Discover Wells Gray

DISCOVER WELLS GRAY

Interpretive and Adventure Hiking in Wells Gray Provincial Park, British Columbia

Discover Wells Gray

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Wells Gray Provincial Park

Established in 1939, Wells Gray Provincial Park contains 524,990 hectares (over 1.3 million acres) of protected landscape and is the fourth largest provincial park in British Columbia. It has 5 major lakes within its boundaries, and is home to the headwaters of both the Murtle and Clearwater Rivers. Much of the park is classed as temperate rain forest, and is a lush green home for innumerable species of plants and animals.

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History

Although some areas were regularly visited by local Indian bands to gather food, Wells Gray Park was little known by Europeans until a century ago when surveyors explored potential routes for the Canadian Pacific Railway. Helmcken Falls was only discovered in 1913, and the fame of the area for its spectacular waterfalls spread quickly.

The remnants of pioneer ranches can still be seen in the Clearwater Valley which stand as a reminder of many fascinating stories of early pioneer life in the area.

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Geology

Wells Gray is unusual in that it has seen volcanic activity in recent geological history. There are a number of impressive volcanoes and volcanic features can be seen in and around the Park. Also in evidence are the legacy of repeated periods of glaciation, and glaciers remain to this day on some mountains.

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Wildlife

Wells Gray is home to a great variety of natural habitats ranging from the arctic conditions of the mountain summits to the semi-arid pine grasslands of the canyons. Conifer and broad-leaved trees fill the valleys, including rare interior cedar-hemlock rainforest.

Abundant wildflowers and insects emerge in succession from May to August as springtime follows the retreating snows up the mountains. Directly or indirectly, these provide food for more than 200 species of birds and over 50 species of mammals.

More Information:

BC Parks website Wells Gray Provincial Park

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