Birdwatching at Scout Island
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Williams Lake

Historic & Heritage Sites

Heritage buildings  (Picture BC photo)

Heritage buildings (Picture BC photo)

The historic sites around Williams Lake encompass the mystery of First Nations, the struggle of the early settlers, the heyday of the Gold Rush, and the romance and ruggedness of pioneering cowboys.

Chief William Heritage Site

Located at the south end of Williams Lake on Highway 97 is the Chief William Heritage Site and RV Park, featuring a reconstructed pit house and an impressive log and timber arbor, which seats more than a thousand people under it, and is used for powwow/gatherings. Named for Secwepemc Chief Will Yum (some believe the city is named for this Chief, though others believe it is named for William Pinchbeck), the site is home to the First Nation Williams Lake band's annual contests and Father's Day powwow. Visitors and locals are welcome to join these events.

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Xat'sull Heritage Village - Williams Lake

Soda Creek
Williams Lake, British Columbia
V2G 5L5

The Xat'sull community invites you to visit and experience our spiritual, cultural and traditional way of life. We offer daily tours and cultural workshops where you take part in a variety of educational and recreational activities. We are situated on a sunny plateau overlooking the Fraser River. Meet our friendly, knowledgeable guides who will take you on a memorable journey through the history of the Northern Secwepemc people. Learn to cook a traditional meal, listen to stories around an open fire and fall asleep to the beautiful sound of the Fraser River in the distance.

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