Fish Clearwater and area

Fish Clearwater and area.

Calling all anglers – come fish Clearwater and area. Clearwater BC is a great destination for a holiday/fishing trip year round, but particularly in the autumn. More than 50 lakes are within an hours drive of town, with great fishing for rainbow trout, brook trout and kokanee. There are a number of easily accessible small lakes in Wells Gray Park and surrounding area. Dutch Lake, located right in the town of Clearwater is home to rainbows and kokanee. Fish the Clearwater and North Thompson rivers. The North Thompson hosts more than a dozen species of game fish, including various salmon in season.

Enjoy a first class breakfast in our B&B, then hop on out to one of the nearby lakes or streams, fish to your hearts content then come back, enjoy supper at one of the great local restaurants  and relax in your spacious suite.

What gear do you need? You can fly fish Clearwater and area or you can use spinning gear. On some of the larger lakes you can troll for bigger fish. Want to know where to go? Check with your local host, hire a guide or check out the map at the Clearwater Hatchery.

A valid BC angler’s licence is required for those 16 and older. A license can be obtained at numerous local retailers or purchased online. All anglers are encouraged to be current on and follow BC Fishing Regulations (copies available online or where you purchase your licence).

A Recent Trip

My wife and I were out one hot day earlier in August at one of the small local lakes located about a 40 minute drive away. On the drive we saw plenty of wildlife including a young mule deer buck, four black bears, a pair of yearling bull moose and plenty of small game and birds. There was only one other boat at the lake.

We fished for several hours during the heat of the day (far from an ideal fishing time) and landed 20 rainbow and brook trout, keeping two fat rainbows for supper. We were spin casting but plenty of fish were feeding at the surface so I am sure a fly fisherman would have a lot of action. For every fish we landed we lost 2 or 3.  A few minutes to load up, a short drive and back home for supper. A great way to spend the day.

Teach Your Kids to Fish

The Clearwater Trout Hatchery, located right in town has a community  stocked trout pond. There is even equipment on site to borrow. The fishing is catch and release, but it is free (and children under 16 don’t need a licence). It is a fun place to watch the fish with good odds of catching them as well.

Valley Hideaway Guest House

Make us your first choice for accommodation in Clearwater BC. We are ideally located for visitors to Wells Gray Provincial Park or travellers between Vancouver and Edmonton.

Book with us

Plan on spending a couple of days at least in the area. There is lots to do and plenty to see in addition to the first class fishing.  Valley Hideaway Guest House is open year round to meet your Clearwater and area accommodation needs.

Winter, Summer, Spring and Fall .. it takes all year to do it all … in Clearwater

 

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Explore Wells Gray Park – Over, Under, Down the Middle

Over, Under, Down the Middle – Explore Wells Gray Park

The Park

On a short visit to explore Wells Gray Park, how can you make the most of what world take a lifetime of exploring? You canu go over, under or down the middle. Wells Gray Park is a world class jewel of near pristine wilderness. Covering over 5200 sq. km there are mountains, glaciers, forests, rivers, waterfalls, lakes and more. There is wildlife to see. It is impossible to see it all in one trip … or even one lifetime. (so come often and come in different seasons, every day is different).

This is the Canada you imagined. However you plan to explore be sure to check in at our Wells Gray Information Centre and talk to your local hosts for insights you won’t find online.

Over

Take a scenic flight with Wells Gray Air and explore Wells Gray Park in a way most people never get to.. There are a number of flights daily.

Helmcken Falls From the Air – Photo courtesy Wells Gray Air

Under

Okay, under is a little tricky because at this point there isn’t really a way to get under (in the future, with the discovery of what is possibly Canada’s largest cave that may change). You can travel down the Clearwater River getting views far below those seen by the average waterfall viewer. There are three first class whitewater rafting/ rafting companies locally to make sure you see the sights, pump your adrenalin and maybe get you wet.

Down the Middle

You can take a self guided driving tour and see some of the wildest waterfalls anywhere, including Helmcken (Canada’s fourth highest falls). There are plenty of hiking trails ranging from a few minutes long to days travelling hut to hut. You can hire a guide to give you insights into the geography and biology of this area. 

There are cross-country (Nordic) ski trails and snowshoeing trails for the winter visitor. For the adventurous there are some wild rides on the mountain bike trails.

