Murtle Lake Canoeing

Murtle Lake Canoeing

The largest motor-free lake in North America

The largest of the lakes near Blue River is Murtle Lake, in Wells Gray Provincial Park with over 100km of shoreline.


It is the largest lake in North America that does not allow the use of motors and a must on true paddler’s “to do” list.

True wilderness

Murtle Lake is one of the few remaining giant wilderness lakes with no road access. There is a 2-1/2 km portage from the parking lot, which is situated 24 km (17 miles) from the town of Blue River.


Murtle Lake is a natural, beautiful, sensitive environment for those who love and appreciate the outdoors. Clear starry nights, no airplanes, no motors (except Park Staff!).

A bucket list essential

With good weather, sandy beaches and great fishing it is a unique adventure for your travel diary! The best way to visit is to plan a multi-day trip, but, if you don’t have the time it’s still worth the effort to do a one-nighter or a day-trip.