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Clearwater BC is a town 124 km north of Kamloops in British Columbia. Clearwater has a thriving tourism sector with the main attraction being Wells Gray Provincial Park.


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It is the largest community in the North Thompson Valley and has grown quickly to 2,300 people as of 2016.

Get in[edit]

By plane[edit]

Yellowhead Helicopters Ltd. is a privately-owned company providing commercial helicopter services to the public, industry and government.

By car[edit]

The Highway 5 (South Yellowhead Highway) passes through Clearwater. Highway 5 heads south to Clearwater from Jasper and Edmonton and north from Kamloops (about 1 hr 15 min by car).

By bus[edit]

  • Thompson Valley Charters, +1 877-769-3287. In partnership with Ebus, operates twice per week service between Kamloops and Edmonton with stops in Barriere, Little Fort, Clearwater, Avola, Blue River, Valemount, Mt. Robson, Jasper, Hinton, and Edson. Travel time to Clearwater from Kamloops is 1.75 hours, from Valemount is 2.25 hours, from Jasper is 3.5 hours, from Edson is 5.5 hours, and from Edmonton is 8 hours,.

By train[edit]

  • 1 VIA Rail Canada (Stops at Clearwater station, on south side of North Thompson River, across river from town, 2 km south of Yellowhead Highway 5), toll-free: +1-888-842-7245. Operates The Canadian up to three trips per week between Toronto and Vancouver with stops in both directions in medium to large cities and tourist destinations such as Sudbury, Winnipeg, Portage la Prairie, Saskatoon, Edmonton, Jasper, and Kamloops. This route can offer a scenic view of the Canadian Rockies, depending on the train schedule, as the train operates day and night. This service connects with another route that travels between Jasper and Prince Rupert. There are no amenities at Clearwater station.

Get around[edit]

Map of Clearwater (British Columbia)

By public transit[edit]

By taxi[edit]

By ride hailing[edit]

  • Uber.


  • Wells Gray Air Services Ltd. offers impressive flight over mountains, lakes, creeks and waterfalls within Wells Gray Park north of Clearwater.


  • Visit 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.
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 of the many waterfalls in the area or plan for a longer hike into the more remote locations.
  • Fishing is a popular activity in Clearwater, with many remote lakes in the area to test angling skills. Licenced guides are available.
  • If you prefer to enjoy the scenery from the water there is an abundance of lakes for canoeing.
  • A whitewater rafting tour down the Clearwater River is a must try. Three companies offer rafting services, each offering similar prices and tours. Of the three, Riverside Adventures tends to garner more positive reviews for its service and impeccable safety record.


  • Clearwater Travel Information Centre at 425 East Yellowhead Highway operates a gift shop and provides local history.
  • Watauga Village at 734 Clearwater Village Road has different kinds of gift stores including an art gallery inside Mei Mei's Cafe.


  • Hop 'n' Hog Tap & Smokehouse, 444 Clearwater Valley Rd., Clearwater, BC, +1 250 674-3654. 11AM–3PM, 5PM–close. Serves barbecue, fish, home-made bread, coffee
  • Strawberry Moose Snackery, 415 Eden Rd, Clearwater, BC (across from the information centre), +1 250-674-2123. M–F 5AM–4PM, Sa 8AM–4PM. Serves coffee, specialty ice cream, and fresh baked goods.
  • Double Dragon Restaurant, 125 Clearwater Station, +1 250-674-3434. Daily 11AM–9PM. Serves Chinese food.


The legal drinking age in British Columbia is 19.

  • Wells Gray Bar & Grill at 228 E. Yellowhead Hwy offers a variety of entertainment.
  • Mei Mei's Art Cafe at 734 Clearwater Village Road offers all kinds of shakes, organic coffee, loose tea and is licensed. This cafe has a patio with mountain views which made it a great place to have a drink in the afternoon or evening.


  • The Clearwater Lodge at 331 Eden Road offers modern rooms,

queen sized beds, fully equipped kitchenettes, cable TV, air conditioning, direct dial phones, balconies, scenic views, and laptop hookups. This is the only motel that has an indoor pool in the community.

  • Mystic Mountain Acres B&B at 1030 Bo Hill Place has three attractively decorated rooms. All rooms have a queen bed and private bathroom. If you want peace and quiet this is the place to stay with no interruptions.
  • 'Watauga Village B&B- at 734 Clearwater Village Road. All cabins are kitchenettes which make it handy to prepare some or all of your meals. Located on the property is a cafe, art gallery and stores.

There are other hotels, motels, bed and breakfasts, chalets, cabins, guest houses, and camp grounds within the community.

Go next[edit]

By plane - Yellowhead Helicopters Ltd. is a privately-owned company providing commercial helicopter services to the public, industry and government.

By car - The Yellowhead #5 highway passes through Clearwater.

The Yellowhead #5 highway heads north from Clearwater to Jasper and Edmonton and South to Kamloops (Approx 1.25 hr by car).

Routes through Clearwater
VancouverKamloops  W VIA Rail Canadian icon.png E  ValemountEdmonton
HopeKamloops  S BC-5 (Yellowhead).svg N  ValemountJasper via BC-16 (TCH).svg

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