Perhaps you are more of a horseback enthusiast. A number of ranches offer tours for everyone from total novices to very experienced riders.

Where to stay?

Whether you go over, under or down the middle you will need a place to stay at the end of the day’s adventures. Where should you stay? I’ll confess to some bias here. There are numerous excellent B&B’s in the area and some good hotels and motels as well. There are also a number of nice campgrounds. My personal favourite is Valley Hideaway Guest House, on Sunshine Valley Rd, right in Clearwater. Wherever you choose to stay, book well in advance.

Valley Hideaway is open year round.

Book with us

Plan on spending at least couple of days at least in the area. There is lots to do and plenty to see.  Valley Hideaway Guest House is open year round to meet your Clearwater and area accommodation needs.

Winter, Summer, Spring and Fall .. it takes all year to do it all … in Clearwater

 

Book your stay with us

 

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Autumn Delights – Wells Grey and Area

AUTUMN DELIGHTS

Visit Clearwater in September and October and experience the Autumn Delights. The autumn season is less busy that the peak season and the wilderness has a beauty all its own.The water flow over our many falls is lower than the spring but they are still awe inspiring. Catch them on an early foggy morning for a surreal view you will remember forever.

The leaves are changing bringing new colour to the deciduous trees. The reds and yellows flash against the deep green of the coniferous trees.

Clearwater River in Autumn

Birds heading south for the winter will be passing through giving extra opportunities for adding to your life lists.

The cooler weather makes it ideal to try your hand at trail riding on horseback. Several local area ranches are available to guide you.

Fall weather is typically a little cooler than the summer but is ideal for hiking. In addition, the animals (particularly the Park’s black and Grizzly bears) are preparing for winter and moving around more, so wildlife, viewing opportunities are good. Remember though that these are wild animals so stay safe and don’t get too close. The deer, moose, wolves and more in the park are around all year.

Autumn at the Lake

 

Autumn is a great time to fish for trout and Kokanee in the many local lakes. Remember that a valid BC Angler’s Licence is required. There is even a local trout pond loaded with rainbows for free catch and release fishing. They have gear for you to borrow.

Need still one more reason? Off season rates are typically lower so you still get to enjoy the pristine wilderness but for less. Bonus!

Valley Hideaway Guest House

Make us your first choice for accommodation in Clearwater BC. We are ideally located for visitors to Wells Gray Provincial Park or travellers between Vancouver and Edmonton.

Book with us

Plan on spending a couple of days at least in the area. There is lots to do and plenty to see.  Valley Hideaway Guest House is open year round to meet your Clearwater and area accommodation needs.

Winter, Summer, Spring and Fall .. it takes all year to do it all … in Clearwater

 

Book your stay with us

 

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New Farmer’s Market

Upper Clearwater’s New Farmer’s Market

Last week marked the successful launch of the Upper Clearwater New Farmer’s Market. There were plenty of fresh baked goodies and farm fresh produce on hand. There were hand made sweaters, walking sticks and a yard sale. A raffle with great prizes was being held raising funds for the Upper Clearwater Fire Department. We took home some baking, some fresh corn and a few books. We also got to visit with some friendly local vendors.

While the launch was small, we expect it to grow as the weeks pass. The location is great for those coming and going from Wells Gray Park. Plenty of free parking is available.

In talking with the vendors we were impressed with their community spirit. Not only did the want to bless Upper Clearwater and its visitors, they set the time and day for the market to not conflict with our in town Saturday market.

Support your local farmer’s market. Quality local products and fair pricing.

Make a day of it, enjoy the world class scenery of Wells Gray Park and make a stop at the Farmer’s Market on your way back into town.

Upper Clearwater’s New Farmer’s Market

 

Location of Farmer’s Market

Upper Clearwater Community Hall

5276 Clearwater Valley Road
Clearwater, British Columbia

(about 25 km up the Park road) between Moule Falls and Dawson Falls.

Days and Times

Thursdays 3:00-7:00 PM (Summer season)

Valley Hideaway Guest House

Make us your first choice for accommodation in Clearwater BC. We are ideally located for visitors to Wells Gray Provincial Park or travellers between Vancouver and Edmonton.

