Residents looking for local entertainment on Family Day weekend can expect free activities organized by the Town of Williams Lake Recreation Department.
A ‘Bring the Fam Rail Jam’ is scheduled for Sunday, Feb. 20, and on Monday, Feb. 21, there will be snow-themed activities in Kiwanis Park, free swimming and skating at the Cariboo Memorial Recreation Complex. , culminating with a fireworks display at the Stampede Grounds.
Staff at the Cariboo Memorial Recreation Complex have been busy making final preparations for the traffic jam that will take place at Boitanio Park’s terrain park on February 20 from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m.
It will include three mixed categories in skiing and snowboarding – 6-11, 12-15 and 16+.
Registration will open at 10:00 a.m. at Boitanio Park for the rail jam, with the first two runs in each category starting at 10:45 a.m.
Participants will have the opportunity to win prizes from local sponsors Red Shred’s Bike and Board Shed and Fox Mountain Brewing Co.
There will also be free pizza from Red Tomato Pies, refreshments, music, competition judges and more, and a Mt. Timothy Ski Patrol will be on hand to provide first aid service and keep riders safe. attendees.
Calendar of events for Monday, February 21
Kiwanis Park from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. there will be snow painting and a photo contest.
At the West Fraser Aquatic Center from 12 p.m. to 1:30 p.m. and 2 p.m. to 3:30 p.m. there will be free swimming.
At the Cariboo Memorial Recreation Complex ice rink, from 1:15 p.m. to 3:15 p.m., there will be laser skating, light-up giveaways, a concession available, and skate rentals.
At the Williams Lake Stampede Grounds, there will be a snow dance with a DJ at 6:30 p.m., a bonfire at 6:45 p.m., fireworks at 7:15 p.m., and Lions hot dogs and hot chocolates Club by donation.
Free cross-country skiing
An opportunity to cross-country ski at Bull Mountain on Saturday, February 12 for free is sponsored by the Cariboo Chilcotin Conservation Society (CCCS).
Free skiing is scheduled from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. and includes an opportunity to learn something new about the science of snow.
Jenny Howell, CCCS Water Wise Instructor and Executive Director, and Brianna van de Wijngaard, Communications Coordinator, will lead activities on snow crystal identification, snowpack structure and its effects on the water cycle, etc
Participants can enter to win a 2022-2023 Williams Lake Cross Country Club membership and trail pass.
Williams Lake Stampeders
Last weekend’s Williams Lake Stampeders hockey game against the Nechako North Stars has been rescheduled for Friday, February 11. The team will also play a catch-up game against the Terrace River Kings on Saturday, February 12. 30h
The U13 Timberwolves are also holding a non-perishable food drive in support of the Women’s Contact Society during the game on February 12.
Hike the Gold Rush Trail
The Powder Kings Snowmobile Club of Williams Lake is hosting a ride on the Gold Rush Trail on Saturday February 12th. The group will meet at Horsefly’s Anvil Pub from 8:30-9:00 am and await directions to a drop-off area.
Horsefly is about 50 minutes east of Williams Lake. The group will travel to Likely Lodge for lunch and lunch will be $25 per person for a loaded burger with fries and return to Horsefly. It will be approximately 80 miles round trip with fuel available from Likely and Horsefly.
Please contact Frank Wijma at 250-620-0032 or Mark Snowball at 250-398-5328 to attend to provide lunch numbers.