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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Happy Canada Day

Let’s Celebrate Canada Day

A Canada Day anniversary Celebration.

July 1, 1867, a new nation was formed. Ontario (then Canada West), Quebec (then Canada East),  and the British colonies of Nova Scotia and New Brunswick came together to become the Confederation of Canada.

The red Ensign. Canada's first flag

Canada’s First Flag – The Canadian Red Ensign

Other provinces joined the initial four over the years. We now number ten provinces and three territories.

July 1st is Canada Day, the day we celebrate the official founding of our nation. Like every other country in the world the were various people groups, nations, states and tribes here before this nation was formed. That is the nature of nations, tribes and empires. They rise and fall and change. Canada is far from perfect but it is a wonderful place to live and we love her.

Canada's Current Flag - The familiar Maple Leaf - adopted in February 1965

Canada’s Current Flag – The familiar Maple Leaf – adopted in February 1965

Here in Clearwater, BC we will be celebrating with festivities down at Dutch Lake. There will be lots to do and the forecast is for hot and sunny weather. Come on down and celebrate our birthday if you can. If you can’t make it here try and take in the festivities at your local or nearest Canadian community. It will be fun.

In celebration of Canada Day, we have attached a flag pole and Canadian Flag to the front Valley Hideaway Guesthouse. It will be a permanent feature of our B&B. We are proudly Canadian but look forward to hosting guests from around the world and learning more about them and their nations.

 

Canada 150 Flag, Canada Day logo

HAPPY CANADA DAY

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10th Annual Kayak Fest

CLEARWATER KAYAK FESTIVAL – COMING SOON

The Clearwater Kayak Festival is coming July 21-23, 2017. Congrats on the big tenth anniversary. Follow them on Facebook for schedules and updates.

KAYAK FEST UPDATE

Bad news, the event is cancelled due to heavy forest fires and Clearwater being on alert. There are no plans to reschedule the event, but be watching for announcements for the date of the 218 Clearwater Kayak Festival. Good news is that there is plenty of things to see and do in the area.

 

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We are open

Open at Last

It’s been a journey since we moved to Clearwater, BC in August 2016 but Valley Hideaway Guest House is now open. New home, new life, new church, new friends and more. 

We now enter into a new phase with the opening of Valley Hideaway Guest House. Clearwater’s newest B&B is now officially open. Thanks to the local contractors and many friends, family members and the team(s) from “the cowboy church” in Sherwood Park, Alberta for all the work that went into making this day possible.

We are officially open.

 

Your hosts at Valley Hideaway Guest House celebrating that we are open.

It is official. We are now open

 

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Canada Day

 

 

Happy 150th Canada.

On July 1, it’s Canada Day. That will be when Canada officially celebrates the 150th year of confederation. I wonder what the fathers of confederation would think of us now.

It’s a time of rejoicing and celebration. Virtually every community in the country is celebrating on that day. Kevin and Kathy Corbin from Valley Hideaway Guest House, Clearwater’s newest B&B, will likely be joining many of the residents of Clearwater, BC as we celebrate with a birthday bash at Dutch Lake.

 There will be a BBQ (by donation), face painting , horse display team , canoeing , zumba, and games on the beach.  There will be lots of ice cream and fresh watermelon to keep you cool. Bring your sunscreen and your bug spray.

Compared to many nations of the world 150 years is a relative newcomer. We know that, but we’re proud of “the true north strong and free”.  She is far from perfect (as are all countries) but we love her nonetheless.

If you can join us at Dutch Lake, that’s wonderful. If you can’t, then celebrate in whatever community you find yourself.

 

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Crabapples for Dessert

Crabapples and Deer

One of the blessings of our one acre property in Sunshine Valley is the frequent opportunity to see deer and other wild game, often grazing on crabapples.. Birdlife is abundant and the squirrels are often comical to watch, particularly in the early spring when they seem to be everywhere looking for mates. Their games of chase are frantic, high speed romps up and down the trees and across the forest floor.

Here at Valley Hideaway Guesthouse in Clearwater, BC, we are blessed to have two small herds of deer in the neighbourhood as well.  A half dozen whitetail deer are often seen along with three or four mule deer. We have learned that the deer love to eat roses. One day my minis will be in bloom, the next the deer will have gotten them all. They enjoy nibbling on our cedars, one in particular is quite malformed from their browsing.

A special treat seems to be the crabapples. In our front yard is a big old crabapple tree of some nearly inedible ornamental variety. It blooms a bright pink in the spring and is quite beautiful and in season it sets massive quantities of fruit. It’s not uncommon to see grouse nestled in the branch picking fruit or for the deer to drop by and have crabapples for breakfast or dessert.

Deer and Grouse

More than once I have been started when a ruffed grouse flushed out of the tree. Sitting invisibly unless you are looking for them they wait until you get close. Then they explode out and away, leaving you to catch your breath. A grouse will not hurt you but they can sure make you jump.

The deer and the grouse are a delight. A real blessing is to look out the living room window and see them munching ten feet away. I sometimes mutter to myself when I have to rake up the fallen fruit in the fall but can’t help smiling when I remember the deer having crabapples for dessert. Or how high I jumped when the grouse startled me.

Mule deer buck and doe enjoying a crabapple feast

 

Crabapples for dessert

 

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