The large rough country park of Wells Gray Provincial Park is the main tourist attraction of Clearwater, the largest community of the North Thompson Valley in British Columbia, Canada. The park covers more than 500,000 hectares of land and includes five lakes, two river systems, a number of majestic waterfalls and an assortment of noteworthy natural features among its many charms and attractions. Any tourist will find many interesting things to do while here. Guests, whether nature lover or not, will be left in awe of all the natural wonders to be found and to be experienced during your Wells Gray Park visit.
In and around Wells Gray Park
After flying to the Kelowna, Kamloops or Vancouver airports, those coming in from overseas can fly to Clearwater through the Yellowhead Helicopters Ltd, while those coming from nearby locations can simply take the Greyhound Canada that provides service to Clearwater. Those who prefer to drive from neighboring areas can access Wells Gray Park off Hwy #5 at Clearwater while Murtle Lake can be accessed off Highway 5 at Blue River.
Once in Wells Gray Park, people can easily drive and walk their way to the many different scenic spots and locations they want to see, and from there, head off from one attraction to the next.
A hodgepodge of exciting water adventures
With its many spectacular water features, the options for exciting water adventures to be had while in Wells Gray Park seem countless and there is a bevy of water activities to choose from, whether one is an extreme water sports enthusiast or a water adventure greenhorn.
For those who are still trying to conquer their fear of the water, the best way to go about it is to opt for less physical and more relaxing water experiences. Canoeing on Murtle Lake, going fishing on Mahood Lake, or joining the boat tour to check out the many waterfalls that adorn the lakeshores of Clearwater or Azure Marine all sound like very good ideas to pass the time here. Those who rather go for the more enthralling adventures can always opt for white water rafting or kayaking.
The outdoors and the wildlife
Wells Gray Park is located in the east central part of British Columbia in Canada, and is the fourth largest park in the province. It protects the southernmost and the highest regions of the Cariboo Mountains. The many wildlife collections of the park, which is home to impressive birds and a diverse collection of wildlife, allows every guest to observe these majestic creatures at a closer range.
Being out in the wilderness also offers opportunities for other fun outdoor adventures. Wells Gray Park offers backcountry camping sites found in different locations, horseback riding, hiking and walking trails available around many of the mountains and peaks here. Not to mention, a number of these peaks also offer a stunning panorama of nature and scenic views in the park. Most notable is Green Mountain peak, which provides a beautiful view of the southern part of Wells Gray Park. These activities are equally ideal for the solo backpackers or those traveling with groups of friends or with their families, as they present opportunities for solitude but also for fostering camaraderie and promoting good bonding.
Canada's waterfalls park
A visit to Wells Gray Park at any given day presents many opportunities to frolic under the sun and spend precious time in the great outdoors. Marveling at the many waterfalls found here is enough to occupy your entire day. After all, the park will not earn its nickname, Canada's Waterfalls Park, for no apparent reason. In fact, there are about 39 waterfalls within the park's boundaries. Be in awe at some of the majestic bodies of water this enchanting attraction has to offer, starting with what is considered its main attraction, Helmcken Falls, which is also the fourth highest waterfall in Canada. Other falls that are worthy of anyone's visit include Spahats Falls on Spahats Creek, Moul Falls on Grouse Creek, Dawson Falls on Murtle River, and Canim Falls which is located at the western end of the park. Bailey's Chute, which is a low waterfall situated on the Clearwater River is also something that would interest both local and foreign tourists that venture here.