Williams Lake River Valley Trail

An Incredible Valley
From the west end of Williams Lake, the Williams Lake River meanders 12km 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. 

Ongoing efforts are currently underway to restore the natural vegetation in the upper section of the valley that has been lost as a result of past timber harvesting and agricultural activities. 
River Valley
The Trail
  • The trails are gravel surfaced and are excellent for walking, running, mountain biking and horseback riding.
  • Pit toilets, picnic tables, benches and interpretive signs are provided at various locations along the main trail.
  • The River Valley can be accessed from the main trail head on Mackenzie Avenue across from Comer Street.
  • In addition to a large parking area suitable for RVs and horse trailers, the trail head provides a picnic area overlooking the River Valley and a kiosk with a map and information on the River Valley.
Portion of River Valley Trail
River Valley Open Sign Map - DNE-1


As we move into warmer weather, the City would like to remind the public that the Williams Lake River Valley remains closed from the Comer Street access to the Fraser River as repair and remediation work continues in the area following unprecedented flooding in the spring of 2020. For more read the latest media release from the City of Williams Lake here.