One of our favourite memories this summer was enjoying some time at Clearwater Lake while camping and exploring waterfalls at Wells Gray Provincial Park. Clearwater Lake is one of six large lakes in Wells Gray Provincial Park in east-central British Columbia. 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.
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, gorgeous views all around. I think the photos below really show that summer feel. 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.
Take a look at how wonderful this “simple” lake was:
What are some of your favourite summer lake day memories?