Harvest Faire

Clearwater 2nd Annual Harvest Faire

Check out the Harvest Faire if you want something to do this weekend.

The second annual Harvest Faire will be celebrating Canada’s 150th Anniversary with good ol’ time fun activities and delicious contests for the whole family! There will be fresh bannock made on site, and the Great Zucchini Cook Off Competition. Check out hands-on wheat threshing demonstrations. Listen to live music.  Kids can enjoy zucchini races and other fun activities.

YCS Food Security will be handing out our 150 berry plants! A great big thanks to the North Thompson Communities Foundation and the Community Foundation of Canada for their support in making this event possible!

Harvest Faire Poster 2017

 

Where? At the Clearwater Farmer’s Market, Old North Thompson Highway, Clearwater BC.

When? Saturday, September 23, 2017. 9:00- 12:00.

 

Be sure to check out the rest of the Clearwater Farmer’s Market while you are there as well, and the crafts and other goodies for sale in the Elks Hall.

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Rest, Restore, Relax, Explore

Wells Gray Park Open

WELLS GRAY PARK OPEN

Update From Wells Grey Tourism … Wells Gray Park Open ….

“OPEN!!!
Wells Gray Park is fully open tomorrow morning (September 12, 2017) at 8:00 AM. This includes Moul Falls, the flower meadows, and the West Lake Loop. See you on the trails! Hooray!”

Wells Gray Park Open

 

The back country of Wells Grey Park, in Clearwater BC has been closed for much of the summer due to fire hazard. Access to some of the Falls (Spahats Falls, Dawson Falls, the Mushbowl, and Helmcken Falls) has been available but most of the walk in falls were inaccessible. The entire park is open.

That all changes tomorrow.

Time for a hike? Come to Clearwater. Hike the Trophies. Explore to your heart’s content.

Want to stand under a waterfall? Come to Clearwater and hike into Moul Falls. It’s an experience you will never forget.

Come check out the salmon at Bailey’s Chute. They are still running.

Come and see the sights that people from all over the world journey here for. Come be amazed at the wonder of it all.

Clearwater BC and Wells Grey Park are worth seeing for the first time or once again.

You might not realize that much of the park is open year round. I think that some of the falls (particularly Helmcken Falls) have a special majestic beauty in the winter season. See ice cones at the bottom of the falls several hundred feet tall. 

Come cross country ski or snowshoe. Try your hand at ice fishing.

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Clearwater is for more than summer. 

Clearwater Canoe Regatta

CLEARWATER CANOE REGATTA – Saturday September 9, 2017

If you are looking for some family fun this weekend, check out the annual Clearwater Canoe Regatta.

A full day of fun races and all FREE events at Dutch Lake in Clearwater, BC. Bring your community spirit!

Participants launching canoes at the Clearwater Regatta

 

Clearwater Canoe Regatta events line-up:

Morning

-8AM Run for Fun! Run or walk a 5km route.
-9AM Rotary Relay Race. Individual or team up to 4 5km run, 10km bike and Canoe around the island
-10AM Kids Triathalon for ages 6-10.
-11AM Opening Ceremony-11:30 AM Family Canoe Race
-11:30AM CANFOR Community BBQ! Free:)

Afternoon

-12:30-3:30PM Activities and Games on the Beach
-1PM The Main Event! Challenge First Responders in obstacles and canoe races, support those who do so much!
-1:30PM Whatever floats your boat! Create a raft from materials and race it to the finish line.
-2PM Paddle Board/Kayak Race, Bring your own to race.
-3PM Dinghy Dash Surprise, Teams of two race to win
-3:30PM Scavenger Hunt, teams of four race to win.

 

Thanks to the generous sponsors, all events and the community BBQ are free.

Arts, crafts and face painting. Be a participant and or come and be a spectator.

 

A TOURISM WELLS GRAY EVENT

 

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Canyon Falls

In the second instalment of our series “the waterfalls of Wells Grey”, we examine the trio of Canyon Falls. Rather unimaginatively named, the canyons are named as they appear on the park road. First, second and third canyon all have waterfalls. You will likely drive past these falls without ever knowing they exist. Only one of the three is visible from the road.

First Canyon Falls

According to the world waterfall database “The first of the three Canyon Creeks along the Wells Gray – Clearwater corridor holds a small waterfall at its head, but because of the angle of the gorge and the crumbly substrate, viewing the falls is exceptionally dangerous and not recommended. The falls can be heard from the road, and partially glimpsed from the left side of the bridge, but getting close would warrant being in a harness. First Canyon Creek flashed in 1997, wiping out the bridge spanning the stream and in the process, deepened the canyon considerably. There is supposedly a second fall downstream a short distance that can be accessed from the First Canyon Creek access to the Clearwater River Trail. First Canyon is crossed 13 ½ km up the Clearwater Valley Road from the Yellowhead Highway in Clearwater.”