Book with us

Plan on spending a couple of days at least in the area. There is lots to do and plenty to see.  Valley Hideaway Guest House is open year round to meet your Clearwater and area accommodation needs.

Winter, Summer, Spring and Fall .. it takes all year to do it all … in Clearwater

 

Book your stay with us

 

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Delicious Treats

Delicious Treats

Yesterday afternoon, Kathy and I took a road trip and stopped at some new places for delicious treats. The drive was a familiar one, up Clearwater Valley Road towards Helmcken Falls in Wells Gray Park. While the drive is familiar, it is never the same twice, the scenery varies from day to day, hour to hour year round and we never get tired of seeing it. There are some new snack stops in the first 30km, that we want to introduce you to.

Helmcken Chocolates and Waffles

Conveniently located in the parking area of Spahats Falls this is a great stop. Hot Dogs or sausages on a bun, Belgian Fries, Belgian waffles, and of course delicious locally made chocolates are a tasty, delicious treat.

Delicious hot dogs, waffles and Belgian fries

Grouse Creek General Store

Grouse Creek General Store  is your stop for fresh baking, local produce, cold drinks and souvenirs. They are located about half way to Helmcken Falls.

Their giant ginger snap cookie is the best I have ever had (I confess I ate it before thinking to take a picture). Delicious muffins, cupcakes, tarts and more await you. The selection varies daily.

 

Delicious looking tarts (photo courtesy of Grouse Creek General Store)

On Thursdays from 3-7 PM, you will find them at the Upper Clearwater Farmer’s Market (more about that another day)

Murphy Mountain Ice Cream – More Delicious Treats

At about the 30 Km mark you will fine a delightful little vintage travel trailer, home to Murphy Mountain Ice Cream. Easy access, ample parking. picnic tables and a wide lawn, combined with delicious ice cream and friendly service make this a summer afternoon must stop. open afternoon, weather dependant.

A must stop for a midafternoon summer treat.

Valley Hideaway Guest House

Make us your first choice for accommodation in Clearwater BC. We are ideally located for visitors to Wells Gray Provincial Park or travellers between Vancouver and Edmonton.

Book with us

Plan on spending a couple of days at least in the area. There is lots to do and plenty to see.  Valley Hideaway Guest House is open year round to meet your Clearwater and area accommodation needs.

Winter, Summer, Spring and Fall .. it takes all year to do it all … in Clearwater

 

Book your stay with us

 

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Wild Flour Cafe

Wild Flour Cafe

Two new dining establishments, the “Wild Flour Cafe and Bakery” and the “Kettle Cafe” have opened in Clearwater BC over the past couple of weeks. We have enjoyed them both.

The Wild Flour specializes in lunch with homemade baking and organic ingredients. The owner Chris Olson is well known in the area for her specialty organic, artisan, breads. Locals have enjoyed her artisan breads for a number of years through preorder and at summer Farmer’s markets.

Wild Flour serves organically grown, fair trade Oso Negro coffee, fresh ground in nearby Nelson, BC.

Menu of the day

We popped in for lunch last Sunday after church, and were tempted by the creamy dill pickle soup. None of us had ever eaten dill pickle soup, so soup it was all round. The soup was served with a slice of home made bread and was delicious. While we only tried the one dish, the meals being served to other diners looked equally delicious.

The cafe is small but comfortable. It is conveniently located across the street from Wells Gray Tourism Information and nearby our local mall.

Cafe – Interior

Inside the Wild Flour

 

Location

343 Clearwater Valley Rd

Clearwater BC

 

Valley Hideaway Guest House

Make us your first choice for accommodation In Clearwater BC. We are ideally located for visitors to Wells Gray Provincial Park or travellers between Vancouver and Edmonton.

Book with us

Plan on spending a couple of days at least in the area. There is lots to do and plenty to see.  Valley Hideaway Guest House is open year round to meet your Clearwater and area accommodation needs.

Winter, Summer, Spring and Fall .. it takes all year to do it all … in Clearwater

 

Book your stay with us

 

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And the Winner is

Coffee and Chocolates

And the winner of the coffee and chocolates is …Me, moi, Kevin Corbin of Valley Hideaway Guest House. Okay, perhaps I am a little excited, but I don’t usually win. The mug didn’t come filled with coffee, but it will be as soon as we finish eating the chocolates in it.

