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Activities

Summer Activities

HIKING

Detailed descriptions of hiking trails on the Guesthouse property are provided at the cabin.

A complimentary copy of “Exploring Wells Gray Park” (6th edition) is provided for you to keep. This contains directions and descriptions of 39 hikes in Wells Gray Park. The 400-page book also has about 250 colour photos, road guides, history, geology and natural history. The book is written by Roland Neave, your host and owner of the Gateway Guesthouse.

From the Gateway Guesthouse:

There are dozens of hiking trails nearby, some on the property and many more that start from the Wells Gray Park road. The trails range in length from 30 minutes to all day. You can hike to Moul Falls which plunges 35 metres over a lava cliff. Walk behind the falls and even swim in the plunge pool below. Try the all-day loop trail through the colourful Hemp Canyonlands. If you like altitude, then the Trophy Mountain alpine meadows is a favourite destination. Other hikes include Battle Mountain, Table Mountain, the Flatiron, the brink of Helmcken Falls, Majerus Falls and Easter Bluffs. Several trails criss cross the 300-acre Gateway Guesthouse private property and some connect with the extensive network of trails in Wells Gray Park.

Fishing

The Guesthouse property has considerable frontage on the Clearwater River, so guests can enjoy lots of private shoreline for fishing. It is a 1 hour walk past Moul Falls to the River. The river’s deep calm pools are home to Rainbow Trout and Dolly Varden. The Clearwater is a catch and release river with a bait ban and barbless hooks. The fishing season opens July 15. A British Columbia fishing licence must be purchased in advance. Chinook Salmon can be caught in August with a special licence. For more information contact the Fish & Wildlife regional office at 250-371-6200.

River Rafting

Rafting on the Clearwater River is a fun and exhilarating way to see its canyons and rapids. For river rafting excursions contact Interior Whitewater Expeditions at 1-800-661-RAFT (7238). Link tohttp://www.interiorwhitewater.bc.ca

Winter

Skiing

There is a variety of cross country ski trails, at your doorstep or within easy driving distance. We have designed several loops on the property which range from 20 minutes to three hours and cater to various skill levels. These trails are signed, but not groomed. Nearby in the Clearwater Valley, there are two networks of groomed trails maintained by the Wells Gray Outdoor Club. One near Dawson Falls has a 24-km loop over McLeod Hill and the other near Candle Creek has several shorter loops. A modest fee is charged for use of these trails if you are not a member of the club.

Snowmobiling

Snowmobiling is not permitted on the Guesthouse property, however an extensive network of snowmobile trails can be found on nearby Raft Mountain. There is a marked starting point about 15km south towards Clearwater on the main road.

Other Winter Sights

A winter visit to Helmcken Falls is a spectacular sight as it often builds an ice cone halfway up the falls. You can drive on a paved and ploughed road right to the falls. Helmcken is the 4th highest waterfall in Canada, plunging 141 metres. Moul Falls, a 30-minute ski from the Gateway Guesthouse, also builds an impressive ice cone at its base. Some great views can be enjoyed from the Birch Bluffs Rim Trail high above the Clearwater River. Wildlife watching is great in winter. About 10 moose spend the winter on the property and are often seen if you quietly ski or snowshoe. Conservation officers have reported seeing over 50 wolves in the area. A salt lick is near the Guesthouse and other animals such as deer may be seen there.