Our Community

Williams Lake, BC, Canada

Williams Lake is located in the heart of the interior of the Canadian Province of British Columbia approximately 550 kilometers north of Vancouver, BC and 240 kilometers south of Prince George, BC . It is the centre of a large service and trading area for a population of well over 50,000 people. It is the shopping and business centre for many in the ranching industry whose land and holdings spread in all directions from Williams Lake. The forest industry is another major source of commerce.

Home to the famous Williams Lake Stampede, this ranching and forestry community has grown into a vibrant city that offers a comfortable blend of urban living and easy going western charm. The people are friendly and you will find pretty much any amenity you desire.

Cowboy BootsThe community center of Williams Lake is very condensed and the rodeo grounds are in the very center of town so Guests and Tourists who are reasonably mobile would find that they could enjoy all the rodeo activities and events without the use of a motor vehicle. Many of the Hotels and Motels are an easy walk to the Stampede Grounds. As well there is modern campground and R.V. Park located right on the Williams Lake Stampede grounds complex.

Traveling here by highway from north or south you use Highway 97, with Williams Lake clearly marked on most highway signs. Williams Lake is also accessible by air with several flights a day leaving and returning to Vancouver International Airport. BC Railway provides a marvelous passenger trip by rail through the scenic Fraser River Canyon from the coast to the interior where the original Stationhouse from the early 1900’s is your get-off point in Williams Lake. Williams Lake is also accessible by bus with regular routes from the north or the south daily to Williams Lake.

We are proud to think “we live in God’s Country” because of the abundance of fresh water lakes, hills and mountains and big rivers. Outdoor recreation is widely varied with hunting, fishing, hiking, river rafting, aquatic sports and in the winter downhill and cross country skiing, snowmobiling and skating. As well there are many scenic day trips that can be taken to interesting places using Williams Lake as a base. Come see us soon and experience Cariboo Hospitality.


Stampede Office: Located behind the Stampede Grandstand

Williams Lake Stampede Association
Box 4076
Williams Lake, BC
Canada V2G 2V3

Office Phone:  (250) 392-6585 or 1-800-71-RODEO in BC

TICKET INFO:  1 250 398-8388