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Cariboo Chilcotin Coast

Williams Lake

Discover the Shangri-La of Mountain Biking

You might be surprised to know that Willliams Lake has over 200 km (124 mi) of singletrack trails within the city limits and 100 km (62 mi) of trail within a half-hour drive from town. It's no wonder BIKE Magazine called Williams Lake “the Shangri-La of mountain biking” in North America.

Riders won't find a “locals only” attitude here, with accommodation options for every budget and legendary watering holes. Curious bikers will quickly discover why Williams Lake’s beginner double-track, epic cross-country, and steep and gnarly downhills are trip-worthy.

Number of Trails:
173
Highest Elevation:
1,328 m
Trails:
easy
28
intermediate
96
difficult
46
extra difficult
3

Williams Lake Inspiration

Uncover the stories of Shangri-La and beyond.

Getting Here & Trail Access

Getting to Williams Lake is much easier than you think. The drive (or flight) is a scenic one, too.

Coming from Vancouver, there are two scenic route choices to take—Highway 1 or Highway 99—and then onto Highway 97 north.

Driving Distances & Times:

  • Prince George - 240 km (149 mi), 2 hours 50 minutes
  • Kamloops - 288 km (179 mi), 3 hours
  • Vancouver - 548 km (340 mi), 6 hours

You can also fly to Williams Lake Regional Airport (YWL) on Pacific Coastal or Central Mountain Air. When you book, be sure to mention that you're bringing your bike.

Trails in Williams Lake can be accessed from four main areas:

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