Wells Gray Provincial Park

Although Wells Gray doesn't fall under the banner of 'national park' don't let this fool you as you'll discover over 3000 square miles of Canadian Rockies wilderness that is well-worth a visit. With far fewer crowds and an enviable climate, you won't find many complaining about the park's status and if you're a fan of waterfalls then you're in for a real treat. With almost forty falls within the park's perimeters and numerous other stunning natural landmarks, this is an absolute delight for outdoor enthusiasts and from hiking to canoeing to horse-riding . Get ready to enter the realm of the Cariboo Mountains.

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Highlights & Activities
  • Helmcken Falls

    Walk to Helmcken Falls The sight of Helmcken Falls cascading and tumbling from a height of over 450 feet is enough to give anyone goose bumps and it will come as no surprise to learn that this natural attraction on the Murtle River was one of the reasons that Wells Gray was originally created. As the fourth highest waterfall in the whole of Canada this is a stunning spectacle and thanks to some convenient trails and canyon viewing platforms an accessible walk will present a perfect photographic panorama.

  • Canoeing in Wells Gray

    Canoeing Wells Gray Provincial Park boasts no fewer than six large lakes that provide the ideal opportunity for lovers of canoeing and messing about on the water. There is simply nothing more relaxing than paddling away from the shore and out of ear-shot of everything other than the gentle lapping of waves as you idle and take in the incredible mountain scenery.

  • Rockies Horseback

    Horse-riding No matter what your level of competence, finding a trusty steed and heading for them there hills is a delightful alternative to doing all the leg-work yourself. There are numerous Wells Gray tours that are perfect for four legs and take you through back-country beauty, as horse-riding presents a unique perspective on an extra special environment. This is your chance to put a little bit of cowboy into your life and take in the great outdoors.

When to go
Temperature chart - Wells Gray

Wells Gray's conditions are similar to the Canadian Rockies and allow you to plan your trip accordingly. No matter what you're hoping to experience: lake activities, mountain strolls or horse-riding the summer months of July and August are usually pretty warm and dry. Although May and June are a little cooler you will have more chances of seeing bears in their natural habitat and this, when combined with fresh flowers and higher melt-water levels, makes for a thoroughly opportune time to visit. September temperatures are actually pretty similar to May/June and early autumn is considered to be the best time to visit thanks to the dwindling crowds and lesser chance of rainfall. Late September and October are getting colder but you'll hardly notice as you take in the colourful leaf displays that are an extremely attractive draw for nature walkers and photographers. Winter is cold and snow-covered so if you're not into skiing, snowboarding or cross-country snowshoe trails then it's best to leave it for a while.

Insider Tip: Try dining on a bison burger
Bison burger

Bison burgers are a local speciality and if you thought you'd tried everything then just wait until you sink your gnashers into one of these juicy big boys. Organic, free-range and fed on nothing but fresh green grass and mountain air, it may not be everyone's cup of tea but a bison burger certainly ticks the box when it comes to grilled grub after a day spent exploring the great outdoors.

Tours that visit Wells Gray Provincial Park


    12 days | Canada | Camping

    Jul-Aug from


    The perfect outdoor adventure for all the family, with a chance to raft, canoe, hike and bike amongst some of the most breathtaking scenery that Canada has to offer. Each new day will be even more exciting than the last!

    Highlights: Canadian Rockies | Outdoor Adventure

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    12 days | Canada | Camping

    Jun-Aug from


    Showcasing the best hiking trails that Jasper, Banff and Yoho National Parks have to offer, this escorted holiday to Canada explores untouched wilderness with stunning flora and fauna, and experience the most breath-taking scenery in the Canadian Rockies.

    Highlights: Jasper | Banff | Yoho | Glacier

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