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Williams Lake

Festivals & Events

Crowd at event (Kevin Arnold photo)

Crowd at event (Kevin Arnold photo)

Williams Lake's heritage is steeped in cowboy culture and the city is famous for its stampede and rodeo. Get a sense of the city's ranching history by attending one of several local rodeo events.

Indoor Rodeo

Cowboys and cowgirls from around the region gather for the annual Williams Lake Indoor Rodeo, which is held at the city's Cariboo Memorial Arena in April. This three-day event is the BC Rodeo Association's second largest rodeo, and it delivers heart stopping competitions and top cash prizes.

In addition to time-honored rodeo events such as calf roping and bareback riding, the entertainment includes clowns and a drill team – a group of horseback riders showcasing high-speed patterns and maneuvers in rhythm to music. Pancake breakfasts, live music and dances keep visitors entertained from day until night.

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