Things to Do
CHOOSE YOUR OWN ADVENTURE
Perfectly situated within close proximity to many of BC’s most highly regarded wilderness parks and playgrounds, Alpine Meadows boasts an infinite number of possibilities for eco-fun and adventure in remote settings like Wells Gray Provincial Park.
Within our resort you will find as much activity or relaxation opportunities as you crave. Perhaps you want to fish on Hallamore Lake or go for a hike on one of the trails. The kids will enjoy the giant chess game and everyone will enjoy an evening socializing while going over the day’s events.
THINGS TO DO IN CLEARWATER & NORTH THOMPSON OKANAGAN
Should you wish to explore our greater region the North Thompson Okanagan, there is so much to do to keep you busy. The question isn’t ‘What to Do?‘ but rather ‘How to do it All?!‘
Outdoor Adventure Activity Awaits
With 50 trout-stocked lakes within a one-hour drive of Clearwater, this part of beautiful British Columbia is a fisherman’s dream.
If you’d like to cast for your dinner, you can fish right here at Alpine Meadows Resort. Hallamore Lake produces a good number of rainbow trout. Fishing licenses and boat rentals are available at the resort.
If you would like to venture further, you may wish to try fly fishing on the Clearwater River or spend some time angling on Dutch Lake and Dunn Lake. Rivers like the Mahood, North Thompson and Clearwater are also excellent fishing locations. Whether you choose to take a guided fishing excursion or go at it on your own, with so many rivers and lakes in the area, you are sure to find your perfect fishing spot.
Featured Fishing Excursions:
Little Fort Fly & Tackle – Little Fort is the centre for some of the best flyfishing in North America, with hundreds of quality lakes and several pristine rivers in the area. Little Fort Fly & Tackle provides guided trips including a full day flyflishing, transportation, a packed lunch and any tackle you may need. Rates starting from $450. Advance notice is required. Please call 250.677.4366 or email [email protected].
Silent Sport Guided Fly Fishing – If you would like to refine your fishing skills or would like to visit the hottest fishing spots for Rainbow Trout, Dolly Varden Char or Salmon, we recommend signing up for a guided fishing excursion with Silent Sport Guided Fly Fishing. Clearwater, BC, 250.674.2557.
Another Fish-related Adventure:
Clearwater Trout Hatchery – Fishing enthusiasts will want to be sure to visit the Clearwater Trout Hatchery. It is open daily for visitors during the summer. The hatchery stocks over 330 lakes and releases approximately 300 million fish per year. It makes for a great place to visit for any fish enthusiast!
40 Old North Thompson Highway East, Clearwater, BC, 250.674.2580.
At the end of a great day in the great outdoors, guests are welcome to relax in our expansive outdoor hot tub. But, for those looking to cool off during the day, there are plenty of swimming spots located within the natural environment of the area.
Spend the day at the resort and swim in beautiful Hallamore Lake.
Or if you are exploring Wells Gray provincial park, bring along your swim suit and you may decide to take a dip in an area lake or river.
Top swimming locations include:
- Clearwater and Azure Lakes
- Mahood Lake offers 220 m of beach
- Spahats Creek
- Moul Falls located within Wells Gray Park
- Other lakes, rivers, waterfalls and streams along the corridor
Many of the rivers, streams and lakes may be cold year-round and life-guards are not on duty at parks and beaches.
Canoeing & Kayaking
Canoeing & Kayaking in Clearwater BC
The options are numerous and varied if you are looking to partake in any sort of local paddling adventure. Alpine Meadows Resort offers canoes, kayaks and rowboats for those wishing to explore Hallamore Lake.
For even more adventure, you will find plenty of BC’s scenic Kayaking and Canoeing opportunities awaiting you at nearby Wells Gray Park. Try paddling one of the park’s many pristine lakes and rivers including Clearwater, Mahood, Hobson, Azure and Murtle. Murtle Lake happens to be the largest, non-motorized, paddle-only lake in North America! This gorgeous eco-friendly lake is well worth a visit.
Other popular spots include the Clearwater River and Elmar Lake.
Featured Canoeing & Kakaking Excrusions:
If you are not bringing along your own Kayak or Canoe, or would like to take in the lakes and rivers with a guide, we recommend :
Bring along your mountain bike because there is plenty of terrain for your to explore all around the Resort and in the nearby provincial parks.
Well-marked mountain biking trails like Whitehorse Bluffs and Gates Creek can be found close to Clearwater.
Gates Creek is a multi-use trail (ATV, Horseback Riding, Biking) that runs above the Clearwater River Road. The lower section has a moderate grade with some short steep pitches and can be done in either direction, depending on the desired workout.
Stillwater Trail is located at the entrance to Wells Gray Park. Stillwater, McLeod, Murtle and Blackwater trails all join this loop.
Featured Mountain Biking Excursion:
Single Track Adventures – offers 2.5 hour, half day and full-day mountain bike adventures in Clearwater and Wells Gray Park.
