Clearwater is a small town located in British Columbia, Canada, around 1.5 hours from Kamloops and 2 hours from the incredible Shuswap Lakes. If you are driving down Highway 5 and looking for a pitstop, or you’re looking to just enjoy some of the beauty that BC has to offer, Clearwater is a great choice. Here are the top 5 things you have to do in Clearwater, BC!
1. Visit the Farmers Market
The Clearwater Farmers Market happens every Saturday in the town from 9-12 pm. This is your chance to get some incredible fruit, locally sourced honey and spreads, or some amazing homemade objects.
2. Spend a Day in Wells Gray Provincial Park
Clearwater is known as the gateway to Wells Gray Provincial Park, so if you’re in the area, this is one of the things you have to do in Clearwater, BC. Spend half a day here exploring the incredible waterfalls of Wells Gray Provincial Park, spend a full day by adding a hike into the itinerary, or camp and spend even longer!
Pictured: Spahats Falls & Helmcken Falls
3. Swim in Dutch Lake
Dutch Lake is a beautiful lake to swim in. There’s a nice big dock that is perfect for jumping off of, the water is incredible and so clean, and there is a ton of space on the sand/grass around the lake to hand out on too!
A lot of visitors swim, bring their SUP, or kayak on this lake. Check out Dutch Lake for a refreshing dip on a hut summers day if you’re in Clearwater, BC.
Note: Changerooms and washrooms are available free of charge
4. White Water Raft in Clearwater River
BC is home to incredible rivers and incredible views, which makes it a beautiful place to go white water rafting! You can book half-day, full-day, or multi-day trips to admire the beauty of the mountains in a super unique way!
5. Get Icecream at the Strawberry Moose
The icecream at Strawberry Moose is delicious, and their “one scoop” is so big I had trouble finishing it! The building itself is lovely too: a log cabin style with beautiful flowers and picnic tables outside to enjoy your snacks. (They sell coffee and baked goods too!).
6. BONUS: Day trip to Mount Robson Provincial Park or Hike the Berg Lake Trail
Mount Robson Provincial Park is around 2.5 hours from Clearwater, and is the perfect day trip! If you’re searching for more nature and mountain views, Mount Robson Park is the perfect place to spend some time. Mount Robson is the tallest mountain in the Canadian Rockies, and you are considered extremely lucky if you happen to see the very top (and not just a bunch of clouds around the tip!).
This provincial park is also home to the Berg Lake Trail – a popular hike (typically multi-day hike) located in the park. It can get very busy on this trail, and you can do only part of the hike to make it a day hike if you don’t have the time to do the whole trail.
Clearwater, BC is a beautiful place to visit in Canada. My favourite thing to do from this list is definitely visiting Wells Gray Provincial Park, because I am a sucker for nature and waterfalls! Let me know what your favourite thing to do in Clearwater is, or if you are feeling inspired to visit!
Hopefully, this list of 5 things you have to do in Clearwater, BC helped you out with planning or adventure and trip inspiration! Stay safe and have fun!
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