Things to Do in Williams Lake

man in front of mountain lake Williams Lake is hands down one of the prettiest towns in British Columbia. But, we might be biased.

It’s the perfect balance between small town and rural living. You can disconnect from the perils of city life and still enjoy the luxuries of modern life.

At Williams Lake Smiles, we offer dental packages for patients from all over Washington and British Columbia to get their teeth fixed and enjoy a getaway.

Not only can you get high-quality and low-cost dental care, but you can also experience all that Williams Lake has to offer.

On that note, today, we’re going to shift gears from dental talk to discuss some of the features that makes Williams Lake a prime destination.

About Williams Lake

Williams Lake is centrally located in British Columbia, north of Vancouver and south of Prince George. With that said, you can turn your trip to Williams Lake into an excursion, if you want to see a variety of Canadian destinations.

Williams lake is located in a valley, and it neighbors rivers, hillsides, tree lines, hiking trails, and of course, the expansive lake.

The size of the lake makes it a great spot to go fishing, boating, rafting, kayaking, canoeing, and paddle boarding. You can also enjoy other adventurous water sports, like jet skiing.

Fishing in Williams Lake

Williams Lake is an angler’s dream. There are tons of freshwater rivers and lakes within close proximity of town, where you can experience different fishing techniques.

There are spots to ice fish, troll with a boat, fly fish, spin, and bait. Some of the most common fish in the area are rainbow trout, bull trout, and kokanee salmon. These also happen to be the best kinds of fish to cook over a fire, if you decide to camp out on your trip.

If you’re not an experienced angler, a lot of the resorts offer professional fishing tours. These make it easy for travelers, because they supply the gear, help you get your fishing license, and explain the best waterways to catch certain kinds of fish.

Hiking in Williams Lake

No matter the season you visit, Williams Lake has a handsome amount of outdoor strolls to explore.

In Williams Lake, there are two main hiking trails that are short but beautiful treks. One of these trails is along lakeside park. The second is along the Williams Lake River Valley Trail. In the winter months, you can snowshoe or Nordic ski through the scenery.

There are also two main national parks in Williams Lake: Tweedsmuir Provincial Park and Tsylos Provincial Park. Both are beautiful and chock full of scenery and wildlife.

Tsylos has a lot of backpacking hikes that are pristine for nature photographers. Tsylos boasts mountainous scenery, clear blue lakes, waterfalls, and meadows.

Tweedsmuir park is also great for fans of the outdoors. However, it’s more low-key with activities like hiking, fishing, and canoeing. There’s also a 260 m waterfall at the end of Turner Lake that runs off into Atnarko River.

Tourism Discovery Centre

A good place to get started on your adventure in Williams Lake is the Tourism Discovery Centre.

The Discover Centre is a beautiful log building with as much character and charm as our rustic town. They even have parking for RVs.

At the Tourism Centre, you can check out pamphlets, brochures, city information, and talk to the staff. Beyond typical visitor information, they also have shelves of books, a small cafe, and a gift shop.

The staff isn’t shy in helping you find information on attractions in the area. They can even help you find dog parks.

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Covid-19 (Corona) Virus



Our team at Williams Lake Smiles is excited to have the opportunity to welcome you back soon! Dr. Wassenaar, Dr. Dahia and the whole Williams Lake Smiles team appreciate your continued support and understanding as we continue to move through this difficult time

We are gradually reopening in the safest way to ensure that we take all precautions to keep both our patients and our staff healthy.

At this time, we are focusing on addressing emergency needs for our patients. Full dental services, including hygiene care, will be introduced gradually with priority booking to the patients that were delayed treatment during our time of closure. We will be contacting our patients to reschedule these procedures in the coming weeks.

Our office has always utilized personal protective equipment (PPE) that has exceeded all the recommended guidelines. We consciously designed our office with well-spaced, separate treatment rooms that allow minimization of aerosol transfer throughout the office. We have also added a brand new HEPA air management system to allow continuous air filtration in all treatment rooms and common areas to remove germs from circulating air. This puts us in a good position moving forward. However, in consideration of the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic we have instituted additional guidelines and protocols to ensure your safety and that of our team.

Upon returning to Williams Lake Smiles you will notice our new enhanced precautions:

-When you are scheduling an appointment, our staff will ask you a set of health-related questions.

-You will be contacted 48-72 hours prior to your appointment via email and asked a set of pre-appointment instructions and health-related questions. It is required that you complete this questionnaire prior to your appointment. We will have to reschedule your appointment if we are unable to complete this step. Please also give our administrative staff all the necessary personal contact information to expedite our communications with you and your family.

-We have implemented new protocol for scheduling your appointments and managing your insurance and financial transactions virtually to allow for a contactless exit from your appointment.

-There will be new arrival procedures to guide you from your car directly to treatment rooms to eliminate contacting surfaces and other patients.

-You will be asked the above screening questions again on your arrival to your appointment.

-Your temperature will be taken on arrival. Again, we will have to reschedule your appointment if your temperature is elevated.

-You will be asked to put on the provided shoe covers and disinfect your hands upon arrival.

-All non-essential companions will be asked to remain outside of the clinic during the appointment. This includes friends, spouses, drivers, parents, and other children.

-We will maintain social distancing in the reception area for essential caregivers and parents of minors if they absolutely cannot wait in a vehicle or outside the clinic.

-We have removed magazines and other items that can harbor or transfer germs of any kind

-Glass barriers have been added in our reception area

-We have enhanced clinic disinfection procedures before and after all appointments.

-You will see new personal protection equipment like visors, gowns, and different masks for our doctors and team to provide barriers against the smallest of germs.

-We have protocols to reduce or eliminate airborne aerosols during all dental procedures.

-We have enhanced continuous disinfection procedures of equipment and office fixtures like computers, keyboards, telephones, tablets, chairs, doorknobs, and buttons that may be touched unconsciously.

-We will be disinfecting all outside mail and packages that enter the building.

-We will have longer appointment times for you to prepare and complete all appointment tasks and duties in the safest and most comprehensive manner.

-Appointments will be managed to allow for social distancing between patients. That might mean fewer options will be available for scheduling your appointment.

We ask that, as we have so many patients to see, you treat your reserved dental appointment with the highest level of respect. Answer the screening questions honestly. Please arrive on time for your appointment. We may not be able to see you if you are late. If you miss your appointment it may be quite some time before we can get you back in.

We are committed to maintaining our high standard of dental health and safety under these new circumstances and appreciate your confidence in us.

We look forward to seeing you again and are happy to answer any questions you may have about the steps we are taking to keep you, and every patient, safe in our practice.

We are all excited to get back to work. Thank you for being our patients. We value your trust and loyalty and look forward to welcoming back our patients, neighbours, and friends.


Dr. Rudy Wassenaar

Dr. Sophia Dahia

And the entire Williams Lake Smiles Team

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