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Clearwater Lake & Ray Falls – Wells Gray Park

Clearwater Lake, Wells Gray Park. Beautiful, jaw dropping, dramatic, shockingly safe (as far as adventuring goes), yet slightly unaccessible unless you have a boat. So let me first give a shameless shout-out and tell you about Clearwater Lake Boat tours and the wonderfullness that they are! Family operated, a day boat tour to waterfalls and rainbows (who wouldn’t want this?!?), or the ability to rent your own canoe,  a great cafe (their cake is to die for), and the charismatic Ray Jones is the cherry on top! And the thing about Ray and the rest of the Clearwater Lake Crew is that they have explored some super random and wonderful places all around Clearwater Lake. So for the summer solstice Angus, Ray and I went on a mission to check out the secret Ray Falls. June camping in the mountains can always a be a bit dramatic, but while camping at Bar View Campground we saw at least a dozen storms roll through the valley over Mount Huntley… dramatic sky photos, yep we got those!! We arrived in the morning, “set sail”, setup camp, and headed out to Ray Gully. A bit of a scramble as it’s not a set trail, but this gully has all sorts of neat features: Lush greenery, mini waterfalls, and caves; or really large rocks all piled on top of each other creating holes to crawl through. Arriving at the falls is nothing short of spectacular: Certainly not as large as the Wells Gray classics like Helmcken and Spahats, but as you pop out of a tunnel and see the falls it is every bit as awe inspiring! The lush green around it and the tunnels you go through to get there makes it very much an interactive waterfall – My favourite!
Back at camp that evening we watched the storms roll through over Mount Huntley, “hung out” by the fire in hammocks, and of course busted out the Red Sheet for some #RedSheetSeries photos – starting to add guys to this series! Weeooo!!

To those of you now wanting to go find this hidden gem in Wells Gray Park, I suggested going to Clearwater Lake, ordering a meal at the Osprey Cafe, and chatting up Ray Jones and the gang. You will either receive directions to the secret location or at least get super excited about the area around Clearwater Lake and Azure Lake.

I always love exploring these hidden gems, but the fact that this one was right in my backyard was pretty much the best thing ever. Thanks Ray for the excursion! Angus and I are scheming a hike up Huntley Col, and Wells Grays tallest peak Garnet Mountain, maybe sometime this autumn so brace yourself!! ….. people have said that Mount Huntley is the equivalent to hiking three of the Grouse Grinds in Vancouver, who’s in??

 

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Clearwater Lake Boat Tours (follow their Instagram here!)
Clearwater Lake, Wells Gray Park, Clearwater BC, Canada

 

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Mount Huntley in all its might!!

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Bar View Campground – Clearwater Lake, Wells Gray Park. Lakeside, sandy beach, with mountain views….Perfect?? I think so!!

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Mount Huntley dreaming!!

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Ray Jones – Pretty much always smiling.

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So, who’s ready for a hike up Huntley Col??

Wells Gray Photographer Holly Louwerse Photography at Clearwater Lake BC

Holly Louwerse Photography 2017
www.HollyLouwerse.com
Clearwater Lake Boat Tours (follow their Instagram here!)
Clearwater Lake, Wells Gray Park, Clearwater BC, Canada

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