Clearwater, located 124 kilometers north
of Kamloops, is the largest community in the North Thompson
Valley. The community has recorded significant growth
in the past two decades.
The predominant industry in Clearwater is forestry with
the main species harvested being fir, spruce and pine.
Clearwater also has a thriving tourism sector with the
main attraction being Wells
Gray Provincial Park. The park encompasses 522,000
hectares, with five major lakes, two large river systems,
numerous spectacular waterfalls and countless prominent
topographical features. Wells Gray is known worldwide
for its incredible mountain scenery and hiking trails.
One of the most spectacular views is Helmcken Falls,
which plunges 141 meters down a narrow canyon.
Fishing is a popular activity in
Clearwater, with many remote lakes in the area to test
your angling skills. Try
it on your own or employ one of the many licenced guides
The many hiking trails, varying in
skill level from very easy to extremely challenging,
provide a healthy means for enjoying the abundant scenery
and wildlife which populate the North Thompson Valley. Enjoy
a short hike into one the many waterfalls in the area
or plan for a longer hike into the more remote locations.
If you prefer to enjoy the scenery from the water there
is an abundance of lakes for canoeing or try the thrill
of a whitewater rafting tour down the Clearwater River.
If you want an exciting outdoor adventure,
whether you enjoy fishing, hiking, canoeing, wildlife
watching or simply an escape from the hectic city life,
Clearwater is the destination of choice.