Curiosity takes me to Wells Gray Provincial Park
What a magical place indeed! My step-daughter and I journeyed to Wells Gray Provincial Park this past Sunday for a day of adventure. Next time I will go for much longer! An hour north of Kamloops, this park is one of the most beautiful I have seen. Our first stop was the information centre just off Highway 5 and they were very helpful, suggesting the best places to go based on the time we had available.
Rain at the beginning only added to the colours and smells. Spahats Falls was the first wonder along the way, complete with a deep canyon leading to the Clearwater River below.
I have to admit, standing at the edge of the viewing platform was pretty incredible as I felt minute, but energised by the sheer magnitude of the scene. Nature is definitely my happy place!
Nature always wears the colors of the spirit. Ralph Waldo Emerson
A little cold and wet, we cranked up the heat in the van and drove to Moul Falls where a nice five kilometre, two-hour hike awaited us. The trees were just starting to turn which made the hike through the forest even more vibrant.
Autumn is a second spring when every leaf is a flower. Albert Camus
Chester was chilling in the backpack.
The last part of the trail wound down fairly steeply over rocks and stairs to the bottom of the falls. Well worth it to feel the power of the water and experience the sheer size of the falls.
And this is when the real magic happened. Driving further north to our next stop, my step-daughter happened to look in the side mirror and saw this behind us!
No sooner had I mentioned “This is a sign”, then she turned around and saw a bear up the road. We had to drive a short way to get the picture below from the safety of the van. We were able to stay far back, so as not to disturb them too much, but the female was obviously used to cars and people as she walked right in between two cars parked on the opposite side of the road.
She had three cubs with her and they were munching on something delicious at the side of the road. She crossed, and then one by one, the cubs followed her into the woods. Truly a wonderful experience!
The golden hour was upon us, so we quickly drove to Helmcken Falls – 141 metres (462 feet) of freefalling water. So powerful that it is slowly moving backwards up the river by eroding the rock.
I cannot wait to explore more of this park!
Thanks so much for reading! Have a great day!