of British Columbia's most spectacular provincial parks, the wilderness
area of Wells Gray Provincial Park is now 540,000 hectares encompassing
most of the Clearwater River watershed. To the east and north of the
park are the giant peaks and glaciers of the Cariboo Mountains and to
the west and south are upland plateaus and alpine meadows where wildflowers
splash their dazzling colours.
lakes, two river systems, numerous small lakes and streams as well
as mineral springs, lava beds and extinct volcanoes are found within
this vast area. Forest cover consists mainly of Douglas fir, western
red cedar, hemlock, cottonwood, willow, birch and trembling aspen.
of landscapes in Wells Gray Provincial Park creates the perfect habitat
for many different wildlife species such as deer, bears, mountain
goats, beavers, wolverines and a diverse array of birds. Trails throughout
the park lead to numerous, breathtaking waterfalls.
Information & Services
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is located 384 kilometres northeast of Vancouver, BC. The main entrance
to Wells Gray Provincial Park is at Hemp Creek, 40 km north of the Yellowhead
Highway #5 via the Clearwater Valley Road. The turn-off from the highway
is near the community of Clearwater which is 120 km northeast of the
City of Kamloops.
also be accessed by turning off Hwy 97 at 100 Mile House. Be advised,
it is an 88km drive from 100 Mile House, so fill your gas tank in advance!
PARK FACILITIES & ACTIVITIES
are four campgrounds within the park, each with water, toilets and firewood
provided: Dawson Falls (10 units), Clearwater Lake (32 units), Falls
Creek (41 units) and Mahood Lake (32 units). Picnic areas are located
at various sites along the park road. Wilderness campgrounds are located
at various areas in the park.
& Boating - There are boat launch ramps at Clearwater and Mahood
Lakes. Most of the parks waterways are inhabited by rainbow trout, Dolly
Varden and lake trout. Canoeing is a popular activity in all of the
Gray Hiking & Trails - There are many trails of various
length and difficulty leading to the parks main attractions. During
the winter months these trails are used for cross-country skiing and
rentals, guided horse back tours, fishing trips, food, accommodations
and lodging are just some of the services located nearby. Contact
either the Wells Gray or 100 Mile House Information Centres for more