A tranquil oasis to view and learn about nature

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.

red-fox-kits-300At 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.

  • Video on Scout Island Nature Centre
  • Illustrated story of the 2015 Student Salmon trip
  • 2016 Annual Scout Island Report - with photos


We will be hiring 2 to 3 summer staff this year.

You need to be a university student with at least one year of university completed Send a resume’ including references and a cover letter as to why you would like to work at Scout Island by March 15 You should be interested in nature, taken biology in high school and enjoy working with children. It will be full time work for May-August. Send your documents via e-mail or call 398 8532 if you have questions.

Spring Break program "Nature's Scribes". Full day program for ages 7 to 13 March 27 to 31 Exploring, Investigating, Games with Mary Forbes and Writing all About it with author Anne White. E-mail for more information.


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 shoe-horn if the gift donation is over $50. Just e-mail with your instructions.

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

Call 398 8532 or e-mail

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