Wells Gray Provincial Park is a large wilderness park located in east-central British Columbia, Canada. The park protects most of the southern, and highest, regions of the Cariboo Mountains, covers 5,250 square kilometres and is British Columbia’s fourth largest park.
Exploring the Waterfalls of Wells Gray Park
Wells Gray has something to offer every outdoor interest: lush alpine meadows, excellent birding and wildlife viewing opportunities; hiking for every ability as well as canoeing and kayaking. I have been to Wells Gray Provincial Park many times over the past few years and still haven’t come close to visiting all of the waterfalls or hiking all to the trails in the park.
If you are planning a trip to Wells Gray I recommend picking up the book – Exploring Wells Gray Park by Roland Neave.
As BC’s fourth largest park, Wells Gray is a prime place to do some exploring and this extensive guide is perfect to find all the trails, lakes, campgrounds and access routes. It includes information about the remote northern area of the park, and detailed descriptions with GPS data for 48 trails. There is also in-depth guides to canoeing Murtle Lake, climbing Garnet Peak, and exploring Trophy Mountain. The book also includes 250 photos and 12 maps.
The book is available from Amazon – https://amzn.to/2LLXVUV
Waterfalls of Wells Gray Park
Wells Gray is known as ‘Canada’s Waterfall Park’ and is home to 39 named waterfalls! Here is a list of all the named Waterfalls in the park along with their drop in metres. I have included pictures and videos of the waterfalls I have visited in the park below.
Bailey’s Chute 10m
Candle Creek 10m
Coal Creek 40m
Falls Creek 4m
Horseshoe 6m & 10m
Second Canyon 15m
Third Canyon 8 and 10m
Triple Decker 60m
The most famous and largest waterfall in Wells Gray Park is Helmcken Falls. The Murtle river drops 141 m (463 ft) into a massive canyon Helmcken Falls is the fourth highest waterfall in Canada, measured by total straight drop without a break.
A short paved side road from the main Wells Gray Park road leads to Helmcken Falls. A viewing platform on the rim of the canyon provides an amazing panorama of the falls and canyon.
This waterfall is found right in the Wells Gray Park Campground and occurs at the outlet of Clearwater Lake.
Only accessible by boat Rainbow Falls plunges 20m almost directly into Azure Lake in the Wells Gray Provincial Park.
Another waterfall in Wells Gray Park that is only accessible by boat is Lifely Falls. Just a short hike from a stop along Clearwater Lake will take you to the falls.