cross Country Skiing ................................ pg 53 Curling...................................................... pg 54 Williams Lake Minor Hockey ..................... pg 55 Williams Lake Stampeders ........................ pg 56 Cariboo Island/Perkins Peak ...................... pg 57 Farwell Canyon ....................................pg 58-59 Ranching .............................................pg 60-61 Cariboo Chilcotin Coast Map ................pg 62-63 Quesnel Forks ........................................... pg 64 Driving Tours........................................pg 65-69 Waterfall Tours .....................................pg 70-71 The Chilcotin Coast ..............................pg 72-76 Bella Coola and Hagensborg ..................... pg 77 McLeese Lake .......................................... pg 78 Likely........................................................ pg 78 Unlikely Paddlefest ................................... pg 79 Horsefly .................................................... pg 80
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Welcome to the Stampede, mountain bike capital of B.C. and the home of the Timber Kings! We have year-round opportunities for outdoor enthusiasts and we are a must-visit area for the entire family summer or winter.
Williams Lake is truly known as the Shangri-La of mountain biking, boasting the largest bike park in B.C’s Interior, with more than 200 kms of single track trails and tens of thousands of board feet of lumber constructing a variety of riding features. The lakecity is a great base for hiking, four-wheeling and sport fishing as well. Our indoor recreation facilities are top-notch and are even getting better with the current upgrades to the Cariboo Memorial Recreational Complex offering the pool, two ice rinks and a fitness centre. If you are in the mood for shopping we have a wide array of specialty shops and restaurants. While you are exploring our downtown core, stop by the Museum of the Cariboo Chilcotin, home of the B. C. Cowboy Hall of Fame. A birdwatcher’s paradise, Scout Island features two and a half km of trails which are woven through marshland, forests and along the lake to explore right in the city. You can continue your outdoor adventure with a hike or bike ride along the incredible Williams Lake River Valley Trail to the mighty Fraser River.
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Plan to join us on the July long weekend and partake in the many activities centred around our famous Williams Lake Stampede. If you are a winter sports enthusiast we also have cross country skiing, downhill skiing as well as groomed snowmobile trails to some of the most beautiful snow covered mountains in the world. Make Williams Lake your destination this year and discover for yourself our world-class western hospitality and a wide range of adventures that await you. For more information, visit our website at www.williamslake.ca. Walt Cobb, Mayor of Williams Lake
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Cariboo Chilcotin Central Coast Angie Mindus photo Nestled in a valley at the west end of the lake, Williams Lake residents enjoy all the amenities of city living with easy access to the great outdoors.
Escape, Explore, Experience The City of Williams Lake serves as the main hub for the vast Cariboo Chilcotin Central Coast region of B.C., stretching from Bella Coola in the west to the rural communities of Likely and Horsefly to the east. It is a land of unparalleled beauty, where the geography ranges from dense forests and pristine mountain lakes to arid cactus-covered vistas, rugged canyons and open plains. The area is a major attraction for outdoor enthusiasts, offering a wealth of opportunities for mountain biking, ATVing, snowmobiling, kayaking, fishing, hunting, skiing (both downhill and cross-country), camping and hiking. As a destination, the Cariboo Chilcotin Central Coast offers a wide range of year-round activities for the entire family. Not only is the region diverse in landscape and wildlife, it is rich in culture and history which are sure to keep your interest and provide a memorable experience. You will find an authentic way of western life in the region with working ranches, guest ranches, rodeos, farming, cattle drives, trail rides, wagon rides and our own unique brand of western hospitality. This ranching history is what initiated the famous Williams Lake Stampede
nine decades ago. The Stampede takes place annually on the July long weekend and attracts competitors and visitors from across North America and around the world. This year’s Stampede will be the 91st annual. Established industries such as ranching, forestry and mining continue to be major economic contributors in our region. Newer industries like tourism continue to grow in our area. We offer something for everyone with a number of attractions, resorts, restaurants and facilities to make this an unforgettable destination. Be sure to stop by our Tourism Discovery Centre, which showcases our area and provides up-to-date travel information. Located at the south entrance to the city on Highway 97, the Tourism Discovery Centre is an attraction in its own right. Take time to explore this guide and find out more about our area and the things you can expect to do and see while visiting or living in Williams Lake and the Cariboo Chilcotin Coast. Kathy McLean, Publisher, Guide to Williams Lake and Area
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Monica Lamb-Yorski photo American White Pelicans can be seen foraging every year on the waters of Williams Lake, but make their nests in the Chilcotin. The birds are sensitive to disturbance and boaters and pet owners are asked to be mindful.
Quick Facts GENERAL AREA Approx 33.13 sq. km. POPULATION (Approx) city 10,850; agglomeration 25,120 (agglomeration covers 12,466.22 sq. kms. and encompasses the City of Williams Lake, Williams Lake Reserve and the Williams Lake Airport).
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ELEVATION 586 m CLIMATE Average Temp: July 15.5 C, January -8.7 C Rainfall: 26.88 cm/yr Snowfall: 192 cm/yr Frost Free Days: 120 Growing Season: Late May to late September DISTANCES FROM WILLIAMS LAKE Alexis Creek: 118 km; Anahim Lake: 331 km; Bella Coola: 479 km; Hanceville: 95 km; Horsefly: 70 km; Kamloops: 285 km; Lac La Hache: 60 km; Likely: 93 km; McLeese Lake: 50 km; 100 Mile House: 95 km; Prince George: 243 km; Quesnel: 120 km; Riske Creek: 47 km; Tatla Lake: 223 km; Vancouver: 552 km
• Events • Fishing • Shopping • Restaurants • Accommodations • Local Attractions • Outdoor Recreation • Other Visitor Services GIFT & COFFEE SHOP • Fishing & Hunting Licenses • Tons of Maps • BC Jade • Local Books • Williams Lake Merchandise
www.williamslakechamber.com Angie Mindus photo Having the Stampede Grounds in the heart of the city offers many residents the opportunity keep their horses close by. Page 4
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Vaisakhi Day, Gaeil Farrar photo
TRU WL Gala Thompson Rivers University - Myrissa • 250-392-8048
Potato House Project- “The Art of the Frame” Station House Gallery • 250-392-6113
Nutrition Walk & Run Cariboo Memorial Recreation Complex • 250-398-7665
2017 Safety Meeting Concert • 7pm The Cariboo Arts Centre • 778-412-9044
Cariboo Festival Speech Arts • TBA Ann Smith • 250-305-9755 • firstname.lastname@example.org
Free Skate - sponsored by BC Lions Club • 1-2:30pm Cariboo Memorial Recreation Centre
80th Annual Williams Lake Bull Show & Sale Stockyard • 250-398-7174 • email@example.com
March 4 -5
Rainbow’s Weekend • Yanks Peak
1st Annual Cariboo Chilcotin Film Fest Gibraltar Room • Williams Lake Film Club
Williams Lake Indoor Rodeo Cariboo Memorial Recreation Complex • 250-457-9997
March 8-11,15-18, and 22-25
“The Lodge” WL Studio Theatre • 250-392-4383
Wedding Show & Swap • 6pm TBA • 250-392-5512 • firstname.lastname@example.org
April 20 -22
Ladies Two Day Clinic Yank’s Peak • 250-398-5328
Cariboo Festival Band/Instrumental TBA Ann Smith • 250-305-9755 • email@example.com
City of Williams Lake Birthday Tea Museum of the Cariboo Chilcotin • 250-392-7404
Cariboo Festival Vocal & Choral • TBA Ann Smith • 250-305-9755• firstname.lastname@example.org
Cowboy Heritage Week Museum of the Cariboo Chilcotin
Cariboo Festival Piano • TBA Ann Smith • 250-305-9755 • email@example.com
Bicycle Rodeo • 250-392-2311 Jordan Siegmueller Memorial Golf Tournament Williams Lake Golf and Tennis Club • 250-392-6026 Honours Concert • 7pm • TBA Ann Smith • 250-305-9755 • firstname.lastname@example.org
Laser Skate • 6:30pm-8 pm Cariboo Memorial Complex • 250-392-7665
March 31- April 2
Bowl for Kids Sake • 1pm Cariboo Bowling Lanes • 250-398-8391
Helen Kellington, Lynn Capling and Sandy Wilson Station House Gallery
Student Exhibition, Jude Prevost, Wendy Bernier Station House Gallery - Diane • 250-392-6113
2017 Safety Meeting Concert Series • 7pm Cariboo Arts Centre
Youth Week • Boys and Girls Club Linda • 250-392-5730
Author’s Festival Williams Lake Discovery Centre - Betty • 250-392-5025
May 3-6, 10-13, 17-20
Mary’s Wedding and Problem Child WL Studio Theatre • 250-392-4383
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Boitanio Bike Park, Angie Mindus photo
Spinners & Weavers Annual Spin In • 1-4pm St Andrew’s United Church • 250-392-3577
Spring Yard & Garden Sale Scout Island • Margaret 250-398-7724
Williams Lake’s Mother’s Day Market Save-On-Foods Parking Lot • 250-392-5791
McLeese Lake Mother’s Day Market McLeese Lake Hall
May 12 - Every Friday until Thanksgiving
Williams Lake Farmers Market • New location in 2017 Wlfm.email@example.com
Tech ‘n Tune & Open Practice Thunder Mountain Speedway
Eagle View’s 20th Anniversary Horsin’ Around Eagle View Equestrian • 250-392-2584
8th Annual Seedy Saturday • 10-2pm Memory Garden on Carson
May 19- 22
17th Annual Quilt Retreat 1-250-994-3339
BC Enduro Race • 250-398-7873
TRU Williams Lake Commencement Ceremony TRU • 250-392-8048 • Mkrenzler@tru.ca
Stampede Whirl ways Jamboree Long House • Dana Ball • 250-392-3066
Junk in your Trunk • 9am-2pm WL Tourism Discovery Centre • Betty • 250-392-5025
Motocross races Above Thunder Mountain Speedway • 250-267-4746
Thunder Mountain Speedway Season Opener Thunder Mountain Speedway
Children’s Festival • 10-3pm Boitanio Park • 250-392-4118
May 27 and 28
Lakers Car Club Show and Shine Downtown Williams Lake • Sam • 250-398-6870
Spinners & Weavers Annual Garage Sale • 9-3pm Central Cariboo Arts Centre • 250-392-3577
Judith Copland, Bobbi Crane Station House Gallery
Tech ‘N Tune Thunder Mountain Speedway
Big Lake Fishing Derby Big Lake • Maryanne Woods • 250-243-2304
Race for Kids • TBA • Boys &Girls Club 250-392-5730 • www.raceforkids.ca/williamslake
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June 6-August 29 Every Tuesday
FREE Fitness in the Park • 6-7pm Boitanio Park 8 250-398-7665
Heart and Stroke Foundations Big Bike Cariboo Memorial Complex • 250-372-3938
June 9 - 11
Plato Island Fishing Derby Plato Island Resort • Marita 250-620-3075
June 16 to 18
17th Annual BC Family Fishing Weekend • Biff’s Ponds Dog Creek Rd. • 250-392-7460
Stampede Warm Up Race • WL Stampede Grounds
Annual Father’s Day Pow Wow Sugar Cane Pow Wow Grounds • 250-296-3507
Season Opener • Thunder Mountain Speedway Bob Lowen • 250-398-8343 • firstname.lastname@example.org
Father’s Day Pancake Breakfast & Garage Sale Horsefly • 250-620-3350
National Aboriginal Day • Boitanio Park • 250-392-7361
Aboriginal Day Activities • 4-7pm Williams Lake Discovery Centre - Betty • 250-392-5025
Xeni Gwet’in Youth Wagon Ride Nemiah Valley • 250-394-7023
St. Jean Batiste Day Activities Williams Lake Discovery Centre - Betty • 250-392-5025
Anaham’s First Nation Horse & Bike Ride 250-394-4240
Multiculturalism Day • 10-5pm Williams Lake Discovery Centre • Betty • 250-392-5025
June 29-July 2
91st Annual Williams Lake Stampede WL Stampede Grounds • 250-398-8388/1-800-71-Rodeo email@example.com
Stampede Hit to Pass • Thunder Mountain Speedway Bob Lowen • 250-398-8343 • firstname.lastname@example.org
Korene Kidd Station House Gallery
July & August Every Thursday
Performances in the Park • 6-8pm • Boitanio Park Leah • 778-412-9044 • email@example.com
Hootenanny • 8pm-1am Cariboo Memorial Complex • firstname.lastname@example.org
Canada Day Williams Lake Discovery Centre • Betty • 250-392-5025
Stampede Racing Tri-City series racing Thunder Mountain Speedway • Bob Lowen 250-398-8343 • email@example.com
Canada Day in the Park • 11-1pm • Boitanio Park Page 9
Stampede Parade, Greg Sabatino photo
Rugby Tournament • Rugby Fields firstname.lastname@example.org
Williams Lake 4H Show and Sale Williams Lake Stockyards • 250-392-7878
Daybreak Rotary’s Stampede Parade • 10am Downtown Williams Lake Lori -Daybreak Rotary 250-305-8559
Musikfest • Plato Island Resort • Marita • 250-620-3675
Horsefly Fall Fair • Horsefly • 250-620-3350
August 19 -20
Redstone Rodeo • Redstone
Mid Autumn Moon Festival Barkerville • 1-888-994-3332
Thunder Mountain Speedway Memorial Race Thunder Mountain Speedway
Boys and Girls Club Street Party Boys and Girls Club • Linda • 250-392-5730 South Cariboo Garlic Festival Lac La Hache • email@example.com
31st Annual Bella Coola Rodeo • Bella Coola
33rd Annual Puntzi Lake Fishing Derby Puntzi Lake • 250-481-1130
Anahim Lake Stampede
July 13 -16
Billy Barker Days • Quesnel
Arts on the Fly • Horsefly • firstname.lastname@example.org
Quesnel Rodeo • Quesnel
Horsefly Garage Sale Horsefly • Sharon • 250-620-3384
Horsefly Volunteer Fire Dept.ATV Poker Ride Horsefly • 250-620-3350
James Savage and Ivanna Crosina Station House Gallery
Christmas in July Thunder Mountain Speedway Thunder Mountain Speedway
Tour de Cariboo • Williams Lake to Gavin Lake Big Brothers & Big Sisters • 250-398-8391
July 22 -23
Esket Rodeo - Alkali Lake
July 22 -23
Bella Coola Music Festival • Bella Coola
40th Annual Harvest Fair Stampede Grounds • Tammy • 250-392-7185
Points Championship • Thunder Mountain Speedway
Bella Coola Valley Fall Fair • Bella Coola Fair Grounds
August August 4-7
Annual Arts Wells Festival of all Things Art • Wells 1-800-442-2787
Unlikely Paddlefest • Likely 250-398-7873 • email@example.com
Big Squeeze Event Big Brothers and Big Sisters • 250-398-8391
Day of Destruction • Thunder Mountain Speedway
Aug 11 - Sept 9
Art Walk • Downtown Williams Lake • 250-398-5717
Museum Anniversary & Heritage Music Festival Museum of the Cariboo Chilcotin • 250-392-7404
2nd Annual A-Pork-Alypse Let R Buck Saloon - Stampede Grandstand Daybreak Rotary • 250-305-8559
Terry Fox Run • Cariboo Memorial Complex • 250-398-7665
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Business Excellence Awards TBA • 250-392-5025
Harvest Run, Walk or Bike • 11am Cariboo Memorial Complex • 250-398-7665
Cariboo Piecemakers • Station House Gallery
Date to be Announced Xatsull Heritage Village Halloween Celebration Xatsull Heritage Village • 250-989-2311 October 28
Hauntfest • 6:30pm Gibraltar Room • 250-392-5512 • firstname.lastname@example.org
Royal Purple Garage /Craft Sale • Sharon • 250-392-4873
Boys and Girls Club Haunted House • 7-9 pm Boys and Girls Club - Linda • 250-392-5730
Eastern Star Tea, and Market St. Andrew’s United Church • Marg 250-398-5225
4th Annual School District No.27 Poverty Challenge Grant • 250-267-4522
Museum of the Cariboo Chilcotin Cowboy Christmas Craft Fair & Concert • Gibraltar Room • 250-392-7404
Halloween Fireworks & Bonfire • Stampede Grounds
Cataline Christmas Craft Fair Cataline Elementary School • 250-392-7154
Ghostly Halloween Town Tour • Barkerville
Medieval Market Lake City Secondary - Williams Lake Campus Kim 250-398-5485
Earth Friendly Holiday Event Central Cariboo Arts • email@example.com
Skate with Santa • 1pm-2:30pm Cariboo Memorial Complex 250-398-7665
Christmas Market • 10am-3pm Elizabeth Grouse Gym • 250-296-3507 ext101
Remembrance Day services, Greg Sabatino photo
Mark Rupp and Terri Smith • Station House Gallery
Annual Potters Fall Fair Central Cariboo Arts • firstname.lastname@example.org
Christmas Bazaar • 12-3pm Sacred Heart Hall • Joanne 250-398-6806
Horsefly Christmas Market • 10am-2:30pm Horsefly Community Hall • Chris 250-620-3597
Early Bird Christmas Craft Sale Elks Hall • Carmen 250-296-3590
Miocene Christmas Market • 10am-3pm Miocene Community Hall • Brenda Gordon 250-296-3109
Christmas Market at the Station House Gallery Station House Gallery • 250-392-6113
Dec 1 -18
Remembrance Day Ceremony • City Hall
18 Days of Christmas Williams Lake Discovery Centre • Betty 250-392-5025
McLeese Lake Christmas Market • 9am-3pm McLeese Lake Hall • Vicki Ortez
Museum’s Christmas Tea and Bake Sale Museum of the Cariboo Chilcotin • 250-392-7404
Big Lake Craft Fair • 10am-3 pm Big Lake Community Hall • Peggy 250-243-0024
Banff Film Festival Cariboo Memorial Recreational Centre • 250-398-7665
Made in the Cariboo Craft Sale Williams Lake Discovery Centre • Betty 250-392-5025
Ten Thousand Villages • 3pm-8pm Cariboo Bethel Church • Linda 250-398-6731
Date to be Announced 4th Annual Winter Carnival • Boitanio Park
St Peter’s Annual Tea & Bazaar • 11am-2pm St. Peters Anglican Church • 250-392-4246
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2018 Jan 1
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Forestry, mining and agriculture There are three major industries that have made our communities thrive and prosper in the Cariboo Chilcotin and Central Coast: forestry, mining, and agriculture. Forestry remains a major economic driver in the region with two large lumber manufacturing companies and numerous smaller producers, all located in Williams Lake. Mining plays a significant role as well in the region’s economy, offering well-paid and secure jobs. Two mines, Taseko Mines Ltd’s Gibraltar Mine and Imperial Metals Corporation’s Mount Polley Mine, produce copper, molybdenum and gold just outside of Williams Lake — Gibraltar to the
north and Mount Polley to the east. They are the area’s major miningsector employers. Agriculture represents one of the earliest primary industries to evolve in the Cariboo Chilcotin since the Gold Rush days, and today it is still an integral part of the local economy. It’s also vital to everyday life for even those outside of the Cariboo, as they consume many of our products, from beef to vegetables. The Williams Lake Stockyards play an integral part in the local ranching community, hosting several sales throughout the year including the 80th annual Bull Show and Sale this year.
