Williams Lake Circle Tours
Here are just a few of the many driving and circle tours you can enjoy, using Williams Lake as your departure point. Contact us if you would like more information, or suggestions for other adventures.
Likely/Horsefly Circle Tour
(Approximately 3 hrs.)
The Old Gold Rush Trail.
From Williams Lake drive 14kms south to 150 Mile House. At 150 Mile House turn onto the Horsefly/Likely Road, after a short while you will reach a large map sign on the right that will direct you to turn left towards Likely. Just before Likely turn onto the Ditch Road. This gravel road is alongside Quesnel Lake which is the Deepest Lake in BC. Near the end of the lake it becomes Mitchell Bay Road and you can follow it towards Horsefly. From Williams Lake to Horsefly you are driving on a paved road again. After driving 51kms turn right on Hwy 97 and head back to Williams Lake. Sights you will see along the way include the Bullion Pit, Salmon Spawning Channels, and Quesnel Forks. In September, the Horsefly River is teeming with spawning salmon, and the viewing is great!
Gold Rush Trail Circle Tour to Barkerville
(Approximately 7.5hrs, seasonal back country road.)
Bring your gold pan and try your luck at gold panning along the way. From Williams Lake drive south for 14kms to 150 Mile House, turn left (east) onto the Horsefly/Likely road. After driving approximately 5-10 minutes, turn left onto the Likely Road. Follow the Gold Rush signs to the community. Right before the community you will cross a bridge, after crossing the bridge you will drive straight on the road in front of you, it will eventually turn in to a gravel road. After driving approximately 10-15 minutes, you will come to a “Y” in the road, turn right and go up a hill; this is the Cariboo Lake Road. Make sure Cariboo Lake is on your left side (8400 Rd). You will travel past Cariboo Lake, Cariboo River Provincial Park, Maeford Lake and Ghost Lake Falls. Continue onto Barkerville and Wells, watching for road signs there are forks in the road. From Barkerville to Quesnel it is 86kms, paved the whole way. Once in Quesnel take Hwy 97 south for 120kms to Williams Lake. Prior to going, please contact the Visitor Centre for road conditions and a map!
Chimney Lake/Enterprise Road Circle Tour
This short tour passes three of Williams Lake’s most popular camping spots is about 2 hrs long. Drive 2.5kms on Hwy 20 and turn left onto Dog Creek Road. Continue on Dog Creek Road for about 13kms and take a left onto Chimney Lake Road. This road will take you past Brunson, Felker, and Chimney Lake. Chimney Lake Road is paved for about 25kms and turns into rough gravel near the end of Chimney Lake. After driving about 10kms on the gravel, turn left onto Enterprise Road. Follow Enterprise Road for about 15kms until you reach Hwy 97 South. Turn left on Hwy 97 South and you’re about 35kms from Williams Lake.
Discovery Coast Passage Circle Tour
(Includes ferry rides, approximately 1 week)
A BC Road Map is recommended and a Highway 20 information sheet would be helpful. Ask for a BC Ferries Discovery Coast Passage schedule for dates and times. Drive 456kms west of Williams Lake to Bella Coola on Hwy 20. At Bella Coola you board the Queen of Chilliwack which will take you to Port Hardy on Vancouver Island. Once on the Island there are many options for travel. The scenery is amazing! From Vancouver to Williams Lake you have some options, two of which are; you can drive 540kms north on Hwy 97, on the Fraser Canyon Route, or the Sea to Sky Highway (Hwy99) through Whistler 378kms from Williams Lake. Ask for information 1-877-967-5253.
Gang Ranch/Farwell Canyon Circle Tour
(Approximately 6 hrs)
Expect to spend a good part of your day on this tour so packing a lunch is a good idea. From Williams Lake drive west on Hwy 20 for about 2.5kms and turn left on Dog Creek Road which will take you to Springhouse, Alkali Lake, and Dog Creek. Just after Dog Creek you will come to a fork in the road. You will want to go right for Gang Ranch and there is a small sign indicating this. After crossing the Churn Creek Bridge you will come to Gang Ranch where there is an old cook house and store with a post office. Gang Ranch is well known for being one of the largest working ranches in North America. This road is a public road on private land. Keep driving and you soon come to a fork in the road. Stay on the 2700 Road heading north. Be prepared, this is a very rough gravel road and you may come across some logging trucks. Stay on the 2700 Road until you arrive at Farwell Canyon. Farwell Canyon is one of the few deserts in British Columbia. It is famous for its spectacular views, pictographs, hoodoo rock formations, and Big Horn Sheep. After stopping at the bridge at Farwell Canyon drive 21kms to Riske Creek where you turn right onto the Hwy 20 and then travel 45kms (paved) back to Williams