Rediscover Life Before Laptops - Camping & RVingFall asleep to the music of a rushing river. Wake-up with the sun peaking through your tent flap and the scent of the forest in the morning. Disconnect from the hustle and bustle of your everyday life and reconnect with the natural world and with each other. Pitch your tent or park your RV. Build a roaring campfire. Roast a marshmallow on a stick and rediscover life before laptops – camping in our great outdoors.
There’s no better way to experience our backyard wilderness than to pitch a tent (or park an RV) in it. Whether you drive in, canoe in, or hike in we’ve got 5,250 square kilometres (or, 3,262 square miles) of off-the-grid wilderness camping options for you. Camping season officially starts in mid-May and ends in late September – giving you lots of time to find a perfect spot to set up camp, build a fire and spend your days exploring Wells Gray.
Road Tripping – RVing and CampingTravellers know some of their best memories are a collection of moments gathered while exploring the wider world. The trip from British Columbia’s coast to the Rocky Mountains is one of Canada’s most enduring journeys through the Fraser Canyon and the rivers and ranch lands of the North Thompson Valley. Wells Gray is the midway point between the coast and the Rockies, making it an ideal spot to break up your trip.
Pull over – stay awhile and experience Wells Gray from the comforts of your wilderness outpost. You simply need to pull in, hook-up and begin unwinding at any of five full-service RV campgrounds. You can put in at one of the 220 drive-in campsites here, leaving you plenty of room to spread out and unwind for a few days as you make your way north or south. If you’re unsure where to stay, simply stop at the Visitor Centre in Clearwater, where local experts will help get you on your way.
Paddle Your Canoe to Camp
Experience the dip-glide moment of now, paddling into untouched landscapes, canoeing glacier-fed Murtle Lake – there’s simply no more Canadian camping experience.
Murtle Lake’s sun-kissed sandy shores can only be accessed by canoe after an adventurous 27-km drive on a winding gravel road and a 2.5-km portage through an old-growth forest of hemlock and cedar. Dotted with campsites and outfitted with fire-rings, food caches and all the peace and quiet you crave, this is primitive camping at its best where the only sounds you’ll hear are the wind on the trees, the splash of your fishing line and the sound of dinner sizzling in your frying pan.
Learn to CampEveryone can camp. That’s the basic premise of the folks at Clearwater Lake Tours who make back country camping accessible, affordable and easy for everyone, especially those people who are new to camping. Embark on their overnight trip to Rainbow Falls and you’ll be swapping stories around a campfire in no time at all. The only thing you’ll need to bring is a sense of adventure, a keen sense of humour and your beverage of choice – they’ll take care of everything else including your meals, tents and sleeping bags, and boat transportation into and out of the camp.
Plan AheadNo matter where you’ll be making camp, you’ll want to ensure you’ve got all your provisions before setting out. Clearwater , 43-kms south of the Park, is your closest stop for groceries, camping supplies, gas and first-aid equipment.
When to Go
- Provincial Park campsites are open between mid-May and the end of September
- Private RV resorts and campgrounds extend the camping season from early May to mid-October. Check with each outfitter for their specific season
Need to KnowThe chance of seeing wildlife in the wild is one of the most exciting things about camping in Wells Gray. Wildlife encounters don’t always happen by chance – the Park is home to Grizzly and Black bear, moose, deer, coyotes and wolves, and more than 250 species of birds – making a wilderness encounter more likely than not. To avoid wildlife confrontations, practice safe camping by:
- Camping only in designated sites
- Using portable stoves for cooking
- Not cooking or storing food in your tent
- Keeping your camp clean
- Packing out what you pack in
- Never approaching any animal in the wild
Top 10 Reasons to Camp Wells Gray
- To spend quality time with friends and family
- To see wildlife in the wild, without admission and fences
- To learn new skills like pitching a tent and building a fire
- To escape the heat of the city
- To rekindle your love of nature
- To find serenity sleeping under a blanket of stars
- To explore the wider world
- To gain a new perspective on your old way of life
- • To disconnect from the hard-wired world
- • To test yourself against the elements