Last Updated on June 23, 2022
One of our favorite memories this summer was enjoying some time at Clearwater Lake while camping at Clearwater Lake campground and exploring waterfalls at Wells Gray Provincial Park. Besides the big black flies that drove us a little crazy (the other bugs really were not as bad as we were warned about), a cold dip in the glacier-fed lake was exactly the refreshment that we needed from the heat. Actually, the basin occupied by Clearwater Lake was scoured by glaciers during several ice ages, including the Wisconsin Ice Age, which ended in this region about 10,000 years ago.
Where Is Clearwater Lake?
Clearwater city lies at the entrance to Wells Gray Provincial Park in beautiful British Columbia, which houses 5,000 square kilometers of pristine nature. Clearwater Lake is one of six large lakes in Wells Gray Provincial Park. From Hwy #5 at Clearwater, drive north on the Wells Gray Park Road for 71 km (43 paved, 28 gravel) to the boat launch.
About Wells Gray Provincial Park
If you’re looking for a wilderness adventure, you’ll want to add Wells Gray Provincial Park to your list. Located in the Thompson Nicola Region of Interior BC, this park is a haven for nature lovers and outdoor enthusiasts. With mostly undisturbed wilderness, Wells Gray Provincial Park is perfect for endless outdoor adventure. In addition, the park is home to several waterfalls, including Canada’s famous Helmcken Falls.
The tranquil setting of this peaceful area is perfect for those who want to get away from it all. There is no excessive noise, only the occasional chipmunk and gurgling river nearby.
However, Wells Gray is home to a wide variety of wildlife, including black and grizzly bear, wolf, cougar, lynx, bobcat, wolverine, moose, deer, mountain goat, caribou, plus a host of smaller mammals. We did not see anything beyond bear scat, but always be prepared and know what to do if you do encounter wildlife.
Before you visit, be sure to check the park’s website for trail closures and other important information.
A Simple Lake Entrance
Our entrance area to Clearwater Lake was at the boat launch area a short drive from the campsite. It was a “simple” lake area in that there was only a tiny patch of sand and the dock. The kids did not seem to mind as they were thrilled to be able to jump off the dock into the water. Jacob even started to jump on his own after some encouragement, into the ice-cold glacier water. It was freezing, but boy did it feel oh so good in the heat! The kids never seem to be able to feel the cold.
They had a blast swimming and when it was time to head back to make dinner, they did not want to get out of the lake. Our kids are totally little fishes! Olivia was not a fan of the cold water yet though, so she was living her best life in the little sand patch.
It struck me while we were at Clearwater Lake, looking around. It felt like summer. We were blessed with perfect summer days, full of laughter and splashing, and gorgeous views all around. I think the photos below really show how summer feels. It was magic. I know, I know, I say magic way too much, but it really was. It was full of moments that childhood dreams are made of.
Simple Days At Clearwater Lake
Life at Clearwater Lake is simple and idyllic. The days are spent swimming, or out on the water, and the evenings are spent gathered around the campfire, telling stories and roasting marshmallows. There’s something about being surrounded by nature that makes life feel simpler and more calming. It’s a chance to disconnect from the hustle and bustle of everyday life and just relax. If you’re looking for a place to unwind and recharge, then a camping vacation near Clearwater Lake is perfect for you.
Pack your bags, grab your paddleboard, and head to the lake for some well-deserved rest and relaxation.
What are some of your favorite summer lake day memories?
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