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Welcome to the Stampede and mountain bike capital of B.C. 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 trail network in B.C.’s Interior, with more than 200 kilometres 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 our recently completed upgrades to the Cariboo Memorial Recreational Complex offers a waterslide and training lanes, as well as a lazy river and beautiful fitness centre, in addition to two ice rinks. We have a vibrant downtown core with a wide variety of shopping, dining, and service opportunities. A birdwatcher’s paradise, Scout Island features two and a half kilometres 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.

Mayor Walt Cobb Plan to join us on the July long weekend and partake in the many activities centered 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 A warm Cariboo welcome greets those that voyage through our vast region. To all that visit our beautiful City of Williams Lake, we invite you to explore, escape and experience the breathtaking scenery that adorns our piece of this earth. 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 Cariboo-Chilcotin Central Coast region, centrally located in British Columbia, stretches from Bella Coola in the west to the rural and historical communities of Likely and Horsefly to the east. If you are in search of fresh crisp mountain air to adrenaline pumping outdoor experiences, you have met your match here. This incredible area is a major attraction for all sport enthusiasts of any age or skill level. Mountain biking, ATVing, snowmobiling, kayaking, fishing, hunting, skiing (both downhill and cross-country), camping and hiking are some of the outdoor opportunities that bring visitors back season after season. As a destination, the Cariboo-Chilcotin Central Coast offers a wide range of year-round activities that the entire family is sure to enjoy. Not only is the region diverse in landscape and wildlife, it is rich in culture and history. The Wild West proudly remains associated with our region as you will discover that the authentic way of western life with working ranches and real cowboys still exists today. This ranching history is what initiated the famous Williams Lake Stampede over nine decades ago. One of the largest Stampedes in the world, celebrating it’s 92nd year this July long weekend, the Stampede attracts

competitors and visitors from across North America and beyond. We are blessed to have established industries such as agriculture, forestry and mining that continue to be major economic contributors in our region. This past summer one of the most destructive wildfire seasons in British Columbia’s history challenged our land, our strength and our spirit. As a community we prevailed and maybe, just maybe, we are a little bit stronger. Some of the Cariboo region will forever be changed but there can be immense beauty in change. Tourism continues to grow in our neighbourhood, as word spreads about our community, facilities, resorts and incredible attractions. One of these attractions and a must see while in Williams Lake is the 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 centre is also home of the Museum of the Cariboo-Chilcotin. Plan to stop in, grab a coffee and step back into a time a little less complicated. Thank you to our valued clients for their continued support of this awardwinning tourism guide. I hope that these pages may inspire and guide each of us to escape, explore and experience the exceptional Cariboo-Chilcotin Coast. Kathy McLean, Publisher, Guide to Williams Lake and Area

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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: 456 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

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March March 7-10, 14, Importance of Being Ernest 17,21-24 WL Studio Theatre • 250-392-4383 March 10th BCBRA Barrel Race • 1:00pm Eagle View Equestrian • 250-392-2584 March 10th Thompson Rivers University WL Gala Thompson Rivers University • Myrissa 250-392-8048 March 10th Superhero Skate • 1:45-3:15 Cariboo Memorial Recreation Centre • 250-398-7665 March 15th Shamrock Luncheon • 11:30-1pm Seniors Activity Centre March 15th City of Williams Lake Birthday Tea Museum of the Cariboo Chilcotin • Joe 250-392-7404 March 11th-17th Cowboy Heritage Week • Museum of the Cariboo Chilcotin Joe 250-392-7404 March 19th-22nd Spring Surprise Swim • 1-4pm Cariboo Memorial Recreation Centre • 250-392-7665 March 24th BCBRA Barrel Race • 1:00pm Eagle View Equestrian • 250-392-2584 March 22nd Laser Skate • 6:30-8pm Cariboo Memorial Complex • 250-392-7665 March 29th WL Chamber of Commerce General Meeting Luncheon 11:30-1pm • 250-392-5025

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Terrill Welch “Light of Place Exposed”, Simone Benjamin Station House Gallery Bowl for Kids Sake • 1pm Cariboo Bowling Lanes • 250-398-8391 BCBRA Barrel Race • 1:00pm Eagle View Equestrian • 250-392-2584 Nutrition Walk & Run • 11:00am • 250-398-7665 Cariboo Memorial Recreation Complex Denise Cariboo Festival Vocal & Choral • TBA Ann Smith 250-305-9755 • ann.smith@axis.bc.ca Cariboo Festival Speech Arts • TBA Ann Smith 250-305-9755 • ann.smith@axis.bc.ca

April 12-13th 81st Annual Williams Lake Bull Show & Sale Stockyard • 250-398-7174 April 16-18th Cariboo Festival Piano • Calvary Church Ann Smith 250-305-9755 • ann.smith@axis.bc.ca April 19th Tween Late Night Pool Party • Cariboo Memorial Recreation Complex • 250-398-7665 April 19th Cariboo Festival Band/Instrumental • TBA Ann Smith 250-305-9755 • ann.smith@axis.bc.ca April 20th Handbags for Hope • 6:00pm • Women’s Contact Society Signal Point Conference Room • 250-392-4118 April 20-22th Williams Lake Indoor Rodeo Cariboo Memorial Recreation Complex 250-457-9997 • wlindoor@shaw.ca April 21st BCBRA Barrel Race • 1:00pm Eagle view Equestrian • 250-392-2584 April 26th Williams Lake Chamber of Commerce General Meeting Luncheon • 250-392-5025 April 28th RBC/Boys & Girls Club Big Hole Williams Lake Golf and Tennis Club • 250-392-6026 April 28th Honors Concert • 7:00pm • Cariboo Bethel Church Ann Smith 250-305-9755 • ann.smith@axis.bc.ca

May

May Beth Kovacic “Connections”, Valerie Arntzen Station House Gallery • Diane 250-392-6113 May 1st-7th Youth Week Boys and Girls Club Linda 250-392-5730 May 2-5, 9-12, 16-19 Hand to God • Williams Lake Studio Theatre 250-392-4383 May 5th Bicycle Rodeo • Canadian Tire • 250-392-1799 May 5th- 6th Horsin’ Around in the Cariboo Eagle View Equestrian • 250-392-2584 May 5th 8th Annual Seedy Saturday • Boitanio Park May 5th Spinners & Weavers Annual Spin In • 10-4pm St Andrews United Church • 250-392-3577 May 13th McLeese Lakes Mother’s Day Market McLeese Lake Hall • 250-303-0259

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SD 27 Cross-Country Run/Angie Mindus photo May 11th Friday’s til Thanksgiving • Williams Lake Farmers Market Boitanio Park • Wlfm.manger@gmail.com May 12th Tech ‘n Tune & Open Practice • Thunder Mtn Speedway Bob Lowen 250-267-2033 May 10th Barrel Racing • 7:00pm Eagle View Equestrian • 250-392-2584 May18-20th 18th Annual Quilt Retreat • Barkerville 1-250-994-3339 May 20th to Sept 30th Every Sunday • McLeese Lake Farmers Market • 9-1pm McLeese Lake Hall • Howie Chamberlan 250-297-6429 May 21st Victoria Day Royal Tea • Barkerville • 1-888-994-3332 May 24th WL Chamber of Commerce General Meeting/Luncheon 11:45-1pm • 250-392-5025 May 24th Gymkhana • 7:00pm Eagle View Equestrian • 250-392-2584 May 25th-27th 18th Annual Quilt Retreat Barkerville • 1-250-994-3339 May 25th-27th Stampede Whirl Ways Jamboree Long House • Dana Ball 250-392-3066 May 26th Lilac Festival • 11-3pm • Station House Gallery May 26th Thunder Mountain Speedway Season Opener Thunder Mountain Speedway • Bob Lowen 250-2672033 May 27th Children’s Festival • Boitanio Park • 250-392-4118 May 26th -27th 24th Annual Laker Club Spring Round Up Downtown Williams Lake • Sam 250-398-6870

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June 17th Stampede Warm Up Race • 10:00am Williams Lake Stampede Grounds June 17th Father’s Day Pancake Breakfast & Garage Sale Horsefly • 250-620-3350 June 20th National Aboriginal Day • Boitanio Park • 250-392-7361 June 21st Barrel Racing • 7:00pm Eagle View Equestrian • 250-392-2584 June 21st WL Chamber of Commerce General Meeting Luncheon 250-392-5025 June 23rd ALS Walk • Boitanio Park • Chris Seibert 250-392-5087 June 22nd- 29th Xeni Gwet’in • Youth Wagon Ride Nemiah Valley • 250-394-7023 June 24th-28th Anaham’s First Nation • Horse & Bike Ride 250-394-4240 June 29th Hit to Pass and Smoke Show • Thunder Mtn Speedway Bob Lowen 250-398-8343 • blowen01@yahoo.ca June 29th-July2nd 92nd Annual WL Stampede • Stampede Grounds 250-398-8388/1-800-71-Rodeo info@williamslakestampede.com June 30th 4 Directions Fair • 12-5pm • Downtown Williams Lake June 30th Stampede Racing • Tri-City Series Racing Thunder Mountain Speedway • Bob Lowen 250-2672033 blowen01@yahoo.ca June 30th Daybreak Rotary’s Stampede Parade Downtown WL • Lori - Daybreak Rotary 250-305-8559 June 30th - July 1st Bella Coola Rodeo • Bella Coola Fair Grounds June 30th - July 1st Rugby Tournament • Rugby Fields

