Cross-Country skiing (Dave Heath photo)
The area surrounding Clearwater has an extensive 85km/52mi network of groomed cross-country ski trails.
Half the trails are part of the Candle Mountain Trail System just north of Clearwater. Other trails – Blackwater, Stillwater, MacLeod Hill, and South Murtle – are located in Wells Gray Provincial Park. Backcountry skiing in the Trophy Mountains is also an option. Equipment rentals are available locally.
Candle Mountain Trail System
Candle Mountain Trail System’s skate and classic cross-country ski routes are just a short drive from Clearwater. Drive northeast on Highway 5 for a few minutes, turning left onto Cradle Creek Road. Continue uphill for about 3km/2mi, and turn right onto Barber Road. Ample parking space and log cabin with a woodstove marks the trailhead.