Flowers in the Thompson Okanagan, Photo Allen Jones

Clearwater

The town of Clearwater provides easy access to Wells Gray Provincial Park and for the outdoor enthusiast has plenty to offer: lush alpine meadows, birding and wildlife viewing; hiking for every ability and level; boating, canoeing, and kayaking. Waterfalls, glaciers and so much more are all here. Fishing is a popular activity in Clearwater, with many remote lakes in the area to test your angling skills. In winter, the area is a snowy wonderland where you can experience miles of groomed cross-country ski trails, excellent back-country skiing, snow-shoeing, dog-sledding and challenging snowmobiling.

Natural landscape at the Wells Gray RV Park in Clearwater.

Location

Clearwater is located in the Wells Gray to Mt. Robson area of the Thompson Okanagan region on Yellowhead Hw 5, at the southern end of Wells Grey Provincial Park, 124 km (77 mi) north of Kamloops.

A Step Back in Time

The Thompson Valley was inhabited by First Nations people when the first explorers ventured south through the mountains in the 1860s in their search for gold in the Fraser Valley and the Cariboo. The major First Nations band in the valley was the Okelhs, who, together with the Canim band, were defeated in 1870 by the fierce Chilcotins. Place names such as Fight Lake, Fight Creek, and Battle Mountain all date back to that time.

The Valley was settled shortly after the turn of the century. Clearwater was originally called Raft River by prospector John Smith, the apparent real founder of the settlement.

By 1916 the Canadian Pacific Railway was constructed through the valley to become the main mode of transportation, replacing the steamboats that had previously travelled as far north as Vavenby, 30 kilometres east of Clearwater.

Today, Clearwater is a vacation paradise, with the majestic mountains of the world-famous Wells Gray Provincial Park serving as a picturesque backdrop. The remote wilderness, the virgin forest, and the rivers, lakes, and streams all combine to make Clearwater all that it claims to be.

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Clearwater & Nearby Accommodations

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Clearwater Country Inn & RV Park

Clearwater Country Inn & RV Park

Clearwater

After a long day of travelling on Hwy 5, spend a well-deserved night’s sleep at Clearwater Country Inn & RV Park. Relax in our well-appointed guestrooms or our well-maintained campground. Whether you’re staying overnight or for a week-long, we are happy to exceed your expectations and needs. We ... Read more
Clearwater Valley Resort

Clearwater Valley Resort

Clearwater

200 meters from Information Center on the road to Wells Gray Park. Modern, friendly motel which consists of individual bungalows and motel rooms in a park-like setting. Queen and king beds, family rooms, in-room coffee, cable TV and kitchenettes available. Secure on-line reservations at www.clearwat ... Read more
Clearwater/Wells Gray KOA

Clearwater/Wells Gray KOA

Clearwater

Situated in a beautiful parklike setting, Clearwater Valley Resort & KOA Campground invites your family to book their next vacation with us! Our resort and campground is ideal for guests to explore Wells Gray Park and its spectacular waterfalls, ancient volcanoes, various wildlife and glistening lak ... Read more
Dutch Lake Resort & RV Park

Dutch Lake Resort & RV Park

Clearwater

Stay at the lake in Clearwater! This is the perfect location for a vacation or as part of your tour between Jasper and Vancouver. Guests have direct access to Dutch Lake from all nine private cabins. Each cabin is self-contained with kitchens and full bathrooms, including linens and towels. There is ... Read more
Birch Island Campground

Birch Island Campground

Clearwater

10 km north of Clearwater on Hwy 5, beautiful quiet country setting with river access, mountain views, hiking, fishing, games yard and playground. Each site is a private, treed pull-thru. No "I'm camping in a field" feeling here. Firewood, showers and WiFi. Full-service country-style store and gas n ... Read more
Alpine Meadows Resort

Alpine Meadows Resort

Clearwater

Situated on the hilltop above Hallamore Lake, Alpine Meadows RV Park is just beyond the Resort’s entrance, surrounded by the majestic forest in BC’s beautiful Dunn Peak Provincial Park. Our RV sites provide guests with spacious asphalt pads and grass area to create a comfortable stay. Each of ou ... Read more
Rivermount Motel B&B & RV Park

Rivermount Motel B&B & RV Park

Little Fort

Situated on the beautiful North Thompson River 4 km north of Little Fort. On the edge of great fly-fishing lakes. River location. Friendly family-run operation. Real home cooking. Gazebo for reunions, group picnics, weddings, shower houses, small playground, licensed establishment, firewood. Service ... Read more
Wells Gray Guest Ranch

Wells Gray Guest Ranch

Clearwater

Nestled amongst the majestic mountains and wilderness, Wells Gray Guest Ranch is the ideal destination to escape urban life and unwind in a tranquil retreat. We offer various accommodations for you to pick your best fit. Choose from our log cabin rooms, rustic cabins or campground. Our log cabin roo ... Read more
Wells Gray RV Resort & Campground

Wells Gray RV Resort & Campground

Clearwater

Located in one of British Columbia’s largest provincial park, Wells Gray Golf Course & RV Park is the ideal destination for family trips, reunions or retreats. With Hemp Creek running alongside our RV Park, we offer fantastic creek side and open campsites that feature power, water and private fire ... Read more
Blue River Campground & RV Park

Blue River Campground & RV Park

Blue River

Enjoy the space and wilderness of Blue River at our campground and RV Park. Our cabins and tipis provide a fantastic resting spot, ideal after a long day of travelling! Take a wilderness hike or bike ride; paddle a pristine mountain lake; fish a mountain stream; swim in Eleanor Lake or relax by your ... Read more
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