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 Home > Travel BC > BC Cities and Towns > Thompson Okanagan > Clearwater

Clearwater is located 126 km (76 miles) north of Kamloops and 110 km (68 miles) south of Blue River on the Yellowhead Hwy 5.

Forestry and Railway
The economy of Clearwater has traditionally been centered on the forest industry especially with logging plus mining and the railway. Today eco-tourism has taken over and is very big especially with the close and easy approximation to Wells Gray Provincial Park.

'Gateway to Wells Gray Provincial Park'
Considered the 'Gateway to Wells Gray Provincial Park,' Clearwater can provide you with access into one of British Columbia's biggest provincial parks. Wells Gray Provincial Park also called 'The Waterfall Park,' is only 35 km (22 miles) away from Clearwater and makes an easy day trip to see some of the park's highlights.

Helmcken Falls
Helmcken Falls is the most famous waterfall in the park at 141 metres (463 feet) high making it the fourth largest waterfall in Canada. The nice thing about the Helmcken Falls is the viewing platform that is only a short walk from your vehicle and parking lot on a wheelchair-accessible trail.

Walking Trails
The other two famous falls, Spahats Trail or Dawson Falls, require short walks but the paths take you to some really impressive waterfalls. For longer treks, the hikes into areas such as the Flour Mill Crater or the Kostal Cone will show you nature's might as it shapes the water through old volcanic craters.

Natural Attractions
Wells Gray also contains a large amount of other natural attractions including mineral springs, extinct volcanoes, formed lava beds, glaciers, crystal clear lakes and very majestic mountain peaks. White-water rafting on the Clearwater River is a good way to see all this natural beauty.

Dutch Lake
For relaxation closer to Clearwater you have no farther to go than picturesque Dutch Lake which is situated right in town. For directions you can take Old North Thompson Hwy either over the Clearwater River or from near Hwy 5. Once at Dutch Lake, there is public park which has a swimming beach plus areas for fishing and boating.

Clearwater also has excellent fishing opportunities found on both sides of the North Thompson River with various lakes and rivers found in the area. Little Fort and the 'Fishing Highway,' Hwy 24 is only 31 km (19 miles) south on Hwy 5.

Backcountry Road Excitement
There are lots of other recreational outdoor things do in Clearwater including backroad adventure exploring with 4x4's, ATV's, quads, mountain bikes or motorcycles. The area is just full of forest service roads that lead to a lot of backcountry, all yours to discover. For white-water rafting, it doesn't get any better or more exciting than the Clearwater River.

Clearwater Community Ski Hill
There is a small ski and snowboard facility located near the community called Clearwater Ski Hill. The mountain features a new lodge, a 275 metres (900 feet) vertical of runs using a T-bar, lessons, equipment rentals and all at very reasonable price.

Clearwater has some excellent opportunities for you to enjoy going snowmobiling in the winter. One local called club called the 'Snow-Drifters' maintains a number of trails up Harp and Raft Mountains. Both mountains have very long seasons, lots of snow and elevations ranging from 1,200 to 2,250 metres (3900-7,400 feet) providing unbelievable views. Please telephone Ralph for information at (250) 674-3773.

Winter Activities
There are other excellent winter activities found here including snow shoeing, ice fishing, hunting, cross-country skiing and dog sledding. Clearwater has the North Thompson Sportplex where you can also find some hockey and curling spiels.

Mahood Lake
For getting out in the wilderness, another good spot to go is to Mahood Lake located west from Clearwater. Included in Wells Gray Provincial Park, Mahood Lake has a campground, great fishing, lots of peace and quiet plus easy trails to a number of waterfalls. To get here from Clearwater, you have to take a logging road so please prepare for heavy equipment and dust when driving.

Dunn Peak Provincial Park
Another provincial park that is close to Clearwater is Dunn Peak Provincial Park. Situated across the North Thompson River on the east side Dunn Peak offers spectacular views and great wildlife viewing opportunities. From Clearwater you can travel to the Flats and across the North Thompson River on Clearwater Station Road Bridge, then travel south on Dunn Lake Road.

RV Parks
There is a real good selection of RV parks to choose from in the Clearwater area. Two close ones from town are the, Dutch Lake Resort and RV Park and Dutch Lake Motel & RV Campground. Others like Star Lake Fishing Resort are 10 km (6 miles) from Clearwater but feature less noise from the city.

Clearwater Lake
If you would like to stay at Wells Gray Provincial Park, there are a number of vehicle-accessible campgrounds in which to stay. One favourite site is located at Clearwater Lake, 65 km (41 miles) from Clearwater. You can find a nice campground that makes for a great base camp if canoeing or kayaking further into Wells Gray. If you require full services, try the Wells Gray Golf Resort and RV Park.

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Road Map of clearwater and Hwy 5
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Helmcken Falls
Helmcken Falls


Spahats Falls Lookout
Spahats Falls Lookout


Dutch Lake
Dutch Lake


Clearwater River
Clearwater River


Clearwater Ski Hill
Clearwater Ski Hill


North Thompson River
North Thompson River


North Thompson River Bridge
North Thompson River Bridge


Dutch Lake Resort
Dutch Lake Resort


Dutch Lake Resort
Dutch Lake Resort


Clearwater Lake
Clearwater Lake

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