Sarlaac Pit

Sarlaac Pit – Newly Discovered Cave

We are excited to learn of the discovery of a previously unknown cave system, tentatively named the Sarlaac Pit (a formal name will be given after consultation with appropriate stakeholders including local first Nations people). This deep cave is located in a very remote part of Wells Gray Park.

The exact location of the newly discovered cave/cavern is being kept under close wraps until such time as it can be explored properly. It is protected by its location (in Wells Gray Provincial Park) and the remoteness of the terrain.

It is believed to be one of the largest caves in Canada and may have never been seem by human eyes before. Informal surveys of long time residents reveal no knowledge of the cave, nor is their any mention in the journals of explorers in the area.`Geoscientist Catherine Hickson, part of the initial exploration team said the team believes no one has explored it previously, and that it may also be unknown to local First Nations due to the fact that it was likely covered by snow year-round until some point in the last 20-50 years.

 

 

Sarlaac Pit – newly discovered cave in Wells Gray Park

 

How Big is It?

The cave is 100 metres by 60 metres — virtually the same dimensions of a canadian football field. It’s also extremely deep, extending more than 100 metres underground, with the first 80 metres of that being a straight vertical drop.

Geologist Catherine Hickson said it was luck that the aerial crew happened to fly over the cave when it wasn’t covered in snow. Hickson and a team that included cave experts John Pollack and Lee Hollis spent months studying satellite imagery and preparing to visit the site, before flying into the rugged alpine on Sept. 9 to confirm the cave’s significance.

A huge volume of water flows into the cave from area snow melt, making the lower water flow of  September the prime time for exploration. A more in depth exploration trip is likely in September 2020.

“My immediate reaction was that there can’t be a cave there, it’s impossible,” geoscientist Catherine Hickson, who conducted an expedition to the site in September, told Global News. “It is huge. It is enormous. When you first see it, you just gasp because it’s just this huge hole in the ground.”

Can we Visit it?

The cave is not likely to be readily accessible for tourists because of it remoteness and difficulty of access. The remoteness means that even helicopter flights into the area require special permits. A hike would be a massive undertaking to be done only by people with advanced technical mountain climbing skills.

It does serve as a wonderful reminder though that we are located in one of the few areas of the world that still contains unexplored wilderness. Even some of our world famous waterfalls are relatively recent discoveries. Helmcken Falls was only seen the first time just over 100 years ago. Canim Falls and Mahood Falls were not known until into the 20th century, except for a few First Nations People.

 

Other Things to See and Do

This is the Canada you come hoping to see. Wild, untamed and unspoiled. We are surrounded by pristine and near pristine wilderness. Experience our clear rivers, our many fishable lakes. Stand under waterfalls. Be awed by the height and width of the falls (more than 40 named falls in Wells Gray Park). See the remnants of more forms of volcanic activity than anywhere else in the world.

Raft raging white waters. Ride horseback in the forest. Canoe. Kayak. Ride miles of mountain bike trails. Snowshoe and cross country ski in the winter. Paraglide. Fly over Wells Gray Park. Take in the Farmers Market and local arts and craft vendors.

Soak up the sun and swim at spring fed Dutch Lake beach. It’s conveniently located right in Clearwater. Or try Dunn Lake for a more rugged swim. It’s just a 20 minute drive.

In season see one of the largest subalpine wildflower meadows in the world when you hike the Trophy Mountain Trail.

Fish … more than 50 lakes within an hours drive (appropriate licences required).

Be amazed by the depth of  our local history when you visit the Aboriginal Centre.

 

Are extreme sports your thing?   There are mountains still to be climbed.  In winter there are waterfalls to climb (not to be undertaken by the novice)

 

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Bedroom Renovations Completed

BEDROOM RENOVATIONS COMPLETED

We have completed the second bedroom renovations.  The room now features two comfortable single beds which are convertible to a large queen size on request. These beds are in addition to the queen in the master guest suite and the double hideabed in the master suite sitting room.

This new configuration gives us far more flexibility when meeting your accommodation needs. The renovations give a room that is spacious with plenty of closet space. It is ideal for two singles or a couple.

 

Bedroom renovations completed.

Newly renovated second bedroom in suite – Now 2 twin beds convertible to large queen on request. Valley Hideaway Guest House, Interior Photos – Clearwater BC

 

The room is presently decorated in our winter decor. The decor is changed seasonally.

