Wells Gray Provincial Park Things to Do

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    Helmcken Falls

    by GuthrieColin Updated Feb 21, 2007

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    Helmcken Falls is a very large waterfall by all accounts. At 141 meters (426 feet) it is nearly 3 times the height of Niagra falls. It of course does not have nearly the same volume but it is impressive nonetheless. It also has one very interesting feature. In the winter it develops an ice cone at the base of the falls that has been known to reach a height of 60 meters (196 feet). The cone is created by the large amount of mist created by the violent impact against the canyon below. One local told me that a local skier once caught headlines by hiking up the cone and skiing down the side.

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    Spahats Creek Falls

    by GuthrieColin Updated Feb 21, 2007

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    Helmcken Falls get all the credit in this park. They are higher and have a larger flow, however, Spahats Creek Falls at 74 meters (246 ft) is quite impressive by itself. Had it not been in such company as the monstrous Helmcken it would have garnered an equally distinguished reputation. There is a trail which winds to the base of the falls which would give you a totally different perspective. If you do not want to spend that much time there the view from the observation deck is also quite nice.

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    Spahats Creek Canyon

    by GuthrieColin Updated Aug 19, 2005

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    Nearly half a million years ago volcanic activity in the area began sending lava flows into this canyon layer by layer and cooled. The layers of these volcanic flows can still be seen today. In the more recent ice ages the Clearwater canyon was cut out of the surroundings by massive glaciers. As the ice age ended Spahats Creek began cutting into the layers of lava flows and created a canyon which it lies in today. The Walls of which provide you with a great view on the upper right hand side of the attached picture atop the cliff.

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    Dawson Falls

    by GuthrieColin Updated Feb 21, 2007

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    Dawson Falls

    At only 27 meters (59 ft) Dawson Falls would not be a very interesting waterfall especially with the likes of Helmcken and Spahats falls in the vicinity. Dawson falls does have one very good thing going for it though it’s volume is much larger than wither of the other falls. The volume is so large that the falls stretch over 91 meters (300 ft) across. This thundering beast is only a 10 minute walk from the road as well. Be wairy of the Mosquito’s though this is the only place in the park where I was bothered by them and they were ferocious there.

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    CLEARWATER INFORMATION CENTRE

    by balhannah Written Jun 2, 2010

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    Clearwater, and this town was at the entrance way to Wells Gray National park.
    On the corner of the Clearwater Valley road is the information centre. Outside, there is a statue of a Moose, and inside is information on Wells Gray n/pk, plus some stuffed Animals.

    Make sure you stop here before heading into the park.

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    WELLS GRAY NATIONAL PARK

    by balhannah Written Jun 2, 2010

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    Lupins by the roadside in Wells Gray N/Pk

    What a National park this was!.....And one very much worth coming to, even though, probably not as well known as the Banff & Jasper areas.

    We really liked this park.

    What do you come here for?.............

    Well, in June, the Lupins [flowers] were thick on the roadsides, ever so pretty.

    Then the Bears, I don't know how many of these we saw, but it was a great place to see them in the wild.

    Waterfalls........Would have to be some of the most stunning you could see, and there is more than one!

    Scenery.........Lovely

    Peace & quiet, not hordes of Tourists, infact, there was only one other couple there!

    And our accommodation was in a peaceful setting too, just outside the National Park.

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    SPAHATS WATERFALLS

    by balhannah Updated Jun 3, 2010

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    Spahats Waterfalls

    Spahats Falls, is a beautiful 75 - 80 metre waterfall on Spahats Creek, located within the Wells Gray Provincial Park.

    It is a two tiered waterfall that plunges into Spahats Creek Canyon.
    This is an impressive waterfall and chasm walls are sheer basalt.
    The canyon-rim viewpoint gives excellent views, and for the energetic, there is also a trail to the base of the falls, [which I didn't do] but it would be an entirely different view, and probably worth the walk.

    It is a little hard to photograph the two tiers in one photo.

    This is a beautiful waterfall!

    Take the Yellowhead Highway to Clearwater. Turn onto Clearwater Road and drive for about 10 km to the signed parking area for Spahats Creek Provincial Park. The falls are a short hike down an easy trail to a well constructed viewpoint overlooking the magnificent canyon.

