- 3000 year-old First Nations history
- 1.3 million acres of wilderness
- 05 days of canoeing, hiking and whitewater rafting
On the "Do You Believe in Magic?" adventure trek, local guides from Interior Whitewater Expeditions lead you deep into the unspoiled wilderness of Wells Gray Provincial Park along the water routes and trails of trappers, prospectors and homesteaders. Explore the path of these pioneers as you hike the backcountry, and paddle serene lakes and twisting rivers. En route, discover secret caves and thundering waterfalls. Raft through raging chutes and rapids. Listen as water cascades into misty whirlpools and laps gently against sandy beaches. Each night, replenished after a gourmet meal, bed down by the cozy campfire under night's star-studded dome.
Why you should visit
- Choose the perfect adventure combo: 2 days canoeing, 1 day hiking, 2 days rafting.
- Trace your fingers over 3,000 year-old history where First Nations people carved their stories into pictographs along canyon walls on Mahood Lake.
- Fly-fish on shore while a loon's cry echoes across the lake, and eagles and osprey circle overhead.
- Hike through a landscape sculpted by glacial ice and molten volcanic fire, while water provides nature's surround-sound.
- Touch rainbows in the spray at 35-m (115-ft) high Mouls Falls.
- Pick wild ginger, chives and berries in season.
- Dine each night on sandy beaches by a crackling fire and savour gourmet dishes you expect to find only in first-class city restaurants.
- Camp under the stars and be lulled to sleep by the sounds of moving water.
- Feel the stress of day-to-day living evaporate.
- Summer weather in the Wells Gray Park area is dry and hot with average temperatures in July and August of 18°C. Winters are colder with expected snowfalls. Lows in January can reach -10°C; visitors enjoying winter recreation in the park are advised to dress and plan accordingly.
- Discover local weather information. Research local weather patterns at Environment Canada's Canadian Climate Website.
- Interior Whitewater Expeditions (IWE) is located in Clearwater, BC and operates whitewater rafting, family family rafting trips and multi-day adventures in Wells Gray Provincial Park.
- IWE wilderness adventures are geared to everyone of all skill levels from "river rookies to seasoned rafters."
- IWE's on-site Kettle Café serves a slow food menu featuring local products, and take-away pizza and picnics.
- The Mahood Lake pictographs, among the sights on the Do You Believe in Magic? wilderness adventure, were carved by ancestors of the local Simpcw First Nation.
When to go
- June through August are the warmest months for exploring the wilderness of Wells Gray, ideal for canoeing, hiking, fishing, cycling and horseback riding.
- View brilliant fall foliage from September to mid-October when the days are still mild days and nights are cool.
- Enjoy backcountry skiing and snowshoeing in winter, November to mid-April when the snow begins to melt.
- Visit Wells Gray year-round for cabin rentals, inns, and camping, including winter camping in select areas.
Need to know
- There are four campgrounds in the park open May through September.
- Be bear aware and learn about Bear Safety before you visit.
- Obey posted signs and keep to designated trails.
- Pets must be kept on leashes and are not allowed on beach areas.
- Cold water drinking taps are located throughout the park.
- Campfire rings are provided at each campsite; visitors are encouraged to conserve wood.
- Wells Gray Park is about a 10-minute drive from the town of Clearwater.
- Kamloops Airport (YKA), 126 km (78 mi) away from Clearwater, is the closest airport.
- You can get to Clearwater and Wells Gray by car, bus and train. Clearwater is 449 km (279 mi) from Vancouver.
- From Jasper, AB, Clearwater is 311 km (193 mi). The scenic drive along Highway 16 through Mount Robson Provincial Park showcases the spectacular Canadian Rockiers before connecting to Highway 5 through Valemont to Clearwater.