This summer has become a summer full of camping trips and outdoor adventures, including our latest camping adventure to Wells Gray Provincial Park. I thought this summer would pale in comparison to what it was meant to be, after cancelling so many travel plans. After some fabulous adventures, day trips, road trips and camping, we can safely say that exploring more of our own backyard this summer really has not been bad, at all. In fact, this summer has really shown us how blessed we are to call British Columbia home. Guys, BC is freaking incredible.
The main attraction that gravitated us towards Wells Gray Provincial Park is the amount of waterfalls. The most well-known is Helmcken Falls, a 141 m (463 ft) waterfall; it is a beauty! Our favourite was Moul Falls, where you can slip between the canyon and the falls for a refreshing mist — you’ll get soaked! There was so much to see with Wells Gray boasting a named 41 waterfalls, that we would need another trip or two in order to take it all in. Wells Gray Provincial Park was glorious!
The Clearwater Lake campground was nice and quiet, had a great view of the stars in the middle of the night, and had a great lake for a swim. There wasn’t much beach area to play in at Clearwater Lake, but the kids loved jumping off the dock and though the water was cold, the kids sure did not seem to mind.
It seriously feels so good to sit around a camp fire, laughing with the kids, as we roast marshmallows and make a variety of delicious s’mores, or putting on a small light and huddling together in the tent for a story before bedtime. Life lived outdoors is the best life.
Take a look at all the fun and stunning scenery:
There are still so many waterfalls left for us to discover and so much backroad beauty to explore. I can totally see us going back again to Wells Gray Provincial Park to experience more of the beauty that is waiting around every corner.
Stop in at the visitor center in Clearwater before you head into Wells Gray. You will pass by it at the roundabout where Clearwater Valley Road leaves Highway 5. Their staff is very knowledgeable and a detailed park map will help you better plan your adventure.
Where To Stay
We stayed at the Clearwater Lake campground. It was a quiet campground and a short drive from our campsite to Clearwater Lake. There were also two other campgrounds: Falls Creek and Pyramid. Clearwater Lake had some river-view campsites and you could hear the rushing water all night; it was amazing to fall asleep and wake up to. You can make your reservation using BC’s Discover Camping website.
There are also several RV parks and lodges just outside the main entrance to Wells Gray. Plus, there are some great options on airbnb if that is more your style!
How To Get There
Clearwater, BC is a five hour drive from Vancouver. We started out on Highway 1, and then took the Coquihalla (Highway 5) to Kamloops, and continued on north to Clearwater.
Note: If you’re staying at Clearwater Lake campground, expect it to take an extra hour and a half to get to your campsite once you are in Clearwater. Don’t say that we did not warn you about how HUGE Wells Gray Provincial Park is!
What are some great memories you have camping with family growing up?