Wells Gray is a large provincial park located about an hour and a half north of Kamloops. Right now it’s one of British Columbia’s secret gems, but it is growing in popularity for its beautiful waterfalls, hiking, white water rafting, canoeing, cross country skiing and snowmobiling.
During our time of Wells Gray, we stayed at Clearwater Lodge, BC. I wouldn’t describe it as fancy, but it was reasonably priced, comfortable and offers all the amenities we could need. Each room has a kitchenette, ensuite and lounge area and the hotel serves complimentary breakfast as well as offering a pool, a hot tub and a fitness centre. They do charge a pet fee, but it was only $10 per night, per pet, so pretty reasonable as far as pet-friendly accommodation goes. For us, the most convenient thing is the back door to the hotel room, which leads straight to a grass area for Mya to go to the toilet (Something many people have recently told us is a really important consideration when choosing pet-friendly accommodation).
Activities and Attractions
Wells Gray Provincial Park
Wells Gray Provincial Park is only a short drive from Clearwater and has over 200 lakes, 39 waterfalls and is full of wolves, beavers, salmon, eagles, bears moose and deer. Dogs are welcome in the park as long as they are on a leash, however, they aren’t allowed on beaches, within park buildings or within the backcountry.
There is so much to see here and it’s such a beautiful place. We set off to explore the top four waterfalls within the park, but unfortunately only made it to three. In order of our photos, we made it to Spahats Falls, Dawson Falls and Helmcken Falls. If you get time you should also visit Moul Falls, which has an 80-minute return hike (I’m hoping we may get there over winter).
Whilst visiting Clearwater, we dropped into the Jasper Way Inn, where we were able to rent a kayak to go for a paddle around Dutch Lake. I’m told there are panoramic views of the mountains, unfortunately, the clouds kept these a secret & we just had to enjoy the beauty of the lake itself.