Valley Hideaway Guest house is conveniently located just off of highway 5, between Edmonton and Vancouver, (Vancouver to Edmonton) making it the ideal stopover point for those travelling the Yellowhead corridor. Unlike most B&B’s in the area, we are open year round, which is really handy for the winter trek.

Our bed and breakfast is a great spot to stay for a few days and explore the natural beauty of Wells Gray Park and the North Thompson Valley. Our breakfast is second to none, and has received great reviews from guests around the world.

Whether for one night or an extended stay, we look forward to hosting your Clearwater stay.

 

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Mountains, Mounties, Moose and Maple Syrup

The 4 M’s – Mountains, Mounties, Moose and Maple Syrup

If you are a tourist coming to Canada, you are likely expecting Mountains, Mounties, Moose and Maple Syrup. The good news is that we have all of them.

Mountains

Now, Canada is admittedly more than mountains. Still the mountains range from rolling hills in Quebec and Ontario (the northern part of the Appalachian Mountains) to the stunning heights of the Rockies out west.

Three oceans lap at our borders. The prairie provinces stretch out in plains further than they eye can see … to the horizon and beyond. Our lakes are beyond counting, estimates say there are more lakes in Canada than the rest of the world combined. Forests of many types. Rivers than run from raging torrents in the wilderness to great seaways.

Deserts? We have them too. Tundra? Polar ice? You bet. Volcanos? We have them. In fact, Wells Grey Park (Clearwater BC) has move types of volcanic formations than any other place in the world. A lifetime isn’t long enough to see it all.

 

Mountains, Mounties, Moose and Maple Syrup. Mount Robson, Canada's highest free standing peak

Mount Robson, Canada’s highest free standing peak

Mounties

You might hope to catch a glimpse of the iconic mountie or member of the Royal Canadian Mounted Police (RCMP). The mounties still patrol most communities but the red serge uniform you likely envision is for ceremonial purposes not daily duty wear. Still in almost every community you will find a member or detachment of the RCMP.

Moose

Moose? Yes we have moose. We also have deer; antelope; caribou; elk; bison; mountain sheep and mountain goats. There are bears (black, grizzly, polar) and lions (okay, mountain lions or cougars but still lions). 195 species of Mammals, ranging from tiny shrews to polar bears and grizzly bears call Canada home.

There are also more than 600 species of birds, 1000+ species of bird, over 150 reptiles and amphibians. If you want to count insects, molluscs, sponges and other assorted critters there are more than 20,000 species. Whatever kind of wildlife viewing you want to do, we have something for you to see.

Mountains, Mounties, Moose and Maple Syrup. Bull Moose

Bull Moose

Maple Syrup

Cooked down from the sap of ample trees, Maple syrup is a delight. It is used as a condiment on pancakes, waffles, French toast (pain perdu) and more. It is used to flavour cookies, make fudge and other delightfully sweet foods.

Canada produces about 90% of the world’s supply (about 70% comes from the Province of Quebec). Maple syrup can be found in most grocery stores in a variety of grades.

If you are fortunate you may also find birch syrup (syrup from sap of the white birch). Light than maple syrup it adds its own unique flavour to cooking.

Mountains, Mounties, Moose and Maple Syrup. Unlabelled jar of maple syrup

Unlabelled Maple Syrup

More

Cosmopolitan cities, quaint fishing villages, ghost towns and more await your exploration. Indigenous (first nations) cultural centres can be found in many places. Museums, galleries, sporting fields and arenas are here aplenty to be enjoyed.

 

The people… oh the people. Canada is a nation of immigrants and together they have woven a cultural tapestry that must be experienced. The words I hear most often to describe Canadians are “nice” and “friendly”. Visit us. Meet the Locals.

 

Clearwater

Visit Clearwater BC and Wells Grey Provincial Park. We have mountains, moose, mounties and even maple syrup. In the Clearwater BC area we have airplane tours; parasailing; white water rafting; horseback riding, canoeing and kayaking; hiking; snowshoeing; cross country skiing; mountain biking and more to enjoy. We have so much more for you than you can imagine. Make sure to plan at least a couple of days here. You won’t regret it.

When in Clearwater, be sure to stay with us at Valley Hideaway Guest House. If we happen to be full we would be glad to refer you to another one of Clearwater’s many fine B&B’s.

So, come to Canada for the Mountains, Mounties, Moose and Maple Syrup. Be prepared for so much more.

