Located in the heart of the North Thompson, Valley Hideaway Guesthouse is adjacent to one of the most unspoiled wilderness areas in North America. The diverse ecosystem of the area supports a plethora of wildlife, not only in Wells Grey Park (over 500,000 hectares of pristine wilderness) but in the highways and byways of Clearwater and the surrounding area. The area is home to more than 50 species of native mammals – approximately a third of all the species of land mammals known to occur in Canada. Therefore, wildlife viewing opportunities abound.
Wildlife is by it’s nature wild and a little unpredictable, accordingly be prepared to be surprised. Keep your camera ready for those unexpected moments to see animals in its natural environment, no fences, no gates and no cages. Be safe. Do not approach the wildlife, be careful to take your photos from a safe distance. Wildlife can be unpredictable and at times even dangerous.
WILDLIFE YOU MIGHT SEE
Bears. Look for bears feedings on berries and down sunny dirt roads. Since bears are omnivores you may also have an opportunity to see them fishing along one of the local rivers. Black bears (which can be black, brown or cinnamon in colour) are by far the most common, but grizzlies are in the area as well.
Deer. Whitetail and mule deer are abundant. Moose are not uncommon. There is even a small herd of caribou in the area, although they are typically very remote and seldom seen.
Predators. While common, they are not seen as often. If you are in the right time at the right place you may catch a glimpse of coyotes, foxes, wolves, bobcats or lynx.
Smaller Common Mammals. On the smaller size there are a variety of mice, squirrels and chipmunks, snowshoe rabbits (not really rabbits at all, but North American varying hares), pika, marmot, beaver, muskrat, martin, weasel and more. At dawn or dusk you may see bats flying about, using their sonar to catch flying insects.
Reptiles/Amphibians. There is a variety of reptiles and amphibians in the area. Check out Dutch Lake for an opportunity to see painted turtles. Various frogs and toads can been seen (and often heard at dawn or dusk). There are garter snakes, which help keep the population of pests in control.Since garter snakes are not dangerous be nice to our snakes.