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First Nations rich in culture and tradition
The Cariboo-Chilcotin is enriched by the Secwepemc, Tsilhqot’in and Dakelh Chilcotin First Nations who have called the area home for thousands of years. Archeological evidence such as petroglyphs, pictographs and depressions of pit houses or Kekuli holes are still visible in many areas throughout the region. Mainly on the east side and partially on the west side of the mighty Fraser River, reside the Northern Secwepemc te Qelmucw (NStQ), or Shuswap People of the North. They live in the communities of Tsq’escen’ (Canim Lake Band), Stswecem’c Xgat’tem (Canoe Creek/Dog Creek Band), Xat’sull (Soda Creek Band) and T’exelc (Williams Lake Band at Sugar Cane) and the City of Williams Lake.
Angie Mindus photo The Esk’etemc First Nation (Alkali Lake), located about 45 minutes south of Williams Lake is part of Members of the Williams Lake Indian Band hosted the Multicultural Powwow last spring and invited everyone from Williams Lake and area to attend to build friendships and the Shuswap Nation group, but independent of the better understanding between cultures. NStQ. Six Tsilhqot’in communities are located west of the Fraser River and make up the Tsilhqot’in National Throughout the year, residents and tourists are invited to events where Government. They include Xeni Gwet’in (Nemiah Valley), First Nations share their culture. At the annual Winter Carnival held Yunesit’in (Stone), Tsi Del Del (Alexis Creek), Tlet’inqox (Anaham), the last weekend of January, First Nations carvers demonstrate their Tl’esqox (Toosey) and ?Esdilagh (Alexandria). artistry, while drummers gather to share traditional songs or play Within the Carrier Chilcotin Tribal Council the communities of Tlesq’ox the popular game of lahal. On National Aboriginal Day, June 21, First (Toosey), Ulktacho (Anahim Lake), Lhoosk’uz Dene (Kluskus) and Lhtako Nations and non-First Nations celebrate with a parade and many Dene (Red Bluff) work together to improve the social and economic activities taking place throughout the day in Boitanio Park, hosted and well-being of their communities. organized by the Northern Secwepemc.
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The annual Father’s Day Powwow held at Sugar Cane Powwow Grounds (June 17 - 18, 2017) is also very popular. Many First Nations also participate in the Williams Lake Stampede, taking place this year from June 29 to July 2, 2017. Young riders from Tlet’inqox (Anaham), all wearing matching bright red shirts, arrive in Williams Lake by horseback and bicycle on Thursday evening before the Stampede. The Xeni Gwet’in Youth Wagon Trip also culminates at the Williams Lake Stampede. Elders, adults and youth from the community travel the seven-day journey from Nemiah Valley to Williams Lake by horse and wagon, arriving in time to participate in the opening ceremonies. Each day at the Stampede, the Mountain Race sees First Nations riders racing down the hill on horseback at breakneck speeds into the Stampede Grounds and racing a lap around the track.
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Throughout the summer season, Xat’sull Heritage Village, located 30 minutes north of Williams Lake, offers cultural teachings and tours, camping and activities. An observation tower at the historic village gives the viewer a breathtaking view of the Fraser River. In 2016, a crew of Xat’sull community members helped build some new mountain bike trails that can be accessed by the old Emporium Restaurant site on Highway 97 and at Blue Lake. The trails feature expert features and views of the Fraser River, and extend in both directions — up to Blue Lake and down to the river. Every September, First Nations and non-First Nations mark Orange Shirt Day with an event at Boitanio Park in Williams Lake. The day grew out of the legacy of the St. Joseph Mission residential school commemorative event held in Williams Lake in 2013. It was inspired by the story of Stswecem’c Xgat’tem community member Phyllis Webstad’s experience of having her new orange shirt purchased by her grandmother for school taken away on her first day at the Mission. September is chosen because it is the time of year in which children were taken from their homes to residential schools, and because it is an opportunity to set the stage for anti-racism and anti-bullying policies for the coming school year. On the political stage, Tsilhqot’in First Nations are also leading the way in the country with the landmark Williams Rights and Title Decision, the Supreme Court of Canada’s ruling which granted aboriginal title over a large tract of land in the Chilcotin. Currently the Tsilhqot’in National Government, and provincial and federal governments of Canada are working on a framework agreement which will help First Nations and non-First Nations find a new and positive way forward for all in light of the ruling.
Angie Mindus photo First Nations elders at Tl’etinqox School make it a priority to teach their youth traditional ways, including drumming. Page 14
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Gaeil Farrar photo The Museum of the Cariboo Chilcotin is home to the BC Cowboy Hall of Fame and has an impressive collection of saddles.
History awaits at Museum of the Cariboo Chilcotin The Museum of the Cariboo Chilcotin is open year-round to welcome visitors from down the street or the other side of the world. One can spend many enjoyable hours learning about the earliest aboriginal inhabitants, the fur trade, the first settlers, the coming of the railway and the ‘instant town’ that developed into the city we know today. A unique collection of saddles, a complete history of the Williams Lake Stampede, the BC Cowboy Hall of Fame, ranching history and First Nations are featured in the upper main gallery. Side rooms have informative and fascinating exhibits made up of photographs, stories and artifacts depicting early settlers in the Cariboo Chilcotin. The lower gallery focuses on the history of Williams Lake with a model of the P.G.E. Railway Station as it was in 1919, stories and photographs of people and events
that shaped the town. Other feature displays include artifacts, photos and stories that tell the history of the forest industry in the area. Outside displays feature equipment used in the forest industry as well as farm machinery and implements. The museum also has a variety of new temporary seasonal exhibits throughout the year. The museum building is wheelchair accessible with ramps and elevator. Group tours are welcome. Admission is $5 for adults and those 17 and older. Children six to 16 years old $2. Children under age six enter free of charge. Members of Museum of the Cariboo Chilcotin Society with a valid membership card also visit for free. See our ad below for hours of operation. Contact 250-392-7404 or email: firstname.lastname@example.org for more information. www.cowboy-museum.com.
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Indoor recreation offered at complex The Cariboo Memorial Recreation Complex is the hub for recreation activities in Williams Lake and caters to all ages. Renovations to these facilities in 2017 will limit use of the aquatic features and the fitness centre. Phase one will be completed during the spring of 2017 and will include a brand new sauna, steam room, hot tub, lap pool and fitness centre. Phase two in the fall of 2017 will unveil the new leisure pool, slide and additional aquatic features. The facility also contains two ice rinks and the Gibraltar Room, a large theatre/banquet room that can be used with or without the bleachers. Multiple events and recreation programs take place at the complex. These include drop-in fitness, aquafit, skating and shinney hockey, swim lessons, film festivals, day camps, after school care, skating lessons, hockey camps, Tae Kwon Do, fitness, dance, cooking, outdoor recreation and much more. Active Living Guides are available at the Recreation Complex and online and provide detailed information about classes and events. The Cariboo Memorial Recreation Complex’s Facebook page is regularly updated with interesting events and programs. There is also a separate Facebook page — found at facebook. com/SamKetchamPool — dedicated to providing up to date information to residents and tourists about the renovations as the upgrade project unfolds. A twitter feed can also be found at @ SKPProject. Updates can also be located on the Cariboo Regional District website at cariboord.ca.
Greg Sabatino photo The Cariboo Memorial Recreation Complex offers recreation activities for all ages.
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Gaeil Farrar photo Several families of deer can be found foraging at Scout Island any time of year, but in spring and summer certain places offer shelter for does to have and raise their fawns. Dogs must be kept on a leash at all times. There is an off-leash dog park available at Boitanio Park.
Scout Island: nature retreat in the heart of the city Scout Island Nature Centre is a tranquil oasis of nature in the heart of our city. In a small area, you’ll encounter diverse habitats – from lake and marsh, through riparian (water’s edge) zones to dry juniper and fir forest. This wealth of habitats attracts a wide range of wildlife for you to observe, track, photograph and possibly even interact with. You might catch a glimpse of the resident muskrat, turtles, beavers, deer or otters. The plant life native to all these ecosystems supplies food, nesting materials and shelter to the creatures, as well as beauty and fascination for humans walking the network of trails. Devoted volunteers from the Williams Lake Field Naturalists have worked lovingly since 1978 to preserve this treasure and enhance it with trails, viewing platforms, interpretive signs and publications so you can enjoy nature to the fullest.
In the winter you will find locals skating or skiing on the lake, and seasonal nature activities like tracking and astronomy for both adults and children. Details: • Gates are open year round from 8 a.m. to dusk. • The Nature House is open daily from May to August and weekends in April, September and October. • Educational programs for children, families, school and community groups take place all year round, and the School District runs an innovative Nature Kindergarten during the school year. • Contact 250-398-8532 for more information, or visit our website scoutislandnaturecentre.ca. • Find us on Facebook by searching Scout Island Nature Centre.
The Nature Centre is directly on the migration path of hundreds of bird species, including rare white pelicans, swans, eagles, many species of ducks, and smaller birds. Coming from as far south as Peru and Chile and heading as far north as the Northwest Territories and Alaska, these wanderers often rest and feed in the lush marsh before continuing their journey, making Scout Island a birder’s paradise in spring and fall. In the Nature House, you can see interactive and live displays of plants and animals, ask questions of the interpretive staff, or peruse the nature bookstore and library. You can go up on the roof for a great overview of the marsh and the Williams Lake River Valley beyond. In the summer, Scout Island offers a great little beach for swimming, a place to launch a boat, and a lawn with tables for picnics. Naturalists present frequent public programs in the warm months to share their knowledge of the island’s thriving web of life.
Angie Mindus photo Scout Island offers many walking trails along the lake and marsh where Canada Geese raise their young every spring.
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Offering visitors a unique experience Williams Lake’s extraordinary Tourism Discovery Centre is a one-of-a-kind facility. The 14,000 square foot log and timber building stands prominently at the south entrance to the city inviting visitors to stop in and find out what our city and area has to offer. The structural design itself often leaves visitors in awe of the talent our local log home builders and construction companies possess. The building is designed to offer visitors a unique experience. A Destination BC affiliated Visitor Centre operated by the Williams Lake & District Chamber of Commerce has qualified travel counsellors who can answer all of your questions and help make your stay in the area a great adventure. The Tourism Discovery Centre offers plenty to do. You may find yourself posing for a picture on a mountain bike, at the selfie station or a horse saddle in the “Big Picture” exhibit. You can also escape for 10 minutes into our replica lodge and put your feet up and relax. The gift store and coffee shop showcases locally produced goods. It is the perfect spot to pick up your Williams Lake souvenirs and get a great cup of coffee or other specialty beverage. The Visitor Centre also offers wireless Internet and computer terminals to keep in touch with home. Parking at the centre can accommodate any size RV or bus.
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So make sure to include the Williams Lake Tourism Discovery Centre as one of your first stops in Williams Lake!
The Tourism Discovery Centre is easily accessed off Highway 97 at 1660 Broadway Ave. South and houses the Williams Lake Visitor Centre. The impressive facility is a tourist attraction itself and also offers a large pull-through parking lot for vehicles of all sizes.
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Stampede marks 91st year of roping and riding Legend has it the Williams Lake Stampede originated in 1919 with a group of cowboys putting on a ‘Wild West-type show’ for the passengers sitting on the train as it stopped in Williams Lake. After putting on a show, the ‘entertainers’ would then pass around a hat to gather some funds for the cowboys participating.
It certainly was the West and times were pretty wild back then. Cowboys like Lloyd `Cyclone’ Smith, Jo Flieger and Leonard Palmantier were men of the West — horsemen, bucking horse riders and cowboys. The first organized Williams Lake Stampede was held in 1920, and people came from all over the Cariboo to take part, in some form or another. They came to camp and compete, to visit, dance, gamble, and party, not necessarily in that order. It was a major social occasion for the entire Cariboo region, and things in the surrounding countryside generally came to a standstill while the Stampede was taking place. Once the success of the Stampede gathering was apparent, all of the village businessmen and merchants were wholeheartedly behind the event because of the number of people it brought to town. In early times the Stampede was held at the beginning of June. Over the years the dates were changed to the last weekend in June.
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The 2016/2017 Williams Lake Stampede Queen Cheyenne Shoults waves to The most interesting visitors to see travelling into town for the the crowd during her first rodeo ride as Stampede Royalty. The tradition of Stampede were the First Nations peoples who came in from their Stampede Queen dates back many decades to the beginning of the rodeo. various homes around the Cariboo Chilcotin, usually arriving a day or two before Stampede. In the early years the only mode wagon with a bench seat across the front; some were covered, but of travel was by horse-drawn wagons and saddle horses as very most were open. few country people owned automobiles. The wagons were of all shapes and descriptions with the most common type being the rubber-tired Things have changed quite a bit, but the Williams Lake Stampede is
still a time for fun, family and great rodeo action. It’s about tradition and having a good time. Things in the surrounding countryside still tend to come to a grinding halt when all the ranch cowboys head to town for Stampede. In fact, many of these ranch cowboys spend their four days at the Stampede participating in the Ranch Challenge. The Ranch Challenge is a series of many working cowboy events including penning, sorting and some hilarious costume-friendly bronc riding. The Ranch Challenge takes place following the Saturday afternoon performance and also on Sunday morning. It’s a great event to take in to see local working cowboys in action, and is always entertaining. This year will mark the Stampede’s 91st anniversary. The top athletes in North America will compete this year in five rodeo performances over four days, starting Thursday night, June 29. Friday afternoon will be family day and fans are reminded to wear red at the Friday evening’s performance to pay tribute to our Canadian Military. Sunday’s theme is Tough Enough to Wear Pink where competitors and fans are encouraged to wear pink in support of breast cancer awareness.
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The Stampede Park has seen many upgrades to its facilities in recent years, with the trades show area and beer garden expanded and a beautiful log structure constructed to cover the ticket sales and grandstand entry. A new log structure was recently built at the entrance to Stampede Park, while in 2014 a log stage was also built for the Let R’ Buck Saloon –– a popular place for adults to go after the rodeo to enjoy live country music outdoors, as well as local talent performing prior to the rodeos to keep everyone entertained. 2017 Guide to Williams Lake and Area
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Boots, chaps and cowboy hats Each spring the Cariboo Memorial Recreation Complex is transformed into a rodeo arena to kick off the annual Williams Lake Indoor Rodeo. April 21-23, 2017 will mark the association’s 27th anniversary of “Boots, Chaps and Cowboy Hats” and is one of the most anticipated events of the year.