 

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Happy Canada Day

Happy Canada Day

Happy 151 birthday Canada, Happy Canada Day. I know that 151 is like a teenager compared to many nations, but still, we are excited. The past 150 years has been a wild and wooly adventure and I am sure the next 150 will be even more so.

Happy Canada Day

When you ask people about Canada you may hear … Mounties, moose, mountains and maple syrup. Perhaps it would be beavers, hockey and “nice”. You might hear Toronto, Vancouver and Calgary. Someone might mention zippers, baseball, basketball and the telephone (all Canadian inventions).  Someone might think of Tim Horton’s. Those are all Canadian (or started in Canada) it is true but we are so much more.

I suppose if you tried to encapsulate it all in one image there might be a moose being ridden by a beaver, wearing a mountie cap, drinking a Tim Hortons coffee while carrying a hockey stick and talking on the phone. I couldn’t find that image anywhere .. but I did find something

Happy Canada Day

 

Canada has a proud history and heritage. We have a great culture and live in a great big beautiful nation. Canadians might not seem wildly patriotic and enthusiastic when stacked up next to some countries but don’t be deceived. WE LOVE CANADA.

If Canada is more than Mounties, moose, mountains and maple syrup … what its it? So much more than I can say in a few words. Come see for yourself.

 

Come Celebrate

From coast to coast and from coast to the world’s longest undefended border, most (all?) communities will be celebrating the day in some way.

If you are Canadian, have been to Canada, know a Canadian or have heard of Canada join us in celebrating Canada Day.

Happy Canada Day

 

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Mahood Falls Canim Falls

Mahood Falls Canim Falls

Kathy and I went exploring recently to checkout some water features of Wells Gray Park that we had not yet seen, Mahood Lake, Canim Falls and Mahood Falls. We had sometimes seen Mahood Lake in the distance from elsewhere in the forestry management unit but opted to go check it out today.

Mahood Lake

Stretching 21 Km in length, and having a maximum width of 2.2 Km, Mahood Lake is more than 195 metres in depth at its deepest. It is fed by the Canim river which has its source in nearby (to the west) Canim Lake. The Mahood River drains the lake at it’s opposite end and flows into the Clearwater River. We didn’t have time to check it out but the lake is reputed to have excellent fishing.

There is a provincial park at the lake with campsites, a beach, a boat launch and more. It is nice enough but the real gems are to be found on a short waling trail just inside the park boundaries. A 2 km return trail takes your to two beautiful waterfalls, Mahood and Canim. Our destination waterfalls are located on separate arms of the Canim River. Canim is a first nations word meaning a large canoe.

 

Mahood Lake, Wells Grey Provincial Park. Photo public domain from Wikipedia

Mahood Lake

Along the trail you will see some amazing canyon views as well as piles of lava boulders that could easily be imagined as the remains of an ancient mythic fort. I am almost certain that in the noise of the nearby waterfalls there might have been the sounds of an ancient dragon.

This could be the perfect spot for taking some fun outdoor group pictures.

 

A pile of crumbling boulders or the remains of a mythic fortress?

A pile of crumbling boulders or the remains of a mythic fortress?

Mahood Falls

An easy 1/2km walk along a forested trail leads you to the first of this pair of jewels, Mahood Falls. This 20 meter falls is tucked discretely through the forest. Like Canim Falls it has carved its way through layers of volcanic lava from the Clearwater Volcanic Field.

 

Mahood Falls cuts through layers of lava in Wells Grey Provincial Park

Mahood Falls

 

Canim Falls

Another easy 1/2 kn walk brings you to Canim Falls. Slightly taller (25 meters) and far wider than Mahood, they are impressive. The water cascades over a wide span and has carved a deep long canyon through the lava field. The dual cascades give the illusion of there being two falls.

A view of the split Canim Waterfall upstream of Manhood Lake in Wells Grey Provincial Park .

Canim Falls

 

The crumbling lava pile between the two cascades (seen in between them), and the deep caves behind the falls, give evidence to the relentless water power at work here.

Waterfalls downstream from the main falls.

Side falls. Do they come from the river above or are they sourced underground? It was impossible to tell from our vantage point.

As well as the two main cascades there are numerous smaller spouts coming out of the canyon face. Do they flow from cracks in the lava walls where the river comes in or are they from an underground source? Either way they were a pretty bonus on our trek.

