Williams Lake

WILLIAMS LAKE, city, pop 10,744 (2006), the "Hub of the Cariboo," is located in the rolling rangeland of the central CARIBOO halfway between KAMLOOPS and PRINCE GEORGE. The name, taken from the nearby lake, refers to Chief William, a local SECWEPEMC (Shuswap) leader who is credited with keeping peace between FIRST NATIONS and miners during the GOLD RUSH. White settlement began in 1859 but when the CARIBOO WAGON ROAD bypassed the...

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