This view of the Fraser River was made about 15km south-west of Williams Lake. This is north of its junction with the North Thompson so it isn't yet the huge waterway that dominates the Vancouver geography. Here you see the river cutting through the soft sand and sandstone base of the Caribou region. This relatively arid area is the home of the British Columbia ranching industry. Williams Lake is reknown for its stampede, a yearly celebration of the cowboy tradition.