Photo of "And the winner is" - Kevin Corbin - obtaining his prize of a coffee mg and HElmcken Chocolates from the owners of teh Kettle Cafe

Being presented my prize

The Details

Alain and Evelyn Bouckaert, owners of the Kettle Cafe in Clearwater BC, did a random draw to promote visitors to their newly opened eatery. The prize was a coffee mug filled with delicious locally made Belgian chocolates from Helmcken Chocates. The chocolates were every bit as delicious as the food the kettle sells and can be purchased at the Red Umbrella. Kathy and I have been there several times since they opened. Here is our review  The Kettle Cafe – A Clearwater Classic Reopens

The Red Umbrella, is a local gallery/emporium that features the works of local artists, artisans and craftspeople. It is located just across the street from the Kettle Cafe. It’s a great place to find unique items of decor and giftware. The talent of our local people is astounding.

 

Coffee (mug) and Chocolates Prize

Valley Hideaway Guest House

When staying in Clearwater BC, whether visiting magnificent Wells Gray Provincial Park, or travelling between Edmonton and Vancouver, stay with us. We are open Year Round. Valley Hideaway is a short drive from the entrance to the park and bot the Kettle and the Red Umbrella are within walking distance.

There is lots to do and plenty to see, in the area. The biggest regret of visitors to the area is that they didn’t book enough time here.

 

Winter, Summer, Spring and Fall .. it takes all year to do it all … in Clearwater

 

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The Kettle Cafe – A Clearwater Classic Reopens

The Kettle Cafe

The Kettle Cafe, a classic Clearwater summer cafe has reopened under new ownership. Kathy and I dined there this evening and were impressed. The new owners Alain and Evelyn Bouckaert offer great service, a classic menu (with a Belgian twist) and delicious food.

The Kettle Burger and Kettle Pizza

We shared the Kettle Pizza and the Kettle Burger, both were freshly made and delicious.

The Kettle Buger

1/4 lb 100% beef burger, topped with cheddar, tomato, lettuce, onions, pickles, burger sauce served on a warm toasted bun with Belgian Fries.

The Kettle Pizza

A Homemade crust with salami, fried ground beef. slices of ham, fresh green peppers and slices of ham topped with an extra layer of cheese. There is also a special secret blend of house spices atop the cheese … quite unique and definitely worth having again. A nicely sized 8 size pizza (I brought home 4 slices of it for tomorrow).

The Menu

Choose from a variety of Dutch Pancakes/crepes and Belgian Waffles. Ice cream and milkshakes. Try one of a variety of pastas; pizzas (on homemade crust); burgers; sandwiches or grilled sandwiches (on fresh homemade bread). The menu is select but if our meal is any indicator of quality and flavour it should all be good.

Check out their facebook page.

Location

Conveniently located at

73 Old North Thompson Highway

Clearwater BC

in the Interior Whitewater Expeditions building

Within close walking distance of Valley Hideaway Guest House

Summer Hours

Sunday-Saturday 8AM- 7 PM, call in orders for takeaway available (250-674-7824)

Book with us

Plan on spending a couple of days at least in the area. There is lots to do and plenty to see.  Valley Hideaway Guest House is open year round to meet your Clearwater and area accommodation needs. Make the Kettle one of your lunchtime choices.

Winter, Summer, Spring and Fall .. it takes all year to do it all … in Clearwater

 

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Hiking the Kettle – Off the Beaten Track.

Hiking the Kettle

The Kettle Rapids, on the Clearwater River, in Wells Gray Park (Clearwater, BC), are off the beaten path and missed by many of the tourists who visit the area. A series of surging, boiling rapids, they are unsafe even for whitewater enthusiasts to run until late in the summer when the waters have subsided, but they make for beautiful sightseeing all summer long. The Kettle is accessible by a short well marked walking trail through old growth cedars. There are several steep stairs so it is not recommended for people with mobility issues but otherwise is an easy trip.

Old Growth Cedar

 

Getting to the Kettle

Travel west off of the Old North Thompson Highway onto Camp Road 2 (adjacent to the Clearwater River, right in Clearwater). Travel .8km until you see the sign for Wells Gray Air on the right. Turn right and travel 7.2 Km where you will see a sign advising travellers with RV’s to turn back. Park at this pullout area. The road in is gravelled but up to this point generally well maintained.

