Clearwater - The Gateway to Wells Gray ParkSo much more than a wilderness outpost, discover why the town of Clearwater is your gateway to adventure.
Explore Clearwater – our wilderness outpost and your gateway to Wells Gray Park. It’s a welcome rest stop on your journey and the first stop on your Wells Gray getaway. Fuel up. Gather provisions. Play in our backyard. Clearwater is so much more than a wilderness outpost. It’s your gateway to adventure.
Outdoor AdventuresExplore volcanic rock formations. Watch kayakers paddle the river. Stand in awe watching the spray of waterfalls. Go for a swim. Fish for trout. Hike the Triple Decker Trail to Candle Creek, at the door of Wells Gray Park. It all happens from the cedar-lined Clearwater River Trail and it all starts right in town.
Jump in the LakeJump in for a swim on a hot summer day. Work on your tan on the sandy beach. Paddle your canoe from one end of the lily-lined lake to the other. Celebrate the best of summer at Dutch Lake, in the heart of town. Campsites, picnic grounds, and playgrounds provide all the amenities you’d need for full-day family fun. Or, visit in winter to land a trophy trout at our annual Iceman Fishing Derby.
Build Skills – Recreational FacilitiesRec. league – everyone starts playing somewhere and for many it’s in the rec. league – spending countless hours learning their sport and perfecting their skills before unleashing their glory on the world. Come to Clearwater – you can perfect your skills in our bike parks, in our Sportsplex and even on our ski hill – all located right in the heart of town.
North Thompson SportsplexAtom, PeeWee, Midget and Novice players all hit the ice at the North Thompson Sportsplex. Learn to skate and stick handle. High-five the player who scored the tying goal. Cheer on your favourite team. Snuggle under the heat lamps and take in all the action on the ice. Hockey, figure skating, curling and community events – if it happens on the ice, it happens at the North Thompson Sportsplex.
Clearwater Ski HillSki after the sun goes down at the Clearwater Ski Hill, lighted for night skiing. Or ride the snowy slopes when the sun is high, creating a glistening white landscape under your boards. Grab the t-bar for an old-school ride to the top, click in and cruise the un-crowded slopes looming over the town of Clearwater. Nine different runs of BC’s famous powder mean skiers of any ability can ride in their comfort zone.
Disc GolfShoot through tightly wooded holes. Watch your disc fly over tall grass fairways. Keep a steady eye on your shot – blooming wildflowers and local wildlife are just some of the hazards you’ll find playing our 18-hole, 6,460-foot course. A 300-ft elevation gain from start to finish means playing Disc Golf in Clearwater is no average walk in the park. The course may be one of BC’s most challenging, but trust us when we say, the views from the holes are worth the effort it takes to play them. Open daily from May to October. Scorecards are found at the Ski Hill Lodge.
Rotary Sport ParkStrap on your helmet. Ride your long board. Practice your tricks. Pretend you’re the next Tony Hawk. The Rotary Sport Park has plenty thrills, pipes, bowls and rails for every level of skateboarder and BMX rider and two championship level tennis courts available during the summer and fall.
Located in the heart of Clearwater, open seven days a week from spring melt to autumn snow.
Fore! Golfing in ClearwaterDrop your tee-shot mere steps from a wandering deer. Marvel at the fox kits trying to steal your ball from the bunker. Watch mountain shadows trick you into putting left when you should go right. This is mountain golfing, pure and simple. Golfing is pretty casual around here – with two 9-hole courses offering mountains of challenge for the novice and avid golfer.
Provisioning for the Park
5,250 square kilometres of postcard-worthy wilderness means there are no grocery stores, no gas stations, no restaurants or cafes once you enter the Park. That’s okay, because all of those amenities can be found in here in Clearwater, along with the Visitor Centre . Stop by for directions to the closest groceries, bakeries, Liquor stores , banks and gas stations before you embark on your Wells Gray adventure.
When to Go
Need to Know
- Clearwater is 134 kilometres north of Kamloops on the Yellowhead Highway (#5)
- Accommodations range from modest motels to roadside hotels, and B&Bs
- Clearwater has one grocery store and two pharmacies in town
- Local gas stations also sell assorted convenience foods
- The Clearwater Farmer’s Market sells fresh fruits and vegetables and a selection of handcrafted goods. Open 9 a.m. to 12 noon Saturdays from beginning of May to end of October