Manager for Tourism Wells Gray, Stephanie Molina, shows off the new Winter in Wells Gray pocket guides, which detail seasonal activities around Clearwater and Wells Gray Park. Photo submitted

New guide promotes winter fun

Guides focus on easily accessible winter experiences in the area

Tourism Wells Gray (TWG) recently released the first ever pocket guide promoting winter activities around Clearwater and Wells Gray Park, in effort to shine light on some of the seasonal attractions in the area.

Titled Winter in Wells Gray, the guides mainly focus on existing winter experiences that are easy to access, as well as established winter tours in Wells Gray Park.

“The pocket guides are part of our larger effort to encourage winter tourism in Clearwater and Wells Gray,” said Stephanie Molina, manager for TWG.

“We find that our year round guide is big, great and really good at encouraging a lot of our non-winter activities, but we found we needed something that was going to be a little more detailed and handy for any visitors looking to come in the winter.”

An example of the winter activities contained in the pocket guide include the winter waterfall tour, which is a self-guided tour people can easily take by car and offers winter views of popular local waterfalls like Helmcken Falls, which is the fourth tallest in Canada, Dawson Falls, Mushbowl Falls, Spahats Creek Falls and Moul Falls.

Some other activities mentioned are snowshoeing, hiking and cross country skiing in Candle Creek and North Thompson River Provincial Park.

“Because the visitors centre is closed in the winter, people still need relevant information and the guide includes an infographic map on the back that has what’s open and accessible for winter in the park, which is obviously a bit more limited than in the summer,” Molina said.

“It’ll give them a better sense of what there is to do because people might even think the park is closed in the winter, which it’s not.”

The Winter in Wells Gray pocket guides are available at most large accommodations in Clearwater as well as local gas stations, retail businesses and the North Thompson Sportsplex.

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