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 Home > Travel BC > BC Cities and Towns > Cariboo Chilcotin Coast > Wells

Wells is located 79 km (49 miles) east of Quesnel on Hwy 26 about 7.5 km (5 miles) west of Barkerville.

Fred Marshall Wells
Wells was named after Fred Marshall Wells, who in 1932, discovered the Cariboo Gold Quartz Mine. The town of Wells, because of the mine, grew from no residents in 1932 to a population of 4,000 inhabitants in 1940.

Wells Services
Although Wells is a small community, it does have a number of services available. Included in the list is the Wells Service Station where there is diesel, gasoline, propane, a grocery store and a liquor outlet.

Wells and the surrounding area tend to get a high amount of snow during the winter with some places experiencing at least 5.5-7.5 metres (18-25 feet) of annual snow fall. This snow potential adds up to some incredible snowmobiling opportunities. For assistance, maps or information, contact the local Wells Barkerville Snowmobile Club.

The Wells Hotel
For entertainment, there is the fully restored heritage building called the Wells Hotel that features the 1930's style pub complete with crackling fireplaces and old fir or birch wood flooring. The Wells Hotel also has a full meal restaurant called the Pooley St. Café and country inn accommodation making it well suited for a cozy atmosphere.

Wells Museum
For historic and heritage information for the area visit the Wells Museum located at the north end of historic Pooley Street.

Live Theatre and Entertainment
Other excitement in Wells you might want to experience include the Sunset Theatre which features daily entertainment, live theatre, film and music, the Northwoods Restaurant, Bears Paw Café, various gift and pottery shops.

Jack of Clubs Lake
For other outdoor recreation try exploring the beautiful Jack of Clubs Lake. The lake which is located on the west side of Wells on Hwy 26 features a number of rest areas as well as a boat launch.

Wells is situated very close to the historic town of Barkerville. Here you can discover over 130 original or reconstructed buildings dating from the early gold rush era of British Columbia in the 1860's. Barkerville also has a number of informative kiosks and helpful staff who are dressed in that period and perform skits for you.

For campgrounds near Wells, you can find some vehicle-accessible sites located at Barkerville Campgrounds the former Barkerville Provincial Campground. Just remember that because the historic town of Barkerville is close, it can fill up fast.

Bowron Lake Provincial Park
Situated towards Barkerville is the turnoff for the gravel road into the world-famous Bowron Lake Provincial Park. This park contains the famous canoe-kayak circle route. This adventure is an experience you will never forget. Canoes and kayaks are available on a rental basis at the base camp.

If you are visiting Barkerville and would like to stay the night to enhance your visit, try the accommodation at Wells. Various Bed & Breakfasts, Hubs Motel and an RV park are all located here. A favourite - the White Cap Motor Inn & RV Park - has full hook-ups, partial service and tent spaces are available.

Cunningham Pass Road to Likely
Unfortunately the 144 km (90 miles) Gold Rush Circle Tour summer only backcountry road to Likely via the Cunningham Pass is subject to closures because of washouts. Make sure you visit the Visitor Centre in Wells or contact BC Highways for future road conditions information. For access to the Cariboo River Provincial Park and Cariboo Mountains Provincial Park now has to be done by travelling north on the 8400 Road from Likely.

Bear Country
Just remember if you are enjoying the countryside around Wells, please remember this is bear country. Try to avoid the rivers during heavy salmon spawning times unless you feel comfortable with bears around and take the usual precautions. There is also the possibilities of encounters with wolves or cougars so please play it safe.

Information on Wells



Map of Wells
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Wells Hotel
Wells Hotel


Wells Museum
Wells Museum


Jack of Clubs Lake
Jack of Clubs Lake

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