Getting There

Mahood Lake Provincial Park is located in the southwest corner of Wells Gray Park. It can be accessed by travelling about 65 km of gravel forestry service and logging roads from Clearwater. It is also accessible from near 100 Mile House via mixed gravel/pavement or from the InterLake Region off of Highway 24.

The falls are located just inside the provincial park boundary, signed on the left hand side of the road with a pullout parking area on the right. Both are located on the same easy hiking trail, with Canim Falls at .5km and Mahood Falls at 1 km.

 

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WHAT IS THERE TO DO

What is There to do?

What is there to do in Clearwater, B.C.?

What is there to see?

What can we do?

Those questions or some variant of them are often asked by our guests. Stay for days and be kept busy all the time, because there are so many things to see and do. We’ve been visiting Clearwater for 15 years and lived here for 3 and haven’t exhausted the list yet! Explore on your own, as a family, as a group or as part of an organized tour. Clearwater has it all.

Wells Gray Park

We would be remiss if we didn’t start with the pristine wilderness of Wells Grey Park. A big plus over the national parks is that there are no visitor fees.

Wells Gray Park is half a million + hectares of pristine wilderness with waterfalls roaring off of lava cliffs, hiking trails, wildlife, streams, rivers, glaciers, and more. Evidence of more types of volcanic activity are found here than any other place on earth. Volcanologists come from around the world to study here.

 

What id there to do? Check out Helmcken Falls, Wells Gray Park, one of Canada's highest waterfalls

Helmcken Falls, Wells Gray Park, one of Canada’s highest waterfalls. Cuts through hundreds of feet of volcanic lave.

Take a flight over Wells Gray Park and see the area as few people ever have. Scenic flights can be arranged.

While the Park is indeed first class, there is so much more to do in the area.

Other Things to do in the Clearwater Area

What is there to do in Clearwater, B.C.?  Other than enjoying one of the world’s best pristine wilderness parks? Lots!

Ride the wild waters. World class white water rafting and calmer float trips are available on the Clearwater and North Thompson River. We are fortunate enough to have three rafting companies to choose from.

Take a western trail ride. Enjoy the majesty of our wilderness on the back of a horse. From the absolute novice to the experienced trail hand we have somewhere here for you to ride.

What is there to do in Clearwater? Ride a horse. Battle Mountain Equine - Western horseback riding - Find your inner cowboy. Wells Gray Park, Clearwater BC, tourism adventure

Battle Mountain Equine – Western horseback riding – Find your inner cowboy

Test your nerve and go parasailing.

Hike or mountain bike one of the many trails. Country ski or snowshoe those trails if its winter.

Grab your clubs and enjoy a round of golf. No clubs with you? Rent a set.

Fish one of the many rivers and lakes. Be sure to check out the regulations.

Enjoy a relaxing meal at one of our many restaurants or grab a quick bite at one of several fast food places. Try the Belgian Waffles and other treats up at Spahats Falls.

Maybe birding or wildlife viewing is your idea of fun. There are plenty of birds and critters to see.

Join the locals for the Saturday morning Elk’s Club Pancake Breakfast and stroll on over the the Farmer’s Market.

Catch a few rays on the beach at Dutch Lake and enjoy some swimming. There are canoe and Kayaks rentals available.

See the work of local artists and artisans at the Red Umbrella. Perhaps you will find that perfect remembrance of the trip of a lifetime there.

Educational and Cultural Things to do

What is there to do? Get educated. It is always fun to combine a little learning with some fun.

Visit a historic sheep ranch. If you come in the spring there is the bonus of lambing tours.

What is there to do? Check out the sheep

Day old lambs at historic Avenly Ranch. they don’t get any cuter than this.

Tour the fish hatchery.

Visit the Aboriginal Centre and learn about our earliest people. Check out some of the first nations archaeological sites in the area.

On a rainy day pop on in to the local library and enjoy a good book.

Thursday evenings in the summer check out the live music outside at the Dutch Lake Community Center. Be amazed at the local talent.

Check out the stars at one of the stargazing nights. The skies are beautiful.

Check out displays from local artists at Dutch Lake Community Centre.

Special events and festivals happen throughout the summer.

Learn about the geology, geography, flora, fauna and history of the area.

On a Sunday morning there are a number of fine Christian churches to attend.

Check out some of the primitive skills classes that are periodically offered.

 

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Perfect Rest Stop

Perfect Rest Stop on Busy Holiday

There is an old joke that says “If it’s Tuesday it must be (fill in the city)” We have all had the holidays where we want to see and do as much as we can in a very limited time. It can be tricky to choose the perfect rest stop on a busy holiday of two, three or even four weeks.

