With the May long weekend underway, the Tourism Discovery Centre is now open seven days a week from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m.
Visitor counsellors Amelia Ives, Julian Lachapelle and Madalyn Watts were fielding inquiries from tourists on Sunday at noon while outside near the boulevard, a family stopped to take a photograph of themselves in front of the Rick Hansen monument installed to celebrate the 25th anniversary of his round the world tour.
Both Lachapelle and Watts worked at the TDC last season as visitor counsellors and are looking forward to another year.
Ives is graduating this year from Lake City Secondary School, Lachapelle just finished his second year studying physics at the University of Northern B.C. in Prince George and hopes to pursue a career in astronomy while Watts is in Grade 11 and has one more year of high school.
The TDC also houses the Museum of the Cariboo Chilcotin with displays on the main floor and the lower level. The museum is also open every day for the summer season.
On July 1, 2019, the museum will be partnering with the Stampede Association to bring a Cariboo Heritage Gathering to the community for the 93rd Annual Williams Lake Stampede.
During the early years as part of Stampede celebrations, the community would take part in an informal fair-like gathering combined with a more traditional rodeo, involving local working cowboys. With the help of the Museum of the Cariboo Chilcotin, the Williams Lake Stampede Association is looking to revive this tradition for Canada Day this year.