Wells Gray Provincial Park is a beautiful area of wilderness tucked beneath the foothills of the Rockies in eastern British Colombia. It is the province’s fourth largest park, encompassing much of the Cariboo Mountains and large tracts of its forested hills are inaccessible other than to the expertly adventurous. The Clearwater River and its tributaries cascade through the area, creating an impressive array of waterfalls for which the park is perhaps best known. There is only one main access route – the Clearwater Valley Road – which travels 65 kilometres from the small service town of Clearwater to Clearwater Lake at the other end, but many of park’s natural attractions are neatly lined up along this route. The river creates some thrilling white-water rafting sites and the scenic lake is a great spot for a gentle boat trip or a cup of coffee from the tiny lake-front log cabin café.
There are some fantastic walking trails in the park for those who wish to get totally off the beaten track and it is also home to a host of iconic Canadian wildlife – black bears, elk, moose, deer, coyotes and eagles. Keeping an eye out for these as you explore the area is an essential part of your Wells Gray experience.