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“Highlight of our trip” 5 of 5 stars
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Wells Gray Park | 6584 Corral Road, Clearwater, British Columbia V0E 1N0, Canada   |  
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Ranked #2 of 21 Clearwater B&B and Inns
Henley-on-Thames
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“Highlight of our trip”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 20, 2012

We stayed at Clearwater Springs Ranch for four nights in September last year (please ignore the fact it says Nov '11 above), and it was the outstanding highlight of a memorable 3 week tour of Alberta and BC. My Dad and I had taken this holiday to celebrate his 70th birthday, and we both agree that this was by far the best place we stayed (and we stayed at a few great places). Reading the more recent reviews, it is evident that the impeccable standards, and warmth of Sandie and Neil continue to wow their guests.
I must thank the reviewers who had stayed at the lodge before I had booked our trip, as I never would never have found this gem of a place otherwise. With such great reviews, the lodge had a lot to live up to, but I'm pleased to say that it far exceeded my already high expectations....

The location of the ranch is stunning, at the end of long driveway through the woods you emerge into a clearing, where the beautiful log ranch sits overlooking a huge meadow, with a backdrop of mountains and forests. It was my first trip to Canada, and this was the Canada of my dreams!

Sandie and Neil are genuine and friendly people, and this is reflected in everything they do at Clearwater Springs Ranch - from the building itself (which is amazing), to the delicious food and convivial atmiosphere they create. Nothing is too much trouble for them - Sandie helped us to book trips, and gave us very useful tips for exploring the park.
The communal meals were excellent, and very entertaining - our fellow travellers were great fun, and the wine flowed freely.
On that note - there are at least 2 bottle shops in Cleawater town, I would advise stocking up on your favourite drinks on your way through. We stayed so long that we ended up going back to town for resupply! That being said, Sandie and Neil normally have some bottles in reserve that you can buy at cost price.

I had initially booked to stay 3 nights, after heeding the many 'wish we could have stayed longer' comments by other reviewers. We actually ended up cancelling our next scheduled accommodation and stayed 4 nights - which probably tells you all you need to know about this place!
On our first night we met Sandie and Neil, plus their sons Will and Ed, and of course the mighty Quinn. Neil and the lads had to leave the following day, and Sandie then held the fort for the rest of our stay, and was a delightful host.

We initially stayed in the Garden room, which was perfect for us - massive room, immaculately clean and with the most comfortable beds you could wish for. On our fourth night we stayed in the cottage, and this too was excellent, especially sitting around the fire pit, sharing stories with fellow guests.
The communal areas of the ranch are all wonderful, and the general ambiance of the place is so relaxing and informal.

Being keen wildlife watchers we took the opportunity to explore the area around the ranch, and were fortunate enough to spot a black bear mooching across the opposite side of the meadow - although it was heading in the same direction as us, so we gave it plenty of space!

The park itself is a real treat, and somewhat quieter than some of the more well known National Parks that we visited. We were lucky enough to see the Chinook salmon leaping upstream on the Clearwater River, and also Osprey, Golden eagle, Bald eagle and Sandhill Cranes, to name but a few.

If you are considering white water rafting in this area, I can highly recommend it. Sandie booked the trip for us, and we had a perfect day on the river. The rafting season was coming to an end, so there were only the 2 of us and our guide in the raft (normally they don't run with less than 4 people, but some other folks cancelled at the last minute, but the company - Liquid Lifestyles - honoured our booking), and no other rafts on the river, so I guess we were lucky to have the river to ourselves that day.

We ended every day with a sundowner and dip in the hot tub - not sure life gets much better than that.

If you are thinking about booking at Clearwater Springs Ranch I would encourage you to do so - you won't regret it.

