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Clearwater 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


By car


The Highway 5 (South Yellowhead Highway) passes through Clearwater. Highway 5 heads south to Clearwater from Jasper and Edmonton and north from Kamloops (about 1.25 hours by car).

By bus


By train

See also: Rail travel in Canada

Get around

Map of Clearwater (British Columbia)

By public transit


By taxi


By ride hailing

  • Uber.




  • 1 Little Hell's Gate Regional Park (about an 89 km drive northeast from Clearwater along Highway 5), toll-free: +1-877-377-8673. Has a viewing platform above the Little Hell’s Gate gorge, which the North Thompson River passes through. Open May to October.


  • 1 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. Wells Gray Provincial Park (Q540106) on Wikidata Wells Gray Provincial Park on Wikipedia
  • 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.








  • 1 Quality Inn & Suites, 360 Eden Rd, +1 250-674-3080. 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.
  • 2 Overlook Inn and Cabins, 734 Clearwater Village Rd, +1 250-674-0085. 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.
  • 3 Clearwater Valley Resort & Campground, 373 Clearwater Valley Road (Across from info centre), toll-free: +1-888-837-1161. Modern rooms and smaller bungalows all with 1 or two queen beds. Family rooms also available with kitchenettes. Outdoor swimming pool and mini-golf.



Go next

Routes through Clearwater
VancouverKamloops  W  E  ValemountEdmonton
HopeKamloops  S  N  ValemountJasper via

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