Hello and welcome back! It’s a new year and now is a great time to start making your travel plans for 2018! Today’s post is all about Clearwater, BC and Wells Gray Provincial Park. It’s the perfect place for a weekend getaway from Vancouver to relax, unplug and explore somewhere new. For me, winter generally means one thing – cabin season! Clearwater is the ideal spot for cozy and secluded cabins that’ll be perfect for your winter weekend escape.
Clearwater, BC Weekend Travel Guide
How to Get There
Clearwater, BC is about a 5 hour drive from downtown Vancouver. It’s the gateway to Wells Gray Provincial Park, a vast nature area that’s located North of Kamloops, towards Alberta. Jasper National Park is only a 3 hour drive away from Wells Gray Park.
In the winter, the drive to Clearwater might be a bit longer depending on road conditions, so I would expect about a 6 hour drive. Make sure your vehicle has snow tires, if possible. Also, keep an eye out for wildlife! We were stopped for a few minutes while a small heard of cows crossed the road!
Where to Stay
Clearwater has many cabins for you to choose from. Most of the scenic attractions are located within Wells Gray Provincial Park, so I recommend staying at a cabin in the park or very close to it.
We stayed at Wells Gray Park Cabin during our visit and it was super comfortable and cozy. I loved having a fire and roasting marshmallows outside each night! Shout out to my friend Graham for hooking us up with this awesome cabin! You can check out Wells Gray Park Cabins at their website here: http://wellsgrayparkcabins.com/. Another great website where you can search all available cabins in the area can be found here http://www.wellsgray.ca/site/accommodations/cabins-ranches.html.
What to See and Do
If you feel like exploring, Wells Gray Park has many nature attractions. Helmcken Falls is a gorgeous waterfall located within the park that I definitely recommend seeing. It’s easy to access with no hiking involved to reach the falls.
Clearwater also has many options for winter activities including snowshoeing, snowmobiling, ice fishing, cross country skiing or even backcountry skiing. There are also several hiking trails and walks you can do depending on the weather. Checking out Clearwater lake is also a must do! The lake is located at the very end of Wells Gray Park and it’ll be a bit of a drive to get there depending on where you’re staying but it’s worth it!
Hiking to the beautiful viewpoint called Whitehorse Bluffs is another great option. It was snowing like crazy during our trip so we weren’t able to go, but I’ve heard great things about it!
What to Bring
The cabins are quite secluded and there aren’t many restaurants and stores around so you’ll need to bring your own groceries. We stopped at Bi-Low Foods on our way in (365 Murtle Crescent, Clearwater) to stock up on everything we needed for the weekend. Firewood was provided at our cabin so we didn’t need to buy any. It’s a good idea to confirm whether or not you need to bring your own firewood before you go.
Thank you so much for reading! I hope you found this Clearwater Travel Guide helpful and maybe included it in your 2018 travel bucket list. Clearwater is a beautiful, nature-filled getaway option near Vancouver and it’s nice to change it up sometimes! For more winter getaways from Vancouver check out my posts on Whistler and Vernon, BC here and here! Say hello on Instagram @candice.camera.