A highlight for adventure seekers visiting Clearwater and Wells Gray area is taking part in a river rafting expedition.
Whether you want to really get your adrenaline flowing with a Grade 5 rapid, or are looking for a peaceful downstream float, there is a river rafting adventure for everyone. Have the time of your life riding some of the biggest and best rapids in British Columbia.
Featured River Rafting Excursions:
Interior Whitewater Expeditions
Interior Whitewater Expeditions offers Whitewater Rafting and Family Rafting Trips. Most adventures take place on the Clearwater River in the pristine wilderness of Wells Gray Provincial Park. With a keen eye for safety, Interior Whitewater Expeditions is a great choice for your rafting adventure.
Interior Whitewater Expeditions offers a variety of rafting packages. From easy family – friendly floats to heart pounding thrills through Sabertooth Canyon, you can white-knuckle or relax as you enjoy the breathtaking scenery of the Clearwater River in Wells Gray Park.
Ask about packages that include a buffet-style lunch!
The untouched wilderness of the area is a haven for birds. Birdwatchers will want to bring binoculars for a closeup view of a variety of birds, including:
- Grey jays
In fact, over 250 birds have been recorded around the Wells Gray area! You will be extremely lucky if you spot a black-crowned night-heron or Northern Mockinbird. Also rare to spot are many of Wells Gray’s owls, ducks and sandpipers that pass through during migration.
For a fun bird-watching challenge, print out the Wells Gray bird watching checklist and see how many you can spot.
A great way to enjoy the scenic hills and beauty of Clearwater and Wells Gray is while on a horseback riding adventure.
When you are riding a horse through the scenic and natural vistas of the area, you can really discover the true meaning of outdoor natural adventure.
Featured Horseback Riding Vacation Excursions:
Vavenby Trail Rides
Located at The Shook Ranch in nearby Vavenby BC
Enjoy a guided horseback ride on a scenic working cattle ranch. Children, novice rides and experienced riders are all welcome. Prices start at $30 for a one hour ride. Or enjoy a River Ride for three hours and lunch for $85. A Hilltop Ride for four hours with lunch is $115. For a full day adventure try the super ride for $125. For a unique ranch experience, ask about a roundup ride where you can help move cattle to fresh pastures on the ranch.
Vavenby Trail Rides is open from spring until late fall. The Shook Family Ranch is located 30 minutes north of Clearwater and 45 minutes south of Blue River. It is an easy drive from the scenic Yellowhead Highway #5. Please call 250.676.9598 and make us part of your horseback riding vacation.
Trophy Mountain Buffalo Ranch
Enjoy a scenic guided horseback adventure to Moul Falls. The three hour trip takes you along the Clearwater River and then down to Moul Creek where you can have a break, stretch your legs and walk down to the falls. Whether you are a beginner or a seasoned rider, all are welcome to enjoy the trip. Children must be at least 10 years old to join a guided trip. Prices start at $50 for a 1.5 hour trip or $70 for a 3 hour trip. Rides leave at 10 a.m. and 2 p.m. Please call 250-674-3095 in advance to book your ride. The ranch is open from June to September.
Experience a true thrill by enjoying an excursion through Grizzly Bear Valley, right in the heart of the world’s only inland rainforest.
While you may be lucky to spot a bear while wandering through the beautiful nature surrounding Alpine Meadows Resort and Wells Gray Provincial Park, you will find yourself truly awed when you embark on a guided bear watching adventure.
Featured Wildlife Viewing Excursion:
River Safari – Blue River BC – 1.877.494.5322
The River Safari is a unique and awe-inspiring ONE AMAZING HOUR ride through the picturesque Monashee Mountains of BC. Whether you are a seasoned adventurer looking for a thrill of a lifetime, or not quite used to such daring activity, the safaris offered by River Safari are accessible and safe for all ages and abilities.
Enjoy a guided boat voyage where you will search for bear, moose, eagle and osprey. It is an incredible opportunity to observe BC wildlife without the constraints of gates and cages.
River Safari is open daily from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. from May 15 until Oct. 1st.
Hiking & Sightseeing
Explore Wells Gray and Clearwater on your own two feet. Hiking is a great way to see all the area has to offer. Whether you are looking for an easy hike the whole family can enjoy or are seeking more adventure, there are plenty of trails for you to enjoy.
In fact, Wells Gray offers some of the best hiking trails in all of British Columbia.
There are numerous easy trails within the Park. You can download hiking maps or drop by the Visitor Centre for a free map. http://www.env.gov.bc.ca/bcparks/explore/parkpgs/wells_gry/
For those looking for more challenge, there are many trails within the park which can take up to a full day to complete. Some loop through forests but most will lead you into the alpine. Try a hike that winds up Raft Peak, The Trophy Mountain Alpine Meadows.
Hiking Guides and Outfitters:
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