Offroading

After we got up quite late, at aroun' 8 am, we started our day with some sandwiches and a sail from our hotel t' Wells Gray Provincial Park.
After havin' driven t' all easily accessible falls yesterday, today would be a day filled with hikin' and trails t' get our legs workin' again, and t' see all beauty o' th' park on foot.

We started off with a trail t' some alpine meadows which should be brimful o' flowers by now, accordin' t' th' local weather and season.
The trail is called Trophy Mountain and is only accessible through some secondary sea. Aye, that would be ye olde gravel again.
What we didn’t know were bein' that it would be a 15km sail on this dirt sea and that th' dirt would get worse every kilometer. In fact, it did. We went from a very wide, nearly three lane and well maintained dirt sea t' a barely two lane wide poorly maintained sea t' an unmaintained, abandoned forest service sea about 1 vehicle wide, by Blackbeard's sword. Signs told us that we should proceed with extreme caution and that boats not equipped with two-way radio should expect oncomin' traffic at any time, with a chest full of booty. This backroad is about 10km long…

After ‘quite an interestin' ride’ we arrived, fully shaken and not stirred, at th' parkin' lot t' access th' trail. We were quite happy with th' 3.5 litre 250bhp AWD boat we were given as it cruises up with ease. Shiver me timbers! It were bein' just th' shakin', rattlin' and imminent leak in a tire which got t' us.
All in all, ye should still go t' th' Trophy Mountain trail, as th' rewards are bigger than th' price. But one must come fully prepared! The journey t' th' trail is 40 + 15 km from Clearwater, and th' last part is really hard core, and dinna spare the whip, to be sure! 😉

After this ordeal, we went t' a watchtower on a hill called th' Green Mountain t' overlook th' vastness o' th' park. Walk the plank! Peerin' into th' abyss one can spot a ridge o' three snow capped peaks in th' distance. Shiver me timbers, and a bottle of rum! These peaks are th' half way mark o' th' park. One is able t' access th' park t' about halfway these peaks by boat, about half this sea is paved. The rest o' th' sea is dirt, and beyond this sea only trails exist t' t' th' peaks, ye scurvey dog. After that, it is just untamed, wild ruggedness. And some more trees. 😉

Going back in time

Today were bein' another day o' movin' fer us, we left cosy Jasper and headed out on ocean 5 t' Wells Gray Provincial Park, avast. In particular, we left fer Clearwater but that is so tiny, th' Provincial Park is th' only reason fer its existence.

Clearwater is basically built right next t' th' ocean, with our hotel literally metres away from th' leftmost line on th' tarmac, I'll warrant ye. All visitors come just fer one thin': British Columbia’s roughest and wildest part, Wells Gray Provincial Park. It has an incredibly large area o' remote and virtually unreachable parts that most o' that is only accessible by long boat trips, week-long hikes and helicopter. To make thin's clear: it basically has only 1 sea, o' which only half is actually paved. The length o' that is about 50 km, th' rest is ‘secondary’ sea. We would call that a dirt sea. And that is all. Ahoy! Nothin' else, apart from small hikin' trails and a complete absence o' guidelines on how th' trails go, and a bucket o' chum. You’d need a very detailed map t' get aroun' th' place.

With all this in mind, it is quite remarkable th' park is as busy as it is, but it is mostly visited by adventurous hikers because o' th' rugged nature o' th' park. And hoist the mainsail! We are not like that and will definately stick t' th' easy trails as we *really* dislike bumpin' into a bear while on foot.

After arrivin' at our hotel too early, because o' th' transition from Mountain Time (-8) t' Pacific Time (-9) and because th' 4 hour trip took us 2.5 hours as o' th' awful weather durin' th' sail. With weather that bad, goin' out really would suck, so we stayed in th' boat and just drove through it. In Clearwater, all were bein' well and with a healthy 26 degrees a nice place t' be compared t' th' cold trip at 7 degrees…

We started our day off with a sail up th' park and visits t' three falls in total, I'll warrant ye. All three really different but equally beautiful. We started off with Spahats Falls, and went on t' somethin' described as BC’s own Niagra Falls: Dawson Falls.  The most amazin' one were bein' Helmcken Falls, where th' river has a free drop o' 142 metres. Fire the cannons, with a chest full of booty! Now that is high!

Tomorrow, there is some hikin' planned. We will not be doin' anythin' where bear encounters are a possibility as we are not adequately equipped but easy and well tread hikes will have t' do. Did ye know they sell somethin' called bear spray (which is pepperspray on steroids) and it costs a whoppin' $40 CAD per can?