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August

August 3rd BCBRA Barrel Race Finals • Stampede Grounds August 3rd - 6th Annual Arts Wells Festival of all things Art Wells • 1-800-442-2787 August 15th - Sept. 8th Art Walk • Downtown Williams Lake • 250-398-5717 August 9th-13th Williams Lake 4H Show and Sale Williams Lake Stockyards • 250-392-7878 August 9th BCBRA • 7:00pm Eagle View Equestrian • 250-392-2584 August 10th West Coast Vintage Racing • 6:00pm Thunder Mountain Speedway • Bob Lowen 250-267-2033 August 11th Musikfest • Plato Island Resort • Marita 250-620-3675 August 15th Gibraltar Mine Tours • Park at Tourism Discovery Centre 250-392-5025 August 18th Mid Autumn Moon Festival Barkerville • 1-888-994-3332 August 18th Horsefly Fall Fair • Horsefly • 250-620-3350 August 18th-19th Redstone Rodeo • Redstone August 22nd Boys and Girls Club Street Party • Boys and Girls Club Linda 250-392-5730 August 23rd Barrel Racing • 7:00pm Eagle View Equestrian • 250-392-2584 August 25th Thunder Mountain Speedway Memorial Race

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Thunder Mountain Speedway • Bob Lowen 250-267South Cariboo Garlic Festival Lac La Hache • info@garlicfestival.ca Block Party • 4-7pm • Seventh Day Adventist Church Michelle 250-392-5479

September

September September 3rd September 6th September 7th to 9th September 8th September 8th - 9th September 8th-9th September 9th September 14th to 16th September 15th September 16th

Juried Group Show-”Fire, Evacuation Show” Station House Gallery Last Day of the Theatre Royal Summer Show Barkerville• 1-888-994-3332 First Day of the Fall Theatre Royal Show Barkerville • 1-888-994-3332 Cowboy and Drovers Jubilee • Barkerville Points Championship • Thunder Mountain Speedway Bob Lowen 250-267-2033 Bella Coola Valley Fall Fair • Bella Coola Fair Grounds 40th Annual Harvest Fair • Stampede Grounds Tammy 250-305-8403 Tour de Cariboo • TBA • Williams Lake to Gavin Lake Big Brothers & Big Sisters • 250-398-8391 Unlikely Paddlefest • Likely 250-398-7873 • mark@redshreds.com 9th Annual Amazing Race to Rebuild Barkerville Barkerville Terry Fox Run • Cariboo Memorial Complex

September 16th McLeese Lake Car Show and Shine • McLeese Lake VFH Howie Chamberlan 250-297-6611 September 21-23rd Out of time 4: A New Hoop • Barkerville September 27th WL Chamber of Commerce General Meeting Luncheon TBA • 250-392-5025

October October

James Savage “Illuminations”, Jasmine Alexander Tentative • Station House Gallery

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Calendar

of Events

Remembrance Day Services/Tara Sprickerhoff photo

October 13th October 14th

Business Excellences Awards • TBA • 250-392-5025 Harvest Run, Walk or Bike • 11am Cariboo Memorial Complex • 250-398-7665

October 25th WL Chamber of Commerce AGM • 11:30-1pm Signal Point • 250-392-5025 October 20th or27th Royal Purple Garage /Craft Sale Elks Hall • Sharon 250-392-4873 October 26-27th Boys and Girls Club Haunted House • 7-9pm Boys and Girls Club • Linda 250-392-5730 October 27th Eastern Star Tea, and Market • 12-3pm St. Andrews United Church • Marg 250-398-5225 October 31st Halloween Fireworks & Bonfire • Stampede Grounds October 31st Ghostly Halloween Town Tour • Barkerville November Kathy Bonner “Mia Italia” • Station House Gallery November 1st Fall Bazaar • 11:30-1pm • Seniors Activity Centre November 2nd - 3rd Early Bird Christmas Craft Sale Elks Hall • Carmen 250-296-3590 November 2nd - 3rd Annual Potters Fall Fair • Central Cariboo Arts artandjude@shaw.ca November 3rd Christmas Bazaar • 12-3pm Scared Heart Hall • Joanne 250-398-6806 November 3rd Horsefly Christmas Market • 10-2:30 Horsefly Community Hall • Chris 250-620-3597 November 3rd-4th Lac La Hache Christmas Fair & Bazaar • 10-4pm Lac La Hache Hall • Linda 250-396-7118 November 4th Miocene Christmas Market • 10-3pm Miocene Hall • Brenda Gordon 250-296-3109 November 11th Remembrance Day Ceremony • 10:00am Gibraltar Room • 250-398-7665

November

November 11th Big Lake Craft Fair • 10-3pm Big Lake Community Hall • Peggy 250-243-0024 November 17th Made in the Cariboo Craft Sale • 10-3pm Williams Lake Discovery Centre • Betty 250-392-5025 November 24th St Peter’s Annual Tea & Bazaar • 11-2pm St. Peters Anglican Church November 24th-25th Cataline Christmas Craft Fair • 10-3pm Cataline Elementary School • 250-392-7154 November 24-25 Medieval Market • 10-4pm Lake City Secondary • Kim 250-398-5485 November 23rd-24th Earth Friendly Holiday Event • Central Cariboo Arts wastewise@ccconserv.org November 29th Williams Lake Chamber of Commerce • 11:30-1pm TBA • 250-392-5025 December Christmas Market at the Station House Gallery Station House Gallery • 250-392-6113 December 1st Blue Note Christmas Party • 18:30 • Signal Point December 1st Museum’s Christmas Tea and Bake Sale Museum of the Cariboo Chilcotin • 250-392-7404 December 2nd Christmas Market • 10-4pm • 108 Mile Ranch December 7th Seniors Christmas Dinner • Sacred Heart Hall Seniors Activity Centre December 4th Banff Film Festival Cariboo Memorial Recreational Centre • 250-398-7665 December 9th McLeese Lake Christmas Market McLeese Lake Hall • Jacquie 250-297-6334 December 9th Christmas Fair • McLeese Lake Hall • 250-303-0259 December 8th - 10th Barkerville’s Old Fashion Victorian Christmas Barkerville • 1-888-994-3332 Calendar of Events provided by the WL Chamber of Commerce For more updated events visit www.williamslakechamber.com or call 1-877-967-5253

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Resource Industries Monica Lamb-Yorski photo

Gibraltar Mines photo

Angie Mindus photo

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. Unprecedented wildfires in 2017 heavily impacted the region’s forests. Going forward, companies and First Nations will be salvaging burned timber during the next two to three years to access it while it is still viable. Approximately 5,000 kilometres of fireguard was made in the region during the fires as well, and some of those cuts have provided timber. Mining also plays a significant role 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. The agricultural industry was also impacted by the wildfires, but many ranchers worked together to protect theirs and their neighbours’ ranches from encroaching fires. The agriculture industry is also vital to everyday life for even those outside of the Cariboo, as many products from beef to vegetables end up on tables in homes and restaurants in the Lower Mainland and other areas. The Williams Lake Stockyards play an integral part in the local ranching community, hosting several sales throughout the year including the 81st annual Bull Show and Sale this year.

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First Nations

First Nations rich in culture and tradition The Cariboo-Chilcotin is enriched by the Secwepemc, Tsilhqot’in and Dakelh First Nations who have called the area home for thousands of years. Archaeological 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), Xats’ull (Soda Creek Band) and T’exelc (Williams Lake Band at Sugar Cane) and the City of Williams Lake.  The Esk’etemc First Nation (Alkali Lake),  located about 45 minutes south of Williams Lake is part of the Shuswap Nation group, but independent of the NStQ. Six Tsilhqot’in communities are located west of the Fraser River and make up the Tsilhqot’in National Government.  They include Xeni Gwet’in (Nemiah Valley), Yunesit’in (Stone), Tsi Del Del (Alexis Creek), Tl’etinqox (Anaham), Tl’esqox (Toosey) and ?Esdilagh (Alexandria). 

Monica Lamb-Yorski photo Each year, youth and elders from the Xeni Gwet’in First Nation participate in a week-long wagon trip to Williams Lake in time for the Williams Lake Stampede.

