The area provides opportunities for hiking, viewing of spectacular waterfalls, volcanic features, a natural rock bridge, quality trout, chinook and char fishing, camping, river rafting, kayaking, wildlife viewing, horseback riding and photography.
The Clearwater River Road is subject to sudden mudslides, rock fall, flooding, washouts, and wind. The road may be blocked for extended periods of time. If weather conditions change dramatically, you may be advised to relocate to a less isolated location. Be prepared for emergencies.
Most of the park’s lakes and rivers are glacier-fed and the water is icy-cold year-round.
Do not underestimate the demands of the backcountry. The hiker must be in good physical condition, properly equipped, and prepared to be totally self-sufficient. Take adequate clothing: high elevation weather is subject to change without notice, and Wells Gray’s mountains can receive snow 12 months of the year.
Known as The Waterfall Park for good reason, streams and rivers have waterfalls of varying sizes. Never boat, canoe, raft or kayak without learning first where the pull-outs are.
Clearwater River Road (west side of Clearwater River) is subject to slides, flooding and is infrequently maintained.
Nature and culture
This April 1996 addition to Wells Gray Provincial Park was created as a result of recommendations made in the Kamloops Land and Resources Management Plan.
Extensive evidence of prehistoric use exists.
The park addition includes canyon and volcanic features including lava flows, columnar basalts and pillow lavas. The area protects old-growth Douglas-fir and cedar and hemlock forests, but primarily contains young forests of Douglas-fir, lodgepole pine and extensive deciduous stands of aspen and birch.
The corridor supports many ungulates, birds, migration corridors, and salmon spawning habitat for chinook, sockeye and coho salmon. Much of the corridor protects critical moose winter range habitat as well as habitat for mule deer, black bear, coyote, white tailed deer and badger.