Wells Gray Park: This immensely powerful waterfall can make a 200-foot snow cone

The raging Murtle River hurtles over Helmcken Falls in Wells Gray Park. (Black Press Media file photo)The raging Murtle River hurtles over Helmcken Falls in Wells Gray Park. (Black Press Media file photo)
The raging Murtle River hurtles over Helmcken Falls in Wells Gray Park. (Black Press Media file photo)The raging Murtle River hurtles over Helmcken Falls in Wells Gray Park. (Black Press Media file photo)
Helmcken Falls in winter, when a 200-foot snow cone can form. This photo was shot from behind the water fall. (Don Ehman/Black Press Media file photo)Helmcken Falls in winter, when a 200-foot snow cone can form. This photo was shot from behind the water fall. (Don Ehman/Black Press Media file photo)

Helmcken Falls is one of the most powerful falls on earth, and, simply put, it is one of the most beautiful falls in North America.

Located at Wells Gray Park, Helmcken Falls is on the raging Murtle River and is one of 41 named falls in the park.

“Pictures really do not do this waterfall justice, as there is no way to convey the true power and volume of water spilling off the cliff,” says worldwaterfalldatabase.com, and we agree.

Mist from the hurtling water often sparkles in the air, and during the area’s frigid winters, a snow-cone 200-feet tall can develop.

Wells Gray Park is a massive wilderness area in British Columbia’s Thompson-Okanagan region, about mid-way between Jasper and the Okanagan Valley.

It is B.C.’s fourth-largest provincial park and activities in this massive area (it’s 1.3 million acres) include skiing, fishing, whitewater rafting and kayaking, canoeing, mountain biking, paragliding, wildlife viewing, golf, hiking and much more.

At the time this article was posted, all parks in B.C. closed due to the COVID-19 crisis. However, as you plan your future adventure, check this website for current conditions.

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