We arrived into Clearwater mid-afternoon so we had time to take a drive up into Wells Gray Provincial Park to view some of the wonderful waterfalls. The first set of falls we came to was Spahats Creek Falls and although I was not expecting much after having seen numerous waterfalls during the previous drive up the Icefields Parkway a few days before I was gob-smacked when I saw the Spahats Creek falls. Walking only about 100m or so from the car park you come to a gigantic deep canyon with the spectacular falls plummeting into the gorge.
Spahats Creek Falls, also called Spahats Falls, is a waterfall on Spahats Creek within Wells Gray Provincial Park of British Columbia, Canada. Common references place the falls at around 60 m tall, but taking into account the second tier, it is closer to 75–80 meters tall.
Spahats Creek rises from snowmelt and springs at a pass between Raft Mountain and Trophy Mountain. It flows 15 km west before tumbling over Spahats Falls and entering the Clearwater River.
Spahats is the First Nations term for bear and the stream was long known as Bear Creek. When the first accurate topographical map of the Clearwater Valley was published in 1953, it labelled the stream as “Bear Creek” and the falls as “Spahats (Bear) Creek Falls”. By the late 1960s, “Spahats” had become an accepted alternative due to the large number of Bear creeks in British Columbia and was officially adopted.[
We took a short drive from the Spahats Creek Falls to a viewpoint wher you could get a wonderful view all the way down the valley where the Clearwater River was running.
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