Many of the guests at Valley Hideaway have experienced that very dilemma. They have been hitting the well known high points, Jasper, Banff, Whistler, Squamish and Vancouver Island. At some point in that route they come through Clearwater and book a night with us. The majority of our guests tell us that if they had known how beautiful and peaceful it is here in Clearwater they would have planned for a longer stay.

When travelling your circuit we recommend that you spend at least two nights in Clearwater. There is plenty to see and do and it is also a wonderful place to rest and just digest all that you have already seen.

At Valley Hideaway Guest House we take only one party at a time. That gives you exclusive use of our two story guest area and a full acre of land to wander in. Sit a spell on the rustic backyard swing. Grab a seat under the front yard crabapple tree.

 

Valley Hideaway Guesthouse - crabapple tree front view

Valley Hideaway – crabapple tree front view

Enjoy a fire in our outdoor fire pit (weather permitting) or inside by the woodburning fireplace on a rainy day.

Living room with wood burning fireplace - Valley Hideaway Guest House ( B&B )

Living room with wood burning fireplace – Valley Hideaway Guest House

Stop and smell the flowers (both literally and figuratively). Breathe the fresh air. Enjoy seeing a large variety of birdlife. Watch the squirrels chase each other through the stately Douglas firs.

Get Away

Retreat from the world for a couple of days. Rest up and soak in what you have seen so far. Restore your mind and spirit. Explore the beauty of Wells Grey Park and the North Thompson area.

Some Reviews

What do our guests say? Here is a sample from actual guest reviews…

“Kevin and Kathy are the most warmth and friendly host we ever met, they seemed to leave most of their house to the guest, not only just one room, and those rooms are impeccable clean …” J. Taiwan

“Everything was perfect. There’s no word to describe this amazing stay! We were very sad to leave after only one night!” L. France

“This was not B&B per se, basically we had free use of a whole house. Kevin and Kathy so welcoming and helpful. We felt guilty only staying for one night. It would suit someone wanting a longer stay…. the Wells Grey NP is close by and very pretty.” R. U.K.

“Brilliant breakfast. Best I have ever had in a B&B. Great owners. We could have stayed there for more time, if looking to stay in the area.” A. U.K.

“The hosts were wonderful and made us feel like we were right at home after many weeks of travelling”. E. Netherlands

“Like home …. only better”. S. Israel

Book your multi day stay in Clearwater today, it is the perfect rest stop on a busy holiday. You’ll be glad you did.

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Bears

BEARS

If you go down to the woods today     You’re sure of a big surprise.
If you go down to the woods today,
You’d better go in disguise! For every bear that ever there was
Will gather there for certain,
Because today’s the day the Teddy Bears have their picnicTeddy bears, bears, Wells GRay, Clearwater, Valley Hideaway

 

Well, despite the lyrics to this old children’s rhyme, you probably won’t see any teddy bears in the wild.

 

Here in the Clearwater BC area, is the season to see real bears. You may see them feeding on roots and berries but not carrying a picnic basket.

Late spring, early summer and early fall are the best times to see bear in the Clearwater, Wells Grey Park area. Watch for them along the side of the roadways or in the fields. There are plenty of places to see them and at this time of year you are quite likely to come across a mother with cubs. There are two species of bears in the area.

 

Black Bear

The American black bear (Ursus americanus) is a medium-sized bear native to North America.Despite the name “black” bear, this species actually come in a variety of colour patterns. I have seen blacks, browns, cinnamons and even a bleak bear with a huge white spot on his chest. Last year Kathy and I spotted a mother black with three cubs, one was black, one was brown and the third cinnamon. They took off back into the woods from the roadside before we could get a photo.

Black bears are the most common species in the world, but that does not make seeing one an everyday occurrence, even in bear season. They are different and it is a special treat to see them in their natural habitat.

Black bear

It is the continent’s smallest and most widely distributed bear species. Black bears are omnivores, with their diets varying greatly depending on season and location. They typically live in largely forested areas, but do leave forests in search of food. They can be seen fishing in the creeks and rivers, particularly during the salmon spawning run. The rich fishy diet helps put on needed weight for winter hibernation.

