Wilderness Wells Gray
“Of what avail are forty freedoms without a blank spot on the map?”— Aldo Leopold
On the map, Wells Gray Provincial Park is a large green spot centred on the Clearwater Valley of east-central British Columbia. On the ground, at 540,000 ha, it is a magnificent wilderness preserve – as large as, or larger than, one in every five nations on earth.
Wells Gray is essentially a wilderness park. Every year, thousands of visitors from around the world come to peer inward at that wilderness. We have designed this “portal on the park” in large part for those visitors – or at any rate for the ones who wish to learn about the wild living things – eagles, ancient trees, grizzlies, mountain caribou – that continue, even in the 21st century, to find safe haven here. Mostly this site is a collection of glimpses, a looking in from the edges. If at the same time it manages to be a statement about the signal importance of wilderness in our troubled time, so much the better.
The Clearwater Valley is a complex place. We hope you will enjoy, as we have, exploring its diverse natural history. To get you started, here are some popular magazine articles written some years back by Trevor Goward: