When to visit
- Very Favourable
What to do
- Worth the detour
- Must see
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.
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.
Go hiking through the most beautiful alpine meadows in the Rockies. The wildflower blooms are at their peak in July and August. The Sheila Lake trail is easy and accessible to all hikers.
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.
Canoeing 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! Canoes can be rented at the boat launch on Clearwater Lake. Guided tours are also available.
Where to eat
- $ Inexpensive
- $$ Moderate
- $$$ Upscale
- $$$$ Fine dining
Strawberry Moose Snackery ($)
Best breakfast in town. This local cafe serves tasty homemade pastries, sandwiches, coffees and specialty teas. Friendly staff who love talking to customers - a great chance to discover some of the area's best-kept secrets! Don't be fooled by the café's outside appearance. Open Monday-Friday from 5 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Saturday-Sunday from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.
425 Eden Road, Clearwater / 250-674-2123
The Painted Turtle Restaurant ($$)
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 daily May-September from 8 a.m. to 9 p.m.; dinner reservations are strongly recommended.
361 Ridge Drive, Clearwater / 250-674-3560
HOP “N” HOG TAP & SMOKEHOUSE ($$)
Open only since 2015, this restaurant has quickly become local favourite. Maybe it's the tasty organic coffee, or because they bake their own bread... They also smoke their own meat and fish, and offer BBQ evenings with live misic. Don't miss it! Open every evening from 5 p.m. to 10 p.m.
444, Clearwater Valley Road, Clearwater / 250-674-3654
Where to sleep ?
- Very Favourable