Wells Gray Provincial Park is one of Canada’s most beautiful parks and is renowned for its wildlife viewing, its many thundering waterfalls and remarkable white water rafting.
Set in the Caribou Mountains about halfway between Kamloops and Jasper, the park was established in 1939 across an enormous 541,000 hectares.
Most people enter the park via the town of Clearwater and travel to the heart of the park on the Wells Gray Corridor, with extensive interpretive guiding available from Parks Canada, to introduce the flora and fauna.
Wildlife of Wells Gray Provincial Park
Black bears are commonly seen in May and June as they visit the valley floors to feed on new shoots while deer and moose are frequent sightings throughout the summer and wolves are also commonly seen. From June onward alpine flower meadows transform the landscape above the treeline, with some of the finest found on Trophy Mountain, and provide a stunning backdrop to excursions on horseback, canoe and on foot.
The many stunning waterfalls include Dawson and Spahats Falls, but the most impressive of all is Helmcken Falls which plunges 140 meters into an abyss and, through the winter, freezes into a great tower of ice.
Suggested itineraries featuring Wells Gray Provincial Park
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Map of Wells Gray Provincial Park
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Places near Wells Gray Provincial Park
- The Cariboo 54 miles away
- Jasper 97 miles away
- Prince George 147 miles away
- Field 176 miles away
- Yoho National Park 179 miles away
- Lake Louise 187 miles away
- Naramata & Okanagan Valley 198 miles away
- Whistler 198 miles away
- The Kootenays 207 miles away
- Banff 218 miles away
- Canmore 229 miles away
- British Columbia 236 miles away
- The Purcell Mountains 236 miles away
- Vancouver 252 miles away
- The Sunshine Coast & Desolation Sound 258 miles away
- Campbell River 273 miles away
- Bella Coola 277 miles away
- Calgary 282 miles away
- Northern Vancouver Island 286 miles away
- Salt Spring Island 288 miles away
- Edmonton 292 miles away
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Accommodation choices for Wells Gray Provincial Park
We’ve selected a range of accommodation options for when you visit Wells Gray Provincial Park. Our choices usually come recommended for their character, facilities and service or location. Our specialists always aim to suggest properties that match your preferences.
Situated a short drive from many of Wells Gray’s most impressive waterfalls and hiking trails, this four-cabin family-owned property is set among peaceful, extensive grounds. Paddle a canoe on the private lake, or sit watching hummingbirds from your porch.
On the edge of pristine Dutch Lake in the small town of Clearwater, the Lake House provides an intimate and tranquil retreat for those wishing to explore nearby Wells Gray Provincial Park.
Situated in the remote surrounds of Wells Gray Provincial Park, the Blue Grouse Country Inn is a ranch-style bed and breakfast with dramatic views of the surrounding forests and the Cariboo Mountains.