 

Grizzly Bear

The Grizzly bear is the much larger cousin of the black bear. The hump is a good way to distinguish a grizzly bear from a black bear, as black bears do not have this hump. Aside from the distinguishing hump a grizzly bear can be identified by a “dished in” profile of their face with short, rounded ears, whereas a black bear has a straight face profile and longer ears. A grizzly bear can also be identified by its rump, which is lower than its shoulders, while a black bear’s rump is higher.

Grizzly bear

Grizzly Bear – “griz”

Bear Safety.

The Government of Canada has some great tips on being bear safe. While bears generally avoid people, they are not pets and can be dangerous. Take appropriate precautions.

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Starry Nights – Enjoy the northern night sky

Starry Nights

Who doesn’t love starry nights? I don’t mean Vincent Van Gogh’s classic painting, which I confess doesn’t speak to me personally, although it does speak to millions of other people. I mean staying out after dark and seeing God’s magnificent handiwork in the skies.

Living in in urban areas often causes people to lose out on the beauty of the night sky simply because light pollution causes the view of the heavens to be dimmed. The clear skies of Clearwater provide incredible breath taking views.

 

Starry Night - Constellations - Clearwater BC

Starry Night – Constellations – Clearwater BC

 

STARGAZING NIGHTS

Every summer, we have held an evening with the stars in Wells Grey Park (weather permitting). We are excited by a recent announcement from Tourism Wells Grey that this event will be expanded this year.

“In order to improve the visitor experience during the summer, in partnership with Wells Gray Air, there will be Stargazing Nights every Wednesday night at the Wells Gray Air base in Clearwater during the months of July and August. Every Wednesday night enjoy an outdoor movie as the sun sets, then lay back and count the stars! This free event will be open to any and all visitors and community members. More details to come”

 

Starry Nights - Aurora - Clearwater BC

Starry Nights – Aurora – Clearwater BC

 

What a great way to spend a family evening! A free movie followed by some stargazing. Come out and enjoy an evening under the stars.  It’s time to kick back, relax and enjoy the multitude of the stars in the northern hemisphere in a new and fresh way. Allow the incomparable beauty of a starry Clearwater night to take your breath away.

The starry night photos on this page were all taken by Mike Lahaie in the past two years and all copyright belongs to him. Used by permission.Thanks Mike for your starry night images.

 

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Clearwater Spring – in Wells Gray Country

CLEARWATER SPRING

Spring is here … okay Clearwater Spring. That means the calendar shows spring as being here and winter has almost fully retreated. There is still snow in the high country and some down here in the valley but it is rapidly melting. If the weather stays as forecast the valley should be relatively snow free in the next week to ten days.

Our waterfalls are spectacular any time of the year. They have a special beauty in late spring and early summer. Water levels are at their peak in that season increasing stare volumes over all the falls. Clearwater Spring has its own brand of beauty.

Buds are popping out on some of the trees. In areas where the snow has left things are greening up. Tulips and other bulbs are peeking out at the side of Valley Hideaway Guest House. Soon more perennials will show and by the end of May the garden will be in.

BIRDS AND WILDLIFE

The spring birds are returning in droves. Once again the back yard is filled with the songs of robins, nuthatches, chickadees and more. In the evening sky you can often here the honk of the Canada Geese or flights of mallard flying overhead. Some will nest here and other will travel many hundreds of miles further north before settling in. The drumming of woodpeckers can be heard as they begin searching for insects that nestled under the tree bark for the winter.

 

Canada Geese in Flight. Clearwater spring is a birder's paradise

Canada Geese in Flight

Clearwater is a birder’s paradise.

The wildlife is beginning to move around, by next month bears will be visible. You can catch sight of bears any time in the spring, summer and fall, but the prime season is mid Mid through June. In the back country you can see both grizzly bear and black bears. Black bears are black by name but come in a wide range of colour varieties including black, brown, cinnamon, black with white chests and more.

 

Black Bear. Clearwater Spring is an excellent time to see both black and grizzly bear

Black Bear

Remember that bears are wild animals and deceptively fast. Be sure to take any photos from safely inside your vehicles and do not approach bears, particularly cubs or mothers with cubs. While bear attacks are relatively uncommon, they are nasty when they do happen. Stay safe.

In addition to spotting bears keep a sharp lookout for a wide range of game animals both large and small. The North Thompson Valley and Wells Grey Park play host to a large number of animals.  Watch for moose, deer, coyotes, foxes, wolves, cougars and more. Also be on the lookout for squirrels, marmots, weasels, beavers, muskrats, rabbits and more.

 

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