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Tips to Make the Most of Your Trip to Wells Gray

Norman and I would be the first to admit – there’s WAY too much to see in Canada for just one trip. After 6 years here, I am still discovering new places!

 

But what if you only have one trip? What is an absolute must see? Which of the myriad destinations HAS to be on your list?

 

We would argue that one of the absolute cannot miss destinations is Wells Gray Provincial Park.

 

Wells Gray is a haven for outdoor activity, adventure, and relaxation. If you’re an adrenaline junkie, try the paragliding or whitewater rafting. More into golf? There is a course just at the entrance of the park (that has RV camping on site to boot!) There’s also boat tours, fishing tours, horseback riding, backcountry hiking, waterfalls a 5 minute walk from the car, alpine meadows, and authentic Belgian waffles. (And if something you love is not on that list, I’d be very, very surprised!)

Here are our tips for your visit to Wells Gray!

 

  • Go to the visitor’s centre: The volunteers that staff the visitor’s centre are knowledgeable, friendly, and a hub for all the activities in the park! When you arrive, visit them for a free hiking map, and book your activities as you wait! They also have a gorgeous little picnic area, so feel free to spend an afternoon there.
  • Dutch lake: This lake is at the centre of Clearwater, and while the town is named after the river, the water in Dutch Lake definitely lives up to the town’s name! Crystal clear, with swimming docks, a sandy beach, and picnic areas, this is a great place to cool off
  • The Waterfall Tour: This driving/walking tour will show you some of the highlights from the park.
    1. On your way in, stop at Spahats Falls for a 10-minute walk to the viewing platform. Grab a Weisswurst with sauerkraut and an authentic Belgian waffle on your way out! 
    2. Moul Falls is a longer walk – about 1- 1.5 hours, depending on your pace. But you can go all the way to the bottom of this waterfall, if you don’t mind getting wet! (Watch Norman figure out that “waterfalls are splashy” in our video below!)
    3. Dawson Falls is about a 15-minute walk from the parking area, and is a mini-Niagara (a wide but not super tall fall).
    4. And finally, Helmcken Falls, which is GORGEOUS and would be impossible to disappoint! Whether it’s crowned with ice or against the backdrop of a blazing summer sky, Helmcken Falls is a sight you don’t want to miss.
  • Horseback Riding: I have done quite a bit of trail riding in my life, and I was very, very impressed with Battle Mountain Equine Adventures. They match you up to your horse not just based on size, but on experience and personality as well. They also take the time to let you learn and experiment how to communicate with your horse, so that on the trail, you can spend more time enjoying the views of bear-scratched trees, creeks, and endless forest, rather than worrying if Geronimo or Moon or Sparrow will go where you want them to! The guides are extremely knowledgeable about the area and history. They love their work, are proud of their stables, and it shows. I would ABSOLUTELY recommend this tour.

 

For camping, there are many options… we would recommend the RV Park and Golf Resort – they’re closer to the entrance to the park, so if you need to nip into town for supplies or a bite to eat, it’s easily accessible. They have a 9-hole golf course and 18-hole Disc Golf course as well!

 

To see how we enjoyed Well’s Gray, watch the link below!

 


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