Fire Restrictions in Effect for this Park
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Activities Available at this Park
Facilities Available at this Park
Park Contact This park proudly operated by:
Blackwell Park Operations Ltd.
E-mail: wellsgraypark@gmail.com
Phone: 250-674-1383

Click here to view Blackwell Park Operations Ltd’s webpage for additional information.

Wells Gray Provincial Park: Corridor Area

The corridor road beyond the turnoff to Helmcken Falls will be gated/closed as of December 10 until Spring (this is an annual winter closure). Please check website for updated notices on when access will be available.

About This Park

Most of Wells Gray Park’s 530,000 hectares is remote wilderness that you can only view after a vigorous hike or canoe. However, in the southern quarter of the park, a road runs 34 kilometres from the park entrance to Clearwater Lake. From this road corridor, you can explore many fascinating geological, cultural and natural features that make one of British Columbia’s largest provincial parks so special.

For your convenience, during the summer season this area of the park has a concession managed by the Park Facility Operator.

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Special Notes:
  • In emergencies, contact the Park Facility Operator whose residence is located just north of Clearwater Lake Campground.
  • The nearest public telephone is at Helmcken Falls Lodge, 1 km south of the Park entrance.
  • Excessive noise is not permitted at any time. Please be considerate and observe the quiet time from 10pm to 7am.
  • There is a concession available near the Clearwater Lake campground.
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Location and Maps

Best-known of the access routes into Wells Gray Park, the road north from Clearwater takes visitors to a choice of 3 campgrounds, several picnic sites, many trails, spectacular scenery, birding and wildlife viewing opportunities. Before leaving Clearwater, visit the Wells Gray Information Centre at the junction of Hwy #5 and the Wells Gray Park Road. InfoCentre staff offer up-to-date information on trail conditions, campsite availability, guided activities, and local accommodation for the non-camping visitor.

Maps and Brochures

Any maps listed are for information only – they may not represent legal boundaries and should not be used for navigation.

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Nature and Culture

  • History: Established November 28, 1939, the park was named for the Honourable Arthur Wellsley Gray, Minister of Land for British Columbia from 1933 to 1941.
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Activities Available at this Park

Canoeing

Canoeing

The corridor area is popular with canoeists and rental canoes are available on Clearwater Lake. Contact the Wells Gray Information Centre as 250 674-2646 for more information. In addition to the opportunites listed above, a number of companies offer guided trips on Clearwater and Azure Lakes. Click here to view non-government web links, for additional information.
Cycling

Cycling

Bicycles must keep to roadways. Bicycle helmets are mandatory in British Columbia. Specific trails are open to mountain bikers; ask at the Wells Gray Information Centre.
Fishing

Fishing

Anyone fishing or angling in British Columbia must have an appropriate licence.
Hiking

Hiking

A variety of short hikes are available. For your own safety and the preservation of the park, obey posted signs and keep to designated trails. Shortcutting trails destroys plant life and soil structure. Click here for more trail information and trail conditions and updates will be posted on the main page under the Attention Visitor Notice.
Horseback Riding

Horseback Riding

The Green Mountain trail system is open to horse use. Some other trails are available by Letter of Permission when conditions permit. Please refer to the Horseback Riding section of the main Well Gray Park page for information. Guided horse riding is offered by 3 companies located along the Wells Gray Park Road, south of the Park entrance.

In addition to the opportunites listed above, this park offers a number of other recreational opportunities (including horseback riding expeditions). Click here to view non-government web links, for additional information.
Interpretive Programs

Interpretive Programs

Wells Gray Park in conjunction with Friends of Wells Gray and Blackwell Park Operations Ltd. may be offering Interpretation Services this summer. The program may run from June to September. It may include evening programs, interpretive walks, children’s event and other special programs.
Pets on Leash

Pets on Leash

Pets/domestic animals must be on a leash at all times and are not allowed in beach areas or park buildings. You are responsible for their behaviour and must dispose of their excrement. Backcountry areas are not suitable for dogs or other pets due to wildlife issues and the potential for problems with bears.
Swimming

Swimming

There are no lifeguards on duty at provincial parks. Most lakes, rivers and streams are glacier-fed and the water is icy cold all year round.
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Facilities Available at this Park

Boat Launch

Boat Launch

The boat launch is located at the end for Wells Gray Park Road, near the southern end of Clearwater Lake.
Cabins / Huts / Yurts

Cabins / Huts / Yurts

There are two cabins/yurts to rent at the Clearwater Lake campsite.
Campfires

Campfires

While campfires are allowed and campfire rings are provided at each campsite, we encourage visitors to conserve wood and protect the environment by minimizing the use of fire and using campstoves instead. Firewood can be purchased in the park or you may bring your own wood. Fees for firewood are set locally and may vary from park to park. Limited burning hours or campfire bans may be implemented. To preserve vegetation and ground cover, please don’t gather firewood from the area around your campsite or elsewhere in the park (this is a ticketable offence under the Park Act). Dead wood is an important habitat element for many plants and animals and it adds organic matter to the soil.
Drinking Water

Drinking Water

Cold water taps are located throughout the park but are not provided in the day-use areas. Taps are shut off during the off-season.
Picnic Areas

Picnic Areas

This park has a day-use/picnic area.
Pit or Flush Toilets

Pit or Flush Toilets

This park only has pit toilets – no flush toilets.
Sani-Station/Dump

Sani-Station/Dump

A sani-station/dump is available during the collecting season across the north end of Falls Creek Campground.
Sani-station Use Fee: $5.00 per discharge
Vehicle Accessible Camping

Vehicle Accessible Camping

This park offers vehicle accessible campsites, both reservable and first come first served. All sites are on a first-come, first-served basis.
Vehicle Accessible Camping Fee: $16.00 per party / night
BC Senior’s Rate (day after Labour Day to June 14 only): $8.00 per senior party/night. Read the User Fees Policy for information on Senior Camping Discounts.
Dates of Operation for frontcountry/vehicle accessible sites in Wells Gray
Walk-In/Wilderness Camping

Walk-In/Wilderness Camping

Wilderness, backcountry or walk-in camping is allowed, but no facilities are provided. Information about backcountry/walk-in sites in Wells Gray
Backcountry Camping Fee: $5.00 per person / night for all persons 6 years of age or older.
Wheelchair Access

Wheelchair Access

Some facilities and hiking trails in the park are wheelchair accessible.