Wells may be small, but it is brimming with activity. Wells is a mining town and a centre for artists and outdoors enthusiasts. It is a surprisingly diverse town nestled in the mountains of the Cariboo.
Whether you love visual, written, musical or theatre arts, you can find it in Wells. Over the years, Wells has attracted artists of all types and has encouraged the creativity of its youth. The result is that art is now an essential part of our identity.
Stroll through the art galleries in the summer (or by appointment in the winter) and maybe stay a few days to take a course at Island Mountain Arts. If you are the festival type, then join us here for ArtsWells: The Festival of All Things Art. Come up in the summer and there will be something going on, whether it’s a performance at the Sunset Theatre, a community coffee house or a performance at one of the restaurants/pubs, there is always something entertaining in Wells.
The area around Wells actually had two gold rushes. The first created Barkerville while the second, in the 1930’s created Wells. The town was originally a company townsite for the Cariboo Gold Quartz Mine and reached it’s largest population size of over 4000 in the 1940s. The town takes pride in its history and many of the unique heritage buildings have been preserved and restored.
Learn more about the town and its history at the museum, or just take a historic walk around “uptown” Wells. You can learn quite a bit from the plaques on many of the buildings. Don’t miss the Good Eats building, the only wooden-framed flatiron building still standing in British Columbia and one of the province’s most photographed and painted buildings.
Wells is the perfect place to begin your Cariboo adventure. At 1200 meters, you’ll find our clean, crisp mountain air invigorating.
Walk along our nature and meadow trails or hike further up the mountain into the alpine. Alternatively, if you like to ride, there are some fun x-country and alpine trails to discover. Part of the Cariboo Mountain Bike Consortium, Wells is keen to show you some of the great rides of the Cariboo. In the winter the trails become skiing and snowmobiling trails. Or snowshoeing and dog-sledding trails. If you want to stay outdoors and be woken by the chorus of birds, there is both backcountry and car / trailer camping options for you.
Wells is also the closest town to Barkerville and the Bowron Chain of Lakes, take a moment or a couple of days on your way through to see what other adventures await!
For more information contact the District of Wells: