Clearwater & Azure Lakes
Starting at the Blue Grouse Country Inn this eight day adventure trip is the ultimate way to explore the lake and mountain backcountry of this fascinating wilderness area. After detailed instructions we climb into our canoes at the south end of Clearwater Lake we paddle all the way up to the short portage into Azure Lake. Our final destination is the rainforest at Rainbow Falls with its adjacent sandy beach campground at the east end of this lake. All this time we camp on sandy beaches and enjoy the sunsets and spectacular views of the surrounding majestic Cariboo Mountains with countless waterfalls rumbling down the steep rocky slopes. We hike Huntley Call trail, have some swift water fun running the short stretch of Clearwater River into Clearwater Lake and return to the Blue Grouse Country Inn on day eight in the afternoon.
Arrival at the Blue Grouse Country Inn at 09.45 a.m. After meeting your guide at 9.45 and loading the vehicle we drive to Green Mountain Viewing tower overlooking the southern part of Wells Gray Park. We continue on to visit Dawson Falls and do an enjoyable easy walk into Ray Farm, the first pioneer settlement. After lunch at the Clearwater River we continue on to Clearwater Lake. There our guide will give us a detailed introduction into paddling techniques and environmental ethics before we paddle our canoes for 3 hours to a beautiful camp setting, where we will set up camp for the night.
Today we paddle north to the end of Clearwater Lake and reach the mouth of Clearwater River where we will paddle upstream for about 30 minutes until we reach the starting point of the portage. We now have to carry the gear and equipment across the approximately one kilometer long trail to Azure Lake. It will take us approximately two hours to unload, carry all equipment across and reload the canoes. Another short paddle will bring us to our camp for the night.
After a good night’s rest and a hearty breakfast we will have easily handle the paddle of four hours along the south shore of Azure Lake to our campsite at Rainbow Falls. Azure, as its name reveals, is a glacier-fed lake of deep blue color. We paddle along spectacular cliffs and snow capped peaks, and have spectacular views of the many small streams cascading over cliffs into the lake. We will camp for the next two nights on the sandy beaches at Rainbow Falls.
This day we can use to relax, paddle to the mouth of Azure River and a little ways upstream to look for wildlife, have an opportunity to fish and take an interpretive walk through the old-growth forest to the base of the falls.
After breakfast we take down camp and load our canoes.. We then paddle across the lake and down the north end until we reach "Four and a Half Mile" camp. We set up our tents and stay for two nights.
This morning we invite you to join us for a hike up the Huntley Col trail. This is a challenging hike but the steep ascend will be rewarded by breathtaking vistas of the Caribou Mountain Range. Non-hikers are welcome to relax on the sandy beach, go for a swim or practice their canoeing skills.
After a leisurely morning we pack up camp and prepare for the swift water run down the Clearwater River into Clearwater Lake. This is a fun and safe river run, which gives the now experienced canoeist a feel for moving water. We camp on the west shore for the night.
Reluctantly we leave the mountains behind us and paddle down the lake to the canoe wharf at the southern end. We pack our gear into the van and head back to Blue Grouse Country Inn. If we find time we walk down to Bailey's Chute to see the Salmon jump(Aug/Sep), and stop in at Helmcken Falls. We arrive back at approx. 05.00 p.m.
!! Gratuity is mandatory in North America and a minimum of $ 10.00 per day per adult should be handed to the guide at the end of the tour, please !!
Turn off Highway # 5 in Clearwater (122 km north of Kamloops, B.C.) at the Tourist Information Centre and follow the road to Wells Gray Park for 25 km and then turn left at the sign "Blue Grouse Country Inn".
Our groups are guided by a fully qualified leader and are designed for beginners. We still require you to be in average body condition and reasonably fit, open minded to improvisation and to have a general feeling to getting along with a group. Your guide will assist wherever possible but active participation in camp life is expected. Please be aware that due to weather or road conditions, logistical necessities and group consent the itineraries can be altered by either the management or the guide.
The group usually consists of a minimum of four and a maximum of eleven participants.
We mostly prepare our food with fresh ingredients, healthy and plentiful. We do serve tea, coffee, hot chocolate, iced tea, fruit beverages and various juices, but no alcoholic beverages. Any dietary requirements have to be advised at time of reservation. A surcharge may apply if certain specialty diets are required which may have to be ordered from out of town distributors.
For our summer program one group organizer or tour guide is invited to join the adventure trip complimentary per 10 paying customers. In lieu of a complimentary trip groups of 10 or more can take a 10% price reduction per person. Group reductions do not apply to any advertised "Specials". For groups of 25 or more please contact us for a special quotation. We can also package special tailored itineraries.
To confirm your final reservation we do require your postal mailing address and a Visa or Mastercard Number, expiry date and the full name of the Cardholder. If you do prefer not to send these details via e-mail please phone us at 1 866 Canoe BC or 250 674 4070 or fax us at 250 674 0215.
After receiving this information a confirmation will be sent to you by e-mail, fax or postal mail service which will include a Credit Card authorization to be returned with your signature.
At time of reservation we will deduct one third of the purchase price including taxes. The balance of the payment will be deducted from your credit card thirty days prior to your arrival date if we did not receive a cheque or money order in Canadian funds by that time.
In case of Cancellation we will keep a $ 50.00 administration fee per person and refund the rest of your deposit up to 31 days prior to your arrival date. Cancellations received 30 days or less prior to arrival the full amount unfortunately will be forfeited as by then the trip is guaranteed to other participants and we calculate on certain average participation numbers.
We do recommend to purchase travel and cancellation insurance. All our trips are suitable for adventurous beginners, but they are still considered high risk activities by insurance companies. All participants have to sign a waiver of liability and release of all claims which is required and designed by the insurance company covering our liability insurance. We highly recommend for you to take out additional insurance covering property loss, loss of income, personal injury, permanent disability and death.