The famous Wells Gray Park is only a short 35 kilometer drive from Clearwater. The park is world famous for its majestic and numerous waterfalls. The three major falls are only a short walk from your car. For the more energetic, there are some excellent hikes to view the more remote falls.
Wells Gray Park also offers extinct volcanoes, lava rock formations, alpine meadows, lush forests, unspoiled lakes and beautiful rivers. Wells Gray is a "must see" on your tour of Western Canada.
Clearwater, BC is famous for its excellent river trips. From exciting white water rafting, to the more relaxing scenic boat trips, there is a trip to suite your taste and time schedule. Kayaking trips and classes are also available. Check out these businesses located in Clearwater for more information:
Interior Whitewater - interiorwhitewater.com/
Riverside Adventures - www.riveradventures.ca
For those fishing enthusiasts look no further. Wells Gray country offers some excellent fishing; especially the fresh water Rainbow Trout, well known for its fierce fighting power.
Try fly fishing on the Clearwater River with "Silent Sport Fly Fishing".
With the numerous lakes and rivers in the area you are sure to find your "ideal' fishing hole.
There is fantastic hiking in the area. From short one kilometer trails to all day hikes to the more remote backcountry trips. The Clearwater/ Wells Gray area has pristine wilderness that is waiting to be discovered. You can explore on your own or utilize the services of the many qualified guides in the area. Click here for a map of the trails in Wells Gray Park.
Wells Gray Adventures has hut to hut hiking to their three remote lodges in the beautiful alpine of Wells Gray Park. They operate both summer and winter programs. Wells Gray Adventures also do combination trips of canoeing and hiking. For more information visit www.skihike.com.
Between the end of June and mid-August is the time to see the wildflowers that carpet the subalpine meadows of Trophy Mountain. The 'To the Treeline and Beyond' trail is an easy 2 k walk. A lengthier hiking trail leads from the meadows to views of the Shuswap Highlands from Skyline Ridge (moderate; 12 km return). The turnoff for this trail is 10K up the Clearwater Valley Road and turn east at Spahats Creek Provincial Park.
In addition to its famous waterfalls, Wells Gray Park is also known for its two large pristine lakes, Clearwater Lake and Azure Lake. Try canoeing and kayaking on these lakes as a means to explore the park.
Wells Gray Adventures offers 3 to 6 day canoe trips on Clearwater and Azure Lake. They also offer fully guided and catered canoe trips to the end of Azure Lake and back.
Some unique horseback riding adventures await those who prefer the "traditional" western means of transportation.
Vavenby Trail Rides offers 3 or 4 hour rides to full day adventures. In May and June you can even experience a real cattle drive. www.ntvalley.com/trailrides/
Buffalo Ranch also offers 2.5 hour rides to Moul Creek Falls.
Still more to do in Clearwater - we have two golf courses in the area.
The Wells Gray Golf Resort is 35 kilometers north at the entrance to Wells Gray Park. This 9-hole course has the incredible Trophy mountains as a backdrop while you play, call 1-877-215-golf.
When you are not busy, hiking, fishing, golfing, rafting or horseback riding, you can just sit back and relax at the Clearwater Valley Resort. If you still have energy, you can enjoy swimming, mini golf, volleyball and horseshoes!
A visit to Spahats Falls allows you to get a taste of the beauty that Wells Gray Country offers its visitors. Spahats is noted not only for its impressive waterfall but beautiful gorge where you can see the layers of lava rock.
Approximately 21 km return
If you arrive in Clearwater later in the afternoon there is still enough time to visit 3 impressive waterfalls - Helmcken, Spahats and Dawson. In summer (July & August) it is usually light until after 9:00pm. Or relax in the evening and take a visit the park in the morning before heading off to your next destination.
Driving distance is approximately 93 km round trip to Helmcken Falls
This trip is the same as the dash only at a slower pace so that you can view more of the beauty of Wells Gray Park. Add in a short hike to Ray's farm & the mineral springs or if you are here in September or October, see the Salmon jumping at Bailey's Chute. Also for those in a car - a trip up Green Mountain for a spectacular 360° view is a must.
Driving distance is approximately 114 km round trip to Bailey's Chute or 112 to Ray's Farm and Mineral Spring. If you have the time, take a tour of the Clearwater lake.
Option A - Waterfalls and Whitewater
Take a whitewater rafting trip in the morning and view the spectacular waterfalls in the afternoon. Clearwater has some great rafting trips at excellent value.
Option B - Horseback Riding and Waterfalls
View the waterfalls in the morning and take a horseback riding trip in the afternoon. You'll have a chance to swim behind the Moul Creek Falls. If you're not a fan of riding, you can also hike to the falls.
Option C - Waterfalls and hike
After viewing the falls take time to hike one of the many 1/2 day trails in the area. If visiting in August a drive up Trophy Mountain and short walk will take you to a beautiful meadow of wildflowers.
1/2 Day Activities