This rodeo hosts more than 5,000 spectators over three days and is the second largest rodeo in the BC Rodeo Association with 300-plus competitors coming from all over B.C., Alberta and Washington. This indoor Angie Mindus photo spring event is guaranteed to have something for everyone. Rink one at Cariboo Memorial Recreation Complex is transformed into a Starting with dynamic announcer Brett Gardiner, the rodeo is kicked off each year with famous opening acts, the quick-paced rodeo arena every spring for the popular Williams Lake Indoor Rodeo where cowboys put on a great show for their fans. Wild West Riders drill team maneuvering patterns on horseback and the always exciting Wild Horse Race. From watching the dirt and try stick horse barrel racing, dummy roping, bucking barrels clown/barrel man with his crazy antics, the arena pick-up men, and more. Rodeo Royalty or cheering on a favourite team or competitors as they challenge C+ Rodeos stock in 13 events, there is plenty of action, thrills Make sure you have your ID ready (no minors allowed) for some and spills. dancing on Friday evening at the public dance showcasing the stylings of local band One in the Chamber. The Williams Lake Indoor Rodeo Association hosts many vendors and also operates a beer garden in rink two of the CMRC (no minors) open just before the rodeo with a big screen set-up so that patrons can watch the rodeo. The fifth annual Cowboy Carnival on Friday, April 21 from 9 to 11 a.m. will be a big part of the weekend again, focusing on the younger cowboys and cowgirls who want to come into the arena
Safe rides home are provided both Friday and Saturday nights. The Indoor Rodeo office is opened a couple of weeks prior to the rodeo to sell tickets and merchandise. For up-to-date information join our Facebook page, send an e-mail to email@example.com or check out the website at www.wlindoorrodeo.com.
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Thunder Mountain Speedway
Angie Mindus photo Just a five minute drive from Williams Lake, Thunder Mountain Speedway offers several racing events from May through to September.
Ladies and gentlemen, start your engines If you love adventure, excitement, fast cars and great competition then Thunder Mountain Speedway is where you will want to be! Located west of Williams Lake up Highway 20 on Bond Lake Road, Thunder Mountain offers racing under the lights on a 50 foot wide, 3/8 mile, paved oval with banked 12 degree corners and 3.5 degree straightaways. Thunder Mountain Speedway (TMS) hosts the bone stock minis, pro minis and street stock classes, along with bringing in the fastest racers in the province with the WESCAR Late Model Touring Series for its season opener in May. A Thunder Mountain fan favourite is the famous annual Stampede Weekend Hit to Pass — which saw record attendance in 2016 — and All Class Invitational races, during the Canada Day long weekend. Each event promises to bring thrills and chills for all race enthusiasts. This year Stampede races will take place June 30 and July 1 with the popular Stampede Hit-To-Pass Friday, June 30 and the Stampede Racing All Class Invitational and Tri-City Series Race on Saturday, July 1. TMS has nine race events planned this season — with several new and unique attractions in the works. There have also been many changes and improvements at Thunder Mountain Speedway and the executive looks forward to providing hours of family enjoyment. Be sure to check
Angie Mindus photo First place is always something to celebrate at Thunder Mountain Speedway’s Hit to Pass event, a fan favourite. 2017 Guide to Williams Lake and Area
out Thunder Mountain’s website at www.thundermountainspeedway. ca, visit the Facebook site @ Thunder Mountain Speedway Williams Lake B.C., or contact president Bob Lowen at 250-398-8343 or by e-mail at email@example.com. So, come on up the hill for a little Thunder on the Mountain!
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WL Studio Theatre
A rich history of community theatre Williams Lake Studio Theatre has a long and storied history beginning with its first performance in March 1955 when the Williams Lake Players performed Dark Brown and Orange Blossoms at the Elks Hall. Williams Lake Studio Theatre (Williams Lake Players) provides entertainment from light comedy, to drama, to musicals and children’s plays. The Williams Lake theatre scene had been pretty much a hit-and-miss affair until one of Canada’s most noted playwrights, Gwen Pharis Ringwood, moved to the community in 1953. It wasn’t long after her arrival that the members of theatre roared to life, a fire that burns strong in the community to this day.
Gaeil Farrar photo For their first production in 2017 the Williams Lake Studio Theatre mounted a production of Calendar Girls, based on a true story about how a group of Women’s Institute members in England decide to tastefully pose for a nude calendar in order to raise funds for their local hospital.
Today the 98 seat Studio Theatre operates in School District 27’s former Glendale Elementary School. Those 98 seats have recently been replaced with new seats and the appearance of the theatre has been transformed into a black box for better viewing by audiences. The technical side of the theatre has also improved with new lighting and sound equipment. An impressive display of posters pays tribute to the many productions that have been staged for the community over the years.
including, but not limited to, acting, directing, lighting, costuming, and more, which are open to all members of the community. The Studio Theatre is also a member of the Community Arts Council of Williams Lake and Theatre B.C. The club participates in Theatre BC’s Central Interior Zone Festival each year, and hosts the event every few years. Studio Theatre members are also actively involved in providing entertainment at community events such as the Williams Lake Stampede and Winter Lights Festival.
Over the course of its performance season, Studio Theatre usually presents four plays of a diverse nature. Auditions for all plays are posted publicly and people from all backgrounds and cultures are welcome and encouraged to join the fun. No experience is ever required to audition for a part on stage or help on a production behind the scenes. Each play has a rehearsal period of six to 12 weeks and is on stage for eight to 12 performances. All cast and crew involved volunteer their time and expertise. The club hosts workshops on diverse topics
The club encourages young talent and many of its members have gone on to enjoy professional careers in various aspects of theatre. In addition to being supported by performance ticket sales the Studio Theatre has a performance patron program, has a small annual membership fee, and accepts donations. The club also updates members and patrons by e-mail. People can also check out the Studio Theatre website at www.wlstudiotheatre.com or follow the Studio Theatre Facebook page at https://www.facebook.com/wlstudiotheatre/.
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Art Gallery & Gift Shop
Gaeil Farrar photo From children’s art classes to avant garde shows all about the offbeat culture of motorcycle art, the Station House Gallery showcases art work in its many different forms created by local and visiting artists.
Art and history coexist at the Station House Gallery The Station House Gallery and Gift Shop, the lakecity’s public art gallery, offers a taste of local history along with contemporary art. The non-profit society was formed in 1981 to preserve and maintain the original railway station built in 1919 for the Pacific Great Eastern Railway. In 2012 the station became Williams Lake’s first designated heritage site. The gallery hosts monthly exhibitions featuring a variety of contemporary works in many mediums by local, regional, and touring artists. Most often there are two shows, one in the Main Gallery and one in the Upper Gallery. The Gallery Gift Shop offers a variety of work by local artists and artisans. Books written about the Cariboo Chilcotin region by local authors are also available at the gift shop. Upstairs there is also a studio space that is open to art workshops for both adults and children.
2017 Exhibition Schedule February
Main Gallery: Tony Speers Hand carved First Nations masks. Upper Gallery: Middleman
Main Gallery: Potato House Project - Art of the Frame Local artisans craft frames to showcase historical objects discovered in the Potato House. Upper Gallery: Helena Wadsley - Arctic Underwear Mixed media features works based on women explorers of the Arctic over the past 300 years.
In December the entire gallery becomes an art and craft market for the holiday season.
Main Gallery: Lynn Capling and sister, Sandy Wilson ‘Impact Craters, Sisters and other Circular Objects’ Celebrating the night sky, circles in the natural world ... and a few aliens.
The gallery is located in the old railway station on Mackenzie Avenue at the foot of Oliver Street. Call 250-392-6113 for more information.
Upper Gallery: Helen Kellington - 100 Mile watercolour artist brings ‘Reflections’
The gallery is open Monday to Saturday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. and admission is free.
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Angie Mindus photo Ivanna Crosina teaches art classes for children in the Station House Gallery’s workshop and studio space.
Upper Gallery: Jude Prevost and Wendy Bernier A potter and a felter team up and to offer colour and creativity.
Upper Gallery: Ivanna Crosina Station House After School art instructor presents her abstract paintings to gallery visitors.
Main Gallery: Student exhibition facilitated by Frances McCoubray Mixed media pieces relevant to the theme of nature.
Main Gallery: James Savage, The Chilcotin Ark “Savage’s paintings explore a richly diverse region in the context of global environmental and social change.”
June Main Gallery: Judith Copland Oil paintings will be displayed by this unique painter whose creativity and love of colour reveals the light and shadows of life.
Upper Gallery: Bobbi Crane 100 Mile artist works with an outdoor theme.
Main and Upper Gallery: Cariboo Piecemakers Quilts, quilts and more glorious quilts! Main Gallery: Mark Rupp and Terri Smith Bring their unique style of mixed media art via salvaged objects.
Main and Upper Gallery: Anne of Green Gables! Costumer/artist, Korene Kidd, fills both galleries with her costumes from Lucy Maud Montgomery’s classic tale, Anne of Green Gables, accompanied by invited artists whose works dedicated to this beloved story will grace the walls.
Custom Framing of Sports Memorabilia, Needle Work ... and much more
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Timber Kings Angie Mindus photo The Timber Kings can always be found at big events in the lakecity, such as the grand reopening of The Brick where André Chevigny (from left) Beat Schwaller, Bryan Reid Sr. and Carver King Ryan Cook cheer on The Brick’s CEO Jim Caldwell as he cuts his first log with a chainsaw. The local Canadian Tire was also featured in a Timber Kings episode and has lasting log work inside the store.
Timber Kings’ popularity showcases Cariboo region globally Williams Lake has its very own TV stars with HGTV’s popular hit show Timber Kings. Timber Kings showcases the master craftsmen at Pioneer Log Homes of B.C. and is set to air for its fourth season this spring, bringing the Cariboo into the homes of viewers all over the globe. Every episode follows a building project from start to finish and also highlights the unique, beloved personalities of each of its six cast of characters; Bryan Reid Sr., André Chevigny, Bryan Reid Jr., Peter Arnold, Joel Roorda and Beat Schwaller. Company founder Bryan Reid Sr. said the 2017 season of the show will feature mega projects in Germany, the world’s largest tipi built at Fort Simpson, N.W.T, and a windstorm on Vancouver Island. Homes of all sizes are built at one of the company’s three sites near Williams Lake and then taken apart and shipped to customers all across Canada and as far away as Russia, Scotland and Kazakhstan. At the new site, the craftsmen then reassemble the home or cabin. Along the way viewers also learn about the Cariboo region as the Timber Kings participate in various events from pumpkin carving at a local elementary school to renovating the children’s playroom at the Cariboo Memorial Hospital to taking part in the races at Thunder Mountain Speedway, building mountain bike trails in the forests surrounding town and building and racing their own soapbox cars at the Cariboo GM annual soapbox derby. The stars can also be seen at the local arena, ski hills and grocery stores as regular folks choosing to raise their families right here in Williams Lake.
Pioneer since he was 16 and today is one of the company’s key puzzle solvers. Schwaller, like Arnold, hails from Switzerland and calls working for the company a “dream job.” In January 2016, Reid Sr. set a Guinness world record with a log car the company built from a cedar tree harvested near Bella Bella on B.C.’s coast. Since then he has travelled to auto shows in the U.S. with the log car and plans to show it at the Vancouver International Auto Show, one of the biggest shows on the west coast of North America, taking place March 28 to April 2, 2017 at the Vancouver Convention Centre. The log car is off to a “roaring” start, Reid Sr. says. In the future he hopes to sell the car for $1 million with all proceeds going to veterans’ groups. Pioneer Log Home’s main office is located at 351 Hodgson Road where, if you’re lucky, you may be able to stop by and meet a Timber King, who are known for their friendly, down-to-earth personas.
Reid Sr. established the family business in 1973, after learning the log home building trade from his friend Samson Jack, a local First Nations craftsman. Later Reid trained his younger brother André Chevigny, the company’s general manager. Reid’s son Bryan Reid Jr., also a master craftsman, oversees the 153 Mile Division of the company. Joining those three on the screen are craftsmen Arnold, Roorda and Schwaller. Arnold is the practical joker of the crew, known for his honesty and willingness to share his thoughts. Roorda has been working with Page 28
Greg Sabatino photo Timber Kings stars Peter Arnold (back) and Beat Schwaller square off in custom-made log soap boxes at the annual Cariboo GM Soap Box Derby in Williams Lake. 2017 Guide to Williams Lake and Area
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Central Cariboo Arts Centre On any given day the Central Cariboo Arts Centre is buzzing with arts and culture activities. Established in 2009 the centre provides studio space for the Cariboo Potters’ Guild, Cariboo Art Society, Williams Lake Spinners, Weavers and Fibre Artists’ Guild, and the Community Arts Council of Williams Lake by rental agreement.
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The Graham Kelsey Room hosts a The Cariboo Potters Guild hosts workshops in the studio they rent at the Central Cariboo Arts Centre. wide variety of activities including the popular Safety Meeting concerts, the centre. Society staff provide assistance to arts and culture groups Earth Friendly holiday craft event, ukulele practices, and Williams Lake and organizations in the region; maintain a Central Cariboo calendar of Film Club movie nights. The Graham Kelsey Room and one small studio events; provide assistance and resources for arts related projects; and can be booked by anyone, though preferential rates or no-fee bookings administer arts and culture grants and fee-for-service agreements for are given to non-profit arts and culture groups for workshops, meetings local arts groups on behalf of the city and regional district. The society and other gatherings. also manages the Performances in the Park concert series held in The Central Cariboo Arts and Culture Society was established in 2010, Boitanio Park during July and August. when the Cariboo Regional District became the first rural regional For more information check out the Central Cariboo Arts and Culture district in B.C. to develop an arts and culture function supported by Society website at www.centralcaribooarts.com. tax revenue. The City of Williams Lake contracts the society to operate
Arts council a collaborative organization Formed in 1969 the Community Arts Council of Williams Lake promotes the local arts and culture community, as well as the interests of its member groups as a registered non-profit society with charitable status. This includes applying for cultural grants and creating arts experiences and events for the entire community. Member groups receive benefits such as seed funding for approved arts and culture projects, insurance, assistance publicizing events, and access to arts and culture learning resources. The council’s biggest asset is its network of volunteers. Member groups include the Cariboo Chilcotin Conservation Society, Friday Farmers Market Association, Williams Lake Spinners, Weavers and Fibre Artists Guild; Potato House Community Sustainability Society; Williams Lake Studio Theatre, Cariboo Festival Society; Cariboo Potters Guild; Cariboo Art Society; Museum of the Cariboo Chilcotin; Williams Lake Community Band; Cariboo Chilcotin Youth Fiddle Society; Quintet Plus Choir, the Williams Lake Writer’s Group and Station House Gallery Society. The council and its member groups host activities such as art for children at the spring Children’s Festival in Boitanio Park and during summer Performances in the Park; ‘Cabin Fever’ workshops in the winter; co-ordinating Christmas spirit of giving trees; workshops and concerts for students; and special events such as the Lorne Gaeil Farrar photo Elliott comedy night with opening performance by the Cariboo Chilcotin Youth Fiddle The Cariboo Art Society members of the Williams Lake Community Society. The arts council office is open Mondays and Wednesdays, from 1:30 to 3:30 p.m. in the Central Cariboo Arts Centre. For artist profiles and information go to Arts Council provided painting opportunities for children at the www.williamslakecommunityartscouncil.com. Children’s Festival held every year in Boitanio Park.
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The Potato House Project Angie Mindus photo The Potato House, located on the corner of Borland Street and First Avenue downtown in Williams Lake, offers compost drop-off, garden spots and fresh fruit free for the picking such as concord grapes.
Historical house and gardens get new lease on life For nearly 50 years a small downtown lot with a blue and white bungalow yielded corn, squash, tomatoes, grapes, apples and a ton of potatoes every season. It was an amazing half-century run, when suddenly one of the two dedicated gardeners sadly passed away and the old house was put up for sale. The soil became hard and unloved. Plants died and weeds flourished. Mary Forbes, a hometown youth, saw an opportunity where few might not. What else did this old home have left for the community?
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Now in its seventh year, the Potato House survives and thrives. The heritage designation of this old house is thanks to the many partners and participants who helped create the Potato House Sustainable Community Society. The Potato House services include Canada’s only drive-up community composting program and a set of raised community gardens. In 2016 volunteers built a community root cellar in the basement which provides cold storage for potatoes, carrots and other root vegetables donated for use by the Salvation Army food bank and other community members. This year, with more restoration projects underway, the Potato House is about to become a 1,200 square-foot, micro community hall where folks can be married, hold a potluck gathering or an annual general meeting. People can book tours of the old house just to use the new (old) bathroom with the original Feb. 14, 1941 Standard toilet and Bakelite tank.
