Wells Gray Park’s Helmcken Falls “Snow Crater” Is Truly A Sight To Behold

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Wells Gray Provincial Park Helmcken Falls Snow Crater

There is nothing quite like the “snow crater” that forms beneath Wells Gray Provincial Park’s Helmcken Falls in the winter.

Wells Gray Provincial Park was first established in November 1939, and since then it has been drawing crowds year round to it’s beautiful sights.

It is most known for being the location of Helmcken Falls, one of 39 waterfalls (not a typo) in Wells Gray Provincial Park, which spans approximately 541,516 hectares.

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Helmcken Falls is one of the highlights of the park. It is a the beautiful waterfall that flows over a wide circular cliff during the warmer months of the year and freezes into a spectacular crater in the winter months.

According to Tourism Wells Gray, the drop is 141 meters.

Wells Gray Provincial Park

Photo: @omundovistodomeujeito / Instagram

When the dead of winter rolls around, the waterfall sometimes freezes, the water below turns solid. And if the conditions are right, the splash of the water freezes in place, creating a snow crater that can be up to 50 meters high.


Photo: @mounntaingoat / Instagram

For those who want the best views, there’s the Rim Trail, a one-hour hike around the aforementioned circular cliff.

Wells Gray Provincial Park is located in Clearwater, British Columbia, about a six-hour drive from Metro Vancouver.

Although we’re not sure yet if the falls will freeze over this year, it would be worth it to keep your eye out and plan for an unique and memorable road trip this winter.

Wells Gray Provincial Park

Photo: @aaron_froese / Instagram


Helmcken Falls Snow Crater

Where: Wells Gray Provincial Park, 416 Eden Rd., Clearwater, BC


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