Blue River is the eastern gateway to the wilds of Wells Gray Provincial Park and Murtle Lake, the largest canoe-only lake in North America.Bounded by ancient lava beds, Wells Gray is 5,250 sq km (3,235 sq mi) of pure wilderness, borne from volcanoes and carved by glaciers; where your days are measured in vertical feet and the number of strokes paddled. It’s your staging ground for wilderness adventures…camping, trails, or kayaking and canoeing.

Devoid of restaurants, grocery stores or gas stations, visitors to this part of Wells Gray Park will find those amenities and services in neighbouring Blue River.

Local Insights – the Blue River & Avola Top 25

  • Explore Bear, moose, eagle and osprey habitat from the seat of a guided River Safari
  • Hike alpine meadows on a guided multi-day wilderness hike, exploring mountainside meadows and hidden lakes high in the alpine
  • Paddle your kayak or canoe where there are no roads and just as few people at Murtle Lake
  • Work on your tan, enjoy a picnic or a pleasure paddle, canoeing Eleanor Lake in the heart of Blue River
  • Pack a picnic from the Rocky Mountain Deli or Janie’s General Store, then head to our lakes, angling for Rainbow and lake trout, Kokaknee, and Dolly Varden
  • Combine geocaching with other activities. Hiking, driving, paddling – you just never know where caches are hidden
  • Mountain bike the Green Mile and Chefs Mile, a 14 km (9 mi) loop of fast and flowing sections with 220m of vertical climbing
  • ATV any of the trails on Groundhog Mountain – at 1,981 m (6,500 ft) elevation, this is easy riding, Blue River style
  • Cheer on your favourite team at the annual Blue River Blues Slo-Pitch tournament each August
  • Amble the Red Sands Road or the Green Mile, picking blueberries, huckleberries, and mushrooms in season
  • Savour dinner made over a campfire, beneath a star-filled sky
  • Capture captivating images of your wildlife encounters…bears, moose, eagles, Great Blue Herons, and more, in our vast wilderness reserves
  • Ski or snowboard 1.2 m acres of backcountry bowls, high alpine glaciers and forested glades in the world’s best powder
  • Put some thrills in your winter – sledding our legendary terrain
  • Experience epic adventures heli- and CAT-skiing with the group that pioneered the whole industry
  • Channel your inner-adventurer, learning to backcountry ski with a customized backcountry ski tour
  • Embrace winter’s chill, cross-country skiing Eleanor Lake and Blue River Pine Provincial Park
  • Lace up your skates and go for a spin or play a pick-up game of shinny at the outdoor community skating rink
  • Learn the critical skills needed to ski glaciated terrain at clinics provided by Snowy Mountain Alpine
  • Play follow-the-leader all the way to Pancake Creek for some free-styling sledding
  • Ice-fish Eleanor Lake for lake trout, in the middle of winter at our annual Fishing Derby each February
  • Hang out with other sledders at our local haunts or the local Legion, reliving each day’s ride
  • Make your mark, and break your own trail. Backcountry skiing, snowboarding and snowmobiling is all about going where no one has gone before
  • Try the “Mother of all Burgers” at the Log Inn Pub in Avola
  • Dance the night away with your favourite gal or guy at any of our six community dances, while helping fundraise for a worthy cause