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With natural light filtering through the vintage glass windows over the original claw foot tub, even the dust motes are put to work as ambiance in this vintage bathroom. During the restoration work a treasure trove of historical documents dating from the 1940s was discovered tucked away in the walls and attic of the building. The Potato House has also become home to annual family events. The Halloween Pumpkins and Bubbles Family Photo-shoot is followed by the evening Costume Prize Parade and Haunted Potato House that attracts hordes of people and where composting is so easy even brain-dead zombies can do it. In December the society hosts Historic Holiday Photos with Santa Claus during the community’s Winter Lights Festival. The Potato House was once categorized as “dilapidated,” but love and landscaping has made it nostalgic instead of neglected. The public is invited to bask in the sun next to the community garden beds, enjoy the heritage herb gardens, drop off your compost or just drop by to say Hi! Bringing along a camera is recommended. The Potato House is part of a community initiative to create a land with more gardens, a landfill with less waste, and a greater appreciation for where we live. The Potato House is a home from the past with a plan for the future.
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Cariboo Growers Gaeil Farrar photo Cariboo Growers Farmers Co-op Store manager and local producer herself, Brianna van de Wijngaard, makes sure the shelves are brimming with good, wholesome food year round. The store is open Tuesdays, Wednesdays, Fridays and Saturday.
Local food cooperative growing every year The Cariboo Growers Farmers Co-op Store has grown steadily since first opening its doors in April 2010. Started by a small group of growers and supporters, the Growers Cooperative of the Cariboo-Chilcotin now boasts more than 40 member producers and is open year round. “The Co-op’s number one goal is to provide as many locally sourced, sustainable food products as possible for customers, while maintaining a viable revenue stream for producers,” says store manager Brianna van de Wijngaard. “That way, producers can keep producing, and customers have access to unique products all under one roof.” The non-profit collective strives to provide only foods that are grown and produced in environmentally sustainable and responsible ways without the use of chemicals or pesticides. Even in February, shoppers will find fresh locally grown vegetables on the shelves: onions, potatoes, squash, dried garlic, beets, carrots, winter pears and apples. In the freezers there are blueberries, cherries, raspberries, strawberries, saskatoon berries and a wide selection of meat products. “For meats we carry local, pasture-raised chicken, beef, pork and turkey, as well as wild, dip-net caught salmon,” van de Wijngaard says. Other local offerings include spray-free apple juice, apple cider vinegar (with the mother culture), dried fruit, specialty breads, canned salmon, homemade chocolates, antipasto, dried tea, honey, preserves, birch tree syrup and drinks and healthy snacks. “We want to make sure customers also have the variety they want
and expect from a food retailer,” van de Wijngaard says. As a result there are products from further afield such as cold-pressed oils, organic cheese, butter and yogurt, Vancouver Island sea salt, as well as dried, organic cranberries and dried, organic pumpkin, sunflower, sesame, flax, and black chia seeds. When not in season locally, the Co-op ensures there are greens on the shelf by ordering from other certified organic producers. “A lot of locally-produced products have become much more competitive, especially in our region, as global food prices continue to rise,” van de Wijngaard says. “We encourage everyone to have a look at similar products at the larger grocery chains: organic salad mix, for example, is often the same price – gram for gram – as most local salad mixes, with the added value of twice the shelf life and a much smaller environmental footprint.” As a not-for-profit, community co-operative, memberships and donations help the co-operative make needed improvements to the store and provide members with discounts. Memberships are $35 a year and provide 10 per cent off once a month on purchases up to $100. Cariboo Growers was started as a way to provide consumers with more consistent access to local foods, encourage an environmentally and financially sustainable local agricultural industry, and facilitate local food security and self-sufficiency. “For the local food economy, the Co-op is a place where both customers and producers can support and benefit from each other, so they may continue to do so well into the future,” van de Wijngaard says. If you’d like to learn more about the Co-op, give them a call at 778-412-2667 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
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From the beginning of May and until Thanksgiving weekend, Boitanio Park is bustling every Friday with the Farmers Market.
Before the market opens at 9 a.m., vendors from the region and further afield arrive early in the morning to set up their tables, bringing everything from locally grown produce, grass fed beef, honey, jams, pies or fresh baked bread and desserts.
Gaeil Farrar photo The Farmers Market in Williams Lake takes place every Friday in Boitanio Park from May
One of the vendors fries bannock on site and serves it until Oct. offering a variety of homemade and home grown products. fresh throughout the day, while at another booth two women cook and sell traditional Indian food. Some vendors even sell handcrafted items such as aprons, soaps, jewelry or ironworks. Popular items do sell quickly so it is best to get there early to avoid disappointment. Early in the season, some vendors sell potting plants from their own greenhouses and offer tips about what works best in a particular growing climate. Many locals spend their lunch hour or coffee break at the market because Boitanio Park is nicely shaded with trees and green grass. Run by a volunteer board of directors, the market seems to grow every year with new vendors coming on board. In 2017 the market will run every Friday from May 12 to Oct. 6. Board president Brianna van de Wijngaard encourages newcomers interested in becoming a member or musicians who want to perform at the market to give her a call at 778-961-0600.
Angie Mindus photo European breads are just some of the delicious fare available at the Williams Lake Farmers Market every Friday in Boitanio Park.
During the months of November and December the winter market is held in Boitanio Mall. Open from 10 a.m. until 4 p.m. Saturdays and Sundays, the market features ethnic food, a large variety of handcrafted items and entertainment. “At one point we had 54 vendors,” said Ron Titford who along with his wife Kay manage the market. “It was quite busy. We were very happy.” Angie Mindus photo Fresh picked strawberries and raspberries are always popular at the market.
The winter market will open from Nov. 3 until Dec. 23, 2017. Anyone wanting more information on the market is asked to contact the Titfords at 250-392-5405.
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Lakecity named regional mural capital Williams Lake’s official designation as Mural Capital of the Cariboo Chilcotin was solidified in 2016 with the unveiling of a new sign at the intersection of Highways 97 and 20 and has been well received by locals and tourists alike. Williams Lake now boasts 18 murals with more to come depicting our local history. Murals can be found all around the lakecity, both in prominent locations and in intimate back alleys. Mural artist Dwayne Davis has been at the helm creating the murals which tell the story of the community in the past, present and future.
In creating the murals, Davis passes on his artistic skills to young artists in the community who work with him on the projects. “Mural work is unique because of the extensive, interactive process used to engage neighbourhood residents and organizations,” Davis said, adding identifying the “canvas” for a mural can happen in a number of ways. “Sometimes the community helps locate a wall for a project, other times individual groups identify a wall and wait for the right project to come along.”
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Monica Lamb-Yorski photo The view looking toward 150 Mile House from atop the mountains near Williams Lake are easily accessible for hikers.
A world of hiking awaits right out your doorstep Williams Lake and the surrounding area is full of great hiking trails, many within close proximity of the city. The 24 km return Williams Lake River Valley Trail is well maintained and meanders from the Comer Street entrance parking lot all the way to the Fraser River. Following the scenic valley, the trail is great for walking, jogging, biking, skiing, and snowshoeing. Easy access makes it a great option for sightseeing and exercise.
For the more adventurous or wilderness hiker there are many developed trails for day and overnight hikes into the beautiful mountains and lakes of the Cariboo, Chilcotin and Coast. Many of the local mountain bike trails also make great hiking trails, providing easy access into nearby forests. You can find biking maps on pages 40 and 41. Contact the Visitor Centre at 250-392-5025 for ideas on the best places to hike in the area.
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Golf in the Central Cariboo is a popular and growing sport, now with four courses offering spectacular views with fairways and greens nestled in natural Cariboo habitats. The courses feature rolling hills, forests and ideal habitat for local wildlife. All this makes these courses a wonderful destination for residents and visitors, alike.
Located five minutes from downtown Williams Lake, the Williams Lake Golf and Tennis Club offers a memorable and friendly golf experience for all golfers. The 18-hole, par 71 championship layout offers spectacular views of the city and is one of the finest groomed courses in the Central Interior. The Williams Lake Golf and Tennis Club opens from April to October and offers affordable golf and tennis for all ages. After your round or after your tennis match, visit the Fox’s Den Restaurant for great food and good times while soaking up some sunshine on the deck offering a great view of the city. The Williams Lake Golf and Tennis Club provides a fully stocked pro shop, licensed clubhouse, three tennis courts, a practice facility with putting green and short game area, along with a fully stocked, licensed beverage cart for full service on the course. Tournament groups are welcome. For more information, contact the pro shop at 250-392-6026 or visit the course’s website at www.williamslakegolf.ca. The Williams Lake Golf and Tennis Club is also on Facebook and Twitter. Located 10 minutes away from the city, Bell-E-Acres is a par three, nine-hole course. Also located at this course is an 18-hole mini golf course and new go kart track. Course and facilities are open from April to mid October, 8 a.m. to dusk. Extra features include a horseshoe pit, barbecue site and sheltered picnic area.
Greg Sabatino photo Bell-E-Acres offers guests not only a nine-hole, par three course, but also a mini golf and go-karting experience.
Greg Sabatino photo The Williams Lake Golf and Tennis Club offers great views of the city and golfing for every age and level.
For a unique and informal game of golf, head out of Williams Lake on Dog Creek Road to the Fireman’s Fairways. This is a community operated, 11-hole, par three course at Chimney Lake, located beside the Chimney Lake Fire Hall. Chimney Lake also offers public beaches, boat launches and campsites. With a stunning view of Williams Lake and the San Jose River valley from nearly every tee box, Coyote Rock Golf Course is a nine-hole master’s length course that offers a variety of challenges for every level of golfer. Winding across the rolling hills, Coyote Rock takes full advantage of the western sun exposure and subtle elevation changes. Located only minutes from the city of Williams Lake, Coyote Rock Golf Course features a driving range, a fully stocked pro shop and a licensed clubhouse, however, due to ongoing construction on Highway 97, it’s unclear whether the course will be open for the 2017 season. To check call 250-302-1883. Nearby Chief Will-Yum campground offers a full-service RV and tenting facility for those wishing to stay overnight. Immediately adjacent to the Coyote Rock Golf Course, Chief Will-Yum backs on to the hillside above Williams Lake, where visitors can explore extensive trails and enjoy the beautiful vistas. Chief Will-Yum features 32 full hook-up sites and space for up to 200 tents as well as a full laundry facility, showers and covered eating areas. It also offers group rates for family reunions and weddings.
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Mountain Biking Monica Lamb-Yorski photo Williams Lake has become a mecca for mountain biking in B.C. In 2016 Williams Lake played host to the Mountain Bike Tourism Symposium welcoming riders from throughout the province in September. The lakecity also played host to a BC Enduro Series race in May, and is a stop in 2017 on the BC Bike Ride North.
Williams Lake the Shangri-La of mountain biking Located less than a six-hour stunning drive from Vancouver, Williams Lake and the Cariboo Chilcotin region is your doorway to the most unique mountain bike experience in the province. In the ‘puddle’ there is literally a trail for every mountain biker, regardless of skill level including the world-famous, jaw-dropping Snakes and Ladders free ride trail, endless all-mountain terrain and truly epic cross-country adventures — all flowing through the lakecity’s pristine fir forests. With more than 300 kms of legally established trail networks (200 kilometres within city limits and another 100 kilometres just outside) and the largest bike park in the Interior at Boitanio Park, Williams Lake is truly the Shangri-La of mountain biking in North America. In Williams Lake there are now four main trail networks that can be accessed via a short pedal from any hotel or lodge. This volume of trails provides every type of style of rider with virtually endless days of mountain biking pleasure. We have yet to meet anyone who has ridden the entire network in a single visit, so be ready to be blown away. And that is not all. New trails are being added annually. In building upon the successful trail developments over the past couple of years, the Xat’sull First Nation is developing a 17 km multi-purpose single track nature trail that will connect the existing trail networks on two of their communities at Soda Creek and Deep Creek. This will include the development of a cross country trail that will be aligned along the top of a ridge overlooking the Fraser River valley and Cariboo Highway 97. West of town, the Desous bike network is getting a major upgrade with a new climbing line, added downhill trails and a new recreation site. Furthering the Cycling Club’s ambition to develop a pedal around the Puddle route, 2016 saw the building of a new climbing line at the East end of the Southsyde network. This ambitious and breathtaking trail provides scenic views of the lake and area from an entirely new perspective. Climbing towards and under the Red Bluff of South Lakeside, the trail connects back to the top of the network and allows for endless single track options. Williams Lake is a doorway into the unique and diverse culture of the Cariboo. If you’re looking for mega-malls, bungee jumping and thousands of people on the trails then the Cariboo is not for you. 2017 Guide to Williams Lake and Area
However, if you are seeking a one-of-a-kind landscape, endless and uncrowded single track, an eclectic mix of First Nations, cowboys and one of the most welcoming and unpretentious mountain bike cultures in the world then the Cariboo is waiting for you. Check out www.ridethecariboo.ca for all your mountain bike travel information. This site hosts online maps, trail descriptions, and all the travel resources a visiting ride needs to enjoy the region.
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Boitanio Bike Park In August of 2010 the Williams Lake Cycling Club, City of Williams Lake and Cariboo Regional District were proud to open the newly constructed Boitanio Bike Park. Covering more than 10 acres, the park is the largest of its kind in the Interior of B.C. It has six major jump lines, a pump track, drop zone, flow trails and log work right in the centre of the city. With semi-annual rebuilds and routine tuning there is a line for all abilities that allows for progression to the next level.
Desous Trail Network Desous is a 1/2 hour drive west of the city and is home to some truly amazing free riding. Descents of almost 3,500 feet from the top of Desous Mountain all the way to the Fraser River make this home to some of the biggest lines this side of Golden. This area is intended for advanced riders, as there is no real easy way down. If you’re looking for big lines, this is where it’s at. Big plans are being made to develop climbing lines from both sides, new DH runs, more green level riding around the lower portion of the mountain and eventually a recreation site for camping. Stay tuned.
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Fox Mountain Trail Network 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 38 trails totaling over 65 km of single track. The network is 28 percent beginner, 37 percent intermediate and 40 percent advanced. All trails can be accessed via one of four climbing lines or by shuttling up Fox Mountain Road. There are four trailheads on the network, all of which have a large kiosk with maps and other information and there are three primary parking areas, one of which has an outhouse facility, the Ross Road lot. Endless loops are possible given the connectivity of trails such as Snap, Bearacouga and the KX extension. The new link to the Chief William campsite and trail area can be found in the eastern section of the network off upper Jimmys Fox. Please be respectful of the private property on the bottom portions of Mitch’s Brew, Aflo and Loon trail, and take the new connector out onto lower Jimmys Fox and continue. There are plans in place to alleviate any climbing the new detour causes and we hope to have a resolution in place by the summer of 2017. Thank you for your cooperation.
South Lakeside Trail Network The South Lakeside trail network is an XC mecca with long smooth climbs and fast descents through amazing Douglas Fir forests. The area lies on the Traditional Territory of the Northern Shuswap First Nation and the Williams Lake Cycling Club is currently in discussions with the Williams Lake Indian Band to allow for mountain biking in the area. We encourage folks to ride this area with a soft foot print, respecting those who came before you. The main trail head starts at the bottom of Prosperity Way which is the road to Walmart. Ride around a chain gate, stay on the double track road and proceed straight onto single track through a grassy logged area. You’ll enter the network on Two Fridges and work your way uphill, cross a road onto the bottom of Moose Drop and eventually to Guinness on your left. This trail will take you into the vastness of the Southside network. The new Cabin Loop extension now takes you to the eastern end of the network and leads to one of the longest downhill’s in the area. The new climbing line, found at the end of South Lakeside Drive, takes you up a challenging scenic line through the Red Bluffs, back to the top of the network and onto Sweet Ridgeline single track so you can head back the other way. When it is hot and dry, Southsyde is the place to be.
Westsyde Trail Network This is an intermediate to advanced network with many beginner options. The Westsyde network has 40 trails with over 97km of singletrack, including the legendary Box Trail loop, which is a XC epic with view of the Fraser River and covers more than 25 km and the world famous Snakes and Ladders, with its monster sky berms and 15m suspension bridge. Steep DH lines off the repeater tower, local’s favourite, the Backdoor and another long XC, Raven, make this area the one to ride when you are looking to spend all day in the saddle. Challenging your fitness, your skills and your courage, this network has it all and is host to some of Williams Lake most progressive free-riding.
The Cariboo Mountain Bike Consortium is committed to driving the economic benefits of mountain biking to the regional economy. While the mountain biking sector has been part of the regional economy for the past 15 years, there is tremendous potential for growth. The consortium aims to grow the mountain bike economy into an integral part of emerging and sustainable economic diversification initiatives that assist in the ongoing effort to address the threats of regional stability. Visit the CMBC’s website at www.ridethecariboo.ca. 2017 Guide to Williams Lake and Area
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Lakers Car Club
King of the Road
On the last weekend in May the Lakers Car Club hosts its annual Spring Roundup which has become one of the premier show and shines in the Cariboo. Auto enthusiasts from all over the province gather on the streets of Williams Lake to show off their cherished set of wheels. The two-day event starts on Saturday with a poker run and dinner, followed by the show and shine in downtown Williams Lake on Sunday. There is something of interest for everyone including antiques, classics, hotrods, trucks, motorcycles and more. One class that receives a lot of attention that day is the tractors and stationary engines. Because they are functioning pieces of our history they catch the eye of those who remember them, as well as the younger inquisitive generation.
