Wells Area Attractions

Side trip to Barkerville

Come to British Columbia's legendary gold rush town and relive part of our rich history. Visit original and restored buildings with hundreds of displays, live theatre, demonstrations and shows. See the remnants of one of North America's oldest Chinese communities, visit the Province's oldest courthouse at nearby Richfield. Throughout the year, Barkerville has special celebrations - the Invitational Hose Carriage Races, Dominion Day or experience a real Victorian Christmas! For more information - please contact P.O. Box 19, Barkerville, B.C., V0K 1B0 Tel:

Side trip to Cottonwood House Historic Park

Located 28 km east on Highway 26, with it's log hewn walks and dove-tailed corners, this historic roadhouse was built in 1864-65 to accommodate travellers using the Cariboo Waggon Road en route to the gold fields. Costumed interpreters conduct tours and give cooking and farming demonstrations. Surrey rides and picnic facilities are available.Open daily from May to September. Entry by donation. For more info call.

Island Mountain School of Arts

High quality instruction, camaraderie and sharing with fellow artisits is what keeps students coming back to this unique artistic experience. Courses include folk harp, performing arts, watercolour, drawing, journalism and photography.

Cariboo Gold Quartz Mine

Remains of this mine can be seen just south of the entrance to Wells.


Excellent conditions for snowmobiling can be found here. An annual rally takes place in late winter.

Side Trip: Bowron Lakes Canoe Circuit

World famous canoeing in the spectacular Bowron Lake Canoe Circuit.