A story of the Bella Coola highway

We have hundreds of visitors each year of people headed to or returning from Bella Coola. Bella Coola is 450 kms west of Williams Lake on highway 20. Everybody that travels that way has a story about the famous hill just outside of town or the wildlife they saw. We met Norman and Sonja after … Read more

Show & Shine

I was looking for something to do this Sunday, other than work. I didn’t have to go far. Just across the street from the Williams Lake Stampede Grounds, Chuck’s Automotive was sponsoring a Show & Shine. I’m generally not a car show fan but a couple of these did bring back some memories. I remember … Read more

Mushroom Pickers

Following every fire, mushrooms follow. In the summer following the 2017 fire, mushroom pickers and buyers flooded the area in the hundreds. We had 20-30 stay with us on their way to the picking areas. That was last summer. This year far fewer have stayed with us. I understand that the various types of morels … Read more

Tourist Centre at Williams Lake

An imposing log building welcomes visitors to Williams Lake as they enter on Hwy 97 from the south. It houses the Tourist Centre and Museum of the Chilcotin.. Tourism Discovery Centre built by Pioneer Log Homes Ancestor Tree on lower level The Museum contains many exhibits of early life and area industry. The lower level … Read more

Lake City Secondary Grad 2019

One of our reasons for accepting the job at the Williams Lake Stampede Campground is that it allows us to spend time with Della’s family. We attended a milestone for nephew Thomas who graduated this weekend from Lake City Secondary School. A couple of things with the graduation are new to my experience. $150,000.00 is … Read more

Mine Rescue Competition

The Stampede infield is used almost weekly for local events, not all of them rodeo. This weekend its the Provincial Mine Rescue Competition. 400 competitors are in town for a week. https://www2.gov.bc.ca/gov/content/industry/mineral-exploration-mining/health-safety/emergency-preparedness/mine-rescue-competition https://www.mycariboonow.com/36133/williams-lake-to-host-2019-provincial-mine-rescue-competition/

Stampede Grounds History

The hill above the Williams Lake Stampede Campground has a lone gravesite. We’ll there are two people buried in the area but time has removed the second grave. As late as 1930 both still existed and there are photos along the trail. The other man died in the 1920’s of a shooting incident. It makes … Read more

Old Soda Creek Road

You don’t have to go far from Williams Lake to get some stunning vistas. These photos are only a couple of kilometers out of Williams Lake on the old Soda Creek Road. The depth of the valley is hard to capture on cell phone camera. You can see a tiny vehicle on top of the … Read more