Clearwater, the “Gateway to Wells Gray Park”, is situated in the North Thompson Valley, 134 kilometers north of Kamloops on the Yellowhead Highway #5. As a gateway to Wells Gray, Clearwater serves as a centre providing to both its own residents and the travelling public. Clearwater is a thriving community with an economy based in forestry and tourism, with tourism experiencing significant growth as travelers from around the world flock to the wilderness that surrounds the community.
Summer attractions abound in the District of Clearwater and surrounding area and includes white water rafting, hiking the multitude of trails in the area, visiting the Farmers Market, attending summer festivals and swimming in the “jewel” of the community, Dutch Lake or fishing on Clearwater’s multitude of lakes.
Winter attractions in the District of Clearwater includes a myriad of activities such as Nordic, cross-country and downhill skiing as well as snowmobiling, snowshoeing and ice fishing. Clearwater’s North Thompson Sportsplex has hosted a variety of Provincial Minor Hockey Tournaments as well as adult men and women’s tournament during hockey season. The facility also hosts an Annual Girls Hockey Jamboree which bring in girls of all ages province wide for a weekend of hockey fun.
The Clearwater Ski Hill although small is a great location when the snow flies, kids and adults alike flock to the hill for a day of skiing and socializing. Over the years, it has grown into a perfect family activity that includes a fast T-bar, runs for all abilities, and a cozy lodge. The operations of the hill are done by a board of volunteer directors whose objectives are to make local skiing accessible and affordable.
And don’t forget about exploring Wells Gray Park and all its attractions, go to www.wellsgray.ca to discover the wonders you can find on your trip into the world class Wells Gray Provincial Park.