Autumn is an excellent time to visit Alpine Meadows and Wells Gray Provincial Park.
With more than 5200 untouched acres to explore, there’s no excuse not to get outside during this colourful and uncrowded season.
The air has turned crisp, and the weather is perfect for hiking in the Cariboos. The incredible autumn reds and golds mingle with the ancient evergreens, offering a spectacular reward for your efforts!
The big waterfalls are still running strong, too, and look stunning with the curtain of autumn colours. Hiking paths are still clear, which means a short trek behind Moul Falls or a longer haul up to Helmcken Falls will both be worthwhile.
If unspoiled surroundings and solitude are your calling, the lakes and rivers of Wells Gray will prove to be just your speed in the Fall. Paddle away your stresses surrounded by the dramatic peaks, towering evergreens, rich fall foliage and the golden sunshine and gentle hush that define this time of year.
Wildlife spotting is a big draw this season, as well. The Park’s Grizzlies and black bears are preparing for hibernation, and are out and about, focused on filling their bellies (always be bear smart and never, ever get close!). Many of the birds have started their southern migration, and the wide variety of animals (deer, moose, wolves and more) that make their homes in the Park are all still active. Remember to be respectful of the animals’ space and safety when viewing them!
We love this time of year at Alpine Meadows — it’s why we stay open to guests through October. Enjoy an early morning fishing on the lake, a refreshing swim, or a day of adventure in Wells Gray Park, then cap it off with an incredible meal at the Boathouse Restaurant. And we can’t think of a better way to recount the day’s adventures than around a toasty fire on a crisp Fall night!
The leaves may be changing, but there’s still plenty of time to come and enjoy the quiet beauty of this area this season.