Gray Provincial Park is a recreation park in the
heart of the Cariboo Mountain Range covering over 540,000 hectares.
It was established in 1939 and it is the 4th largest park in British
Columbia, Canada. Wells Gray is best accessed from four communities
outside the park boundaries - 100 Mile House to the west, Clearwater
to the south and Blue River to the east.
of Wells Gray Park is covered in towering mountains, glacier lakes
and rivers, inactive volcanoes, alpine meadows, lava beds, mineral
springs, waterfalls and glaciers. Such a diverse geography creates
many opportunities for hiking, backpacking, fishing, boating,
camping, horseback riding, canoeing, river rafting, kayaking,
wildlife viewing during the warmer months.
park consists of many geographic zones with the most notable being
the Murtle Lake, Clearwater/Azure, Mahood Lake, Spahats Creek,
Wells Gray Corridor and Trophy Mountain regions. Many arrive in
the park planning on staying a few days or weeks with one of the
local resorts while others prefer the outdoors at one of the vehicle
access campgrounds. And then there is the hearty camper who prefers
backpacking into the wilderness and staying in a wilderness campsite.
access campgrounds, including the Pyramid, Clearwater, Mahood
and Falls Creek Campgrounds, operate on a first-come, first-serve
basis. The campsites include picnic tables and fire pits. All
have pit toilets. The day use areas in Wells Gray Park include
Clearwater/Azure, Mahood Lake, Spahats Creek and the Wells Gray
Corridor. All have picnic tables and pit toilets, except for Spahats
Creek which enjoys flush toilets.
Multi day trips provide the best opportunity to explore when
in the park. The scenery is everywhere around you and there is
lots of it so be selective on which natural attractions you want
to visit and how you want to visit it. On foot, by vehicle or
in a canoe?
Wells Gray is a wonderland of waterfalls. Many can only be accessed
by a hiking trail. The effort is well worth the reward because,
arguably, the park is home to some of BC's most beautiful waterfalls.
Some of the more popular falls in the park include the Helmcken,
Crystal, Deception, Goodwin,
Sylvia, Sundt and Canim Falls.
if you like spring then the high elevation alpine meadows in
the park will be your cup of tea. Once the snow line rises and
the meadows thaw out, the alpine flowers bloom releasing a radiant
rainbow of colors. Take a plant book along on your hike and see
if you can identify the following wild flowers like the Indian
Paintbrush, Alpine Daisies, Avalanche Lilies or Horsehair. Best
bet for best colors is Trophy Meadows and Table Mountain.
of mountains this park is wall-to-wall lakes and mountains. Some
of the mountain peaks in Wells Gray Provincial Park reach heights
of 3000 metres (10,000 feet). Some of the more notable giants
include Garnet Peak, Mount Huntley, Trophy Mountain, Raft Peak,
Battle Mountain, MT Hugh Neave, Goat Peaks, Azure Mountain and
Wave Crest Peak.
Fishing the lakes and rivers is a past time enjoyed by many in
Wells Gray Provincial Park. Rainbow Trout is the catch of the
day on Clearwater Lake, Barella Creek and Angus Horne Creek. While
Mahood Lake is stocked with kokanee, whitefish, burbot and Rainbow
and Lake Trout.. Most prefer trolling the lakes and fly fishing
Hiking and wilderness backpacking is huge in this park because
of the variety of routes available ranging from short and easy
to long and steep. Some of the popular day hikes in the park include
the Spanish Lake, Canim Falls, Chain Lakes, Murtle River, Whale
Lake and Deception Falls Trails.
Some of the multi day backpacking adventures in the park to explore
include the Wavy Alpine Trail, the Dragon's Tongue to Kostal Lake
to McDougall Falls Trail, the Zodiak Peak to Azure Mtn to Goats
Peak Trail, the Stillwater Route and the Huntlet Co Route to Garnet
Peak Trail. Some trails include wooden huts for accommodation,
most have wilderness campsites. Pack in pack out mentality is
The winter season is also filled with many adventures
like cross country skiing, snowshoeing, snowmobiling and dog sledding.
Because of the many trails in the park snowshoeing and cross country
skiing opportunities is endless. Some of the cross country routes
include Trophy Mtn, Candle Creek and Blackwater routes.
With so much remote and untouched wilderness areas it is easy
to see why there is so much wildlife in the park. Wildlife like
black bears, grizzlies, moose, mule deer, beaver, wolf, bobcat,
cougar, mountain goat, lynx, otters and porcupine. Birders will
be pleased to know that the wetland, marsh, lake, river and bog
regions in the park attracts over 200 birds to the area.
to Get to Wells Gray Provincial Park:
From the community of 100 Mile House, BC: Travel
north for 1 kilometre and then turn right onto the Canim-Hendrix
Rd. Continue past Forest Grove following the signs to Mahood Lake.
Look for the gravel 8100 Road leading to Wells Gray Park.
From the community of Blue River, BC: Travel
along Hwy #5 and then turn onto the Blue Lake FSR (Forest Service
Road) and continue traveling east to Murtle Lake in the Wells
Gray Provincial Park.
From the community of Clearwater, BC: Travel
along Hwy #5 and then head north on the Clearwater River Road
into the Wells Gray Provincial Park.
Contact information for
the local 100 Mile House community accommodations, tours,
guides, activities, campgrounds, golf courses, attractions,
realtors, etc. are posted under the community links listed
to your right. >>>