Wells Gray Provincial Park

Wells Gray Provincial Park

Wells Gray Provincial Park is just outside of Clearwater. The park is well sign-posted at the roundabout in the centre of town and offers a number of pit stops and hikes and waterfalls that are well worth a day.

Stop 1: Mahood Trail

We didn’t intend to drive the Mahood Trail as it turned out to be an hour up and down a pothole-filled gravel road but we still enjoyed our lunch at the water’s edge, alone except for a fisherman and his dog.

jana meerman wells gray provincial park

Stop 2: Spahats Creek Falls

Wells Gray turned out to be bursting with roadside pit stops, short hikes and impressive waterfalls. We pulled into the first lot we saw and took a brief walk down to the massive Spahats Falls.

jana meerman wells gray provincial park
jana meerman wells gray provincial park

Stop 4: Helmcken Falls

This one is insta-famous, so of course we had to make a stop. The water has carved a huge bowl out of the ground and it is simply massive. Head past the fence on the far right to get a bit of a risque walk on the cliffs edge.

jana meerman wells gray provincial park
jana meerman wells gray provincial park

Stop 5: Murtle River Bridge

This single lane bridge tends to be full more of people than of cars. There’s a little shoulder where you can pull over and wander back down to the bridge to take in the spray and falls. A little gap in the trees allows the more adventurous souls to scramble down under to find the trolls that may be lurking below.

jana meerman wells gray provincial park

Stop 6: Dawson Falls

Hands down one of the most impressive waterfalls I’ve seen, this one stretches wide across the river and cascades down in multi-tiered falls. There are a few hidden trails down to the edge of the falls where one can feel quite small standing next to such a powerful feat of nature.

jana meerman wells gray provincial park
jana meerman wells gray provincial park
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