Spahats Falls, Well Grey Provincial Park, BC, Canada

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. It is a popular stop for tourists since it is only 10 km off the busy Yellowhead Highway.

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.

These impressive natural features used to be protected as tiny ‘Spahats Creek’ Provincial Park, but in 1997 the boundaries of Wells Gray Provincial Park were expanded south along the Clearwater River and included Spahats. Tourists today see the anomaly of a ‘Wells Gray Park’ entrance sign beside the road just south of Spahats Creek and another, more elaborate, sign 25 km further north.

Here are some photos of a visit to this waterfall and it’s surrounding forrest. Click on a miniature-photo to enlarge it, then navigate using the arrows left/right of the photo or use the cursor keys on your keyboard.