Williams Lake Attractions

Sandman Hotel Group features properties located within a rich mosaic of neighbourhoods and surrounding areas, each with a distinct, welcoming personality. We have compiled a list of useful information below to enhance your stay.

Sightseeing

The city of Williams Lake (population: 12,000) has rural charm intrinsic to its ranching culture and gold rush history, and it also bustles with services and industries.

Situated on the north shore of a lake of the same name, and surrounded by tree clad, trail-laced hillsides, Williams Lake is a natural jumping-off point for a myriad of outdoor activities.

Take part in the heart-stopping action of whitewater rafting, experience the exhilaration of single track mountain biking or watch wranglers at work during a world-class stampede. Or enjoy the peace and tranquility of a stroll along a lakeshore immersed in birdsong. 

Sightseeing Williams Lake

Transport

Williams Lake is 540km/348mi north of Vancouver and 238km/148mi south of Prince George and is easily accessed by road and air.

Car Travel

The city is strategically located at the junction of two highways: Highway 20 leading west to Bella Coola and the BC Ferries terminal, and Highway 97 leading north to Prince George and on to Alaska, or south to Kamloops or Vancouver.

This makes the city a convenient stopping point for those traveling on the Coast Cariboo or the Lakes and Trails circle route tours. 

Bus

The city operates a community bus to major area destinations and residential areas on a fixed route and schedule, passing most bus stops every 30 to 90 minutes.

A wheelchair-accessible bus (HandyDart) is also available but has to be booked.

Taxi

Town Taxi provides door to door service in Williams Lake, and rents vans and drivers to groups.

Transport Williams Lake

Activities

Williams Lake is ideally located to offer an abundance of activities to those who love the outdoors, 365 days a year.

The surrounding forests and hillsides offer hikers and mountain bikers trails with a wide range of challenge and difficulty. Additionally, there are several lakes and rivers close to the town's centre which offer excellent fishing, boating, rafting and other popular water activities.

During the five months of the year when the countryside is covered in deep powder, Williams Lake becomes a bustling hive of winter activities such as snowmobiling, cross-country skiing, and snowshoeing. For those who like to downhill ski or snowboard, Bull Mountain is located north of Williams Lake, and offers dozens of kilometers of groomed trails, and night skiing.

Entertainment

Entertainment opportunities in Williams Lake range from movie cinemas, live theatre, skating, hockey, swimming, night clubs, and golf courses to watching our Senior AA hockey team the Williams Lake Stampeders, our BCHL Junior A team the TimberWolves, or taking in some live entertainment at one of the local pubs.

For outdoor enthusiasts, we offer world renowned mountain biking terrain, fishing, hiking trails, downhill and cross-country skiing, camping areas and the world famous Williams Lake Stampede.

Soccer, rugby, hockey, bowling, golfing, martial arts, gymnastics and dance are among the many recreational activities offered to both children and adults.

Shopping

Retailers, both large and small, are an important factor in the economic health of our city. We have one large shopping centre and numerous smaller shopping malls.

Wal-Mart is open and doing business and there are plans for further retail expansion on the new shopping site on South Lakeside Drive. Smaller, intimate boutiques abound downtown.

Whether you are looking for big box stores, department stores, or smaller boutiques, we have something for you.

Restaurants

Denny's 24 Hour Restaurant

24 Hour Family Restaurant located at the hotel. Serving Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner, Appetizers and Desserts. Special menu items for Kids, Seniors and Late Night dining. 

Dennys