After a late night smokey arrival, it really was not surprise to wake up to minimal visibility across the township of Kamloops.
As we started to make our way out of Kamloops, some of the smoke haze was lifting, and Rodger has us doing some more random roadside stops.
We stopped for a food/comfort stop at the beautiful North Thompson River Provincial Park located just off Highway 5 and situated at the confluence of the Clearwater and North Thompson Rivers. Little did we know that we would spend most of the day traversing the North Thompson River.
(North Thompson River Video)
From North Thompson River PP, we headed to Wells Gray Provincial Park, where we proceeded to lose several hours chasing waterfalls, hiking in the glorious sunshine and turning a 5 hour trip into about 12 hours – we’re getting pretty good at this! Thank goodness its summer and daylight is almost endless 🙂
Wells Gray Provincial Park protects most of the southern, and highest, regions of the Cariboo Mountains, covers 5,250 square kilometers (524,990 hectares or 1.3 million acres) and is British Columbia’s fourth largest park. So there was plenty of space to lose time in.
Our first stop was Dawson Falls, is one of seven waterfalls on the Murtle River.
Our next stop was Helmcken Falls is a 141 m (463 ft) waterfall and is the fourth highest waterfall in Canada, measured by total straight drop without a break.
A quick stop at the Murtle river bend at Majerus Farm.
We then headed up the dirt track – yay – to Green Mountain Lookout.
Next stop – Spahats Falls is a 60 m (197 ft) tall waterfall on Spahats Creek where it drops into the Granite Canyon of the Clearwater River.
By now the afternoon was well and truly behind us with dinner time fast approaching, and we were still quite some distance from our destination – Jasper.
With so much more still available to explore, we reluctantly left Wells Gray PP behind us and headed back to the highway.
As sunset was approaching, we rounded the bend and saw a sign for Rearguard Falls, we pulled into the carpark thinking we would probably need to give it a miss, it was after all 8.20pm and sunset was 8.30pm and the sign said 30 minute walk.
We looked at each other, looked at the car, nahhh, lets do it! We jogged our way along the path and as we the falls came into view we stopped dead in our tracks. We had no idea what we were going to see, but we certainly didn’t expect the sight in front of us.
We were blown away, and boy was that jog worth it!!!
The falls located in Rearguard Falls Provincial Park on the Fraser River about 115 km (71 mi) downstream from the river’s source at Fraser Pass.
With sunset upon us and the light starting to fade we grabbed a few final shots before making our way back to the carpark, where the light on the mountains was just beautiful.
By now it was dark and we really needed to make tracks for Jasper!