Published on : Tuesday, July 11, 2017
The Visitor Centre Manager of Wells Gray Provincial Park, Tay Briggs on 9th July announced that this spectacular wilderness area is closed because of the extreme fire hazard.
Wells Gray Provincial Park encompasses 60 % of the drainage basin of the Clearwater River and most water that originates in the park flows into this river. This is a large park with wilderness and it is a popular park in the province closed by giving a short notice on Sunday.
While there are no fires close to the 560,000-hectare park, access of the tourists is limited to a single road that would become clogged in the event of a fire.
Due to this wildfire, the tourism and the adventure sports are deeply affected. The tour operators and travel agents, who are dependent on the wilderness appeal for the accumulation of the tourists, are now losing their economic base. The access here is restricted and this closure affected those who want a short break to spend their days near the waterfalls and the wildlife.
Hiking-tour operator Wells Gray Adventures said that they are now losing their business. People are cancelling, everybody wants their money back.
It is noted that Wells Gray Provincial Park generates $35-million-per-year in tourism industry, which has been experiencing rapid growth and this wildlife is now becoming a new hazard for its growth and development. With this closure, the hiking, trekking and white water rafting, kayaking are now closed for the infinite times.
There are many popular tourist spots within Wells Gray Provincial Park, such as the 108 Mile Ranch and Logan Lake are hit by evacuations or restricted by road closures within B.C.’s Highway 97 corridor. These tourist spots are also hit by this environmental hazard.