Wells Gray Provincial Park Travel Guide

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    Helmcken Falls
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    Moose inside the Info Centre
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Wells Gray Provincial Park Things to Do

  • 1/2/3 CANYONS

    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....

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  • 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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  • 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...

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  • HELMCKEN WATERFALLS

    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...

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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...

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  • WELLS GRAY NATIONAL PARK

    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...

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  • CLEARWATER INFORMATION CENTRE

    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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  • Green Mountain Lookout Tower

    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...

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  • Helmcken Falls

    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...

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  • Green Mountain

    Just after you enter the park, turn left on to a small road which climbs up hill for 4km. There is a tower at the top which provides a wonderful 360 degree panorama of mountains, forests, lakes and valleys. There are maps all the way around so you can play 'spot the mountain', and get your bearings.

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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

    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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  • Helmcken Falls

    Helmcken falls is a 'must see' in Wells Gray Park. Because of this, these falls were much busier than any of the others we visited, but there is still plenty of room to take in the view and get some good photos.Once you have parked, it is only a short walk to the viewing platform where you can see the falls that led to the establishment of the park...

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  • Helmcken Falls

    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...

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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)...

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  • Spahats Creek Falls

    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...

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  • Waterfalls

    If you've come to Wells Gray after visiting Alberta you'll notice the sudden change from mountains to a mass of greenery - trees galore.For Wells Grey I stopped off at a Motel in Clearwater then drove the 68km up the road to see the various waterfalls along the way. Pics are attached. Saphat, Dawson and Helmcken are the falls along the way.Saphat...

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  • Spahats Creek Falls - Under Construction

    Spahats Creek Falls is not actually in Wells Gray. It is contained in its own provincial park off the road up to Wells Gray. It is a spectacular falls in its own right.

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Wells Gray Provincial Park Restaurants

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    Fancy a steak?!

    by bumpychick Updated Apr 5, 2007

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    You can eat at this Grill/reataurant even if you don't stay at the lodge. The food is great, and some of it is certainly unusual!
    This is the menu:
    Bison Tenderloin Steak $ 24.95
    Bison New York Steak $ 19.95
    Bison Rib Eye Steak $ 19.95
    Maui Waui Sirloin Steak $ 18.95
    Salmon Steak with Dill Sauce $ 18.95
    BBQ Chicken Breast $ 17.95
    Bison Burger $ 9.95
    Chicken Burger $ 9.95
    Pasta with salad $ 9.95
    Hot Veggie Plate $ 9.95

    Don't be put off by the live Bison/Buffalo looking at you whilst you eat.

    Favorite Dish: We had a Bison steak and would thoroughly recommend it.

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Wells Gray Provincial Park Warnings and Dangers

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    One Lane Bridge

    by GuthrieColin Written Aug 19, 2005

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    On the way to Helmcken Falls there is a bridge that crosses over the Mush Bowl which is simply water that is churned up by rocks beneath the waters surface. When crossing this bridge don’t get too caught up in the scenery. It is a one lane bridge and on my trip we saw several cars nearly get hit here.

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Wells Gray Provincial Park What to Pack

  • 30 Species of Mosquitoes!

    by RedbeardMathPirate Written Oct 4, 2009

    Miscellaneous: I camped in Wells-Gray in July and was nearly eaten by bugs. There's mosquitoes and flies and bees and all sorts of other winged nasties that want to bite you, sting you, or, in some cases, just fly straight into you. During the heat of the afternoon, Pyramid Campground was overrun by insects. At the Green Mountain Viewing Tower, there was a constant pinging sound, caused by large bugs bouncing off the metal roof.
    At Helmcken Falls, there's even a sign telling visitors that 30 different mosquito species can be found in the park!

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Wells Gray Provincial Park Off The Beaten Path

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    Moul Falls

    by bumpychick Written Apr 5, 2007

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    Moul falls is some distance from the road and well worth a visit. If you are a hiker then you probably wouldn't describe this as 'off the beaten path', but it was further than I expected it to be having looked at the map.
    when you arrive it is possible to view the falls from the top, but it is much better to follow the track to the base of the falls. We were the only people there for the whole time (which was amazing in mid August). This is a lovely peaceful location - except for the roaring sound of the water of course.

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    Wells Gray Pr. Park, BC, Canada)

    by Redang Written Aug 29, 2006

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    Favorite thing: Free entry. However, check the rates if you go camping.

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    - www.env.gov.bc.ca/bcparks/explore/parkpgs/wells.html

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