Angie Mindus photo Car club members from across the region took part in the first-ever Canadian Tire Show ‘n’ Shine this past September.
The Lakers Car Club is an organization dedicated to the preservation, restoration and enjoyment of all kinds of automobiles. However, the club also has a strong sense of community which members see as a way of giving back to the many businesses of Williams Lake that support them. Members enjoy volunteering for good causes as well as helping out financially when they can. Another very obvious but important function of the club is the social aspect. By meeting people, working together and achieving together, members ultimately have fun together. Generally the club meets once a week for fun “get togethers” such as cruising to local hangouts or hosting
smaller show and shines, such as events at Canadian Tire and A&W Restaurant. Summer is cruising time so whenever possible members attend other shows around the area from as near as 100 Mile to as far as Seattle. This is an open club, which means anyone who shares an enthusiasm for things mechanical is welcome. Owning a vehicle is not a prerequisite for membership. Members are welcomed to the club regardless of their ability to contribute a little or a lot. The cost is $30 annually. The benefits are priceless. Check out the Lakers Car Club at www.lakerscarclub.ca.
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Greg Sabatino photo The Williams Lake Off Road Motorcycle Association is a non-profit society dedicated to promoting safe and responsible off-road riding in the Cariboo Chilcotin. The Dirty Knobby is one of its premier events held annually.
Freedom awaits off-road riders The Cariboo-Chilcotin has much to offer the off-road motorcycle riding enthusiast whether it be trail, cross country, trials or dual-sport riding and the members of the Williams Lake Off Road Motorcycle Association (wlorma.ca) are proud to promote and support this popular recreational activity. WLORMA is a non-profit society dedicated to promoting safe and responsible off-road riding in the Cariboo-Chilcotin. As a member of the British Columbia Off Road Motorcycle Association (BCORMA), the club is involved in working
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Each spring the club hosts the annual Dirty Knobby (thedirtyknobby.com) poker run and fun day. This event typically includes a motorcycle riding and maintenance clinic for the kids and a poker ride for riders of all ages and experience. Guided tours of some of the best off road trails in the Williams Lake area as well as a guided dual sport ride are at times part of the weekend’s activities. Visit the club website for dates and more information.
with the provincial government on land use issues, trail mapping and trail maintenance. The club encourages working with other outdoor user groups to bring about mutual respect and understanding to avoid conflicts as well as looking at new ways to minimize negative impact to the environment, wildlife and livestock. Awareness and education are key factors in making this happen.
The club has partnered with the Ministry of Recreation Sites and Trails BC to create and maintain the Bull Mountain Motorcycle Trail Network. The initial project was funded by the National Trails Coalition and BCORMA while volunteers and contractors provided labour, equipment and material. Bull Mountain has a permanent staging area with ample parking, trail network map and outhouse. The staging area has two areas set aside for the smaller riders and provides access to the main trail network. The club continues to make trail improvements to provide a safer more enjoyable riding experience while at the same time keeping them sustainable and addressing environmentally sensitive areas. The trail network is for the general public’s use but riders are encouraged to support the club by becoming a member and getting involved with future trail development and maintenance. The Bull Mountain Trail Network can be found by following the signs off of Bull Mountain Road on highway 97 north of Williams Lake. Further information can be obtained at wlorma.ca or by calling 250-296-9081.
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Williams Lake Dirt Riders Association sets stage for motocross scene
The Williams Lake Dirt Riders Association has been an active Moto X club for more than 15 years. Its success stems from all the hard working volunteers who donate countless hours to the club as well as the huge sponsorship support from local business. The executive board acts on behalf of all its members to ensure epic conditions and memorable races are held. Unique and hard, compact dirt makes the race track one of the most favourable to ride and race on in all of B.C. Its park-like setting is stunning, private and tucked away in the trees on Bond Lake Road. Two amateur CMRC sanctioned races a season see between 150-200 riders as well as many spectators attend. Anyone in our community is encouraged to come to any of these races and support the club by riding or watching the local talent and witness first hand some of Canada’s best Moto X racing. When the track isn’t being used to host races, it is open to anyone in the community who holds a valid track membership to enjoy at their leisure. Memberships can be purchased at the beginning of each season from April 1 and cost $75 per person or $125 per family and are valid for one year. These memberships can be purchased at Williams Lake Honda and Spectra Power Sports. Race fans will want to mark these up coming race dates on their calendar: On May 27-28, Williams Lake will play host to the MCQMX Championship Series, as well as the final round of the series on Aug. 5-6. These two races will not disappoint. 2017 Guide to Williams Lake and Area
Greg Sabatino photo The Williams Lake Dirt Riders Association offers one of the most favourable tracks to ride in all of B.C. just outside the city limits and hosts multiple race days throughout the spring and summer months.
In 2016, the track in Williams Lake saw major upgrades in September. The track was lengthened, and a full 40-gate upgrade was added. This year, the Williams Lake Dirt Riders Association is also celebrating its very own Aspen X Games Snow BikeCross gold medalist, WLDR vice president Brock Hoyer. See you at the races. Braaap! Page 45
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The Williams Lake Sportsmen’s Association is an organization that caters to those who are interested in hunting and shooting sports and has more than 800 members. The Williams Lake Sportsmen’s Association grounds, located off of Bond Lake Road, has an indoor range for archers for winter practice and an outdoor range for summer practice. Williams Lake archers are some of the best in Canada with many local archers competing in, and winning, many competitions including provincial, national and even world championships. For members who hunt with guns, there is a newlyrenovated shooting range, also located at the grounds off Bond Lake Road, with small bore and big bore ranges Gaeil Farrar photo up to 200 metres, trap shooting and skeet shooting. The club holds several fun trap shoots and turkey shoots Special events, such as the Ladies Tactical Shoot, are hosted at the Williams Lake throughout the year, along with IPSC Qualifiers and club Sportsmen’s Association on Bond Lake Road. handgun shoots. Members are willing to share their equipment to people who would like to try the sport out, For more information on shooting sports, hunter training (CORE), but people who have their own equipment should bring it firearms training (PAL), conservation, fishing, fundraising events as the club does not have rentals. For non-members who want to and other club programs, call Barry Jenkins at 250-392-6750 try shooting a rifle and come with a member of the club, the cost to or check out the website at www.williamslakesportsmen.ca. For shoot is $10. Club memberships range from $35 a year for juniors more information on archery call Lee Jackman at 250-398-5691 to $120 a year for a family and can be purchased at Chilcotin Guns or Al Campsall at 250-392-9695. or Blue Mountain Gunsmithing.
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Chris Fait photo You never know what youâ€™re going to find when you return to camp after a day of hunting.
Know the rules before you go The Cariboo/Chilcotin area falls under hunting Management Unit Region 5. MU Region 5 offers many opportunities for hunting, with a variety of small and large game available in the region from grouse and geese to bears, cougars, moose and deer. For the avid hunter, the season can begin as early as the spring for those interested in bears. An early bow season can also see hunting begin Sept. 1 for some. For a full list of rules and regulations
please refer to the Hunting & Trapping Regulations Synopsis. The regulations synopsis is a summary of the B.C. hunting and trapping regulations made under the Wildlife Act and sets out general hunting information, summarizes important hunting regulations and defines open seasons with maps indicating closed areas. Major regulation changes for the 2016-2018 synopsis calls for compulsory inspection for all moose harvested in MUs 5-3 to 5-6 and 5-10 to 5-14. There has also been an increased mountain goat hunting opportunity on Mt. Spranger. The ministry is also requesting the cooperation of Caribou hunters in Region 5, MU 5-12 in the Itcha and Ilgachuz Mountains where 44 Caribou were outfitted with radio and GPS collars in 2011, including on 20 adult bulls. Hunters are asked not to shoot collared animals as the study is being used to gather important information on bull and cow numbers, population trends, habitat use and caribou distribution on the landscape in response to the Mountain Pine Beetle epidemic.
Angie Mindus photo Himself a longtime guide and hunter, Dan Simmons (right) has teamed up with local First Nations such as Chief Joe Alphonse and elders Dinah and William Billyboy to protect the cow moose population in Region 5.
A grassroots campaign has also been underway in recent years to raise awareness to about the need to protect cow moose populations due to a downward trend in moose populations in Region 5 and throughout much of the province. Travellers in Region 5 will see many billboards and signs displayed as part of the Cow Moose Sign Project urging residents and hunters to exercise restraint in harvesting cow moose and has the support of many area First Nations. Everyone is also asked to assist the Conservation Officer Service (COS) in protecting our wildlife resources by reporting all poachers and polluters on the COSâ€™s RAPP line at 1-877-952-7277 (RAPP) or #7277 on the TELUS Mobility Network.
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150 Mile House once served as important stop along the old Wagon Road 150 Mile House was the original hub of the Cariboo, and was once an important stop along the Cariboo Wagon road that began at Mile Zero in Lillooet. This is a collection of historical facts about the 150 Mile House area that were compiled in 2011 to help celebrate the 150th anniversary of the founding of the 150 Mile House community.
Did you know... 150 Mile House was originally known as the Lake Valley Ranch. The land was preempted by Thomas Davidson, a former miner, who was looking for a place to establish a large grain and beef growing operation to supply those goods to the gold fields. By 1862, the Cariboo Wagon Road from Lillooet to Barkerville was being built through the area. Since Davidson’s Lake Valley Ranch was exactly 150 miles from the starting point in Lillooet, the road house there became known as 150 Mile House. In 1863, the contractor who was building the Cariboo Wagon Road, swung north, then over to Mountain House, then back to Deep Creek, avoiding Williams Lake Valley altogether. The people in Williams Lake were very upset and petitioned the government, but the route was not changed. From 1863 until 1920, when the PGE railway came through the area, 150 Mile house was the centre of commerce, supply and governance, not only for the gold fields, but for all of the Cariboo region. After 1920, Williams Lake, with its railway depot, rapidly took over as the main commercial town. The first Williams Lake School District was established by the government at 150 Mile House in 1880. The first schoolhouse was a converted 16 ft x 20 ft log barn with a sod roof. It opened in 1881, so for 130 years, without a break, there has been a school in operation at 150 Mile House. The little red schoolhouse that is still standing today on the 150 Mile school grounds was built in 1896. It was built to house up to 40 students from grades 1 to 8, and it served continuously as the
LeRae Haynes photo Retired teacher Audrey Dye makes history come alive for elementary students in the little red schoolhouse at 150 Mile House. Every year local students get a chance to go back in time and are taught for a day in the old schoolhouse, located along Highway 97.
only school at 150 Mile until 1959, when a large new four room school was built up on the hill. During the 1860s and 1870s the population of 150 Mile House would increase considerably in the winter months. As the cold weather took hold in the gold fields, many miners would move south to ‘warmer’ areas. White miners lived in little temporary cabins along the creek behind what is now Marshall’s store. Chinese miners lived in the area that is now the school playing field. The back half of the present 150 Mile Hotel was the doctor’s residence and clinic. It was built in 1884 and was the only medical facility for the area. If you go inside the pub today, you can still see the big stone fireplace in the original parlour area. The little lake behind the hotel is still known as Doctor’s Lake. Across from Marshall’s store, up on the hill, you can see the 150 Mile Cemetery. This cemetery had two parts, one for the white people, the other for the Chinese. Unfortunately, there is only one gravestone left - it belongs to George Johnstone, who was the local blacksmith for many years. Present day, 150 Mile House is home to a volunteer fire department, elementary school and many thriving businesses. Hundreds of people also make their home in and around the tight-knit community, where outdoor recreation is easily accessed.
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Angie Mindus photo As well as large, remote lakes, the Cariboo Chilcotin also offers smaller, family-friendly fishing lakes like Reservoir Lake just north of town in Pine Valley which is easily accessed along Highway 97 and has new docks.
Fish tales abound in the Cariboo Chilcotin Coast Big lakes, small lakes and rivers galore - the Cariboo has it all for those who love to fish. If it’s kokanee you’re after, both McLeese Lake and Chimney Lake are convenient and beautiful. Or head to the deep, cool waters of Quesnel Lake for huge rainbow and char. Want to just get away from it all? Hop a float plane to one of the many isolated lakes in the Cariboo Chilcotin Central Coast. Services in the region vary, from forestry and provincial campgrounds (see the Provincial Parks map in this guide) and private lakeside campsites, to deluxe accommodations where you can be surrounded by wilderness and still get pampered.
Don’t forget that just because summer ends it doesn’t mean the fishing has to as well. Ice fishing continues to be a popular pastime for locals and visitors during the winter months. Lac La Hache and Dugan Lake are just a few of the favourite ice fishing lakes in the area. Detailed fishing information, complete with lake listings and “fish tales,” can be found in the Gateway to Fishing and Adventure Guide distributed by the Williams Lake Tribune in May or at the Tourism Discovery Centre. There is an unbelievable four season angling opportunity in our area. However, it is important to check the British Columbia Fishing Regulations before heading to your fishing destination.
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Flying club continues to soar More than 90 children with a keen interest in flying soared through brilliant blue skies and over blankets of green and gold this past fall thanks to pilots from the Williams Lake Flying Club. The club’s annual COPA for Kids event takes place every year.
“I love it — anything to do with airplanes and kids,” said avid club member and pilot Don Stanchfield of why he supports the event every year.
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With his 1974 two-seater Bellanca Citabria, Stanchfield Williams Lake Flying Club member Harold Redekop gets ready to take a youngster on a ride during the annual COPA for Kids event. was one of several pilots on hand to give children free rides to help inspire and instil a love of flying in the next generation of aviators. “Ever since I was a kid I history with the local flying club. just loved airplanes and flying. I’ve been flying for 35 years now Under the sponsorship of the Canadian Owners and Pilots and every time my wheels leave the ground it still feels great,” Association (COPA) the free flights have been offered up by the he said. Williams Lake Flying Club for several years. All children eight years Pilots Dave Ireland and Lyle Connatty are also longtime members old and older who wish to fly are required to be accompanied by of the historic Williams Lake Flying Club and, when they are aren’t a parent or legal guardian who must sign a waiver on behalf of taking their own trips, also lend a hand to offer flights to kids. their child. Ireland and Connatty co-own a four-seater Cessna 175. “We have had many great trips in that plane — from the Bering Strait to Hudson Bay,” Ireland said, noting he learned to fly in 1967 to mark Canada’s centennial, and is proud to be a part of such a long, rich
In November members of the Williams Lake Flying Club are also a poignant part of Remembrance Day Services in Williams Lake, where club members fly over the city in the Missing Man Formation during the moment of silence.
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Freedom to ride Whether you like sledding the trails or the mountains, the Cariboo has something to offer the snowmobiling enthusiast. In winter months the Cariboo Chilcotin becomes snow country — the snowcovered hills and mountains provide the ideal landscape for snowmobiling. Following one of the original Gold Rush routes through the Cariboo Mountains, the Yank’s Peak Trail is the most talked about trail in the area. Accessible from the community of Likely, 90 kms east of Williams Lake, the Yank’s Peak Trail begins deep in the mountains and offers every type of sledding a rider could want. There are almost 80 kms (50 miles) of marked trails. Up at Yank’s Peak, the Williams Lake Powder Kings Snowmobile Club has built a safety cabin along the same route where sledders will find a well-maintained network of trails.
Geoff Moore photo Snowmobilers give the thumb’s up as they pause to look down the Nuxalk- Carrier Grease Trail with Mount Stupendous in the background on the horizon in the Rainbow Mountains northwest of Anahim Lake. Whether it’s trail or mountain riding, the Cariboo Chilcotin has something to offer all skill levels.
The 1,908 metre (6,300 foot) mountain offers plenty of challenges for sledders with an intermediate experience or better. There are even opportunities for some extreme sledding. The mountains get a lot of snow and the sledding season is long — November to April. Yank’s Peak was also featured during the BC Snowmobile Federation’s 50th Anniversary Commemorative Ride in February of 2016, where a group of riders travelled from Kamloops to Barkerville by snowmobile on the Gold Rush Snowmobile Trail. Daily Trail passes at Yank’s Peak are $12 per day and are available at Sun Valley Gas, Spectra Power Sports, Williams Lake Honda KTM, Likely Lodge, A-Likely Service, Big Lake Store and Gordo’s Rent-All. An annual membership is $100 for adults or $70 for seniors and youth. The above mentioned Yank’s Peak trails are only but a few; when you get tired of exploring them you can continue on into other areas, such as Big Timothy, Crooked Lake and the Rainbows, but it is important to know that not all areas are open to snowmobiling. Angie Mindus photo The Williams Lake Powder Kings Snowmobile Club has been a strong voice for riders in the Cariboo Chilcotin, improving many local trails, upgrading the cabin at Yank’s Peak and hosting several events for club members throughout the season.
