The first inhabitants of the Cariboo-Chilcotin were the Secwepemc, the Shuswap, people. They lived in the region for over 8,000 years before European settlers arrived. The culture of the Secwepemc people was rich and vibrant, including many spiritual and secular ceremonies to honour and celebrate special events, such as the first roots of the season, salmon fishing, spirit dances, family gatherings and name-giving ceremonies.
The Secwepemc culture is rich in myths and legends, and key among them are the exploits of seklep, the coyote. According to legend, seklep was sent to put the world in order. He used his powers to create mountain ranges and waterways, and he introduced salmon to the region to feed the Secwepemc people. While foolish in nature, seklep was also intelligent and cunning, and he had great magical powers he used to make the world safe.
Shuswap legend tells that seklep was ultimately transformed into the "coyote rocks" that can be seen throughout the territory. These rocks let the Shuswap and others know that they are within the land of the Secwepemc people.
Coyote Rock Estates is located in the heart of Secwepemc traditional territory, on Highway 97, 7 kilometres south of Williams Lake. Come experience and explore the land of the seklep. We guarantee there's an adventure to be found for everyone.
In the heart of British Columbia, the Cariboo-Chilcotin is blessed with amazing fishing, kayaking, hiking, and biking. Add our spectacular landscape and abundance of wildlife, living in nature has never been closer in reach.
The Secwepemc Territory
Immerse yourself in nature. Just step outside your door to access mountain biking and hiking trails.
Enjoy numerous water activities with water access located at Scout Island, only 7 km away. Enjoying boating, kayaking, paddle boarding, and more.
While you're there, take a moment to enjoy the local wildlife on this Nature Sanctuary and the multiple walking trails.
Come learn and connect at our annual Father's Day Powwow at the Chief William Campground.
Over the Canada Day long weekend, join our community at the World Famous Williams Lake Stampede.
Nature meets convenience
Living in the tranquility of nature does not mean you have to compromise on luxuries.
Williams Lake city center is 8 km away from Coyote Rock where you can find shopping, playgrounds and a water park, a brand new recreation centre, and more.