Within the Carrier Chilcotin Tribal Council the communities of Tlesq’ox (Toosey), Ulkatcho (Anahim Lake), Lhoosk’uz Dene (Kluskus) and Lhtako Dene (Red Bluff) work together to improve the social and economic wellbeing of their communities. Throughout the year, residents and tourists are invited to events where First Nations share their culture. On National Aboriginal Day, June 21, First

Nations and non-First Nations celebrate with a parade and many activities taking place throughout the day in Boitanio Park, hosted and organized by the Northern Secwepemc. The annual Father’s Day Powwow held at Sugar Cane Powwow Grounds (June 16 - 17, 2018) is also very popular. Many First Nations also participate in the Williams Lake Stampede, taking place this year from June 29 to July 2, 2018. Young riders from Tl’etinqox

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First Nations

(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, Xats’ull 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 and 2017, crews of Xats’ull 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 antibullying policies for the coming school year.  On the political stage, the Supreme Court of Canada decided in 2018 the Williams Lake Indian Band was wrongfully displaced from its village lands in the 1860s. The band will be compensated financially, for lands at the foot of Williams Lake, which includes downtown. As it pursued action through a specific land claim which does not return the land in question to the applicant. 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 students in School District 27 are encouraged to share their unique traditions and culture at Lake City Secondary School in Williams Lake, as seen above at the Columneetza campus during a powwow. Page 14

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of the Cariboo Chilcotin

Museum

Tara Sprickerhoff 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. Situated on the traditional territory of the Dakelh, Secwepemc and Tsilhqot’in Nations, the museum presents a number of exhibits relating to local Indigenous inhabitants, the fur trade, early settler societies, the arrival of the railway and the growth of the city of Williams Lake. A unique and sizable collection of saddles, the BC Cowboy Hall of Fame, a model of the Pacific Great Eastern railway as it was in 1919 and a number of First Nations artifacts are just a few of the wealth of history the museum has to offer. The museum has a number of stories that tell the history of forestry, mining, agriculture and other industries that have shaped the region. A new Canada

150 exhibit lists and describes 150 Cariboo Chilcotin events that have influenced the region between 1867 and 2017, providing a local context to national and international events that occured following Confederation. Throughout the year, the museum will continue to update and open new and seasonal exhibits that showcase the area’s dynamic past. In its current home at the Tourism Discovery Centre, the museum building is wheelchair accessible with ramps and an elevator. Group tours are welcome. Admission is free to everyone. See our ad below for our physical address and hours of operation. Contact 250-392-7404 or email mcc@wlake.com for more information. Our web address is www.cowboy-museum.com.

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Cariboo Memorial

Recreation Complex

Indoor recreation offered at complex The Cariboo Memorial Recreation Complex is the hub for recreation activities in Williams Lake and caters to all ages. In the fall of 2017 the brand new West Fraser Aquatic Centre opened its doors providing patrons two brand new swimming pools, among other amenities for the community. The completed project includes a new fitness centre, lap pool, swirl pool, steam room and leisure pool. The leisure area features a waterslide, lazy river, tots area, kiddie carwash, teacup fountain, bubble pit, cortex and massage chairs. 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.

Angie Mindus photo The Cariboo Memorial Recreation Complex offers recreation activities for all ages.

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. A twitter feed can also be found at @SKPProject. Updates can also be located on the Cariboo Regional District website at cariboord.ca.

Cariboo Memorial Recreation Complex West Fraser Aquatic Centre!!! LAP POOL • 25 Metre Zero Entry Lane Pool • With Climbing Wall LEISURE POOL • Slide • Lazy River • Jets, Car Wash & Teacup STEAM ROOM DRY SAUNA HOT POOL

Twin Ice Arenas

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Recreation Services

• Fitness Classes • Child, Youth and Adult Programs • New Fitness Centre

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Nature Centre

Scout Island

Gaeil Farrar photo Scout Island Nature Centre is located in Williams Lake and offers several walking trails with views of the city and the lake.

Scout Island Nature Centre is a tranquil oasis of nature in the heart of our city Scout Island is a true gem for Williams Lake residents and visitors.

Details:

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. 

• 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 its website scoutislandnaturecentre.ca. • Find us on Facebook by searching Scout Island Nature Centre.

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. 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. 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. 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. 

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Angie Mindus photo Residents and visitors alike can often be seen taking advantage of paddling opportunities on Williams Lake nestled off the shores of Scout Island.

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Tourism

Discovery Centre

Offering visitors a unique experience Williams Lake’s extraordinary Tourism Discovery Centre (TDC) stands prominently at the south entrance to the city, inviting visitors to stop in and find out what our city and area have to offer. This one-of-a-kind, 14,000 square foot log and timber building often leaves visitors in awe, and perfectly showcases the talent of our local log home builders, as well as our construction companies. Operated by the Williams Lake & District Chamber of Commerce, this building is designed to offer visitors an unique experience. Our affiliation with Destination BC ensures that the Visitor Centre always has qualified travel counsellors available to answer all of your questions, and to help make your stay in the area a great adventure. The Visitor Centre has a large selection of informational materials, including brochures to plan your British Columbia or cross-Canada vacation. The Visitor Centre counsellors are available to help you plan your adventure in and around the Cariboo-Chilcotin region. The Tourism Discovery Centre offers a comfortable place to take a break from your travels. Enjoy the beautiful view of the lake from the mezzanine, or check your email while sitting in the comfortable chairs surrounding the 745-year-old cedar tree that rises from the lower level of the centre. The gift store and coffee shop showcase locally produced goods. It is the perfect spot to pick up your Williams Lake, British Columbia or Canada souvenirs and get a great cup of coffee or other specialty beverages. The Visitor Centre offers Wi-Fi and computer terminals to keep in touch with home. Parking at the centre can accommodate any size RV or bus. The TDC is the new location of the Museum of the Cariboo Chilcotin, you can take in a bit of local history while you explore. So, make sure to include the Williams Lake Tourism Discovery Centre as one of your first stops in Williams Lake!

Angie Mindus photo 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 pullthrough parking lot for vehicles of all sizes.

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Stampede

Williams Lake

Stampede marks 92nd year of roping and riding There’s no better way to take in the Canada Day long weekend in Williams Lake than the Williams Lake Stampede. Celebrating its 92nd year, the 2018 World Famous Stampede features premier rodeo events including bull riding, bareback riding, saddle bronc, steer wrestling, team roping, tie down roping, barrel racing and more.

There’s also the signature and fan-favourite mountain race, which provides thrills and excitement for participants and spectators, alike, as competitors race down a mountain onto the dirt track at the Williams Lake Stampede Grounds for a finish inside the rodeo arena. Top athletes from throughout North America compete at the rodeo across five performances over four days this year beginning with two performances on Friday, June 29 and finishing on Monday, July 2. The Stampede features fun, family entertainment and is all about having a good time, plus celebrating the tradition of rodeo in the region. Annually, thousands of rodeo fans take in the excitement of the event with sellout crowds always a guarantee during the weekend.

Monica Lamb-Yorski photo The 2017/18 Williams Lake Stampede Queen Kaylee Billyboy waves to the crowd while making her grand entrance during Sunday’s Tough Enough to Wear Pink Performance at the 2017 Williams Lake Stampede.

Friday afternoon features family day at the rodeo and fans are reminded to wear red during the Friday evening 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. Live entertainment nightly caps off each day (Thursday, Friday, Saturday) in the famous Let R Buck Saloon, beginning at 9 p.m. There’s also fun for the whole family, including the Young Gunz Rodeo, the Bronc Buster Trade Fair and much, much more.

The Williams Lake Stampede has its roots dated back to 1919 with the arrival of the Pacific Great Eastern Railway. At that time, a group of cowboys decided to put on a ‘Wild West-type show’ for the passengers sitting on the train as it stopped in Williams Lake.

The first organized Williams Lake Stampede was held in 1919, however, the rodeo took a several-year hiatus during the World Wars. People would come from throughout the Cariboo to take in the spectacle. As word spread, they came to camp and compete, to visit, dance, gamble, and party. 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. The most interesting visitors to see travelling into town for the Stampede were the First Nations peoples who came in from their various homes around the Cariboo Chilcotin, usually arriving a day or two before Stampede. That tradition still lives on today as organized wagon trips and rides to Williams Lake still take place during the week leading up to the Stampede. One event that still honours the rodeo’s roots is the Stampede Ranch Challenge. The Ranch Challenge is a series of many working cowboy events including penning, sorting and some hilarious costume-friendly bronc riding and is a locals-only competition giving cowboys from area ranches a chance to compete against each other for the year’s bragging rights. The Ranch Challenge takes place following the Saturday and Sunday afternoon performances. Over the past few years a new addition to the Stampede, the Wild Cowgirl Race, has garnered rave reviews while bringing grandstand spectators to their feet. The race is a 3/8 of a mile flat race open to women, only, featuring local and out-of-town racers where fans get a front-row seat of the finish line.

