Helmcken Falls Lodge

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Wells Gray Park, Clearwater, V0E 1N0, Canada
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Wells Gray Provincial Park

by JanPeter74

Wells Gray park lies somewhere halfway between Vancouver in the west and the Rocky Mountains in the east and the accessible part of it consists of forests and hills. The park is a provincial park, which means that admission is free. Entrance to the park is in the small town of Clearwater. From here a 30 km road leads to the entrance of the park. We stayed for two nights at the Helmcken Falls Lodge just outside the park. Once you enter the park a 10 km road leads to the main attractions of the park, being the Dawson Falls and the Helmcken Falls. Beyond the parkinglot at Helmcken Falls, a dirtroad continues for some 20 km, and that's it as far as roads go in this park. At the end of this dirtroad there is a small campingsite and the possibility to rent canoes or arrange full or more day canoe trips.

Because this park is not so developped, chances of seeing bears and other wildlife are said to be better than in the more famous parks. We did not see very much wildlife however (apart from the 30 types of mosquitos in the park). If you do not plan canoeing and longer hiking, this park would not be my first suggestion to other people. You could also opt to drive to the park, visit the two main attractions (Helmcken Falls and Dawson Falls) and leave again.


Late evening rain showerLate evening rain shower

Dawson FallsDawson Falls

The 475' cascade of Helmcken FallsThe 475' cascade of Helmcken Falls

Travel Tips for Clearwater

North Thompson Country

by Darby2

"Around Vavenby and Avola"

This is an early morning view of the Thompson River valley near Birch Island, north of Clearwater. The highway follows the route of the Overlanders, to Avola, Blue River, Albreda and Valemount. It's mostly forested wilderness, broken by the occaisional farm. Logging and forestry is the chief industry in this area.

"Cedar forest"

Rather large cedar trees grow in the North Thompson valley, specially north of Clearwater and Avola. Other species include hemlock, fir, balsam and Western white pine.

"Thunder River"

There are dozens of mountain streams feeding the Thompson from both sides. The highway crosses Thunder River about 20 km north of Blue River. For the travel weary, it's a nice rest stop.

"Devils club"

This shrub with its prickly leaves and stems abounds in the moist forest bottom lands. The root is used in herbal medicine.

"Mount Clemina icefield, seen from Albreda"

Between Blue River and Valemount some of the mountains rise to nearly 10,000 feet.

"Mad River Rapids"

This is the greatest and most powerful rapids on the North Thompson, just north of Vavenby near Wire Cache rest stop. Last year, a washout on the Mad River undermined the highway bridge and it had to be replaced.


Another of the shrubs found in ths bottomlands and along roadsides, they are related to raspberries. Not very tasty, but the bears seem to like them.

"Near Barriere"

The Thompson slows down to a gentle, broad meandering river.


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 Helmcken Falls Lodge

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Address: Wells Gray Park, Clearwater, V0E 1N0, Canada