An Incredible Valley
From the west end of Williams Lake, the Williams Lake River meanders 12 kilometres along the valley floor, eventually flowing into the mighty Fraser River.
The River Valley Trail and various loop trails follow the river as it snakes through dry Douglas-fir forests, open grasslands and stunning geological features.
The diverse vegetation of the valley supports a healthy wildlife population including deer, beaver, the occasional bear and a variety of birds of prey, song birds and water fowl.
Flooding in 2020 caused the destruction of natural areas and habitat, trails, roadways and City infrastructure, forcing the valley's closure to protect public safety while essential repair and remediation efforts took place.
The Williams Lake River Valley Trail reopened to the Fraser River in August of 2023, however, recovery efforts are ongoing off the trail.