Cultural Heritage

The City of Williams Lake boundary lies within the Secwepemc [pronounced suh-wep-muh] traditional territory and neighbours both the T’exelcemc First Nations (Williams Lake Indian Band) and the Xat’súll First Nation (Soda Creek Indian Band). In addition to the City boundary lying within traditional territory, the City of Williams Lake is home to many Tsilhqot’in (also called the Chilcotin) people. Besides being neighbouring communities, many First Nations from throughout the region choose to live off-reserve and call the city home, making significant contributions to the Williams Lake community. In addition, the city is the commercial, education and service center for on-reserve and off-reserve aboriginals throughout the Chilcotin and Cariboo region.

Williams Lake is also the home to First Nation Tribal Council Offices (Carrier Chilcotin, Northern Shuswap, Tsilhqot’in) and a number of First Nations organizations including:

These organizations provide a variety of services to First Nations communities and individuals and are involved in many of the social planning activities in Williams Lake including Communities That Care, the Social Planning Council of Williams Lake and Area and with School District No. 27 programs.

Tsilhqot’in National Government
Northern Shuswap Tribal Council
T’exelcemc (Williams Lake Band)
Xatśūll First Nation (Soda Creek Indian Band)

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The Bike Trails of Williams Lake

A short and scenic six hour drive from Vancouver, Williams Lake and the Cariboo Region is your doorway to the most unique mountain bike experience in the North America. Fast, flowy and tight are the best words to describe the experience you’ll have on one of the largest legal trail networks in the Province.

From all mountain single track, to the most progressive free-riding, to truly epic cross country, Williams Lake has something for every style and skill level of rider. With over 200km of single track trails within the city limits, another 100km within a half hour drive from town, and the largest bike park in the Interior, Williams Lake is truly the Shangri-La of mountain biking.

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