Clearwater (population: 4,000) combines an enthusiasm for outdoor adventure with a deep respect for the area's natural surroundings, and rich culture and history.
In summer, fish, hike, golf, kayak, or whitewater raft. Cross-country skiing and downhill skiing are great winter options.
Year round, wildlife viewing and bird watching is spectacular at nearby Wells Gray Provincial Park, which also offers a campground and backcountry camping.
Wells Gray Provincial Park's network of hiking trails, which traverse the 3,100ha/7,660ac Clearwater River Corridor, range in difficulty from easy to advanced. Highlight trails include the route to Mahood Lake and the easy-to-moderate trek to the Trophy Mountains meadows (especially in July when alpine flowers bloom). Helmcken Falls Rim Trail (5km/3mi), infrequently used but easily found, snakes behind the iconic falls offering a spectacular rare view.