Angie Mindus photo There are five action-packed rodeos at the World Famous Williams Lake Stampede providing spectators four days of exciting Canadian Professional Rodeo Association thrills. Page 20

Today, the Williams Lake Stampede Grounds are a top-notch facility. The Grounds have seen many upgrades to its facilities over the 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 the Stampede Grounds, while just a few years ago a log stage was also built for the Let R’ Buck Saloon. For more on the World Famous Williams Lake Stampede visit its website at www.williamslakestampede.com or find them on Facebook by searching ‘Williams Lake Stampede.’ 2018 Guide to Williams Lake and Area


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Indoor Rodeo

Williams Lake

Boots, chaps and cowboy hats Every spring, the Cariboo Memorial Recreation Complex is transformed into a rodeo arena for a weekend to host the annual Williams Lake Indoor Rodeo.   April 20-22, 2018 will mark the association’s 28th 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. Greg Sabatino photo This indoor spring event is guaranteed to have something for everyone. Starting with dynamic announcer Brett Gardiner, the Rink one at the Cariboo Memorial Recreation Complex is transformed into a rodeo is kicked off each year with famous opening acts, the rodeo arena every spring for the popular Williams Lake Indoor Rodeo where cowboys and cowgirls put on a great show for their fans. quick-paced Wild West Riders drill team maneuvering patterns on horseback and the always exciting Wild Horse Race. From dirt and try stick horse barrel racing, dummy roping, bucking barrels watching the clown/barrel man with his crazy antics, the arena pick-up and more. men, Rodeo Royalty or cheering on a favourite team or competitors as they challenge C+ Rodeos stock in 13 events, there is plenty of action, Make sure you have your ID ready (no minors allowed) for some thrills 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 20 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 wlindoor@shaw.ca or check out the website at www.wlindoorrodeo.com.

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Thunder Mountain

Speedway

Greg Sabatino photo Just a five minute drive from Williams Lake, Thunder Mountain Speedway offers multiple 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) — now celebrating its 61st year of racing — 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 continues to break record attendances year after year — and All Class Invitational races, during the Canada Day long weekend.

looks forward to providing hours of family enjoyment. Be sure to check 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 blowen01@yahoo.ca. So, come on up the hill for a little Thunder on the Mountain!

2018 Race Schedule

Each event promises to bring thrills and chills for all race enthusiasts. This year Stampede races will take place June 29 and June 30 with the popular Stampede Hit-To-Pass Friday, June 29 and the Stampede Racing All Class Invitational and Tri-City Series Race on Saturday, June 30. 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

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Angie Mindus photo First place is always something to celebrate at Thunder Mountain Speedway’s Hit to Pass event, a fan favourite. 2018 Guide to Williams Lake and Area

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WL Studio Theatre

A rich history of community theatre With musicals, dramas, comedies and more, the Williams Lake Studio Theatre is a staple of the lakecity arts and culture scene. Its 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 Sheryl-Lynn Lewis photo scene had been pretty much a hit-and-miss affair until one of Canada’s most noted playwrights, Gwen Pharis Ringwood, Curt Sprickerhoff threatens Michael Rawluk during a Williams Lake Studio Theatre’s moved to the community in 1953. It wasn’t long after her performance of Mind Game. arrival that the members of theatre roared to life, a fire that burns strong in the community to this day. Today the 98-seat directing, lighting, costuming, and more, which are open to all members of the Studio Theatre operates in School District 27’s former Glendale Elementary School. community. 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 Studio Theatre is also a member of the Community Arts Council of Williams The technical side of the theatre has also improved with new lighting and sound Lake and Theatre B.C. The club participates in Theatre BC’s Central Interior Zone equipment. An impressive display of posters pays tribute to the many productions Festival each year, and hosts the event every few years. Studio Theatre members that have been staged for the community over the years.  are also actively involved in providing entertainment at community events such as the Williams Lake Stampede and Winter Lights Festival. The club encourages Over the course of its performance season, Studio Theatre usually presents four young talent and many of its members have gone on to enjoy professional careers plays of a diverse nature. There’s something for everyone and everything in in various aspects of theatre. In addition to being supported by performance between. Auditions for all plays are posted publicly and people from all backgrounds ticket sales the Studio Theatre has a performance patron program, has a small and cultures are welcome and encouraged to join the fun.  No experience is ever annual membership fee, and accepts donations. The club also updates members required to audition for a part on stage or help on a production behind the scenes. and patrons by e-mail. People can also check out the Studio Theatre website Each play has a rehearsal period of six to 12 weeks and is on stage for eight to at www.wlstudiotheatre.com or follow the Studio Theatre Facebook page at 12 performances. All cast and crew involved volunteer their time and expertise. https://www.facebook.com/wlstudiotheatre/. The club hosts workshops on diverse topics including, but not limited to, acting,

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Art Gallery & Gift Shop

Station House

Tara Sprickerhoff photo Artist Alexa Black pauses in front of some of the pieces from the Station House Gallery’s February show Wild Like Moonlight.

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 than not 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 plays host to a variety of workshops for artists young and old, including after school classes for youth ages seven and up, and summer art classes. The gallery is open Monday to Saturday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. and admission is free. In December the entire gallery becomes an art and craft market for the holiday season.

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Main Gallery: 150 Mile artist, Georgia Lesley ‘Is that Tree Dancing?’ Upper Gallery: Alexa Black ‘Wild Like Moonlight’

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April 6-28

Main Gallery: Terrill Welch – ‘Light of Place Exposed’ BC landscape painter, exposes the mystery of light specific to the Interior and west coast of BC and other regions. Upper Gallery: Simone Benjamin – ‘Infinitesimal Affirmations’ abstract Cariboo painter whose art reflects the energies of the natural world.

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Angie Mindus photo Almost 100 years old, the Station House building now plays host to diverse art exhibits and art workshops throughout the year in Williams Lake.

May 4-26

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Main Gallery: Betty Kovacic – ‘Connections’ Award winning artist explores relationships between all living beings through mixed media. Upper Gallery: Valerie Arntzen – ‘Ceremonial Blankets’ The journey into ceremonial blankets started with the making of her own prayer flags depicting Buddha on them instead of traditional prayers

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Main Gallery: Dorothy Ingalls – ‘Dorothy; Home and Away’ Local artist shows 7 decades of multi media works, many that document our area history. Upper Gallery: Al-Lisa Mackay ‘The Enchanted Forest’ Multi media journey through an enchanted forest of dreams

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Celebrating the Arts

Central Cariboo Arts Centre A space to create

Home to spinners, potters, artists and others, 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.

Tara Sprickerhoff photo Harper Webster paints a bird ornament during the Earth Friendly Holiday event hosted at the Central Cariboo Arts Centre with the Cariboo Chilcotin Conservation Society

The Graham Kelsey Room hosts a wide variety of activities including this year’s first ever Dark Times music festival, the Earth Friendly holiday craft event, ukulele practices, and Williams Lake Film Club movie nights. The Graham Kelsey Room and one small studio can be booked by anyone, though preferential rates or no-fee bookings are given to non-profit arts and culture groups for workshops, meetings and other gatherings. The Central Cariboo Arts and Culture Society was established in 2010, when the Cariboo Regional District became the first rural regional district in B.C. to develop an  arts and culture function supported by tax revenue. The City of Williams Lake contracts the society to operate

the centre. Society staff provide assistance to arts and culture groups and organizations in the region; maintain a Central Cariboo calendar of events; provide assistance and resources for arts related projects; and administer arts and culture grants and fee-for-service agreements for local arts groups on behalf of the city and regional district. The society also manages the Performances in the Park concert series held in Boitanio Park during July and August.  For more information check out the Central Cariboo Arts and Culture Society website at www.centralcaribooarts.com.

Arts council fosters local culture Coming up to 50 years of service to Williams Lake and area, the the Community Arts Council of Williams Lake promotes local arts and the cultural community, as well as the interests of its member groups as a registered non-profit society with charitable status. This includes applying for arts and culture 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, Williams Lake Spinners, Weavers and Fibre Artists Guild; Potato House Community Sustainability Society; Williams Lake Studio Theatre, Cariboo Gold Dance Band, 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 Elliott comedy night with Monica Lamb-Yorski photo opening performance by the Cariboo Chilcotin Youth Fiddle Society. The arts council office is open Mondays and Wednesdays, from 1:00 p.m. 3:15 p.m. in the Central Cariboo Arts Centre. Rup Loops gives a workshop at Lake City Secondary Williams Lake Campus sponsored by the Community Arts Council of Williams Lake. For artist profiles and more information go to www.williamslakecommunityartscouncil.com.

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The Potato House Project

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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.

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What else did this old home have left for the community? Now in its eighth 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. Potato House services include Canada’s only drive-up community composting program. The property also boasts a number of community garden spaces and beautiful fruit trees, making the downtown space an oasis in the heart of the city’s core available for anyone to stop in. 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. 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 the vintage bathroom. During the restoration work a treasure trove of historical documents dating from the 1940s were 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. For a tour of the house, or on anything from compost, to pest deterrents to a look inside the time capsule that is the Potato House, text Mary Forbes at 250855-8443, check out the Potato House website at www.potatohouseproject. com or give them an e-mail at grow@potatohouseproject.com . Also, keep an eye out for more information regarding a community heritage endurance event to take place over the May-long weekend. 2018 Guide to Williams Lake and Area


Cariboo Growers Monica Lamb-Yorski photo The Cariboo Growers in Williams Lake offer locally-grown food year round.

