My introduction to winter in British Columbia’s Wells Gray Provincial Park came a few decades ago under the leadership of a masochistic group of hikers from the Kamloops Outdoor Club. We left Kamloops long before the crack of dawn and drove the 120 kilometres to Clearwater and a coffee stop.
As a parting bit of advice, female deer appreciate being told they’re beautiful. A female grouse likes a little clucking-hoary marmots will come to you if you sit still long enough and a bull moose isn’t keen on talkative photographers. I have tried them all, but draw the line at talking to flowers.