Room Tip: All rooms are nice, you can't go wrong.
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  • Stayed November 2011, traveled with family
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
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    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
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Utrecht, The Netherlands
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 20, 2012

We stayed for two nights in this amazing place in September. The hosts Sandie and Neil are very warm and friendly people. The rooms are very huge with comfortable beds and a spacious bathroom. The athmosphere in the ranch is very nice and we met some great fellow-travellers with whom we enjoyed the delicious breakfasts and dinners while we were listening to each others stories. The dinners were the best we had while travelling from Vancouver to Jasper. The location is perfect to visit the Wells Gray Park and the hosts are very helpful to give some good advice about the best places to visit in the park. We really felt at home and we didn't want to leave but we hope to meet again! Gerrie & Piet

  • Stayed September 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
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    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
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Warkworth, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 13, 2012

Owners Neil and Sandie were not able to host while we were at their beautiful rustic lodge but that did not detract one bit from our stay with son Will and girlfriend Leah steping into the breach. They were fantastic hosts and also provided top class food and entertainment. The ranch is idyllicly set in it's own private valley and sitting in the hot tub with the valley spread out before us on barmy September evenings was wonderful. We could not fault one single thing about Clearwater Springs Ranch, our only regret was that we didn't stay long enough or get to meet the owners. Thank you Will and Leah.
Mike and Judith

  • Stayed September 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
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Moosomin, Canada
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 6, 2012

This was our very first time staying at a bed and breakfast and what a great first experience! Sandie and Neil made us feel right at home and the room we stayed in was beautiful! I loved sitting in the great room in front of the fire just reading a book or enjoying a cup of coffee in the morning while looking at the amazing view. Sandie and Neil always showed an interest in what we would be doing for the day (we were there to attend a wedding) and just made us feel like we were family rather than a guest. The views around the ranch are spectacular and the inside of the lodge is amazing as well....we would go back in a heartbeat! Sandie and Neil thank you so much for the experience...we hope to come back! Clay and Ami (Moosomin, SK).

  • Stayed October 2012, traveled with family
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
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Ravensburg, Germany
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27 helpful votes 27 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 3, 2012

We really enjoyed our fantastic stay at this beautiful place. Sandie and Neil made us feel at home and the cozy living room invites the guests to relax in front of the fireplace and enjoy the nice. We loved Neil's dinners and it is a perfect way to meet the other guests. We even had a nice candlelight dinner due to a power cut after a storm. Breakfast is also delicious with ham, cheese, toasts, fresh fruits, eggs, great muesli etc. Coffee, tea and cookies are always offered. The room was spacious and spotless clean and had a nice balcony. The location is also great to explore the park.

  • Stayed October 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
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Cardiff, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 30, 2012

'o.k.' so we thought we had died and gone to heaven!
Our angels, Sandie and Neil, are just the best. The meals
made by Neil's own fair hands were so good.......while Sandie
being the perfect hostess, just made for such a relaxed atmosphere.
The 'log cabin', is in the perfect location, we sighted a mother and cub,
we are talking bears, the first evening, on the road at the turn off to the
ranch, and before breakfast the following morning a bear on the path outside
the ranch 'oh please who could ask for anything more'........
Stylish,comfortable, homely yet luxurious it has it all.....thank you so much..
we shall remember our stay so fondly, you made us feel like old friends....

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  • Stayed September 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
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Freiburg im Breisgau, Germany
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 29, 2012

We stayed three nights in the Clearwater Spring Ranch. A dream! The house itself, the log house, the atmosphere, it can’t be better. Look at the photos and you know what I mean. But the best: Sandie and Neil. Amazing hosts. The feeling is you are integrated in the family, you are not a guest.

You will get a map and a lot of information to discover the wells grey park.

And Neils Dinner are world class, really. It’s a must! All guests are sitting a big, self made wooden table and we had lot’s of nice talks. If we come back to the Wells Grey Park the Clearwater Spring Ranch is a must for us.

Sandie and Neil, thank you very much for the very very nice days.

Best regards
Petra & Patrik ( Black Forest)

  • Stayed September 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
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Address: Wells Gray Park | 6584 Corral Road, Clearwater, British Columbia V0E 1N0, Canada
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Location: Canada > British Columbia > Clearwater
Amenities:
Fitness Center with Gym / Workout Room Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Suites
Hotel Style:
Ranked #2 of 21 B&Bs / Inns in Clearwater
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$
Number of rooms: 3
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Luxuriously appointed guest suites, food from local organic produce wherever possible and our Gold Award Spring water compliment the unique, pristine valley setting of 300 acres surrounded by the forests and mountains of the Wells Gray Park. Sit on your balcony, breath in the fresh clear air and listen to the silence - only interrupted by the sounds of the birds and animals and the distant tumbling of the waterfall across the valley as it falls from Battle mountain to the creek.Heritage Cottage for 2 - 4 also available! ... more   less 
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