Local food cooperative growing every year There is no other store like the Cariboo Growers Farmers Co-op in Williams Lake. It is best described as a year-round local farmers market, that features foods grown in a responsible and healthy manner. You will never find GMO crops, or GMO ingredients in any of the foods found at the Co-op, and you can ask questions! Who grew this, where was it grown, when was it harvested, and how do I cook with this funny looking vegetable? Are all questions the friendly and knowledgeable staff can answer. Started by a dedicated group of farmers and ranchers, the Co-op opened its doors in April 2010 and now boasts products from over 40 producing members. The non-profit collective strives to provide only foods that are grown and produced in environmentally sustainable and responsible ways without the use of harmful chemicals or pesticides. Even in February, you can find fresh foods such as potatoes, carrots, squash, beets, garlic, apples, winter pears and eggs. In the freezers there are frozen blueberries, raspberries, tomatoes and a selection of local meats including beef, pork, chicken as well as wild dip-net caught salmon. The Co-op also acknowledges that customers want variety from a food retailer. As a result, there is also organic products from further afield including Vancouver Island sea salt and Grass Root Dairies. The Coop strives to carry as much organic B.C. foods as possible including

the seasonal Okanagan fruits and other foods such as pumpkin seeds, dried cranberries, locally roasted coffee, wild crafted teas, local unpasteurized honey, Birch syrup, jams, preserves and specialty breads. One local farmer, Brianna van de Wijngaard notes “A lot of locallyproduced products have become much more competitive, especially in our region, as global food prices continue to rise. Local farmers 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 cooperative, every sale helps ensure local dollars remain local, which is key to the economic health of our community. Did you know, for every 100 dollars spent locally, up to 48 stays in our community versus only 14 when you shop at a big box or chain store (see www.lovewilliamslake.com). 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 well into the future. For more information, or to get involved, please visit www.cariboogrowers.ca, call 778-412-COOP (2667), email admin@ cariboogrowers.ca or visit the store at 327 Oliver Street in the heart of downtown Williams Lake.

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Farmers Market

Farm to Market From the beginning of May and until Thanksgiving weekend, the Cariboo Direct Farmers Market runs every Friday from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Before the market opens, 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.

One of the vendors fries bannock on site and serves it fresh throughout the day, while at another booth two women cook and sell ethnic foods. Some vendors even sell handcrafted items such as aprons, soaps, jewellry or ironworks. Popular items do sell quickly so it is best to get there early to avoid disappointment.

Angie Mindus photo Slow Train Farm is a small family farm and homestead located on the western bank of the Fraser River that produces certified organic produce off the grid and brings it to town for market. You will find many unique vendors such as that of the Bird family at the Cariboo Direct Farmers Market.

Early in the season, some vendors sell plants from their own greenhouses and offer tips about what works best in a particular growing climate.

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Many locals spend their lunch hour or coffee break at the market.

“I love it,” Brianna says. “It’s a viable market for vendors and a great way to spend a Friday.”

Run by a volunteer board of directors, the market is growing every year with new vendors coming on board. Board president Brianna van de Wijngaard encourages newcomers

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Mural Tour

Angie Mindus photos Many unique murals are hidden around Williams Lake, in alleys, on the sides of buildings and in plain view.

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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in the Cariboo Chilcotin

Organizations

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With the picturesque Fraser River in the background, the mountain bike trails built by the Xat’sull First Nation offer spectacular scenery and trails for any ability north of Williams Lake. Cariboo Chilcotin Conservation Society Cariboo Festival Society Cariboo Piecemaker Quilt Club Cariboo Potters Guild Cariboo Registered Musical Teachers Central Cariboo Arts & Culture Society Harvest Fair Committee Museum of the Cariboo Chilcotin Spinners, Weavers & Fibre Artists Guild Tourism Discovery Centre Williams Lake Pipe Band Williams Lake Studio Theatre Society

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Sports Groups Bell-e-Acres 250.398.6313 Big Horns Lacrosse Association 250.392.0191 Blue Fin Swim Club 250.303.1199 Boxing Club 250.392.3719 Cariboo Bowling Lanes 250.392.5526 Cariboo Chilcotin Gymnastics Association 250.398.7331 Cross Country Skiing 250.398.5538 Mens Basketball 250.392-6664 Mens Rec Hockey 250.302.9903 Mens Soccer 778.267.7009 Mt. Timothy Ski Area 250.396.4095 Off Road Motorcycling Association 250.392.6519 Scout Island Fencing Club 250.398-6315 Shogun Martial Arts 250.392.2280 Special Olympics 1.888.854.2276 Stampede Whirlaways Square Dance Club 250.392.2432 Williams Lake Curling Club 250.392.4636 Williams Lake Badminton Club 250.392.6498 Williams Lake Figure Skating Club 250.392.4312 Williams Lake Golf & Tennis Club 250.392.6026 Williams Lake Judo Club 250.296.0062 Williams Lake Minor Fastball / Softball 250.392.6534 Williams Lake Minor Hockey Association 250.392.2211 Williams Lake Rugby Club 250.398.5568 Williams Lake Slo-Pitch League 250.305.7747 Williams Lake Speed Skating Association 250.392.1748 Williams Lake Volley Ball 250.305.0371 Williams Lake Walking Club 250.392.2271 Williams Lake Wanderers 250.392.6423 Williams Lake Women’s Hockey 250.392.1819 Williams Lake Wrestling Club 250.267.7666 Williams Lake Youth Soccer 250.392.1103 Womens Soccer 250.302.1981 Youth Services   BC 4-H 250.392.7879 Scouts Canada 888.726.8876 Boys & Girls Club 250.392.5730 KidZone 250.305.7207 Army Cadets 250.305.1299 Sea Cadets 250.392.2834 Girl Guides of Canada 250.392.4889 Hot Spot Youth Centre 250.398.7765 Highschool Rodeo Club 250.392.7153 Youth for Christ 250.398.7765 2018 Guide to Williams Lake and Area


Hiking

Jen French photos Outstanding scenery, views and vantage points are plentiful in the Cariboo, Chilcotin and Coast for those who enjoy the road less travelled.

A world of hiking right outside 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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Spectacular courses, scenery await Cariboo golfers With four courses within a stone’s throw of the city, golf in the Central Cariboo is a popular and continually-growing sport. The courses are known for 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, pickleball 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, ninehole 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,

Greg Sabatino photo Just a short drive from Williams Lake’s downtown core, the Williams Lake Golf And Tennis Club offers great views of the city and a memorable and friendly golf experience for players of all ages.

8 a.m. to dusk. Extra features include a horseshoe pit, barbecue site and sheltered picnic area. 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, 11hole, 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. 

Greg Sabatino photo There’s plenty of fun for the whole family at Bell-E-Acres in Williams Lake, including a par three, nine-hole golf course, an 18-hole mini golf course and a new go-kart track.

For more information, 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, which was impacted by the 2017 wildfires, however, work is well underway to restore the surrounding area. 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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Lakers Car Club

Greg Sabatino photo The Spring Roundup, held every May, is a great opportunity to check out old cars, and see what auto enthusiasts from around the province have been working on.

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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. 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 House 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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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 with the provincial government on land use issues, trail mapping and trail maintenance in the Williams Lake area. 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.

Greg Sabatino photo Each year, the Williams Lake Off Road Motorcycle Association hosts its wildly popular Dirty Knobby poker run and fun day for families to take advantage of.

at the same time keeping them sustainable and addressing environmentally sensitive areas. During the wildfires of 2017 the Bull Mountain trail network sustained notable damage, making renewal and building of new trails of utmost importance. 2018 definitely will be a season of transition for WLORMA as the members work to recover from the loss of trails, but it is also an exciting time, because, well, who doesn’t like fresh trails? We’ll be working hard to keep the smiles per gallon factor high at Bull Mountain!

The club has created and maintains the Bull Mountain Motorcycle Trail Network. As a registered provincial recreation area 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

The trail network is for the general public’s use but now, more than ever, 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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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 bike rodeo and guided dual sport ride are at part of the weekend’s activities. Visit the club website for dates and more information.

Williams Lake Dirt Riders Association sets stage for motocross scene The Williams Lake Dirt Riders Association has been an active motocross club for close to 20 years.

