We recently stayed at the Clearwater lodge for 2 nights while stopping off at Wells Gray Park on our way from Vancouver to Jasper. We were very impressed with the hotel and thought it was excellent value. It was next to the main road through Clearwater (not that it ever got very busy!), so it was easy to find. Our room was at the rear of the hotel, so we were able to sit out on our balcony and look out to the forest and mountains, which was nice. (In fairness, I don’t suppose it is quite as nice in the rooms overlooking the road).
The room was very spacious, with a comfy bed. It had a small kitchenette area, which was fine for preparing a simple breakfast and small meals and the bathroom was clean and had a good shower. There was a good selection of TV channels and wireless internet access, which was handy for checking the weather and getting info on our ipod. The hotel also had a small restaurant that did rather nice food with a real home-cooked feel to it. There did not appear to be a very large selection of eateries in the area, so it was handy having somewhere on our door step (though the local pizza take-out place was pretty good and excellent value!).
We were a bit surprised how long it took to drive right to the entrance of the park. It didn’t look far on the map but it must have taken us at least 20-30 minutes! There were a handful of places along the way and one hotel right at the entrance, but they were obviously that much further away from civilisation, so on balance we were quite happy where we were.
The motel-look of the hotel does not do it justice and we would definitely recommend it as a stop-off point on the way too or from Jasper.
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