Jul 10, 2021

Wells Gray Provincial Park

 

Wells Gray was established in 1939 and covers over 1.4 million acres. It is a land of pristine forests, mountains lakes and rivers.

Clearwater is the entrance to Wells Gray. The parks history goes back 400,000 years. You can and possibly should Goggle the park.  Almost 1/2 million years ago there began eruption after eruption of lava flows, after each lava flow cooled and hardened yet another layer of volcanic rock was added to the valley floor. Today you can still distinguish these separate flows in the layered rock of Spahats Canyon. 20,000 years ago the glaciers began and the last one only melted 10,000 years ago. This is just a small part of the story at Wells Gray.

Spahats Falls.

The falls drop deep into the canyon and out to a large river.

Some unnamed rapids we passed as we drove over a wee bridge.

Helmcken Falls. One of the most beautiful waterfalls in Canada, often described as more spectacular than Niagra Falls. The Murtle River free falls 141 meters ( 462 feet ) to the plunge pool below.

The pool below.

The power of nature is magnificent.

There is nothing to look at as you drive the main road in. Many of the sites require  a bit of a hike or a  much longer one. Sadly we were overcome by horseflies who have a vicious bite as well as huge wasps and mosquitos. They come out more in the heat and insect spray does not stop them. At one location we simply could not get out of the car as we were being swarmed so we had to pass on Dawson Falls and a few others. We missed s lot but it seems that we will be coming back.

The girls were exhausted. This is the first time that we simply let them lay in the back of the Jeep with the seat folded down, covered by lots of towels ‘ just in case ‘.

After about 4 hours we were back here at the RV Park.

Relaxing time.

While sitting there enjoying a glass of wine, a few helicopters with buckets flew over. There must be a fire not too far away.

A few more shots from the RV park.

These people arrived late afternoon and did a big set up only to leave the next morning. The sky is white due to smoke.

The restaurant is supposed to be first class. We will try it next time.

These units are in a great spot overlooking the lake.

We met a couple today ( on bikes ) who were here for two nights in one of these cabins, they had two long hair haired dachshunds. We saw them walk by later in the day. Sadly we never got all four doxies to meet up.

Cute view from another cabin. Nice place to visit even if you don’t have an RV.

Lonely tree island.

The lake seems high right now. If you canoe out there you will likely see some pained turtles sunning themselves.

We are rather enjoying our time here as are the girls.

 

 

 

 

 

 

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  1. Maxx Trails says:

    Those are some beautiful waterfall pictures!

  2. Glad the doxies are enjoying the travel as much as you are.
    Read every post just don’t Comment on each blog.
    Be Safe and Enjoy!

    It’s about time.

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