Situated at the
center of this vast and beautiful region, Williams Lake has earned its
reputation as ‘the Hub of the Cariboo.’ The city was originally
named after Chief William of the Sukwekwin (Shuswap) Nation who moved
his base here from Chimney Creek in the early 1860s. William was not alone.
Miners, cattle traders, foresters, and ranchers all since came to this
great lake and called it home. Today, thousands of travelers and traders
alike come through Williams Lake each year. Most head north-south along
Highway 97, BC’s major route for tourism and commerce, but plenty
go west to the sprawling ranch land and forests of the Chilcotin. In any
direction, you will find breathtaking country to explore.
North of Williams Lake about 33 kilometers is Soda Creek, where travelers used to board paddle wheelers that headed north up the Fraser River. Here you will find the Xats'ull Heritage Village where you can experience first-hand the traditional lifestyle of the Xats’ull (Secwepemc) people.