Narrow Road Ahead – Go no further

When the road says “Narrow Road Ahead” … heed the sign travelling past that point is not recommended. The washout just past the sign (where the road narrows to a single lane) is just beginning. At times in places the road can be completely washed out, or strewn with boulders from rock slides, travel past here at your own risk. Travel without a 4 wheel drive vehicle from this point on is not recommended. Up to this point the road is fine.

Continue to walk down the road 100 meters or so from the parking area and you will see the trail head sign. Follow it down to the river and prepare to be awed.

Kettle Rapids Trailhead sign. Turn left here and follow to the river.

 

The Rapids …

My pictures do not do the rapids justice. The Kettle Rapids are a simply stunning must see.

Kettle Rapids on the Clearwater River

Kettle Rapids, Clearwater BC

Book with us

 

Plan on spending a couple of days at least in the area. There is lots to do and plenty to see.  Valley Hideaway Guest House is open year round to meet your Clearwater and area accommodation needs

Winter, Summer, Spring and Fall .. it takes all year to do it all … in Clearwater

 

Book your stay with us

 

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River Safari – Experience an inland temperate rainforest

RIVER SAFARI

The words “river safari” brings to mind exotic rainforest locations. It’s true in this case too, but not the way you might think. In the heart of the planet’s largest inland temperate rainforest (that’s a topic for another day), just about an hour from Valley Hideaway Guest House, you will find Blue River Safaris.

Tour lake and river by jet boat, eco friendly Haida catamarans, or  go off road by jeep into some of the most spectacular scenery in the world. Kathy and I took a tour with them last week and were delighted with the knowledge, professionalism and friendliness of the staff. Even though we live in the heart of Wells Gray country we were blown away by some of the scenery we saw on the tour.

Experience Mud Glacier or take in …. Parberry Falls.

At the base of Parberry Falls

While we didn’t see any of the abundant wildlife, we saw plenty of birdlife and the sights were worth the trip. You can easily imagine that there is no one else in the world except your group. Seeing the bears would have been a bonus. There are no guarantees that you will see bears or other wildlife, but this is phenomenal bear habitat and during the season sights are common. The solitude and natural beauty make the trip a joy.

Black Bear

THE RIVER SAFARI TOURS

Blue River Safaris offers a variety of tour packages (please confirm with them for current pricing etc)

RIVER SAFARI

Eco Safari – Catamaran

This one hour plus tour starts out on one of the 40 foot catamarans and finishes up on a jet boat. Experience beautiful tranquil lakes and time on the river. Time? 1 hour plus.

ECO SAFARI

For great sightseeing and photo ops enjoy a quiet and stable trip on one of the 40′ Haida made catamarans. A tranquil experience with good chances of seeing bears and other wildlifeTime? 1 hour plus.

JEEP SAFARI

Off road up Parberry Mountain in a 4X4 Jeep to experience the temperate rainforest in a different way. Get a great overview of the area. Time? 1.5 hours plus.

SUPER SAFARI

Combine the Eco Safari and boat safari. See a little of both worlds. Time? 2.5 Hours plus.

SUPER DUPER SAFARI

Do it all by river boat eco-friendly Haida Catamaran and Jeep.  Time? 2.5 hours plus.

How To Get There

Blue Rive Safaris is conveniently located about an hour east of Clearwater BC on Highway 5, just outside the village of Blue River. It is a great spot to stop when travelling between Clearwater and Jasper. It is well signed.

AMENITIES

The safari base has a gift shop and boasts a great little restaurant on the water. The Forest Table restaurant lives up to its name with live edge giant tables and solid wood carved seating serves first class food and beverages. Check out their menu.

 

Forest Edge Restaurant

 

 

Book with us

 

Plan on spending a couple of days at least in the area. There is lots to do and plenty to see.  Valley Hideaway Guest House is open year round to meet your Clearwater and area accommodation needs

Winter, Summer, Spring and Fall .. it takes all year to do it all … in Clearwater

 

Book your stay with us

 

No Smoking inside the guest house or on the premisesCannabis Free Zone - Valley Hideaway Guest House