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Angie Mindus photo Located just over an hour south east of Williams Lake, the Mt. Timothy Ski Area offers great family skiing and boarding without all the lineups of larger hills. Mt. Timothy is opened Thursdays to Sundays from December until the end of March, depending on snow levels.
Mt. Timothy offers skiers and boarders a winter playground If fresh powder, blue skies, sunshine and a friendly atmosphere is what you crave, Mt. Timothy Ski Area is the place to be. Littered with pristine Cariboo snow and a relaxed and family friendly atmosphere, Mt. Timothy Ski Area offers exceptional
value, small crowds, great service and outdoor fun. Mt. Timothy offers a variety of terrain with 35 runs for every age and level of ability with a mixture of powder and great groomers as, when the ski hill gets powder dumps, staff scales back on the grooming. There are a variety of lifts, including a triple chair and magic carpet lift. More than 60 per cent of its terrain is medium to advanced trails, but there’s enough beginner runs to learn how to carve with your skis or board. The popular Morganside Terrain Park offers a special area of its own and a progressive design that allows park users to learn at their own pace with boxes, rails and jumps. The ski area’s excellent amenities and services include a friendly and local staff and a gorgeous log chalet day lodge with fantastic views.
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A licensed restaurant located at Mt. TImothy’s day lodge serves fresh homemade meals, daily specials and beverages, and is also a great place to come have lunch, even if you don’t ride. High speed wireless internet is available! Stop in for breakfast,lunch or just a light snack. Eat inside or enjoy your meal outside on the deck. Open daily, the hill’s well equipped pro-shop and snow school provides retail sales, rentals, winter gear, tuning, and a variety of lessons and packages for all ages and abilities. Mt. Timothy is located in the “Heart of the Cariboo,” 23 kilometres east of Lac La Hache (56 kilometres north of 100 Mile House and 83 kilometres south of Williams Lake). Its season is from December through to the end of March/early April. Ski area hours of operation are 9 a.m. to 3:30 p.m., and days of operation are posted on the website www.skitimothy.com. This year, brand new webcams were installed for patrons to get a live view of the conditions at the hill. Contact the Mt. Timothy Ski Area staff at 250-396-4095 — Fax 250-396-4001 — Snow Report 1-877-392-1446 or visit them on Facebook by searching Mt. Timothy Ski Area. 2017 Guide to Williams Lake and Area
Cross Country Skiing
Bull Mountain home to many cross-country skiing trails Cross-country skiing is one of the Cariboo Chilcotin’s most popular winter sports. It is also a great activity the entire family can enjoy together. If you like to ski on a groomed trail, the Bull Mountain Ski Area is located just 15 kilometres north of Williams Lake. A true gem, the Bull Mountain trail network offers 28 kilometres of well-groomed trails geared for the beginner to the advanced. The area also includes three and a half kilometres of lit trails available until 10 p.m. seven days a week, and designated dog trails are also on site. Both classic and skating techniques can be accommodated on the trail network. There are also six kilometres of dog friendly snowshoe trails.
The Williams Lake Cross-Country Ski Club operates the ski area and provides cross-country skier/youth development Greg Sabatino photo programs for children and adults. Newcomers are welcome. Check www.bullmountain.ca for more information regarding Maintained and operated by the Williams Lake Cross-Country Ski Club, the Bull Mountain Ski Area north of Williams Lake offers 28 kilometres of membership, trail fees and snow conditions. There are well-groomed trails, snowshoeing and designated dog trails. recreational youth development programs for children ranging in age from three to 12 years old and new racing programs for those nine years to adult that attends three Lake, off the Likely Road, which has 10 kilometres of groomed trails. A to four races per year in several locales around the Central Interior. network of trails can also be found in Horsefly and groomed trails can More information can be found on the club website at http://www. also be found west of Williams Lake in Tatla Lake, Nimpo Lake and in bullmountain.ca/development.html or by e-mailing skijackrabbit@ Tweedsmuir Park, half way down the Bella Coola hill. gmail.com. If you like to carve your own path the opportunities are endless for Other communities that have cross-country ski networks are Gavin cross-country skiing here in the Cariboo Chilcotin.
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On the Rocks The Williams Lake Curling Centre, established in 1947, is a non-profit organization operated by a volunteer board of directors and a part-time paid employee. Their mission statement is to promote the sport of curling as an affordable lifelong experience in which people of all ages and abilities are welcome and can enjoy exercise, friendship, skill development and sportsmanship.
The club currently has more than 100 members and the rink consists of six playing sheets. There are various leagues for all skill levels including: junior, business, super, ladies’, men’s, senior’s and mixed, along with Stick League Curling. The club offers discounts for new curlers and those choosing to play in multiple leagues. The ice is prepared daily by a group of dedicated volunteers and offers one of the best playing surfaces in the province.
Greg Sabatino photo The Williams Lake Curling Club features six playing sheets and offers leagues for all skill levels.
This club was the first in B.C. to purchase hack-tohack rink liners. The installations of these environmentally-friendly sheets have eliminated the use of paint and are rolled up at the end of the curling season for use the following year. This year the club hosted a men’s and ladies’ joint bonspiel in February. The curling club has undergone some changes in recent years with the hiring of a new facility co-ordinator, a downstairs renovation funded by the Williams Lake Truck Haulers Association, as well as an upstairs renovation.
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The club has also given its website a facelift. So, if you are looking for something to do, why not drop by the rink, visit with some friends, watch a game or simply ask if you can throw a few rocks. The Williams Lake Curling Club is a great place to host an office party while incorporating a social funspiel. To inquire about league play, ice renting or advertising, please contact the curling rink at 250-3924636 or visit the website at www.williamslakecurling.com.
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Minor Hockey Greg Sabatino photo The Williams Lake Minor Hockey Association is a non-profit society that houses both boys and girls teams in multiple divisions.
Canada’s game alive and well in Williams Lake One of the largest, most active youth sports associations in the city, Williams Lake Minor Hockey has more than 500 registered players ages four to 18. The players include a mix of boys and girls spread across 36 teams within the association. The Williams Lake Minor Hockey Association also houses five rep teams — midget, bantam, midget female, peewee II and atom development. Another 26 house teams make up the six divisions of initiation (ages 4-6), novice (ages 7-8), atom (ages 9-10), peewee (ages 11-12) bantam (ages 12-13) and midget (ages 15-18). Registration for the 2017/18 season will take place during the month of May with the season starting in September and wrapping up in early March. During the season each division hosts a home tournament starting in November. The WLMHA has a board of directors consisting of 15 members, five very dedicated division managers, 85 certified coaches, 32 team parents and team managers, an ice scheduler and an equipment manager. These members are all volunteers who dedicate their time, knowledge, patience and understanding in keeping minor hockey going in Williams Lake. There are also certified WLMHA referees that keep the games under control on the ice. WLMHA, through BC Hockey, offers coach, Hockey Canada Safety Person, Respect in Sport and referee certification each year right
here in Williams Lake. The association can also assist in connecting these volunteers in obtaining higher levels of certification in other centres. The WLMHA is a nonprofit society that operates through registration fees, gaming income and local business sponsors. The Williams Lake Tribune and the GOAT FM radio station also need to be thanked as they assist the association by getting the word out to the public about games, tournaments and special events. For more information visit www.wlmha. ca.
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Williams Lake Stampeders a fan favourite The Williams Lake Stampeders Hockey Club is officially designated as a senior ‘AA’ level hockey team. However, don’t let the term “senior” fool you, as the average age of the players is just 25. With a storied history behind them, the Stampeders played for many years in the old Cariboo Hockey League from the late 1930s until the end of the 1970s when the team folded.
In 1996, a group of dedicated hockey fans revived the club and the Stamps once again became an important part of the community. The players have experience ranging from midget ‘B’ up to retired professional and all share a common desire to continue to play hockey at a competitive level. The Stampeders play in the Central Interior Hockey League (CIHL), which features teams from Kitimat, Terrace, Prince Rupert, Smithers, Quesnel and Williams Lake. In the 2017 season the Stampeders won the Lightning Cup (the CIHL’s regular season championship trophy). Over the years, the team has amassed three Coy Cup senior men’s championships. After two attempts to win the Coy Cup in 100 Mile House and Rossland, they won the Coy Cup in Terrace during the 2008/09 season. In 2010 the Stampeders reached another pinnacle winning the 2010 Rio Tinto Alcan Cup CIHL League Championship after battling their way to a first-place playoff finish. Furthermore, the Stampeders consistently have some of the top scorers and most talented players — both forwards and defencemen — in the CIHL. During the 2016/17 season the Stampeders had several players finish among the top in league scoring — Nathan Zurak (first: 23G, 16A,
Greg Sabatino photo Williams Lake Stampeders assistant captain Nathan Zurak fires a shot on goal during the 2016/17 season. Zurak led the league in points scoring 23 goals and tallying 16 assists for 39 points.
39PTS), Jassi Sangha (second: 6G, 29A, 35PTS), David Gore (sixth: 8G, 18A, 26PTS) and defencemen Andrew Fisher (ninth: 12G, 12A, 24PTS), Caleb Roy (18th: 2G, 13A, 15PTS) and Aaron Zurak (28th: 4G, 8A, 12PTS). Goaltenders Justin Foote and Willie Sellars finished third and fourth, respectively, among goaltending leaders. The 2013 season saw the Stampeders take home the 2013 Provincial Coy Cup Championship. The following year, as the hosts of the prestigious tournament, the Stampeders repeated the feat in March of 2014 and will look toward a Coy Cup Championship in the 2017 season. Go Stamps!
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Angie Mindus photo Hikers enjoy the view looking east on Quesnel Lake from a hiking trail on Cariboo Island. The island offers two Forest Recreation campsites and an unmaintained trail that follows around the edge of the island.
Lake views and sandy beaches await on Cariboo Island For travellers who like to explore off the beaten path and have access to a boat, Cariboo Island on Quesnel Lake offers a unique hiking and camping experience. Very little is formally written about the history of Cariboo Island, but when exploring it, it is clear the island was once inhabited by First Nations. When hiking the islandâ€™s trail, one canâ€™t help but ponder who came here before as you walk beside the impressions in the ground of an ancient First Nations village on both the east and west sides of the island. Cariboo Island is located in the west arm of Quesnel Lake. Large boats can be launched either at Cedar Point Park near Likely or at Elysia Resort at the junction.
There are also two Forest Recreation Sites and an outhouse on either side of the island as well. Remember to keep the area clean by packing out what you pack in.
Pantheon Range breathtaking A recognizable landmark for Kleena Kleene in the Chilcotin is Perkins Peak. It is the northernmost part of the Pantheon Range and is easily accessible by truck nearly all the way to the peak at 9,250 feet. An old mining road goes right past the tree line and the summit is only about a two hour hike away. The turn off is west of Tatla Lake on Highway 20, towards Miner Lake. Wildflowers along the trails are spectacular around the second week of July.
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Alternatively, if you are travelling via canoe or kayak, you can reach the sandy beaches of Cariboo Island by driving to Horsefly, then following the Mitchell Bay Road until you see the Horsefly Bay Road on your right. Keep staying right and you will find the Horsefly Bay Forest Recreation Site at the end of the road. The island is a short paddle away, however, be mindful of the big storms that can come up without warning on Quesnel Lake.
Situated west of Tatla Lake, Perkins Peak a breathtaking destination that can be taken in either during a long day trip from Williams Lake or a relaxing day overnight stay and day trip from the Tatla Lake area. Perkins Peak is the northernmost part of the Pantheon Range and offers great views from its summit.
Angie Mindus photo Farwell Canyon is a beautiful day trip from Williams Lake where visitors will be greeted by hoodoos, sand dunes and the Chilcotin River.
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Situated one hour west of Williams Lake, Farwell Canyon boasts sweeping views of the canyons and grasslands, hoodoos, First Nations pictographs
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Angie Mindus photo Abandoned log buildings and an old root cellar is all that remains of the old Pothole Ranch homestead at Farwell Canyon.
log buildings of the old Pothole Ranch. Before ranchers settled in the area, however, First Nations also made their mark with several pictographs on rocks on the south side of the bridge. Every summer and fall, tourists can also watch as fishermen dip net salmon from the rushing waters below the bridge and even set up camp and drying racks along the river as a traditional way of preserving the important food supply for winter. While at Farwell, it’s not uncommon to see California big horn sheep on
the rocky canyon walls while eagles circle overhead. To get to Farwell Canyon, you travel west on Highway 20 until you reach Riske Creek (approx 46 kms from Williams Lake), you then turn left onto a gravel road to Farwell Canyon for approximately 21 kms. Don’t forget to dress in layers, wear good hiking shoes and bring lots of water if you plan to spend the day exploring and be aware there are some steep gravel roads and working logging trucks in the area. For more information contact the Visitor Centre at 250-392-5025.
Robert Moberg photo Bighorn sheep, as seen above from Williams Lake filmmaker Robert Moberg’s 2015 release, Bighorns at the Junction.
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Ancient First Nations pictographs are found just as they were hundreds of years ago at Farwell Canyon.
Hoodoos and sand dunes greet the Chilcotin River as it runs below the steep canyon walls at Farwell.
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Ranching Angie Mindus photo The historic Alkali Lake Ranch is located approximately 50 kms from Williams Lake on the Dog Creek Road, which runs through the property. Alkali Lake was privately sold to Douglas Lake Ranch in 2008.
Ranching the heart and sole of the Cariboo Chilcotin... Ranching remains one of the Cariboo-Chilcotin’s thriving industries. Many ranches extend both east and west of the Fraser River, with producers selling beef and lamb locally and to markets
outside of British Columbia. Several ranches west of Williams Lake have been acquired by Douglas Lake Cattle Company out of Merritt during the last decade. The company’s first purchase was of Alkali Lake Ranch located about 50 kms southwest from Williams Lake on the Dog Creek Road.
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Angie Mindus photo Branding season in the Cariboo Chilcotin is a time of celebration, when all the hard work of winter feeding and spring calving is complete. Often friends, neighbours and family members help one another out at branding time.
Branding a spring time tradition in ranch country Alkali Lake is the oldest ranch in the province and was established by early settlers who married First Nation sisters from the nearby community of Esk’et (Alkali Lake). When Douglas Lake Cattle Company purchased the Alkali Lake Ranch in 2008, Bronc Twan was kept on as manager. Twan grew up on the ranch as his father was the manager. Eventually Douglas Lake Cattle Company purchased the nearby James Cattle Company at Dog Creek, and in December 2015, acquired the Riske Creek Cattle Company’s Deer Park and Cotton Ranches.
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Riske Creek Cattle Company’s partial owner Grant Huffman retired after the sale, and Steve Brewer, who has worked for Douglas Lake Cattle Company for 18 years, came on as the new manager. Douglas Lake Cattle Company is owned by American Stan Kroenke, but managed by B.C. rancher Joe Gardner. Gardner got a job there as a teenager and later returned to work there after graduating from the University of British Columbia in animal science. Gardner said the acquisition of the Riske Creek Cattle Company was Douglas Lake’s third edition up in the Williams Lake area. “Cotton and Deer Park are absolutely beautiful ranches that have been there forever,” Gardner said. “Cotton Ranch is one of the oldest in the province. They have both been well cared for.” Further west is the Gang Ranch just west of Dog Creek, bordering the Fraser River. It is owned by BSA Investment Ltd. a holding of a Saudi man named Ibrahim Muhammad Afandi. The ranch covers about one million acres of deeded and Crown leased land and is also close to the Churn Creek Protected Area, a popular fishing spot for First Nations. Larry and Bev Ramstad have managed the remote ranch since 1989. He got his start as a cowboy in Nicola Valley then New Zealand and Australia. One visitor to the ranch who attended a horsemanship clinic there described the region as one containing majestic mountain ranges, timber stands, 2017 Guide to Williams Lake and Area
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Quesnel Forks Monica Lamb-Yorski photo The ghost town of Quesnel Forks located approximately 13 kms east of Likely is a great day trip from Williams Lake where it is not unusual to see bear, deer and moose along the way to the historical site.
Follow the gold rush trail back in time to Quesnel Forks Quesnel Forks is set in a sheltered river valley at the confluence of the Quesnel and Cariboo rivers, and shaded by ancient black cottonwoods. The remnants of this once bustling Gold Rush town evoke a feeling of peace and serenity for all who visit. The first Gold Rush town in the Cariboo, Quesnel Forks dates back to 1858. By 1875, it became a thriving Chinese community with more than 200 merchants and miners. The site had several revivals, but during the 1920s most of the area’s mines closed. By 1956, it was abandoned. Today Quesnel Forks is lovingly cared for by the Likely Cemetery Society. They research and repair many of the markers and are slowly
restoring the ancient cabins. The cemetery is set into a hillside covered with white birch, old fir and wild flowers. Although Quesnel Forks is a ghost town, you will likely find a gold panner or two on the river bank. The historic cemetery and buildings offer interesting places to poke around. The Quesnel Forks summer music festival is a mellow, rural event offering wagon rides, gold rush games, local craft displays, and traditional cuisine. Likely is approximately a one hour drive from Williams Lake. Approximately 13 km northwest of Likely, down a gravel road, you will find Quesnel Forks.