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    HELMCKEN WATERFALLS

    by balhannah Updated Jun 3, 2010

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    Helmcken Falls

    Helmcken Falls is a 141METRE waterfall on the Murtle River in the Wells Gray Provincial Park. It was because of this waterfall, that the development of Wells Gray Provincial Park came about.

    Helmcken Falls is situated on volcanic rock, and is often known as the most powerful waterfall west of the Rocky Mountains.
    5000 and 25000 cubic feet of water pass over the falls per second, plunging into a big ampitheatre. Now, that is a lot of water, no wonder they are impressive!

    In the winter, a giant ice cone, at times over 200 feet high, builds at the base of the falls. I have seen photo's of this, wow! how I would like to see it for real!

    These are easy ones to view. We just took the short walk from the car park to have a look at these stunning falls.
    These are the 4th highest falls in Canada.

    The Helmcken Falls Rim Trail is graded as "easy" and is a 8 km return walk. It leads from the Rim Trail parking lot just above the Murtle River on Clearwater Valley Road and follows the rim of the falls for quite a way. You should be close enough to hear the thunder of the falls.
    In winter this trail is open for snowshoeing and cross-country skiing for those who wish to see the falls covered with a thick mantle of ice.

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    THE MUSHBOWL

    by balhannah Written Jun 3, 2010

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    The Mushbowl

    THE MUSHBOWL, I guess named this, because this is what they look like, wide & shallow [only 15ft deep & 75ft wide] the water rushes over the rocks and down a small pothole which is known as the Devil's Punchbowl. Plenty of froth & bubble here.
    They are also located on the Murtle River.

    Located in Wells Grey Provincial Park.
    From the Yellowhead Highway in Clearwater, head along the Clearwater River Road, signed for Wells Grey Provincial Park, for 43 kilometers to the single lane bridge crossing the Murtle River over this waterfall.

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    Dawson Falls

    by bumpychick Written Apr 5, 2007

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    Dawson Falls

    From the carpark, it is only a short walk to Dawson falls. These falls are wide, and there is a huge quantity of water piling over them. Yiu can get really close to the water, and will probably find very few fellow tourists at the sight.

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    The Mushbowl

    by bumpychick Written Apr 5, 2007

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    Mushbowl

    The road crosses the Murtle River over a narrow bridge at this small but powerful and scenic waterfall: If you want to see it more closely, park just up the hill on the far side of the crossing. It is possible to climb down and get an even closer view, but there's no proper path or route; watch you don't fall in!!

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    DAWSON FALLS

    by balhannah Written Jul 16, 2010
    Dawson Falls

    The Dawson Falls is a very wide waterfall on the Murtle River. As they are a very wide waterfall, they have been known as "Little Niagara Falls." I didn't get a very good photo, but believe, if you follow a path a short distance downstream from the parking area, you many get a better photo.
    My picture doesn't do this waterfall justice.

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    1/2/3 CANYONS

    by balhannah Updated Jul 17, 2010
    3rd Canyon

    As we were travelling along the road in Wells Gray, between the 13 to 16km's were Canyons, just known as First Canyon Creek, Second Canyon Creek, and Third Canyon Creek.
    These three are narrow gorges crossed by the highway leading north from Clearwater to Wells Gray Park.

    All have cascades up to 20-25 metres.
    Do take the time to pullover for a look.

    My photo is of 3rd canyon.

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  • Helmcken Falls

    by RedbeardMathPirate Written Oct 4, 2009
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    Helmcken Falls is the jewel of the park. This tall waterfall plunges into a deep canyon with vertical lava walls. The viewing area stretches for about a hundred meters along the top of the north cliff. There's a viewing platform close to the waterfall, but some of the best views are from further away along the cliff's edge. The falls create a large cloud of spray, and if the sun is just right, a rainbow will appear near the falls.

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  • Green Mountain Lookout Tower

    by RedbeardMathPirate Written Oct 4, 2009
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    From the lookout tower on Green Mountain, you have a spectacular view to the north of the wide valley that makes up the frontcountry of Wells-Gray Provincial Park. From here's it's a nearly unbroken sea of trees between two mountain ranges, punctuated by an occasional lake or volcanic cone.
    The lookout tower is off the main road, a few kilometers up a steep and winding dirt road. Trailers and motorhomes might have a rough go of it, but the road is easily passable in a 2 wheel drive passenger car, as long as you drive carefully and watch out for bumps and ruts.

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