BC, Canada is
a small town in the Cariboo Mountains perched up on a hill near
the Jack of Clubs Lake east of Quesnel BC. The community is surrounded
by a network of lakes and rivers, recreational trails, wildlife
and B.C. history. Wells, like Barkerville,
is a result of the Cariboo Gold Rush during the late 1800s.
after the boom to the area, Fred Marshall Wells discovered gold
ore in Cow Mountain. Soon later he built a company town for the
employees of his company - The Cariboo Gold Quartz Mine. The mine
closed in 1967 but the buildings stayed. Today, upper Wells is
the colorful heritage side of the community while lower Wells
is the expansion side of the community located on the Heritage
Highway (Hwy #26).
the main street of upper Wells is lined with the same 1930 buildings
founded by Fred Wells. The locals have restored the buildings
keeping with the architecture of the time but have painted the
heritage buildings in rainbow colors of green, yellow, blue and
red. Every visit to Wells should include a walk down the main
street of color and time.
During the summer months the
main street outdoor coffee shops, retail stores and restaurants
share music and sidewalks with visitors. The art galleries and
museums line the streets with local and historic exhibits and
artifacts. And the community has the services important to travelers
like a gas station, ATM and accommodations.
The wilderness around the community of Wells, including
historic Barkerville, is filled with lakes, rivers and trails.
Some trails in the region include the Yellowhawk,
Two Sisters Mountain and Jubilee Creek
Trails. The Bowron Lake Canoe Route
is a popular paddle route located northeast of Wells.
During the winter months,
after the snow has fallen, the recreational trails become popular
routes for snowmobiling and cross country skiing. The Mount Agnes
and Sugar Creek Loop Trails are popular for snowmobiling. While
Troll Mountain, Cornish Mountain and the Yellowhawk
Trail are popular for cross country skiing.
Get to Wells: Travel
Highway #97 north of Quesnel to the main highway intersection
with Highway #26. Turn right onto Highway #26 and
continue 78 kilometres to Wells, BC, Canada.
Contact information for
the local Wells community accommodations, tours, guides,
activities, campgrounds, golf courses, attractions, realtors,
etc. are posted under the community links listed to your