WELLS GRAY PROVINCIAL PARK is the equal of any Rocky Mountain parks: if anything, its wilderness is probably more extreme – so untamed that many of its peaks remain unclimbed and unnamed. Wildlife sightings are common – you may encounter black and grizzly bears, mountain goats, cougars, timber wolves, coyotes, weasels, martens, mink, wolverines and beavers.
Even if you’re not geared up for the backcountry, Clearwater Valley Road, the 63km access road to Clearwater Lake from Clearwater, opens up a medley of waterfalls, walks, viewpoints and picnic spots that make a detour extremely worthwhile. The road is paved for the first 42km into the park boundary, but the remaining 36km to Clearwater Lake is gravel. Most sights are well signed and you can see all obvious scenic landmarks in a day. The park road ends at the southern end of Clearwater Lake, location of some boat launches, a provincial campground and a series of short trails.