Spring Time in Wells Gray Country

Spring time in Wells Gray Country

It is nearly Spring Time in Wells Gray Country. The weather is warming, the snow is beginning to melt (although we could still have a bit more yet). The gardeners have their seed catalogues out and are busy planning for warmer weather. Visions of fresh fruits and vegetables and beautiful flowers have them counting the days until we are frost free.

The first bear was sighted a week or so outside of town. Although bears are not true hibernators, that one was defiantly early. It won’t be long though before bear sightings in the area are a regular occurrence. Late April through early June will see lots of bears out and about. They are common sights in the Park and along any of the back roads. It is not uncommon to see several during a days drive in the area. The most Kathy and I have personally seen was 21 bear in 21 km, but that included cubs and was assuredly not the norm.

 

Black bear

Despite the name, black bears are not just black. They come in browns and cinnamons. Sometimes they even have large white spots on their chest or side.

A biologist told me that there are more black bears here than anyplace else in North America. I don’t know if that is total number or per square kilometre, I just know bears are not rare. At higher altitudes and in more remote areas, you will sometimes see grizzly bears.

Black bear with cub

There are plenty of opportunities to see other forms of wildlife as well. Whitetail and mule deer are common. You may be fortunate enough to see moose. Wolves; foxes; coyotes; lynx and cougar are around. That doesn’t count the many species of smaller mammals.

It’s a birder’s paradise here with more than 200 species recorded in the park. You might check off a few from your life list while visiting.

Waterfalls

The spring time in Wells Gray Country is also the best time to see our many spectacular waterfalls. While they never fail to disappoint, at any time, spring our spring time waterfalls a special magic. With the snow melt off the mountains, the sheer volume of water rushing over the falls is absolutely breathtaking.

Plan on spending a couple of days at least in the area. There is lots to do and plenty to see.

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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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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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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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