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Driving Tours Angie Mindus photo The First Nation community of Esk’etemc (Alkali Lake) is located about a 45 minute drive south west of Williams Lake. The current Esk’etemc population is 809 members with 384 members on-reserve and 349 off-reserve. Esk’et reserve has its own fire hall, store, gas station, radio station and a facility from which Esk’etemc controls and administers health and justice programs. Esk’etemc provides holistic and spiritual guidance assisting First Nations and non-First Nations in fasting quests, sweat lodges, elders sauna, drumming and the gathering of plants and medicines.
Hitting the open road offers many adventures From lush rainforests and sparkling lakes to dry semi-arid desert-like terrain, these tours offer an hour to a full day or more of enjoyment of the historic and spectacular country in which Williams Lake is set. Williams Lake to: Alkali Lake/Gang Ranch Tour Full Day
ranch, please inquire about return routes. Follow signs to Williams Lake: From the Ranch along 2700 Road, approximately 34 kms to 2200 Road, then north approximately six kms to Big Creek Road. Right approximately 9 kms to Farwell Canyon. From here it is approximately 20 kms to Highway 20 at Riske Creek and 50 kms back to Williams Lake.
Points of interest: Alkali Lake Wildlife Sanctuary, Dog Prairie, Dog Creek, Canyon Views, Churn Creek Bridge, Gang Ranch, Churn Creek Protected Area, Farwell Canyon. Note: Dog Creek Road is very rough in several stretches. Dog Creek Road branches south off Highway 20, approximately 2.5 kms from Highway 97. Travel south passing Springhouse Trails Ranch, Springhouse Air Park, Esk’etemc First Nation (Alkali Lake), Alkali Lake Ranch (established in 1858), Alkali Lake, a wildlife sanctuary on the Pacific Flyway (American White Pelicans among other waterfowl stop over here). Beyond Alkali Lake the road parallels the Fraser River and traverses Dog Prairie, a Second World War stopover for aircraft flying between the USA and Alaska. There are several views of the spectacular semi-arid Fraser Canyon. Approximately 15 kms past Dog Creek Road junction, descend to Churn Creek and cross the Fraser River. Churn Creek Protected Area is to the south. This 36,100 hectare tract of grassland habitat is home to spotted bats, long-billed curlews and California bighorn sheep. To the west is the historic Gang Ranch, where there is a post office, store and cookhouse. To Return: There are a number of roads on the 2017 Guide to Williams Lake and Area
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Angie Mindus photo Take a drive back in time on Highway 20 west where you can stop in and have a fresh cup of coffee and a piece of homemade pie at the historic Lee’s Corner store.
Option: explore Farwell Canyon or Junction Sheep Range Park, five kms north of Bridge. Option: turn left on the Big Creek Road and head west for 20 kms to the community of Big Creek and Fletcher Lake. Return to Williams Lake by crossing the Chilcotin River near Hanceville and take Highway 20 at Lee’s Corner. The distance from Lee’s Corner to Williams Lake is approximately 100 kms.
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Angie Mindus photo The Williams Lake Indian Band’s community of Sugarcane is a picturesque setting at the end of Williams Lake where the Mission Road leads on through past the old Onward Ranch and exists south on Highway 97.
Farwell Canyon/Junction Sheep Range Tour Approximately 220 kms, four to five hours From Williams Lake take Highway 20 west to Riske Creek (46 kms) and turn left onto the gravel road of Farwell Canyon Road (2200 Road) for about 21 kms. This gravel road passes the Junction Sheep Range Park access (15 kms), then switchbacks down into Farwell Canyon. A spectacular setting of hoodoos, sagebrush, sand dunes and river. Return back to Williams Lake along the same route.
of 150 Mile House, near access to the Mule Deer Reserve and UBC Research Forest. A.Y. Jackson, one of the famous Group of Seven painters, visited the Onward Ranch several times during the 1930s. A point of interest is the old Mission Cemetery where such notables like Father Francois Marie Thomas and other Cariboo pioneers are buried.
Likely to Barkerville on the Matthew River Road Approximately 130 kms four to five hours or three days depending on your mode of travel Before you embark on your trip to Barkerville, check in at the Likely Information Centre/Museum located at Cedar Point Park to get all the information that you need for this trip, together with road conditions and a brochure detailing the backroad stops of interest. From Likely take the Keithley Creek Road to the junction with the 8400 Road. Have a look at the kiosk for all the information regarding your route to Barkerville. Turn right at the kiosk, cross the Bailey Bridge and then turn left onto the 8400 Road. You will see Cariboo Lake on your left. This road is well signed and you will pass recreation sites at Ladies Creek and Antler Creek. Ghost Lake is four kms off the main road, but is definitely worth the stop. There is also a campground there. This road is gravel, but is used by industrial traffic from mines and logging, so always have your headlights on. Be travel prepared. Check your gas as there is no service station between Likely and Barkerville. You may want to carry food and water. Enjoy the trip. Sugar Cane/Mission Road Approximately one leisurely hour Take Highway 97 south of Williams Lake and enter the Mission Road at Sugarcane First Nation community (Williams Lake Indian Band). The road passes the rodeo ground, the Onward Ranch house and the old St. Joseph Mission, circling back to Highway 97, south 2017 Guide to Williams Lake and Area
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Old Gold Rush Country Tour - Likely and Horsefly Full Day Points of interest: Bullion Pit, Quesnel Forks, Likely, Quesnel Lake, Horsefly River, Horsefly, Moffat Falls. In late summer salmon migrate up the Quesnel and Horsefly Rivers and may be viewed from the Likely and Horsefly bridges.
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At 150 Mile House turn north-east on the Gold Rush Trail Road to Likely and Horsefly. At six kms turn left to Likely. Williams Lake to Likely is about 1-1/4 hours or 100 kms. You’ll pass Big Lake, Gavin Lake access, and Morehead Lake. On the left about two kms before Likely is the Bullion Pit, a monstrous hydraulic mine pit. Option 1: At Likely follow the signing to Quesnel Forks, about 19 kms, to see the old ghost town and historic cemetery. Option 2: Visit Cedar City Museum in Cedar Point Park. Enjoy the old equipment, tall old cedars and the displays in the park. Option 3: About two kms southwest of Likely Bridge is the Ditch Road to Horsefly. This road offers views of Quesnel Lake, and becomes Mitchell Bay Road at Mitchell Bay/Horsefly River estuary (verify road conditions prior to travel). Here eagles, herons and other birds congregate in season. Along Horsefly River, bears and other wildlife are often seen. At Horsefly, return to Williams Lake or continue across Horsefly River Bridge to resorts on Quesnel Lake and Horsefly Lake. Yank’s Peak Tour This tour is for ATVs, snowmobiles or four-wheel drive vehicles only depending on the season. The route is subject to seasonal closures and users must stay on the designated trails in efforts to protect Mountain Cariboo habitat. The recommended time is four to five hours. This route connects Likely to Wells-Barkerville over the top of the Cariboo Mountains. The scenery consists of alpine meadows, trees and snowcapped mountain tops. Remains of mining sites Snarlsbur, Cedar Creek, Cariboo Hudson. Road is very rough with tight switchbacks in sections. Allow four to five hours or more from Williams Lake to Barkerville. Inquire in Likely for information on the route. Fraser River Tour Soda Creek/ Meldrum Creek/ Rudy Johnson Bridge/ Highway 20
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Monica Lamb-Yorski photo Rudy Johnson Bridge crosses the Fraser River. It was completed in 1968 thanks to the efforts of Rudy Johnson, rancher, pilot, prospector and sawmill owner.
along the less travelled Old Soda Creek Road to the First Nation community of Soda Creek. Turn left and follow the signs to Xat’sull Village along the banks of the Fraser. To return to Williams Lake turn right on the road at Soda Creek and proceed up to Highway 97, and return south to Williams Lake. Option: Farm tour to Marguerite. After crossing Rudy Johnson Bridge, continue straight past the turnoff to
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Isaac Falls These falls are located at the end of Isaac Lake, a very long lake in the Bowron Lake chain. At the end of the 38 km-long lake are a series of cascades along the Isaac River ending at the Isaac Falls which empties into McLeary Lake.
Approximately one and a half to two hours from Williams Lake These falls are located on the west end of Cariboo Lake on the Cariboo River. Follow the Matthew River Road north of Likely. Cross the Cariboo River Bridge. Just past the bridge turn right, follow the dirt road approximately four kms down river. Park your car and walk the last grown-over stretch of trail to the falls (four-wheel drive only).
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The Horsefly area boasts five impressive Linda Bartsch photo waterfalls — three on the Horsefly River and two on Moffat Creek – which make up the Horsefly Moffat Falls is an hour’s drive from Williams Lake and is part of the Horsefly Waterfall Quest. Waterfall Quest. It is an excellent day adventure to pack a lunch, enjoy the scenery and get in some good hiking by visiting all five locations. It is recommended to have a 4x4 vehicle to access the falls. Horsefly Waterfall Upper Horsefly River Falls Quest brochure is available at Clark’s General Store and the Tourism Approximately two to three hours from Williams Lake Discovery Centre. Following the same route as the Lower Horsefly River Falls, you will pass the 129 km marker and proceed to about the 149 km marker.
Lower Moffat Falls
Approximately one hour from Williams Lake Travelling from Williams Lake to Horsefly – less than one kms from Horsefly across from the Mormon Church you will see Lowden Road on the right. Turn onto Lowden Road and take the first left over a cattle guard. You are now on 108 Mile Road. Take this road for 5.3 kms and cross the cattle guard. There is a small road to the left that leads to a clearing for parking. You will be able to hear the roar of falls and a two minute walk will take you to the top of them. Keep children close as there are no protective rails and follow the yellow ribbons to the falls. Just before you get to the opening with the view, there is a trail leading down the hill that takes you to the bottom of the falls. Use caution on this trail.
Upper Moffat Falls
Two kms further along the 108 Road you will see the sign on the left for the falls. On the way keep your eyes open for an ancient Chinese Oven and hand dug ditch both dating back to the gold rush in the 1860s.
Lower Horsefly River Falls
Approximately two hours from Williams Lake From the village of Horsefly, cross the Horsefly River Bridge. You will come to a fork in the road by the former Forest Service building. Keep to the right and you are now on Black Creek Road. Follow this road to the 129 kms marker, turn right at the little road off to the right hand side. There should be a stop sign partly seen. When you get out of the vehicle you should hear the falls. A short hike into the area will provide several amazing views.
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Gateway to the Chilcotin Coast Angie Mindus photo The Sheep Creek Bridge just west of Williams Lake on Highway 20 is literally the gateway to the Chilcotin, offering access to the west by crossing the mighty Fraser River.
Endless exploring for adventurous souls The road west of Williams Lake leads to a vast hinterland on the west side of the Fraser River that includes the Chilcotin Plateau, the Bella Coola Valley and Central Coast. How to get there: Head west on Highway 20 from Williams Lake and continue 32 kms to Sheep Creek Bridge over the Fraser River. There you’ll see the remnants of bridge pilings from the old extension bridge over the Fraser built in 1908. In season First Nations people can be seen dip-net fishing off the rocks below. The steep switchback hill on the west side of the river is often busy with logging truck traffic, so caution is advised. Halfway to the top, a rest stop pull out offers a scenic view of the Fraser. At the top of the hill you enter Beecher’s Prairie and get an immediate sense of the wide open spaces characteristic of the Chilcotin Plateau. Backtracking a kms east on Highway 20, and a gravel road two kms south to the Tsilhqot’in community of Toosey offers the only gasoline in the area and snacks in their friendly store.
Riske Creek - 52 kms west of Williams Lake, limited accommodation and meals are available at Riske Creek. Hanceville/Lee’s Corner - 50 kms past Riske Creek and 100 kms west of Williams Lake. The road descends into the Chilcotin River valley and Lee’s Corner, also known as Hanceville, where gas and groceries can be purchased, laundromat services are available, and good meals are served in the restaurant. Big Creek/Nemiah Valley - At Lee’s Corner the road to Big Creek and Nemiah Valley branches off south from Highway 20. The route to Nemiah Valley can be considered a circle tour but only for those prepared for rugged conditions. The road to Nemiah Valley is 100 kilometres of good gravel, but beyond that the route to Tsuniah Lake, Tatla Lake or Alexis Creek requires a good four-wheel drive. In the community of Nemiah Valley there is a small store with gas and diesel available. Nu Chugh Beniz Campgrounds with well maintained RV sites is located on the shores of beautiful Chilko Lake — a half hour drive from the Nemiah Valley community. The local First Nations have built a traditional pit house for their celebrations. Big Creek - To get to Big Creek, turn left at the Chilco Ranch, and follow the gravel road to Fletcher Lake where you will enjoy excellent fishing and a recreation site. Big Creek is also home to a number of popular lodges that offer horseback riding, hiking and fishing, etc. You can turn left at Big Creek Road and travel to Farwell Canyon. Continue 21 kms and you will emerge at Riske Creek.
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Tl’etinqox/Anaham Reserve - Another 10 kms west on Highway 20 is Anaham Reserve or the Tsilhqot’in community of Tl’etinqox, the largest Tsilhqot’in community in the Chilcotin. Gas and groceries can be purchased at the Anaham store, located on the highway below the community and in the summer months a seasonal burger wagon by the store offers excellent food. Alexis Creek - The community of Alexis Creek is located 20 kms west of Hanceville on Highway 20 on a bench overlooking the Chilcotin River. It was named after Chief Alexis who was chief during 2017 Guide to Williams Lake and Area
Angie Mindus photo The community of Tatla Lake is situated about 225 kilometres, or a three hour’s drive, west of Williams Lake and boasts views that include old wooden fences and meadows with pristine lakes and mountains nearby.
the Chilcotin War. Nearby is Bull Canyon Provincial Park and Battle Bluff, sites of a fierce intertribal battle fought between the Tsilhqot’ins who were defending their territory against the invading Bella Coola tribes. Pioneer Alex Graham settled here in 1895 and started the area’s ranching history with the C-1 Ranch. The community soon sprung up around the ranch. The pioneers built a small hospital for the resident doctor, an Anglican Church, a stopping house and a small log school building – most of these buildings are still in use within the community today. Once considered the service centre between Williams Lake and Bella Coola, this is no longer the case. Today,
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A new Chilcotin Visitor`s Information Centre was recently built and is run by local volunteers during the tourist season. It offers clean bathrooms with flush toilets, picnic tables, a Sani Dump, fresh potable water, fresh coffee, ice cream, Internet access and up-to-date travel information for the area, as well as an interesting display and history of the original pioneers who settled the area. Bull Canyon Provincial Park offers picturesque riverside camping for everyone. Chilko/Newton Road - About 20 kms west of Alexis Creek the Chilko Newton Road turns south off Highway 20. This rough gravel route, has seen deterioration in recent years with washouts and several windfalls, meaning users should bring a chainsaw and be driving a four-wheel drive truck. The road is passible, but very bumpy and rough, down to the Taseko Junction Recreation Site by passing through the Bayliff Ranch and down the Chilko Newton Road. Redstone/Chezacut Turnoff - 32 kms west of Alexis Creek is the turnoff north to the historic ranching country of Chezacut and the headwaters of the Chilcotin. One kilometre further is the Schellenberg settlement consisting of the abattoir, feed store and beautiful naturally built Kinikinik Restaurant, gift store, conference room and four cabins for overnighters. The restaurant and meal sales offer certified organic cuisine and meat products.
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Tsi Del Del Redstone/Alexis Creek Indian Band - There are two Redstones side by side on the Chilcotin highway. Twelve kilometres west of the Stuart Redstone is the Tsilhqot’in community of Tsi Del Del, also known as Redstone, and home of the Alexis Creek First Nation. Tsi Del Del is the Tsilhqot’in word for “red stone” named for the nearby red coloured bluffs. Here the Redstone Gas Bar sells gas at a price hard to beat anywhere in the Chilcotin. Food and crafts are also available in the store. Every August the community hosts the Redstone Rodeo offering many rodeo events topped by the exciting mountain race where only the bravest mounted cowboys tear down the steep mountain side and winner takes all. Chilanko Forks/Puntzi Lake - Five kms west of Tsi Del Del is the post office and community of Chilanko Forks. Several resorts are located 2017 Guide to Williams Lake and Area
Angie Mindus photo Heckman Pass, also called “the hill” by locals, begins about 66 kms west of Anahim Lake and is all that separates drivers from the Chilcotin Plateau and the Bella Coola Valley. The road, which boasts an elevation of 1515 metres, is gravel but very well maintained and shouldn’t be a problem as long as you take your time.
at Puntzi Lake offering food and some services. Chilanko Forks is the home of the former American, then later Canadian, air force base established during the Korean War. It was disbanded in the late 1960s but the Forest Service continues to operate the runway and facilities as a tanker base to fight forest fires.
