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Williams Lake Tourism Discovery Centre

The Williams Lake & District Chamber of Commerce motto is: “The Voice of Business:  Businesses working together towards economic and social well-being to make our community a better place to live and work.”  The Chamber is a dedicated group of local businesses committed to providing a unified voice for the interests of the business community. Chamber members and directors have a vested interest in seeing that our region continues to grow and sustain a strong level of economic development.

Tolko Industries talks to students about forestry
during Forestry Week.

The Williams Lake & District Chamber of Commerce offers great networking opportunities for the business community. On the last Thursday of each month (with the exception of August and December), the Chamber hosts luncheon meetings. These functions are an excellent opportunity to meet with fellow business people from our area, develop networking relationships, and learn about other local and regional businesses. As well, the monthly luncheons feature guest speakers presenting information on the range of topics that are both timely and important to our business community.

Visitors coming to Williams Lake from around the world rely on the Visitor Centre to provide information on local accommodations, restaurants, and interesting activities. The staff helps visitors plan their trips, whether those trips involve travelling through our area, or using our area as a destination point. The Visitor Centre provides information to local residents, and the general public, to keep current on events within the community.

Some of the projects and activities we are involved with are listed below:

  • Small Business Week
  • Business Excellence Awards
  • Chamber of Commerce Week
  • Educational Workshops
  • All Candidates Focus-civic, provincial, and federal elections
  • Economic Development - City of Williams Lake
  • Williams Lake Stampede Association
  • SuperHost programs through go2HR

Chamber participates in many different promotions to support our members.

Board of Directors & Ex-Mayor Nelson meet with
Ian Robertson of The Rocky Mountaineer Vacations
& their Spirit of BC athlete Chris Campbell.

Administrative Structure

An elected Board of Directors sets policy and oversees the management of the Williams Lake & District Chamber of Commerce. The Board Executive consists of a President, 1st Vice President, 2nd Vice President, Past President and Finance Director. In addition to the Executive, there are 12 directors elected for two-year terms, with half their number up for re-election each year. Elections are held at our Annual General Meeting, the last Thursday in October. The Installation of Officers takes place the last Thursday in November and is conducted by the Mayor of Williams Lake.

The Chamber also has a full time Executive Director, and one full time Visitor Centre Supervisor.

Memberships or affiliations in other organizations 

  • BC Chamber of Commerce
  • BC Chamber Executives
  • Canadian Chamber of Commerce
  • Council of Forest Industries
  • Cariboo Chilcotin Coast Tourism Association
  • Tourism Industry Association of BC
  • Retail BC
  • Better Business Bureau

These organizations enable the chamber office to provide a more informed voice for our members.

Counsellors helping visitors.

Additional Services:

Visitor Centre

The Williams Lake & District Chamber of Commerce operates the Visitor Centre (VC) for the City of Williams Lake. The VC, located in the Tourism Discovery Centre at 1660 South Broadway off of Highway 97, offers information on attractions, events, community contacts, and resources. The information covers not only our city, but also the surrounding area, and the province of BC.

Promotions and Activities

Business Excellence Awards

4th Annual "Junk in the Trunk" Community Garage Sale

The Williams Lake & District Chamber of Commerce's 4th Annual Junk in the Trunk is Saturday, July 2021 in the parking lot of the Tourism Discovery Centre. Contact the Chamber to register for your spot by April 9th, 2020- postponed

3rd Annual "Swing into Success" Golf Tournament

On Saturday, September 18, 2021 the Chamber is hosting the 3rd Annual Swing into Success. The tournament is held at the Williams Lake Golf and Tennis Club with a shot gun start at 9 am. This event is an opportunity or get out and indulge in the beautiful surroundings while enjoying a bit of friendly rivalry with fellow businesses. In addition to the fun, it's networking event for meeting new people and making connections. To register contact the Chamber. Want to Promote your Business by being a sponsor? Contact the Chamber for more information.

25th Annual Business Excellence Awards

Saturday, October 24, 2020, is a night of celebration! The event is a night to salute the Williams Lake & District business community- their successes, innovation, contributions of community leadership and commitment to excellence. Each year businesses and individuals are nominated for one of eight awards, all of whom are recognized during the event. The highlight of the evening is when the winners of the eight awards and the Business of the Year award are presented.
Nominations for the 2020 Awards accepted between July 1st, 2019 and June 30, 2020.

8th Annual Made in the Cariboo Craft & Artisan Fair

Join us at the Tourism Discovery Centre on Saturday, November 2022 from 10 am to 3 pm, for a unique shopping experience. 25+ crafters/artists from the Cariboo area will be offering their handmade merchandise for sale.

For more information or to register for an event, please contact the Chamber by phone 250.392.5025; or email

Williams Lake & District Chamber of Commerce
1660 South Broadway
Williams Lake, BC, V2G 2W4
Tel: 250-392-5025
Toll Free: 1-877-967-5253
“The Voice of Business:  Businesses working together towards economic and social well-being to make our community a better place to live and work”
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