Wells Gray Provincial Park
Plunging 141m onto rocks below, Helmcken Falls, Canada's fourth highest, is but one of the undiscovered facets of Wells Gray Provincial Park, itself an under-appreciated gem. BC's fourth-largest park is bounded by the Clearwater River and its tributaries, which define the park's boundaries.
Barkerville & Around
In 1862 Billy Barker, previously of Cornwall, struck gold deep in the Cariboo. Soon Barkerville sprung up, populated by the usual fly-by-night crowds of whores, dupes, tricksters and just plain prospectors. Today you can visit more than 125 restored heritage buildings in Barkerville Historic Town.
Cattle and lumber have shaped Williams Lake, the hub for the region. Some 206km north of the junction of Hwys 1 and 97, this small town has a pair of museums and numerous motels. The best reason to stop is the superb Discovery Centre, a visitors center in a huge log building. It has full regional info and the lowdown for trips west to the coast on Hwy 20.