Its success stems from all the hard Greg Sabatino photo working volunteers who donate countless hours to the club as well The Williams Lake Dirt Riders Association hosts two MCQMX BC Motorcross Racing Series as the huge sponsorship support from local business. The events at the track annually in the lakecity. executive board acts on behalf of all its members to ensure epic conditions and memorable races are held. Unique and Williams Lake also plays host to the MCQMX Championship Series, as well hard, compact dirt makes the race track one of the most favourable to ride as the final round of the series, typically in August. These two races are sure and race on in all of B.C. Its park-like setting is stunning, private and tucked not to disappoint. 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. The track in Williams Lake recently underwent major renovations that saw Anyone in our community is encouraged to come to any of these races and upgrades take place in recent years. The track was lengthened, and a full support the club by riding or watching the local talent and witness first hand 40-gate upgrade was added. some of Canada’s best motocross racing. When the track isn’t being used The Williams Lake Dirt Riders Association is also proud of the club’s vice to host races, it is open to anyone in the community who holds a valid track president Brock Hoyer, the Aspen X Games Snow Bike Cross 2017 gold membership to enjoy at their leisure. Memberships can be purchased at the medalist and 2018 silver medalist. 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 See you at the races. Braaap!  Williams Lake Honda and Spectra Power Sports.  Page 42

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Mountain Biking Greg Sabatino photos Virtually endless trails across the Cariboo play host to mountain bikers from around the world.

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 400 kilometres of legally established trail networks (200 kilometres within city limits and another 200 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.

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. 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. 

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 has developed a 26 kilometres multi-purpose single track nature trail that connects the existing trail networks on two of their communities at Soda Creek and Deep Creek.  This includes the development of a cross country trail that is aligned along the top of a ridge overlooking the Fraser River valley and Cariboo Highway 97.   West of town, the Desous bike network has 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 2018 Guide to Williams Lake and Area

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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 half-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. More funding has been secured for 2018 and plans are being made for new DH runs and more green level riding around the lower portion of the mountain.

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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 kilometres of single track. The network is 28 per cent beginner, 37 percent intermediate and 35 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 parking lot. Endless loops are possible given the connectivity of trails such as Snap, Bearacouga and the KX extension. 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. Some trails were impacted by the 2017 wildfires. Please check www. ridethecariboo.ca for the latest information on openings and closures.

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 Southsyde 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 kilometres 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. 2018 Guide to Williams Lake and Area

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WL Sportsmen’s Association

Club fosters a love of the outdoors The Williams Lake Sportsmen’s Association is a non-profit group dedicated to the preservation of hunting and fishing heritage.

With more than 800 members, the WLSA cherishes its shooting sports, and believes in the wise use of natural resources like fish and wildlife so future generations can enjoy the same experiences we have today. 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 newly-renovated shooting Angie Mindus photo range, also located at the grounds off Bond Lake Road, with small bore and big bore ranges up to 200 metres, trap shooting and skeet Several shoots take place throughout the year at the Williams Lake Sportsmen’s shooting. The club holds several fun trap  shoots and turkey shoots Association’s gun range on Bond Lake Road including the fun Cowboy Shoot. throughout the year, along with IPSC Qualifiers and club handgun shoots. They also host shooting clinics during the summer months,LEGEND Industrial Sites including a popular ladies only 97workshop. Members are willing to share Schools Hospital For more information on shooting sports, hunter training (CORE), firearms their equipment to people who would like to try the sport out, but people who have Golf Courses training (PAL), conservation, fishing, fundraising events and other club programs, Fresh Water their own equipment should bring it as the club does not have rentals. Public ForWashrooms noncall Barry Jenkins at 250-392-6750 or check out the website at  www. of Interest members who want to try shooting a rifle and come with a member of Buildings the club, Parks williamslakesportsmen.ca. For more information on archery call Lee Jackman at the cost to shoot is $10. Club memberships range from $35 a year for juniors to Rivers 250-398-5691 or Al Campsall at 250-392-9695. and Creeks $120 a year for a family and can be purchased at Chilcotin Guns or Blue Mountain 97 Highways Gunsmithing. Main Roads Airport See inset #1&2

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Angie Mindus photo Hunting is a way of life for many residents of the Cariboo Chilcotin.

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. 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. Several hunts were shut down in the fall of 2017 due to the wildfires. Please check the government’s website for the very latest in regulation changes.

Angie Mindus photo Every February the Williams Lake Sportsmen’s Association hosts its annual Wild Game Banquet and awards night where members and guests enjoy the company of like-minded individuals and celebrate the year’s bounty.

Everyone is also asked to assist the Conservation Officer Service (COS) in protecting our wildlife resources by reporting all poachers and polluters on the COS’s RAPP line at 1-877-952-7277 (RAPP) or #7277 on the TELUS Mobility Network.

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Performances

Performances in the Park music to the ears Performances in the Park will take place every Thursday night from July 5, 2018 to Aug. 23, 2018 at Boitanio Park in Williams Lake. Going into its seventh year of the series under the management of the Central Cariboo Arts and Culture Society, coordinator Angela Sommer said she has never been more excited about the summer concert series.

“During our crazy summer of 2017 we were able to have five out of eight performances despite the evacuations in July due to the wildfires,” Sommer says. “The artists were happy to perform and bring some joy to our community and the community came out to each and every performance even under a sky full of smoke and raining ash.” As some of them said: ‘It is wonderful that this is happening. It is taking our minds off the fires everywhere and brings some happiness to our town.”

Monica Lamb-Yorski photo LeRae Haynes, recipient of the Williams Lake and District Chamber of Commerce’s Hugo Stahl Memorial Award in 2017, and Al Giddons perform during Performances in the Park.

Performances in the Park is the place to be on a Thursday night in Williams Lake, no matter what the circumstances. In addition to the music, there is an Art in the Park corner for kids and adults and other special surprises. If you are looking for a free, family friendly, upbeat event with great musical performances from artists from around the world, come on out, bring a lawn chair or blanket and enjoy the music, the community and fabulous food from our vendors. Trees in the park provide shade and there is parking available during the concerts in the parking lot of the Cariboo Memorial Complex adjacent to the park.

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Fishing

Angie Mindus photo Fishing is a popular pastime in the Cariboo Chilcotin for those young and old.

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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Curling

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 115 members and the rink consists of six playing sheets. There are various leagues for all skill levels including: junior, social, sponsor, ladies, men’s, seniors and mixed, along with a fast growing Stick league. The Stick league is a great league for those individuals who may have back or knee restrictions and are no longer able to deliver a stone using the traditional style of delivery. Curlers wear 2 grippers and remain standing to deliver the stone using a hand held devise. Come down and we will show you how it works! 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. If you are looking for something to do during the winter to stay active, perhaps you would enjoy learning how to prep the ice for our leagues each morning. The crew always heads to Tim Hortons for coffee afterwards! This club was the first in BC to purchase hack-to-hack 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. The club was able to purchase these liners with the help and support of several local businesses as well as the league curlers themselves. Each year the club hosts a Men’s and Ladies “combined spiel” traditionally held the third weekend in February and a Mixed Open Spiel in mid-March.

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The club has undergone several changes in recent years with a new exterior paint job and improved lighting to its parking lot. Inside, new paint and flooring as well as windows and updated furnaces for improved energy efficiency. We are very proud of our improvements and would love for you to stop in to view them. 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 Centre is a great place to host an office party, retirement or anniversary party or participate in a social funspiel. To inquire about league play, ice rental or advertising, please contact the curling rink at 250-392-4636 or visit the website at www.williamslakecurling.com. We can’t wait to hear from you!

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Snowmobiling

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 kilometres 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 kilometres (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.  

Cariboo Chilcotin Coast Tourism/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.  Cariboo Chilcotin Coast Tourism/Geoff Moore photo Williams Lake Powder Kings Snowmobile Club sleds add a nice touch in front of Ten-ee-ah Lodge during an organized ride from Chimney Lake to Ten-ee-ah scheduled each winter.

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Be sure to check with the local snowmobile club for club events happening throughout the snowmobiling season. The members can provide information on safe and accessible riding areas. With so many places and trails the sledding adventures never end. Check out the Williams Lake Powder Kings on Facebook and their website at www. wlpowderkings.com. 

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Downhill Skiing

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.

Angie Mindus photo Mt. Timothy Ski Area is a family-friendly hill that caters to the communities of 100 Mile House and Williams Lake. Located east of Lac la Hache, the ski hill offers groomed and powder runs suitable for all abilities.

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

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).  The season runs 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. In recent years, brand new webcams have been 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 or dial the Snow Report at 1-833-396-1446 or visit them on Facebook by searching Mt. Timothy Ski Area.

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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 groomed trails, 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 (an expanding) of dog friendly snowshoe trails. The Williams Lake Cross-Country Ski Club operates the ski area. They also provide cross-country skier/youth development programs for children and adults. Newcomers are always welcome. Check www.bullmountain.ca for more information regarding membership, trail fees and snow conditions.

Greg Sabatino photo The Bull Mountain Ski Area offers 28 kilometres of trails that skiers can take advantage of throughout the winer — even on New Year’s Eve.

There are recreational youth development programs for children from three to 12 years old. There is also a racing program for those nine years to adult. The group attends three to four races per year in several locations around the Province. The group of racers and coaches experience competition, fun and comradery with other teams and clubs province wide.

