|The leaflets and guide books claim that the star attraction of the Wells Gray Park is the Helmcken Falls, fourth highest in Canada and one of the most impressive in North America. We reached them by turning off the main road just beyond the Murtle River bridge. Helmcken Falls owes its foundation to the deposits of volcanic rock in the Wells Gray-Clearwater volcanic field that were placed down in the wide valley of the Murtle River. Layer upon layer of fresh lava created flat areas, over which enormous floods flowed during the last ice age. These floods shaped the upright cliff in the lava flows over which the river now flows. The volcanic eruptions shaped the region and gave it its remarkable morphological features. The view was well worth the effort, the falls plunge 465 feet, two and half times the height of Niagara and the effect is quite spectacular. Over time the fall has carved out a huge dark dank bowl into which the river plunges throwing up plumes of spray. It really is quite a sight! We hiked a bit along the side of the canyon, enjoying the view from there immensely. Once again, we were basically alone to enjoy the peace and quiet of the area. This really has worked out well, waiting until the first of October to explore this area. Most folks have left for the season and it isn't TOO cold yet! Although it has only been in the high 40's today, there is no wind, so a jacket is all that is required to be quite comfortable.
I hope you enjoyed the sights today. We certainly did. We are moving on in the morning as we make our way further west. There is a small storm front in the area that might change those plans, but either way, we'll see you on down the road...
P.S. Please note there are videos posted in addition to the photos...