The Hill - The road west of Anahim Lake is gravel for the next 66 kms, but is usually well maintained. As you approach the hill, approximately 370 kms west of Williams Lake, you will be able to see the colourful Rainbow Mountains visible to the north on a clear day. Near the top of
Tatla Lake - 225 kms west of Williams Lake, Tatla Lake is considered the gateway of the West Chilcotin. Equipped with a store, gas station, motel and restaurant, Tatla Lake also has a nursing clinic, library, community hall, school, and church. A kilometre east of the community, the road to the West Branch and Tatlayoko valleys leaves Highway 20 heading south. The community hosts its annual Tatla Lake Gymkhana the third weekend in June.
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Kleena Kleene - 32 kms west of Tatla Lake the community of Kleena Kleene occupies little more than a dot on the map. Here the post office is run out of a private home. Clearwater Lake - Approximately 260 kms west of Williams Lake, Clearwater Lake sports two luxury resorts and public campground. Nimpo Lake - 300 kms west of Williams Lake is Nimpo Lake. Besides a store, post office, two seasonal restaurants opened in the summer months and a mechanics shop, the community is home to several resorts and lodges. Both propane and gas can be purchased here. In winter, backcountry snow machine touring is very popular in Nimpo Lake and Anahim Lake, with all-season resorts to support winter tourists. Anahim Lake - At 320 kms west of Williams Lake, Anahim Lake is the capital of the West Chilcotin. The community is home to a sawmill and fully served with a school, RCMP station, nursing clinic, three general stores, a restaurant, two churches, several resorts and lodges, and a twice daily scheduled airline service to Vancouver. The 900-member Ulkatcho First Nation is also an integral part of the Anahim Lake community. Each spring Anahim and Nimpo Lake host their annual canoe race, then on the first weekend after the July 1 long weekend is the famous Anahim Lake Stampede. Guided horseback trail riding and hunts in season are very popular in this region. 2017 Guide to Williams Lake and Area
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Angie Mindus photo Clayton Falls Recreation Site is situated at the very end of Highway 20 about five kms beyond the townsite of Bella Coola and offers visitors the only ocean-front park in the Bella Coola area. Overnight camping is not permitted at the site, however, sea life is on full display right from your picnic table all day long.
the hill, several trailheads into the Rainbow Mountains are located. The hill descends spectacularly more than 1,500 metres (more than a mile) in elevation over a 20 km stretch. Though the wide gravel switchbacks and sometimes narrow sections of the roadway are well-maintained by road
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Angie Mindus photo The Bella Coola Harbour is home to about 40 commercial fishing vessels, 30 recreational boats and 10 commercial vessels and is operated by the Bella Coola Harbour Authority, a non-profit organization. Fresh water, showers and laundry are available on-site and a food vendor sets up shop during the busy summer months. The harbour is located at the end of Highway 20 by vehicle, and by sea can be found in the North Bentinck Arm just beyond the mouth of the Bella Coola River.
Paradise awaits you in the Bella Coola Valley Atnarko River - At the bottom of the infamous Bella Coola hill, pull off and breathe a sigh of relief. Take a breath of that sweet cedar-scented air. You’re now in big tree country of the Bella Coola Valley. After 65 kms of gravel, you can look forward to a further 80 kms of new pavement all the way to the Bella Coola townsite, but there are a few things to see before you get there.
camping and accommodations, a Shop Easy grocery store, a gift shop, post office, high school, public outdoor swimming pool, the Norwegian Heritage House and a full service gas station. The valley’s airport is located in Hagensborg, boasting a 1250 m/4200ft paved airstrip, terminal building, and a fuelling station. Regular daily, year-round air service is available from Pacific Coastal Airlines.
Tweedsmuir Provincial Park Campground - Located a few kilometres from the bottom of the hill on the Atnarko River, a fully serviced campground offers a good base for hiking for all ages and levels of experience. Nearby is the Tote Road, which leads to the trail head to Hunlin Falls. As well, the Atnarko area of the park offers good salmon and trout fishing, wildlife, and bird viewing opportunities.
A few kilometres west of Hagensborg, the Department of Fisheries and Oceans Snootli Hatchery is a definite stop of interest. Free tours are available on a drop-in basis weekdays.
Belarko Bear Viewing Station – Created by BC Parks, the station is located at a prime grizzly feeding spot on the Atnarko River, just east of Fisheries Pool Campground. The station is open and staffed from Sept. 1 to Sept. 30, when bears are active along the river banks. Stuie – Historically the meeting grounds of the Ulkatcho First Nations of Anahim Lake and the Nuxalk of Bella Coola, this tiny community was once the location of an ancient Nuxalk village. The Atnarko and Talchako Rivers join here, forming the Bella Coola River. A lodge located here offers river rafting scenic tours and guided hiking and fishing services. Alexander Heritage Trail – Alexander Mackenzie arrived in the Bella Coola Valley in 1793, completing the first recorded crossing of North America. He and his First Nations guides travelled overland along the network of trails known historically as the Grease Trails. These trails were trading routes for the Aboriginal people, developed over thousands of years. The trail head is located at Burnt Bridge, just within the western most boundary of Tweedsmuir Provincial Park. Hagensborg - Located 15 kms up the valley from Bella Coola, this Norwegian pioneer settlement is the largest village in the valley with a population of just under 500 people. Located within the community are 2017 Guide to Williams Lake and Area
Open year-round, Bella Coola Valley Seafood is located in Hagensborg on the Saloompt River Road and offers fresh, smoked and frozen local seafood for those interested in tasting some local seafood while the Mountain Valley Organics Health Food Store provides a selection of fresh breads, handcrafted soaps and local produce in season. Bella Coola - Located where the Bella Coola River flows into the Pacific Ocean is the small village of Bella Coola. Only about 135 people actually live in the village, however, the adjacent First Nations community of the Nuxalk Nation is home to approximately 800 people. You’ll find stores, a post office, library, museum, camping and accommodations, restaurants, elementary school, churches and government offices in the Bella Coola townsite. There are many exciting recreational opportunities available in the valley, including wilderness hiking on signed trails, world class river salmon fishing, salt water charter fishing, scenic drift boat tours, river and ocean kayaking, wildlife and bird viewing and photography, fixed wing and helicopter flight seeing, museum, and ancient petroglyphs. Located a kilometre from the townsite, the government wharf is the terminal for ferry service to Port Hardy (on Vancouver Island) and the Central Coast communities of Ocean Falls, Shearwater, Bella Bella and Klemtu. The ferry provides sailings between June and September. Contact Bella Coola Visitor Centre (firstname.lastname@example.org) for a list of everything to do and see, fishing, hiking, ferry information and more. Page 77
McLeese Lake offers small town hospitality The small community of McLeese Lake is a family vacation spot located 44 kms north of Williams Lake along Highway 97.
McLeese Lake has a population of 300 and offers travellers small-town hospitality as well as a post office, general store, pub and restaurant, private campground and motel located on the shoreline of the lake.
Formerly called Mud Lake, McLeese Lake is named in honour of Robert McLeese, who lived at nearby Soda Creek from 1863 until his death in the 1880s.
If you are looking for outdoor adventure, there are plenty of choices. Winter activities include skating, hockey, cross country skiing, snowmobiling, ice fishing, tobogganing and dog sledding. Forestry roads in the region provide access routes in the summer for hiking and biking. In the summer months McLeese Lake is also a wonderful swimming and fishing lake. Spawning Kokanee can be observed from September to early October at Sheridan Creek, which is located at the north east end of McLeese Lake.
Robert McLeese was a hotel keeper, store owner, postmaster of Soda Creek for 25 years, owner of a sternwheeler river boat and member of the Legislative Assembly.
Monica Lamb-Yorski photo The community of Likely is a great place to visit and explore as it is rich in history and natural surroundings.
History and nature unfold in Likely Likely is one of those unique communities that everyone should visit. Situated on the west arm of picturesque Quesnel Lake, (the largest lake in the Cariboo region and the second deepest lake in Canada), Likely offers a wide variety of activities to do and sights to see. This is the area to visit British Columbia’s early gold mining communities. Whether you prefer to lounge on the beach or fish for trophy sized rainbows on Quesnel Lake, a trip to Likely will be a treasured experience for travellers who are willing to venture off the beaten path. Of course there are endless opportunities for camping, hiking, mountain biking, canoeing, kayaking, wildlife viewing and many other outdoor recreations, far away from the crowds. There’s almost nowhere in this area that you can go without, literally, stepping into history. Likely is also one of those rare communities that has its own ghost town nearby, Quesnel Forks. Simply called ‘The Forks’ by the locals; what remains today is the oldest non-native settlement in the Cariboo. Quesnel Forks celebrated 150 years in 2009. Take a walk at the confluence of the Quesnel and Cariboo rivers, explore the old cemetery and take in the visitor’s centre information boards. Here, you can feel the footsteps of the past. A few kilometers before you reach Likely, be sure to stop at the Bullion Pit rest area where you’ll find an information kiosk, picnic tables, a toilet facility and a view of one of the largest manmade canyons in the world. At three kilometres long, 300 meters wide and 125 meters deep, the Bullion Pit will remain as an everlasting testimony to man’s thirst for gold. Take a walk to the right and see parts of the old ditch situated just before the water entered “the pit” for the hydraulic mining operation, as well as some artifacts from the 1930s. Another place to visit is Cedar Point Provincial Park, four kilometres south of Likely and situated on the shores of Quesnel Lake. Throughout the park and campground you’ll find mining artifacts and displays, a playground, ball park and boat launch. Cedar Point is also home to the Cedar City Museum and Tourist Page 78
Information Centre. The museum has amazing displays and provides a theatre room for viewing DVDs of the area, historical as well as current. If you are driving the backroad to Barkerville be sure to stop by and ask about road conditions. Hours: Open on the Victoria Day weekend and on weekends in May/June. For July and August, the museum and info centre are open daily; weekends only in September. Hours are 11 a.m.– 5 p.m. Likely is a photographer’s paradise. With the changing vistas on Poquette Lake and Quesnel Lake and the early spring orchids and Lady Slippers that bloom in June you will find amazing opportunities to document this beautiful area. If you arrive in Likely during the May long weekend you’ll be able to take in one of the world’s shortest but most enthusiastic parades and a popular fishing derby that is attracting more and more anglers every year. For more information on what to see and do in Likely, call 250-790-2459 (summer only) or call the Williams Lake Visitor Centre at 1-877-967-5253 or locally at 250-392-5025.
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Unlikely Paddlefest continues to ride the waves Since 1992 kayakers from near and far have been converging in the Cariboo for the Unlikely Paddlefest. Back when the event was first started, Mark Savard of Williams Lake and a group of friends were simply looking for an excuse to get away from it all while paddling some pristine rivers. So, they packed up their gear and their kayaks and headed to Likely for a weekend of thrill seeking on the Quesnel River — one of the premiere destinations for kayakers in the Cariboo Chilcotin. “We’d set the date to coincide with B.C. Rivers Day. That was the idea,” Savard says. B.C. Rivers Day is a province-wide event held each September to celebrate the heritage of the province’s rivers. The Likely community was more than happy to play host to the event, which served to further its appeal. “We added in the hospitality, the music, the food and all that sort of stuff,” Savard says. Over the years Paddlefest organizers have even organized an annual “anything that floats” parade down the river. Now, annually, more than 150 people from B.C. make the trek to Likely for the event.
Monica Lamb-Yorski photo The Unlikely Paddlefest has been a part of Likely for the past 25 years, celebrating the beauty of our area rivers. This year the Paddlefest will be staged at nearby Quesnel Forks.
In 2014 the Mount Polley Mine disaster impacted the region, and in particular, the beloved Quesnel River, putting the Paddlefest’s location into question. “Paddlers really care about the health of our rivers and lakes and that’s what draws us back every year for Paddlefest,” Savard says. The Unlikely Paddlefest is held the third weekend in September, this year from Sept.15 to 18, as a non-competitive event.
This year’s event will be focused around Quesnel Forks, just outside of Likely. Lake paddlers with stand-up paddle boards, canoes and touring kayaks are also invited to attend. Rafters have also become a fixture at the event during the past few years. Some of the more experienced paddlers challenge the Chilko River on the final day. For more information call Mark Savard at Red Shred’s Bike and Board Shed at 250-398-7873 or send him an e-mail at email@example.com.
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Natural wonders await at Horsefly and surrounds There are plenty of opportunities for outdoor adventures in the Horsefly area, just a 40-minute drive east of Williams Lake.
Taking the 150 Mile House turnoff, 10 minutes south of Williams Lake, the scenery leading to and surrounding Horsefly is both serene and breathtaking. The wonderful views on the way to Horsefly include farms, fields, lakes and the snowcapped Cariboo Mountains. Explore the magnificent mountains — Eureka Peak, Horsefly Mountain, Teapot, Mount Watt, Mount Brew, etc. etc. There is a tourist brochure available — check it out. Surrounded by beautiful lakes, mountains, rivers and forests the area is ideal for fishing, horseback riding, kayaking, canoeing, boating, hiking, mountain biking, camping, hunting, snowmobiling, back country skiing, snowshoeing, and more. A new attraction in Horsefly is the Waterfall Quest. Pick up the brochure and follow directions to five waterfalls. Three are on Horsefly River and two on Moffat Creek. You can go adventuring on your own or with one of the professional guides who are prepared to take you high into the mountains, along a winding wooded trail, or perhaps guide you to one of the remote fishing lakes. The area’s two largest lakes, Horsefly and Quesnel, offer opportunities to angle for Kokanee, Dolly Varden, Lake Trout ( Char ) and wild stock Rainbows. Visitors can get a feel for the history of
Mario Gusola photo More than 150 people attended the fourth annual ATV Poker Run in Horsefly last summer where riders had the opportunity through a special permit to enter scenic Eureka Bowl with ATVs as part of a 90-kilometre trek in the Cariboo Mountains. The event raises funds for the Horsefly Volunteer Fire Department.
Horsefly at the Jack Lynn Memorial Museum, which is open from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. seven days a week from June 15 to Sept. 15. The museum charts the community’s history from the gold rush of the 1800s, to its heyday as a logging/ mill town called Harper’s Camp, then becoming Horsefly in the 1930s. Today Horsefly is a vibrant community of 900 people and is primarily sustained by logging, ranching and tourism. Special events are often held in the fall to welcome back salmon spawning in the Horsefly River. Each summer the Horsefly Volunteer Fire Department organizes a spectacular ATV Poker Ride up into the mountains. Mark your calendars for the fourth annual Horsefly ATV Poker Ride on July 22, 2017. Horsefly will also host a Father’s Day Pancake Breakfast and Garage Sale at the fire hall on June 18, 2017 and its annual fall fair on Aug. 19, 2017. The community has a vibrant and long standing music and arts community which has gained wide acclaim in recent years for its summer Arts on the Fly Festival. This year the festival takes place July 14 and 15. The community boasts more than 30 businesses which are listed on a sign located at the Likely Road cut-off. The community has a school, library, general store, hair salon, hardware store, café, post office, pub, full service station, real estate office, and even a local newspaper called The Horsefly Buzz. Accommodation photo submitted includes a motel, a bed and breakfast, resort cabins at Horsefly Landing Resort, Crooked Lake and Cariboo Country Inn and Resort. There are also many Forest The community of Horsefly has a strong 4-H Club with members Service campsites. The Horsefly Provincial Park, situated 11 kms east of learning everything from public speaking and photography to how to Horsefly, is open May to October and offers nicely groomed campsites, a picnic raise a beef for market. Horsefly 4-H Beef Club members include Joey Augustine, Riata Seelhof, Anna Best and Lexi Augustine. and swimming area, boat launch, trails, and nearby laundromat. In addition to the volunteer fire department, Horsefly has the Horsefly River Round Table planning group, board Leading Edge Wood Products of trade, women’s institute, 4-H Club, cattlemen’s association, community club, church group, quilting Quality Above All club, and a Red Hat Society. Local contractors •Siding •Flooring •Panelling •Roof Decking are available to solve any problem be it electrical, Horseﬂy Lake •Beams and Timbers plumbing, renovations, or delivering firewood. www.CaribooCountryInn.com CUSTOMER SERVICES: Horsefly businesses are wheelchair accessible •Sawing •Planing •Profiling •Kiln Drying phone (250) 620-3434 and the Horsefly Community Club installed a Email: wheelchair accessible fishing dock at remote Tisdall email@example.com www.leadingedgewoodproducts.ca Lake, 44 kms from the village. Check out Horsefly 5622 Horsefly Lake Road, Horsefly at www.horseflyriver.ca, www.horseflybc.com, www.harperscamp.ca or www.horseflyrealty.ca. 250-620-3629
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