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Arrival in Clearwatwer

Day 1

Arrival in Clearwatwer

Today you’ll arrive in the Wells Gray Provincial Park region, through winding mountain roads and over narrow wooden bridges. This park boasts ancient forests, gushing waterfalls and the Cariboo Mountains to the north. You’ll spend the night in a lodge near the town of Clearwater on the southern tip of the park.

Family rowing a canoe in Wells Gray National Park, Canada

Day 2

Canoeing to your camp

Today the real adventure begins. Leaving your main luggage behind, take an overnight bag and meet your small group of fellow travellers for your camping and canoeing trip, waving goodbye to civilisation and connecting with the nature around you. As the road comes to an end, you’ll jump in your colourful canoe and head out onto the crystal water with all your camping equipment for your stay in the wild.

Customers canoeing on a lake in National Park

Your experienced local guide will teach you how to glide across the water in your Canadian canoe and inform you of the rules of camping in the land of bears, moose and beavers. As you move leisurely across the lake you might spot deer drinking on the shore or fish jumping up from the water. You’ll stop for a simple lunch on the banks of the lake where you can marvel at the imposing mountain peaks and ancient conifers surrounding you.

 

Father and son sitting inside a tent

After 3-4 hours you’ll reach your campsite, pitch up your tent and help build a fire on the edge of the water before settling in for a night. Your guide will rustle up a simple dinner before you can crawl into your sleeping bag and drift off to sleep with the sounds of the wilderness around you. The only luxury here is a compost toilet but with these views, you don’t really need anything else!

Moose drinking water out of the lake

Day 3

Back into civilisation

After a peaceful slumber, you’ll be woken by the sunrise and the birds chirping. Enjoy a morning swim, keeping an eye out for deer and beavers drinking from the lake, and feast on a hearty breakfast before packing up the camp and heading back out onto the water. After a couple of hours gliding along the surface, you’ll arrive back at your starting point.

Wells Gray Waterfall, view from the top

Piling into the minibus once more, you’ll stop at Wells Gray’s highest waterfall, Helmcken Falls before leaving the park. At 137 meters, this is the fourth highest waterfall in Canada and at least twice as high as Niagara Falls! After a busy couple of days you’ll be ready to head back to your cosy log cabin and relax.

Landscape view of National Park with Canoe in Lake

Day 4

Departure from Clearwater

As your camping adventure comes to an end you can head on to the Rocky Mountains to hike in the dramatic peaks or drive south for a spot of wine tasting in Okanagan Valley – cheers!

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