Authentically Wells GrayIn travel as in life, you like the “real deal”! Exploring beautiful landscapes, taking in the cultural experiences of a destination, and getting to know the locals is definitely your thing. You like to use all of your senses when out exploring, to really get to know the places you visit.
Personal risks and challenges don’t daunt you, you’re quick to adapt to changing situations and like to just go with the flow. You don’t follow the pack, instead, you like to strike out on your own, travelling off the beaten track and to the beat of your own drum, filling your days with whatever comes your way.
Experience Wells Gray and Clearwater – a place where the wild things are free of crowds, with plenty of wide, open, spaces. Staggering beauty and wilderness adventures are around every river’s bend and mountain’s peak. Half way between the Rocky Mountains and Vancouver on the Yellowhead Highway, this is the place to embark on your a wilderness adventure of your own making.
Explore new horizons: climb Trophy Mountain, camp alongside the Murtle River, get your hands dirty on an interpretive program, watch stars dancing in the sky and immerse yourself in the unique geology and history of Wells Gray. Choose a different experience each time you come and get acquainted with our culture and lifestyle first-hand, rubbing shoulders with the locals, exploring our mountains, rivers and lakes and tasting life in the wilderness along the way.
For the Authentic Experiencer We Suggest…
Best places to meet fellow travellersAround the campfire. Fall asleep to the music of a rushing river. Wake-up with the sun peaking through your tent flap. Disconnect from the hustle and bustle of everyday life, reconnect with the natural world and with each other. Travellers from around the world make Wells Gray their destination when travelling between the northern Rocky Mountains and BC’s Lower Mainland. Make camp by a river, lake or in the shadow of mountains. There’s no better way to experience our backyard wilderness and meet fellow travellers than to pitch a tent (or park an RV) in the park.
Uncover our pioneer pastCatch a glimpse of the Ray Family Farm and the Majerus Homestead two authentic pioneer homesteads easily accessed just off the Clearwater Valley Road. Both are an easy hike through trillium lined forested trails. Bring your cameras and lots of bug repellent – the overgrown vegetation at both farms is a Mecca for mosquitoes!
Taste Wells GrayEat the John Wayne way – right from a chuck wagon at Wells Gray Guest Ranch. Dance the two-step in their Black Horse Saloon. Sample fresh BC salmon cooked over an open campfire. Savour smoked trout while sightseeing on the Clearwater Lake Cruise. Indulge in a romantic lakeside dinner at the Painted Turtle Restaurant on the shores of Dutch Lake.
The perfect paddle
Paddle into untouched landscapes, canoeing Murtle Lake – the largest canoe-only lake in North America. Portage through a forest of hemlock and cedar. Put in, and then listen to water dripping from your paddle with every passing stroke. Make camp on Murtle’s sun-kissed, sandy shores. Feel the wind on your face, the tug of your fishing line and the kind of solitude and serenity that can only be found out in the back country.
Top 10 Experiences for Authentic Experiencers
- Hike with a local. Interpretive hikes led by local experts reveal the history, geology and park’s wildlife secrets
- Test your mettle against the Clearwater River, kayaking class III - V rapids during the spring run-off
- Walk through history to a pioneer homestead and bubbling mineral spring at the Ray Family Homestead
- Reconnect with the natural world and with each other or fellow travellers making camp by a river, lake or in the shadow of mountains
- Paddle into untouched landscapes canoeing Murtle Lake. Marvel at the sight of bears fishing along the Raft River when the salmon start running in August
- Celebrate winter in the most Canadian of ways learning to mush a sled-dog team through the snowy wilderness of Wells Gray Park from December to March
- Live the life of a rancher herding sheep, hiking the alpine, milking cattle or lambing ewes then bed down in an authentic pioneer log cabin on a farm or ranch stay vacation
- Drink in the views of the Clearwater River & Green Mountain mountain-biking the Whitehorse Bluff Trail
- Rub shoulders with the locals and explore the constellations every August at our annual Star Gazing Festival