Outdoor enthusiasts, take note. If you’re looking for a stunning provincial park to explore, a visit to Wells Gray Park near the Cariboo mountains is well worth it, no matter the season!

Visitors can hike to famous waterfalls, swim in refreshing mineral pools, and explore the largest canoe-only lake in North America – and that’s just for starters. So let’s dive right in!

Wells Gray Park is home to an array of natural pools, extinct volcanoes, lava beds, and glaciers, making it one of the most biodiverse parks in the province. Those keen on swimming can dip into the glacier-fed Murtle Lake, adjoining Clearwater and Azure Marine Lake, as well as the lakes, rivers, and streams in the Corridor area. However – your best bet at swimming in non-icy waters this summer is at Mahood Lake on the southwestern tip of the park.

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As for some majestic falls to check out, hikers can check out the famed Helmcken Falls, which plunges over 140 metres with water cascading over tocky cliffs. and Dawson Falls to the majestic Moul Falls, there are plenty of picturesque waterfalls to check out on your journey through the park.

Oh, and keep your eyes out for moose, black bears, deer, and even elusive mountain goats on your journey!

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Camping & info

Campers have access to over 500 campsites throughout the park, 164 of which are vehicle-accessible, and 126 of which are boat-accessible.

Firewood can be purchased in the park or brought from home, though note that there is a current fire ban in effect.

In an effort to preserve its pristine ecosystems and diverse wildlife, visitors of the park are urged to practice leave-no-trace principles.

So there you have it, Vancouver! Be sure to check out Wells Gray Park sometime this summer if you haven’t already.

Wells Gray Park

Where: Clearwater, BC

Information on Wells Gray Park is from BC Parks, and is accurate as of publication date.