kilometers east of Quesnel and just 8 kilometers west of Barkerville,
Wells is a picturesque little town nestled in the sub-alpine paradise
of the Cariboo Mountains. Wells first emerged during the depression
years, when many communities in the area were near collapse. Underground
hard-rock mining fuelled the town’s economic boom throughout
the 1930s and 40s. Its glory days, however, were short-lived and
if weren’t for a few hundred die-hard residents Wells certainly
would have become ghost town. Today Wells is a charming tight-knit
community with a unique western feel. Art galleries, an art school,
and other tourism-related services, particularly for the visitors
to Barkerville, are the current bedrock for the town.
The wilderness surrounding Wells is some of the best in B.C. for
camping, hiking, cross-country skiing and wildlife viewing. For
more information head to the Wells Museum and Visitor Information
Center located at the West entrance to town.