More information can be found on the club website at http://www. bullmountain.ca/development.html or by e-mailing skijackrabbit@gmail.com. Other communities that have cross-country ski networks are Gavin Lake, off

the Likely Road, which has 10 kilometres of groomed trails. A network of trails can also be found in Horsefly and groomed trails can also be found west of Williams Lake in Tatla Lake, Nimpo Lake and in Tweedsmuir Park, half way down the Bella Coola hill. If you like to carve your own path the opportunities are endless for crosscountry skiing here in the Cariboo Chilcotin.

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Williams Lake Stampeders: a fan favourite For more than 80 years, the Williams Lake Stampeders have been the face of community hockey in the lakecity.

Dating back to the team’s official formation as a member of the Cariboo Hockey League in 1936, the Stampeders have hosted generations of local men’s players and been one of the preeminent forms of entertainment in the city. Fans of the hometown team — through its various incarnations — have continued to support it over the years up to the present day, where the team thrives as a member of the Central Interior Hockey League — a BC Hockey-sanctioned senior men’s ‘AA’ league alongside the Terrace River Kings, Quesnel Kangaroos, Prince Rupert Rampage and Kitimat Ice Demons. Focusing on showcasing local talent, providing fan interaction, having a solid volunteer base and garnering strong community support from both the business community and Williams Lake’s residents, the team regularly draws crowds of 500 to 800 spectators at its home games in the Cariboo Memorial Recreation Complex. Originally members of the Cariboo Hockey League in 1936, the Stampeders played alongside teams from Prince George, Vanderhoof, Lac La Hache, Canim Lake, Quesnel, Wells and Soda Creek. Teams competed for what was then known as the Wailer Cup — a trophy signifying senior hockey supremacy in Central Interior B.C. The team has seen many highs, and some lulls over the years, however, always bouncing back. From March 27-31, 2018, the Williams Lake Stampeders will host what’s now the Coy Cup Senior Men’s ‘AA’ Provincial Championship, involving qualifying teams from throughout the province for a five-day tournament. Two-time champions (back to back in 2013 and 2014), the Stampeders hope to reclaim the prestigious crown — originally donated to BC Hockey by the 50th Gordon Highlanders Regiment of

Greg Sabatino photo Williams Lake Stampeders forward Tyrel Lucas looks to get around an opponent during the team’s 2017/18 season in Williams Lake.

Victoria and first presented in 1922. Some of the team’s core roster have been in place since the late 90s, guaranteeing fans in Williams Lake recognizable faces to cheer for year after year. Current players including Francis Johnson, Aaron Zurak, Nathan Zurak and Stu Sasges, among many others, have been part of the fabric of the team drawing community support for years. The league, meanwhile, is composed of a wealth of players who have played university, college, CHL, junior ‘A’ and junior ‘B’ hockey over the years giving fans an entertaining brand of hockey. The team’s 2017/18 roster fielded two players in the top-15 in league scoring including Nathan Zurak (seventh, 14GP, 6W, 14A, 20PTS), Jassi Sangha (ninth, 9GP, 6G, 12A, 18PTS) and Andrew Fisher (12th, 15G, 8G, 9A, 17PTS). The team’s 16-game regular season runs October until January, followed by a playoff schedule stretching into March. For more on the team visit www.wlstampeders.ca or find them on Facebook by searching ‘Williams Lake Stampeders’.

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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.

here in Williams Lake. The association can also assist in connecting these volunteers in obtaining higher levels of certification in other centres.

The players are spread across 35 house and competitive teams within the association. Registration begins May 1 with the early bird deadline of June 15. After June 15, hockey registration will be accepted until Aug. 1, for an additional $100 fee.

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.

The Williams Lake Minor Hockey Association houses six rep teams — midget, bantam, bantam female, midget female, peewee and atom development. Another 29 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). The season starts in September and wraps 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. 

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150 Mile House

150 Mile House once served as important stop along the old Wagon Road 150 Mile House was once the bustling hub of the Cariboo. An important stop along the Cariboo Wagon road that began at Mile Zero in Lillooet, 150 Mile played a key role for travellers heading to the gold mines, as well as ranchers and others who lived in the area.

The following 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: 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 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 only school at 150 Mile until 1959, when a large new four room school was built up on the hill.

Photo submitted The historic little red, one-room school house at 150 Mile House is open for visitors during the summer months.

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.Another feather in the cap of the area is, of course, just down the road at 153 Mile Ranch. The 153 Mile store is a gold rush-era time capsul that the Patenaude family has donated to the city of Williams Lake. Plans are in the works to move the historical 153 Mile store to a site in Williams Lake in the near future for everyone to enjoy.

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Quesnel Lake

Angie Mindus photo Niagara Falls is situated near the end of the East Arm of Quesnel Lake and is accessible only by boat or by air. A five minute walk through a cedar forest and along the falls offers spectacular views of waterfalls and the lake.

Rock cliffs and sandy beaches await adventurers at Quesnel Lake For travellers who like to explore off the beaten path and have access to a boat, Quesnel Lake offers many unique hiking and camping experiences.

suddenly on the water and rainstorms can soak you to the bone in seconds, but with a little preparation travellers should have no trouble exploring the area and are sure to be well-rewarded for their efforts.

Quesnel Lake is said to be the deepest fjord lake in the world, the fifth-deepest lake in B.C. and the deepest lake in the Cariboo region. From the end of the East Arm to the tip of the West Arm, the lake measures 100 kilometres long with the North Arm contributing another 48 kilometres to that. Quesnel Lake offers 323 kilometres of shoreline ranging from remote sandy beaches, to rocky shores to towering cliffs suitable for the most hardy of mountain goats. One could spend a lifetime exploring Quesnel Lake and not run out of new places to see and set up camp ­— there is Bowling Point, Goose Point, Deception Point, Bean Point, Rocker Point, Cariboo Island and Cedar Point Park, to name just a few. Of great interest is Niagara Falls located on the East Arm of Quesnel Lake, where Niagara Creek spills into the lake creating a great natural show. Niagara Creek contains natural silt which forms a white cloud in the water around the falls. Niagra Falls is only accessible by boat or air. On the other end of the lake, the village of Likely is a small community located at the outflow of Quesnel Lake where the history goes back to the 1870’s Gold Rush days. Likely has a fish hatchery, museum, information centre and many historical sites to visit, not to mention ice cream for the kids. There are two ways to access Quesnel Lake by road, either through Horsefly and then onto gravel roads or via the Likely Road, which is paved.

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Quesnel Lake is a remote destination surrounded by rugged wilderness and needs to be given the respect it deserves. Storms can arisen

Lush rainforests await hikers willing to explore the trails less travelled around Quesnel Lake.

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Farwell Canyon

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.

B.C.’s Largest Sand Dunes If it’s a day trip you’re looking for, there’s no place more special and spectacular than Farwell Canyon.

and an abundance of flora and fauna as well as the province’s largest sand dunes.

Situated one hour west of Williams Lake, Farwell Canyon boasts sweeping views of the canyons and grasslands, hoodoos, First Nations pictographs

Deep canyon walls plunge down into the turquoise blue waters of the Chilcotin River, where along the river visitors will see the long abandoned

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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 (approximately 46 kilometres from Williams Lake), you then turn left onto a gravel road to Farwell Canyon for approximately 21 kilometres. 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 Monica Lamb-Yorski photo The historic Alkali Lake Ranch located 50 kilometers southwest of Williams Lake is B.C.’s oldest cattle ranch and can trace its origin back to the mid 1800s.

Ranching the heart and soul of the Cariboo Chilcotin Ranching remains a thriving sector of the Cariboo-Chilcotin agriculture industry. Many ranches extend both east and west of the Fraser River, with producers selling beef and lamb locally and to markets outside

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Monica Lamb-Yorski photo Cattle graze on a ranch at Springhouse where the Cariboo opens up with vast prairies and big open skies.

Ranch country steeped in history and tradition Lake on the Dog Creek Road. 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.  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. 

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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 2018 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

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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 kilometres northwest of Likely, down a gravel road, you will find Quesnel Forks.

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Driving Tours Angie Mindus photo A drive down the Likely Road east of Williams Lake offers many beautiful views of the countryside.

Adventures abound on the open road 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 DayÂ

there is a post office, store and cookhouse. To Return: There are a number of roads on the 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 2018 Guide to Williams Lake and Area

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Angie Mindus photo A road trip along the Old Soda Creek Road will take you along the Fraser River and up to the Kaufman’s Ranch, famous for its gardens and Soda Creek Sweet Corn.

Option: explore Farwell Canyon or Junction Sheep Range Park, five kms north of Bridge.

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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.

From Williams Lake follow Highway 97 south for approximately 35 kms, turn right onto Enterprise Road. Follow this road to Chimney Lake Road on your right. This road passes Chimney, Felker and Brunson Lakes, all great picnic sites. It meets Dog Creek Road leading back to Highway 20 to Williams Lake.

