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Lake canoeing in Wells Gray Provincial Park, BC


Explore the many lakes and waterways that make up Wells Gray Provincial Park on these canoeing adventures. These trips take the visitor up the Clearwater Lake and on the longer trip, Azure Lake, two of the premier canoeing lakes in British Columbia. More than that they are the heart of a totally protected watershed. The massive Wells Gray park protects the Watershed of the Clearwater River. 

A trip on these lakes offers you the chance to swim, paddle and enjoy one of the most pristine bodies of water in the world. Wildlife viewing on both lakes is excellent as wolf, deer, and moose are frequently seen. No canoeing experience is needed as our guides are also instructors and all trip members will have the opportunity to perfect Canadian canoeing techniques.

A 6 day canoe and hike combination tour is also available for those who like to combine paddling pristine lakes with alpine hiking. This tour includes 3 days of canoeing at a scenic beach camp in the park and 3 days at a secluded mountain hut in the alpine.

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$575.00 CAD
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TRIP DETAILS
DESTINATION
EQUIPMENT/CLOTHING
ACCOMMODATIONS
MEALS & DINING
DATES & PRICING
ITINERARY
TRIP TYPE
Lake Canoeing
SEASON

late June to mid September

DIFFICULTY
Easy / Moderate
MAXIMUM GROUP SIZE
10
GUIDE INFORMATION

Ian has been a mountain guide for 35 years, leading trips all over the world including over 50 major trips in the Himalaya. Tay was raised on a ranch bordering Wells Gray Park and has been guiding for over 25 years. Tay is also an accomplished naturalist.

RESTRICTIONS

These tours require on past paddling experience.

ADDITIONAL INFORMATION

Requirements: Sleeping bag, duffel bag or backpack, towel, flashlight.

TRANSPORTATION

Trips originate and end at the town of Clearwater, BC. Clearwater can be reached via Highway 5, about 130 km north of Kamloops or west of Jasper, Alberta on Highway 16, then south on Highway 5, about 320 km.  

WEATHER

Average daytime summer temperatures here range between 15 and 30 degrees Celsius.  

REGION
Okanagan Thompson British Columbia
PROVIDED EQUIPMENT

Camping equipment, canoe and equipment, tents.

SUGGESTED CLOTHING

Hiiking boots, sneakers, rain jacket and pants, hat, gloves, wool or fleece sweater, other clothing suited to variable temperatures.

SUGGESTED ITEMS

Camera, daypack, sunglasses, sunscreen, water bottle.

ACCOMMODATIONS

Accommodation in tents at shoreline campsites. All camps have outhouses, tables, fire pits and tent sites.

On the canoe and hike combo tour the hiking portion is 3 days in an alpine mountain hut.

MEALS & DINING

MEALS & DINING

All meals are icluded and meals are prepared by your guides. 

3 day tour, available late June - mid September
$575.00 / per person - CAD
2018 departures: Jun 19 July 3, 17, 31, Aug 14, 28, Sept 11.
6 day tour, available July - September
$1300.00 / per person - CAD
2018 departures: Jun 26 Jul 10, 24, Aug 7, 21, Sept 4, 18.
PAYMENT INFORMATION
Pricing does not include: 5.00% GST.

A 50% deposit is required to hold your reservation.

Balance of payment is due 60 days before trip commencement.
CANCELLATION POLICY & DETAILS
In the winter , cancellations received 60 days prior to departure will be refunded less a $100.00 per person handling fee. Cancellations after that date will not be refunded unless the space can be resold. In the summer, the balance of the trip payment is due 45 days prior to trip departure.Cancellations up to 6 weeks before the departure date will be refunded in full less a $50.00 per person handling fee.Cancellations of summer trips after six weeks prior to departure will lose all monies paid. Your guides reserves the right to cancel any trip within 30 days of the departure date.We do not give refunds on guiding or accommodation for schedule changes due to weather. If the space can be resold, then a full refund less a $50/person charge will be issued.

3 day tour, available late June - mid September

Day 1

We will pick you up at your accommodation, or meet you at our office and drive 1 hour to the canoe dock on Clearwater Lake. We then paddle approximately 2.5 to 4 hours to our beach campsite. All campsites have outhouses, tables, fire-pits, and tent sites.

Day 2

Today there are many options. We can pack a lunch and explore up lake for fishing holes or paddle to the end of the lake where the Clearwater River pours into the lake and forms a small lagoon. You may choose to swim or sit in the sun and read or choose a combination of all these activities. 

Day 3

Today we have a leisurely start. After breakfast and a swim, we can start to take camp down. We load up the canoes and paddle down the other side of the lake to the canoe dock. We then start back down the Wells Gray Road for a tour of the famous waterfalls. We will visit Helmecken Falls (the fourth highest in Canada) and walk into Dawson Falls. You will be awed by your Wells Gray wild waters experience. 

6 day tour, available July - September

Day 1

After a pickup at your accommodation in Clearwater or our office, you have a scenic one hour drive to Clearwater Lake and the trips starting point. You start with a bit of canoe instruction and then paddle approximately four hours to a beautiful sandy beach campsite. All campsites have outhouses, tables, firepits, and tent sites.

Day 2

Paddle north up Clearwater Lake for two hours and reach the mouth of the Clearwater River. You take one hour to paddle up the river to the portage site, and then carry the gear and equipment across the portage to Azure Lake. The portage is only 1 mile and will take two hours to unload, carry the route, and reload the canoes. Another one hour paddle brings us to our camp, a beautiful beach surrounded by an old growth forest of giant cedar trees.

Day 3

You paddle for three hours along the south shore of Azure Lake. Azure Lake is so different from Clearwater Lake you will be amazed. The crystal clear water of Clearwater contrasts sharply with the sky-blue glacier fed waters of Azure Lake. The terrain changes also, with the easy shorelines of the Clearwater giving way to spectacular cliffs and snow capped peaks of Azure Lake. As we paddle, we pass small streams cascading over the cliffs into the lake, and the views are spectacular. Finally, you glimpse the crescent of white sand where the rainbow falls plunges into the Azure lake. This gorgeous spot will be your home for two nights.

Day 4

A rest day at Rainbow Falls provides the opportunity to fishing and hiking in the area surrounding the falls.

Day 5

A good days paddle along the north shore of Azure Lake and down the Clearwater River. This is a safe river run, which gives the now experienced canoeist a feel for moving water. You arrive on Clearwater Lake and camp on the west shore.

Day 6

A four hour paddle back to the put-in-point and the vehicle. You get off the lake in the early afternoon. On the return drive you stop in and see the famous Helmcken and Dawson waterfalls along the way and also visit Green Mountain lookout to get a feel for the immensity of this wilderness park.

Total distance of the trip is 60 miles.