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|Dawson Falls, Wells Gray Park|
Dawson Falls is part of the Murtle River. Here, the river is 91m wide and 18m high. Locals call it the "miniature version of Niagara Falls".
Wells Gray Provincial Park is one of British Columbiaís largest and most spectacular parks (540,000 hectares), with its area encompassing the greater part of the Clearwater River watershed. Wells Gray Park was created in 1939, and was named after the Honourable Arthur Wellesley Gray, Minister of Lands for British Columbia from 1933 to 1941.
There are five major lakes here (Murtle, Clearwater, Mahood, Azure and Hobson), as well as two large river systems, numerous small lakes, streams, waterways and a multitude of waterfalls, rapids, and cataracts.
There are some 35 archaeological sites throughout the park uncovering evidence of these ancient native cultures. In the 1870s, surveyors from the Canadian Pacific Railway explored the area in hopes of finding a route through the rugged Cariboo Mountains to the West Coast. However such a pass was never found and hopes were abandoned when Kicking Horse Pass was discovered to the south in 1881. In the late 1800s, prospectors flocked to the area in search of gold. When the gold rush era came and went, brief attempts at logging and farming followed. Then in 1913, the stunning Helmcken Falls were discovered and pressure mounted to protect the area until it was given park status in 1939.
Itís not surprising that in a park so huge that there are three distinct biogeoclimatic zones: the Interior cedar-hemlock zone (lowest), the sub-alpine zone (at elevations between 1,495 and 1,985 metres), and the alpine tundra zone (which cover about 65% of the total park area). Mineral springs, several waterfalls and evidence of volcanic phenomena complement the many attractions of this park. The wildlife is just as varied as the park provides habitat for many species. Some of the parkís largest inhabitants include mule deer, caribou, moose, mountain goats, black bears and grizzlies. Other small animals such as weasels, martens, minks, wolverines, beavers, coyotes and timber wolves also live in the park.
By being outside the normal touristic circuit that people visit in B.C. and Alberta while doing their Western vacation, Wells Gray Park IS a hidden jewel for nature lover with breathtaking views of canyons, falls, rivers, lakes, trails, viewpoints and of course wildlife !!! I wish I'll go back one day and stay longer...
This is my 1st non-animal post and I may post some more picture of this park in the next few days.
I remember playing a lot, like hiding behing a tree and trying almost every combinaison aperture vs speed vs ISO to come to such an effect for this picture. I hope you will like the picture.
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