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Central Cariboo Recreation

West Fraser Aquatic Centre

The grand opening of the West Fraser Aquatic Centre was held on Dec. 14, 2017, with a ribbon cutting ceremony and a free family swim. Read more HERE. For information about pool operating hours and activities, visit the Cariboo Memorial Recreation Complex Facebook page or view the Active Living Guide on the City of Williams Lake website.

Watch a time lapse video of the daily progress on the Sam Ketcham Pool Upgrade Project below. View the monthly time lapse videos from the project on the CRD's YouTube channel.


Central Cariboo Recreation and Leisure Services

The Central Cariboo Recreation and Leisure Services function was established in 2007 by Bylaw No. 4226, which merged the functions for Central Cariboo Recreation (Bylaw No. 3894 – 2004) and Central Cariboo Leisure Services (Bylaw No. 3951 – 2004).

The new Recreation and Leisure Services function has a mandate to provide the following services:

  • Swimming pool complex;
  • Twin ice arena facility;
  • Recreation and cultural programming;
  • Trail development and maintenance;
  • Sports fields, facility development and maintenance.

Services are generally provided from the Cariboo Memorial Complex, which is owned by the Cariboo Regional District and operated under contract by the City of Williams Lake. It is located at 525 Proctor Street. The Cariboo Memorial Complex features:

  • Twin ice arenas;
  • Sam Ketcham Pool;
  • Gibraltar Room multi-purpose space.

Residents are invited to consult the Leisure Guide to Active Living, published three times per year, which lists the courses and activities offered. You can also contact the Cariboo Memorial Complex at (250) 398-7665.

Also included in this function is the Esler Sports Complex, which includes slo-pitch, soccer and minor fastball fields under use and occupancy agreements with local associations.

An annual contribution agreement is also in place with the Scout Island Nature Centre to support operation of its extensive trail networks.

Various other community projects, such as neighborhood outdoor rinks, trails or bike parks are supported on a project by project basis.

Tourism operators provide recreational opportunities all year long in many different activities such as spa and ranch vacations, birding, flightseeing, jetboating, river rafting, kayaking, fishing, mountain biking, snowmobiling, and hiking.

The Directors for Electoral Areas “D”, “E”, and “F” and the City of Williams Lake are responsible for the governance of this service, which is provided through the Central Cariboo/City of Williams Lake Joint Committee with advisory support from volunteers on the Central Cariboo Recreation Advisory Committee. The Central Cariboo Joint Committee (CCJC) holds an open, public meeting once per month.

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