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Scout Island Nature Centre
1305 A Borland Rd.
Williams Lake, BC
V2G 5K5
Williams Lake




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Scout Island Nature Centre is located in the heart of the city of Williams Lake, in the Cariboo Chilcotin region of British Columbia, Canada. The Nature Centre features marsh, island, and lake environments and is a premier location for nature appreciation and education. On the migration path of hundreds of species of birds, it is a bird-watcher’s paradise in the spring and fall.

At Scout Island Nature Centre you can:

  • Red fox kitsEnjoy wildlife viewing along the 2.5 km of trails following the marsh edge and lake
  • Catch glimpses of fox, beaver, turtle or a deer while they nibble on the diversity of flora of forest and grassland
  • Help feed the fish, amphibians and reptiles in the Nature House
  • Ask a question of the natural history interpreters
  • Take in a scheduled nature program (year-round school and community programs for all ages)

Map of Scout Island trails and features

Note: Some trails and the Nature House are wheelchair accessible. Dogs are welcome but must be on leash.


Nature House
is open for pre-booked winter programs. You can book a great winter program (snow fun, tracking, birds in winter) for your class, youth group, church group or for a birthday party. Call or email for details.

Scout Island Nature Kindergarten will start in September. Information about this program can be found at

Are you a university student with an interest in biology and/or teaching? Looking for a summer full-time job May-August? Send your resume and cover letter by email from this site.

Are you a high school student interested in nature and the outdoors? Why not volunteer for the Nature Centre?  There are interesting indoor and outdoor projects to work on. You can help with children's programs. It can lead to a paid part time position. 


Do you know that donations from our members and the public fund a significant proportion of our work? We've just made it easier to support Scout Island Nature Centre in your year-end (or any time) giving. We've added a Donate button to our website right on this page. You'll still get a tax-deductible receipt for the amount that Paypal forwards to us after they deduct their fee.

If your donation is a gift to someone else, we'll send you an original card that you can use to announce your gift. AND we'll give you a little thank you too ... your choice of a wooden chickadee ornament or a hand-crafted wooden shoehorn if the gift donation is over $50. Just with your instructions.

Remember to spend some time in Nature, the greatest gift of all.

Call 398 8532 or email

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Scout Island Nature Centre works hard at shrinking its Ecological Footprint so that we are in balance with the web of life. You can help us by packing No Garbage Lunches and Snacks when you visit.

Scout Island directions map

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