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Thompson Okanagan


mountain biker on a trail near Clearwater, BC
Photo by Aeden Skinner

Clearwater “The Gateway to Wells Gray Park” has another reason to be on the outdoor adventure map – its family-friendly trail system with great riding for every level. The 28km Candle Creek Bike Trail system is located in the heart of the world’s inland temperate rainforest, with two parking lots to facilitate shuttling, the trail system offers lots of flowy fun and great views of the Clearwater and North Thompson Valleys as well as of the Raft River Canyon. Many of the trails are rideable in both directions creating opportunities for different loop combinations.

Number of Trails:
Highest Elevation:
1,096 m

Getting Here

Clearwater is located in the North Thompson River Valley and is the gateway to Wells Gray Provincial Park.

The drive to Clearwater through the North Thompson River Valley (Hwy 5) is as scenic as it gets.

Driving Distances & Times:

  • Kamloops - 123 km (76 mi), 1 hour 30 minutes
  • Sun Peaks - 131 km (82 mi), 1 hour 30 minutes
  • Valemount - 196 km (122 mi), 2 hours
  • Vancouver - 478 km (297 mi), 5 hours 15 minutes
  • Edmonton - 682 km (424 mi), 7 hours

The Kamloops Airport (YKA) is the closest air access to Clearwater and is serviced by several airlines offering domestic flights and connections with major international airlines via Calgary and Vancouver.

Air Canada, WestJet, Pacific Coastal Airlines and Central Mountain Air provide regular service from Calgary, Vancouver, and Prince George.

Mountain bike trails in Clearwater are in the Candle Creek trail network about 10 minutes drive from town.

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Support Our Local Trails

Consider supporting the local trail association in Clearwater that helps maintain the trails and advocate for the mountain bike community.

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