Wells Gray Provincial Park: Corridor Area
Attention Visitors – Important Notice!
July 17, 2018: North Thompson River Park has re-opened
- This applies to North Thompson River Park, only.
- BC Parks is pleased to announce that, after a recent closure, North Thompson River Park re-opened at 8 am Tuesday, July 17, 2018.
- BC Parks would like to thank the public for their patience during this closure.
- For those campers that had reservations cancelled, a follow-up email is being sent to you with additional information about re-booking your camping experience.
- If you had a camping reservation at North Thompson River Park cancelled due to this park closure, you are encouraged to call Discover Camping Reservations at 1-800-689-9025 to speak to a reservation agent.
- BC Parks would also like to thank the Wells Gray Information Centre, Tourism Wells Gray, Park Operators and local area businesses for helping to accommodate our displaced campers.
- The corridor road beyond the turn-off 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.
Know Before You Go
- 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.
Location and MapsBest-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 BrochuresAny maps listed are for information only – they may not represent legal boundaries and should not be used for navigation.
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.
Activities Available at this Park
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.
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).