Second Canyon Falls

Another set of falls not visible by road. The upper falls were destroyed some time ago in a flash flood. This canyon has proved troublesome by damaging or destroying four bridges and causing many problems with the culvert system  with serious flash floods and erosions. Apparently another falls is still to be found somewhat downstream although we have not visited it. It is possible to hike up from the Clearwater River but be cautious as the trail is not great and flash floods are dangerous.

Third Canyon Falls

At least part of these falls are visible if you park and walk out onto the bridge. The canyon snakes around quite a bit so it is not possible to see the full falls clearly. Trying to walk out and get to see the falls better could prove dangerous.

While not spectacular like some others, Third Canyon falls are pretty enough to warrant a stop and see. Be certain to stop before or after the bridge and park safely.

There is another falls downstream but it is not visible from the bridge.

Third Canyon Falls, Wells Grey Park, Clearwater BC

Third Canyon Falls

 

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Waterfalls of Wells Grey Park – Triple Decker

 WATERFALLS OF WELLS GREY – TRIPLE DECKER FALLS

We start with Triple Decker Falls to kickoff the Wells Grey Waterfall tour because its the first one up the Park Road. Triple Decker is also known as known as Candle Creek (because it is located on Candle Creek).

Triple Decker Falls, Wells Grey Park, Clearwater BC

Triple Decker (Candle Creek) Falls – Image courtesy www.kamloopstrails.net. Used by permission

If you have driven into the park you likely passed the hidden gem and never knew it was there. Candle Creek flows under the road in a culvert and the falls are a short hike downstream. Watch for some steep sections and a few cliff edges along the trail. Use common sense and a little caution  when hiking, but the trail is not unduly dangerous.

As the name implies Triple Decker cascades down three steps (technically a tiered plunge) with a drop of nearly 200 feet. The tallest of the three tiers is about 30m (100feet). 

Triple Decker is a pretty set of falls year round but at it’s most impressive with the early spring waterfall. Be prepared to get wet in the spring as the falls produces a lot of mist in peak runoff.

Facing westward and heavily shaded with old growth forest, the falls are best viewed from the bottom during the morning.

 

 

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Wells Grey Park Reopens

Wells Gray Park Reopens

It’s official, Wells Grey Park reopens tomorrow morning (July 25) at 7:00 AM. While the park was not directly affected by any of the wildfire, it was prudent to close it. None the less we are glad that its open.

During the closure it was business as usual in Clearwater BC. At Valley Hideaway Guest House, we had guests who wanted to visit the world famous falls but could not. That changes tomorrow.

Once again we can go into the park. We can enjoy the magnificent waterfalls and unspoiled wilderness. Visit Helmcken Falls, one  of the highest in Canada. With a drop of 462 feet, Helmcken is rated by World Waterfall Database as “one of the most powerful waterfalls on earth”. 

Check out the many other easily accessible falls on your way up. Hike into Moul Falls and walk behind them. It’s definitely worth the trip.

Stop by the third canyon bridge and see Third Canyon Falls. Check out Spahats Falls, just minutes from the Wells Grey Information Centre.

See Little Niagara (Dawson Falls) and be astounded at the raw power of the river at the Mushbowl as the river narrows. Plenty of other falls to explore as well.

Check out the lakes in Wells Grey Park. Marvel at some of the old growth forest. Hike some of the beautiful trails.  Be astounded at the vista from Green Mountain Lookout. There is enough to see and do to keep you occupied for days.

Watch for wildlife, there is plenty of it.

WHITEWATER AND MORE

Interior Whitewater Expeditions has announced that with the Park reopening they will be resuming their trips on the Clearwater River. No doubt the other companies will be announcing the same. Be sure to check them out. Enjoy wild white water or a gentle float trip. 

IWE, Whitewater rafting, Wells Grey Park

Riding the White Water on the Clearwater River, Wells Grey Park, Clearwater BC

 

WELLS GREY INFORMATION CENTRE

The staff at the info centre have been great through the wildfire problem. Be sure to stop by and get the latest updates on tours, sights to see and activities. They can direct you to all the sights in Wells Grey Park and many of the other things to see and do in Clearwater.

 

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Volcanoes and Waterfalls

Volcanoes and Waterfalls

Volcanoes and waterfalls and more, oh my!

Pyramid Mountain. Surrounded by other volcanoes and waterfalls.

Pyramid Mountain

VOLCANOES

Did you know that experts believe that Wells Gray has more types of volcanic phenomena than any other area of earth? It has often been called the “Land of Fire and Ice”

When travelling in the park be sure to look at the many volcanic features. You can see columnar basalt, rock rodeo, volcanic pillows and more. Pyramid Mountain is a Tuya (sometimes spelled Thuya) — a volcano that formed under the ice of a glacier. You can see Pyramid Mountain from the Green Mountain Lookout or hike in.

Forged by glacial ice and volcanic activity, the Clearwater River Valley  is renowned world wide for its waterfalls. The steep drops between the edge of the lava flows and the Clearwater River far below for incredible viewing. There are more than 40 named waterfalls in Wells Grey Park. All of them are beautiful and some of them are simply stunning.

WATERFALLS

Check out Helmcken Falls, one of the highest free falling waterfalls in Canada. This incredible falls is more than 2.5 times the height of Fiagara Falls. according to the world waterfall database, “Helmcken Falls is the centerpiece to Wells Gray Provincial Park, one of the most powerful waterfalls on earth”

Just upstream, from Helmcken, Dawson Falls is more than 1,000 feet (300 meters) wide and has been called little Niagara by many.

At Spahats Falls, there are integrative signs detailing much of the unique volcanic and glacial history of the area. Spahats is one of the most accessible falls and is a wonder to see.

Hike into Moul Falls and stand beneath a 40 foot waterfall. Moul Falls, though not quite as high as some of the other local waterfalls, is one of the best kept secrets of the Clearwater Valley.

 

Check our local Visitor Centre for maps and directions to some of these fascinating geological features.

 

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Wildfire

Little Fort WildFire – Photo Courtesy of North Thompson Times (your source for local news in Clearwater BC.)

 

If you have been watching or listening to the news of late you will know that since late last week, the province of British Columbia has been under a state of emergency with more than 200 wildfires burning. Communities near to us and much further away have been evacuated or placed on evacuation alert. For some time it looked as if we were to go on evacuation alert. We were blessed that things are settled down and the local area evacuees are able to return home.

Our thanks to and prayers for those in all capacity fighting the fires and helping those affected by them. Countless volunteer hours are being put in at many local sites to help those displaced by the fires. It is work that goes largely unnoticed and unsung but is worth praise.

THINGS TO DO AND SEE

With the current wildfire situation, the bulk of the Provincial Parks in British Columbia are closed for the safety of both workers and visitors. (Even where there is not presently a fire.) This includes Wells Grey Provincial Park. That doesn’t mean that there are not things to do here. Our friends over at Tourism Wells Grey have complied a bit of a list you can check out. Even though you might not be able to see the famous waterfalls at the moment, Clearwater is still well worth the stop.

It is still business as usual if you want to book your Guest Suite. Your friends at Valley Hideaway Guesthouse look forward to seeing you. 

UPDATE – July 23

Many evacuees have returned home. We remain under a state of alert but the fires are no longer growing.

 

Wells Gray Star Gazing Festival 2017

On August 4, 2017, check out the Wells Gray Star Gazing Festival 2017 (hosted by Tourism Wells Grey)

When?  Friday, August 4 at 7:30 PM – 10 PM

Where? 25 kms up the Wells Gray Park Road, (Across from the Thompson Rivers University Education and Research Station)

 

Come out during the Perseid Meteor showers for an evening of Star Gazing in Wells Gray Park.

Presentation by Bill Burnyeat, Resident Astronomer at the British Columbia Institute of Technology where he operates the 75-seat planetarium star theatre.

Set your sight on stars and objects near and far through the 16″ reflector telescope.

Admission by donation.
Gates open at 7:30 pm
Presentation at 8:30
Bring lawn chairs or blankets to sit on. No dogs please.

 

Star Gazing Festiva, Wells Gray Park, Clearwater BC

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Clearwater Farmer’s Market

Enjoying the Clearwater Farmer’s Market

As we do many Saturday’s Kathy and I stopped by the Clearwater Farmer’s Market this morning. It is always an enjoyable stop. Our only purchase today was farm fresh, free range, brown eggs for our B&B guest’s breakfast, but we have purchased many things from the different vendors over time.

Located just about 1 kilometre from Valley Hideaway Guest House is the delightful local Clearwater farmer’s market. Artisan crafts and gifts; farm fresh produce; farm fresh eggs; meat; home made preserves; locally made European style chocolates and more can be found there. 

This trip we saw homemade quilts, crochet work and hand made fishing tackle. Walking sticks, locally made and perfect for hiking Wells Grey Park with were on display and available. There was handcrafted wooden furniture for sale.

Fresh flowers. Fresh and dried herbs. Framed photos of some of the local scenery were on offer.

 

Clearwater Farmer's Market

                                                          Clearwater Farmer’s Market

 

Clearwater Farmer's Market welcome sign

 

The Market happens on Saturday mornings throughout the season and is worth a stop, The local Elks Club offers a wonderful pancake breakfast adjacent to the market for only a few dollars. Enjoy a meal and spend some time at the market, Clearwater style.

MEET THE LOCALS AT CLEARWATER FARMER’S MARKET

One of the joys of a local market is meeting the locals. Whether catching up with old friends or meeting new once from the area, there is always someone to talk to. Learn a bit of local history, share in some local culture. Find out about events you might not know of or attractions that many tourists miss. Some will be long time residents and others who are new. Visit with others from around the world who have stopped to check out the market as well. There are plenty of friendly folks hereabouts.

View the Farmer’s Market FaceBook Page

 

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