Greetings from beautiful Dutch Lake!
We canoed around picturesque Dutch Lake and its small islands. The painted turtles luxuriated on sun drenched logs. We delighted at seeing a mother mallard duck with at least nine babies gathered up beneath her. As we chatted with friendly neighbours one evening, we saw a mother turtle working hard to cover her egg clutch in a hole she had dug in the sand. It was fascinating. After a light rain, it was hard to tell where the nest was.
The town of Clearwater is the main point to access to stunning Wells Gray Provincial Park. The wild and remote park covers over 5000 square kilometers. We have barely scratched the surface of the many places to experience. There are 39 major waterfalls and over 200 more waterfalls that have not been named! Many more wonderful sights await, from the spectacular mountains and lakes, to rivers and forests. Clearwater Valley Road runs about one quarter of the way through the park, in a north-south direction. There are no other roads. It is a real wilderness area.
Last year, we hired a Professional Guide, who took us on a wild scramble up an almost vertical mountainside following the side of Silvertip Falls - a 200 meter high cascading waterfall. It was challenging, fun and exhausting. This time we visited a few 'easier to get to' sites on our own that were close to the main road. There is no cell phone service in the Park, so be prepared. Additionally, there are lots of animals one needs to be knowledgeable about.
The views were inspiring and painting outdoors in this area was enjoyable and stimulating.