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Monica Lamb-Yorski photo A view near the Rudy Johnson Bridge east of Williams Lake will give travellers a look at what Russian Island located in the middle of the Fraser River looks since the 2017 wildfires. A historic cabin on the island was destroyed when the White Lake Fire swept through the area July 15.

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. 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 of 150 Mile House, 2018 Guide to Williams Lake and Area

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Monica Lamb-Yorski photo During the August long weekend, Aug. 3-6, 2018, the town of Wells will host the Festival of All Things Art.

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. 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

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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 snow-capped 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 Take the Old Soda Creek Road north from Williams Lake. Cross Rudy Johnson’s Bridge over the Fraser River and turn left on the Meldrum Creek Road, heading south following the Fraser past Meldrum Creek to Highway 20 at the top of Sheep Creek Hill. Turn left on Highway 20 and return to Williams Lake. Option: Visit Xat’sull Heritage Village. Instead of turning left down the hill to Rudy Johnson’s Bridge, continue 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 2018 Guide to Williams Lake and Area


Angie Mindus photo A stone marker reminds travellers of the old Soda Creek townsite located along the banks of the Fraser River north of Williams Lake.

right on the road at Soda Creek and proceed up to Highway 97, and return south to Williams Lake. Option: Farm tour to Marguerite.

With the permanent closure of the Marguerite Ferry, the return to Williams Lake can be made by backtracking the way you came to Rudy Johnson Bridge or continuing north up the West Fraser Road to Quesnel and returning on Highway 97 approximately 120 kms to Williams Lake.

After crossing Rudy Johnson Bridge, continue straight past the turnoff to Meldrum Creek then turn right on the West Fraser Road. There are three farms that are part of the Farm Circle Tour. Birch syrup, ginseng, honey, eggs and organic vegetables can be purchased in season.

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Waterfall Tours Monica Lamb-Yorski photo Ghost Falls along the Matthew River Road can be accessed en route to Barkerville.

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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.

Cariboo Falls

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).

Horsefly Waterfall Quest The Horsefly area boasts five impressive waterfalls Cariboo Chilcotin Coast Tourism/Geoff Moore photo — three on the Horsefly River and two on Moffat Creek – which make up the Horsefly Waterfall Moffat Falls is an hour’s drive from Williams Lake and is part of the Horsefly Waterfall Quest. 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 Quest brochure is available at Clark’s Upper Horsefly River Falls General Store and the Tourism Discovery Centre. Approximately two to three hours from Williams Lake

Lower Moffat Falls

Approximately one hour from Williams Lake Travelling from Williams Lake to Horsefly – less than one km 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. 

Middle Horsefly River Falls Continuing on the 100 Road, stay left at the 145 kms mark and you will find the falls half a km further. 2018 Guide to Williams Lake and Area

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.

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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. 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.  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. 

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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 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. 2018 Guide to Williams Lake and Area


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Nimpo Lake sets the scene for a classic Cariboo Chilcotin Coast sunset where the sky is reflected in the waters.

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, there is a well stocked general store with post office, a seasonal restaurant and fast food wagon, vehicle repair shop, an excellent health clinic, ambulance service and a local RCMP office.

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Cariboo Chilcotin Coast Tourism / Geoff Moore photo A stunning view of Tatlayoko valley in the Chilcotin.

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.  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 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. Tatla Lake - 225 kms west of Williams Lake, Tatla Lake is considered Page 74

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. 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. 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 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 2018 Guide to Williams Lake and Area


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.

and sometimes narrow sections of the roadway are well-maintained by road crews, travellers are advised to be cautious of the long sections of 18 per cent grades. Tweedsmuir Provincial Park begins about three quarters of the way down the hill. Once you reach the bottom, continue 80 kms along the paved highway to the communities of Hagensborg and Bella Coola.

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BC Ferries

Mark Blaxland photo There are beautiful sites to be seen while travelling on BC Ferries’ Northern Sea Wolf to and from Bella Coola.

Journey On Board the Northern Sea Wolf BC Ferries’ newest vessel, the Northern Sea Wolf, will set sail this summer between Bella Coola and Port Hardy, creating a vital connection between B.C’s Central Coast and Vancouver Island.

season. The vessel will also provide year-round service to Bella Bella, Shearwater and Ocean Falls.

The ferry, built in 2000, has been in the process of a major upgrade to prepare it for service this summer. Some of the extensive upgrades include updates to the main passenger areas and amenities, with the addition of a full galley, a dedicated dining area, a newly configured seating lounge and prime outdoor viewing areas on the upper outer decks.

Step into a world of rugged glacial fjords, towering old-growth rainforests and rich First Nations history with a sailing on the Northern Sea Wolf. Through picturesque waters of the Inside Passage, home to sea lions and humpback whales, your journey will take you 10 hours from Bella Coola, and the heart of the Great Bear Rainforest, south to Port Hardy, departing daily at 7:30 a.m. on alternating days from Bella Coola and Port Hardy.

The outside decks will also be a relaxing place to view the rugged and remote coastal scenery and wildlife of the region.

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A community engagement process with representatives from local First Nations, Ferry Advisory Committee members, BC Ferries employees and the Mid-Coast Ferry Working Group resulted in the selection of the vessel name, Northern Sea Wolf. The name is inspired by a First Nations legend in which the Sea Wolf is a manifestation of the Orca. The Sea Wolf symbolizes family and loyalty and the spirit of the Sea Wolf protects those travelling their waters. BC Ferries has partnered with the First Peoples’ Cultural Council to facilitate the commission of an original design from a First Nations artist and original text from a First Nations writer which will adorn the interior of the vessel. The Northern Sea Wolf will accommodate at least 35 vehicles and 150 passengers and crew. Sailings will depart from Port Hardy and Bella Coola five days per week during the summer

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Bella Coola Valley

Angie Mindus photo The Bella Coola Harbour is located at the end of Highway 20 and is a busy and interesting place to visit.

Discover paradise 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 kilometres of gravel, you can look forward to a further 80 kilometres of new pavement all the way to the Bella Coola townsite, but there are a few things to see before you get there.

community are 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 kilometres 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 2018 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 (info@bellacoola.ca) for a list of everything to do and see, fishing, hiking, ferry information and more. Page 77


McLeese Lake

McLeese Lake offers small town hospitality The small community of McLeese Lake is a family vacation spot located 44 kilometres 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. 

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.

Spawning Kokanee can be observed from September to early October at Sheridan Creek, which is located at the north east end of McLeese Lake.

Likely

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.

Greg Sabatino photo There’s almost nowhere in this area that you can go without, literally, stepping into history. The annual Likely May Day Parade is always a hit, attracting families and visitors from throughout the Likely is also one of those rare communities Cariboo for a parade through Likely and fun games to follow on the May Long weekend. that has its own ghost town nearby, Quesnel Forks. Simply called ‘The Forks’ by the locals, what remains today is the oldest nonLake and Quesnel Lake and the early spring orchids and Lady Slippers that native settlement in the Cariboo. Quesnel bloom in June you will find amazing opportunities to document this beautiful Forks celebrated 150 years in 2009. Take a walk at the confluence of the area. If you arrive in Likely during the May long weekend you’ll be able to take Quesnel and Cariboo rivers, explore the old cemetery and take in the visitor’s in one of the world’s shortest but most enthusiastic parades and a popular centre information boards. Here, you can feel the footsteps of the past. fishing derby that is attracting more and more anglers every year. A few kilometers before you reach Likely, be sure to stop at the Bullion Pit rest For more information on what to see and do in Likely, call 250-790-2459 area where you’ll find an information kiosk, picnic tables, a toilet facility and a (summer only) or call the Williams Lake Visitor Centre at 1-877-967-5253 or view of one of the largest manmade canyons in the world. At three kilometres locally at 250-392-5025. 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.

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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 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 Page 78

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Unlikely Paddlefest

Paddlefest a celebration of BC waterways 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.  As time went on, the Likely community showed it 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 premier destination for paddlers from throughout B.C., and even internationally, for over 25 years. Paddlers stage in the town of Likely and spend a weekend celebrating BC Rivers Day.

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.14 to 17, 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 mark@redshreds.com.

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Horsefly

Natural wonders await at Horsefly and surrounding area 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 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

Cariboo Chilcotin Coast Tourism/Geoff Moore photo Fishermen enjoy a day on Horsefly Lake — a popular destination for anglers in the Cariboo.

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

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.

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 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 Service campsites. The Horsefly Provincial Park, situated 11 kms east of Horsefly, is open May to October and offers nicely groomed campsites, a picnic 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 of trade, women’s institute, 4-H Club, cattlemen’s association, community club, church group, quilting club, and a Red Hat Society.  Local contractors are available to solve any problem be it electrical, plumbing, renovations, or delivering firewood. Horsefly businesses are wheelchair accessible and the Horsefly Community Club installed a wheelchair accessible fishing dock at remote Tisdall Lake, 44 kms from the village. Check out Horsefly at www.horseflyriver.ca, www.horseflybc.com, www.harperscamp.ca or www. horseflyrealty.ca.

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