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Wells Gray Park, often known as the Waterfall Park, is one of British Columbia's most spectacular wilderness parks. It is not one of the better known parks, making it a good place to get away from the hordes of tourists.

The park is home to a large black bear population, more frequently seen early in the morning or in the evening when they venture out in groups to feed. This is one of the best places in the Rockies for black bear watching.


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Chutes de Helmcken

Wells Gray Park**

Helmcken Falls***
Many people consider this to be the most spectacular waterfall in Western Canada. The viewing platform is easily accessible from the road, making this a popular stop for visitors, who are always impressed by the awe-inspiring power and magnificent natural setting. The best time to appreciate the full splendour of the falls is in late afternoon, when the sun is near the top of the falls.

Trophy MountainTrophy Mountain**
Go hiking through the most beautiful alpine meadows*** in the Rockies. The wildflower blooms are at their peak in July and August. The Trophy Meadows** trail is fairly easy and accessible to all hikers.

Bailey’s Chute*
In August and September, in early morning or evening, you can view salmon jumping upstream** as they return to their spawning ground. Bailey's Chute is located in Clearwater Valley, about 60 kilometres from Wells Gray Park, and flows into the Clearwater River.Excursion de Canoë sur le Clearwater Lake

Canoe excursion on Clearwater Lake**
Canoeing on Clearwater Lake is a chance to experience a quintessential Canadian pastime in an enchanting natural setting. You will find inner peace as you glide through pristine landscapes. Be sure to keep an eye out for wildlife!

Optional activity

Where to eat

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  • $$$$ Fine dining


Strawberry Moose Snackery ($)
Best breakfast in town. This local cafe serves tasty homemade pastries, sandwiches, coffees and specialty teas. Friendly staff who love talking to customers - a great chance to discover some of the area's best-kept secrets!

425 Eden Road, Clearwater, V0E 1N0 / 250-674-2123

The Painted Turtle Restaurant ($$)
Located on Dutch Lake, this restaurant offers good food, an open-air covered patio and a spectacular view of the lake. The menu focuses on local and regional products, seasonal produce and fresh ingredients. Open from May to September; dinner reservations are strongly recommended.

361 Ridge Drive, Clearwater, V0E 1N0 / 250-674-3560

Road trip

  • West
  • Road Trip
  • 15 days
$1407 / adult



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