At Wells Gray Tours, our goal is to be British Columbia’s best provider of quality packaged travel to some of the most exciting North American and international destinations. Wells Gray Tours is a well established reputable tour company with 51 years in business and five locations to personally serve our clients. Our staff is dedicated to presenting travel experiences that are unique, stress-free, fascinating and active in an affordable, reliable and flexible manner. We want you to explore, experience and enjoy the world worry-free and on your own terms.
Points of Difference
We want to make travel easy. We offer the convenience of local departures, personalized service and fully inclusive travel and tour packages.
We want to make travel affordable. Our travel product differentiates itself by being of superior quality for a reasonable price. We work hard to maintain excellent relationships with travel suppliers in order to secure valuable group discounts.
We want to make travel life enriching. Group travel and guided tours offer unique opportunities to go behind the scenes, to experience people and places that individual travellers do not, and to learn from specialists about a destination, a skill or an art form. Our travel planners search and find those valuable opportunities.
Message from the President and Owner
When the first Wells Gray Park tour departed on May 20, 1972, little did I know that it would grow into today’s company that spans the globe. I spent my teenage years exploring this large wilderness area north of Kamloops, and the first edition of my guidebook, Exploring Wells Gray Park, was published in 1974. BC Hydro announced plans to build 7 dams on the Clearwater River in Wells Gray Park in 1972, so I teamed up with an environmental organization called STRRADA to run bus tours to the park and publicize and protest the dams. The project was cancelled at the end of 1972, but I had so much fun organizing the tours that I continued them for the next three summers along with several geography friends from SFU. After graduation, I expanded this service into a year-round business which I logically called Wells Gray Tours.
Since then, the company has grown to become British Columbia’s largest outbound tour operator. Tours depart year round and, though we still offer tours to Wells Gray Park, we take our travellers to all seven continents. British Columbia, North America and international destinations are featured, with exciting itineraries that range from 2 to 30 days. Each tour is accompanied by a knowledgeable, friendly, and experienced tour director and always includes an excellent variety of accommodations, attractions and meals. We travel by motorcoach, cruise ship, air, and train. On a Mystery Tour, customers don’t even know where they are going. Tours are geared toward offering a pleasing mix of free and scheduled time – you can relax and we’ll make sure you don’t miss out on the sights worth seeing.
2022 was our 50th Anniversary and we celebrated with four tours going back to our roots in Wells Gray Park. Anne and I are thrilled that our son Fraser joined the team in 2013 and is now responsible for planning about 95 tours each year. I am also proud of our office staff and tour directors, many of whom have been with us for years. Whether you choose a short or long tour, local or international, I can assure you that our dedicated staff will professionally and happily handle your travelling desires. We look forward to welcoming you on board a Wells Gray tour.
Roland Neave, CTP, Hon.Doc.