Barkerville, Williams Creek, Cariboo


Wells, a mining boomtown of the 1930's is nestled in the Cariboo Mountains, 4,200 feet above sea level in the interior of Canada's most scenic province, British Columbia.

Full tourist facilities are provided year-round for travelers including gas, food, lodging, licensed restaurants, and airport landing strip, camping facilities for tents and hook-ups for recreational vehicles, including a gold-panning RV park.

Motels offer packages that include dog sledding, horse trips, and snowmobile tours, as well as pick-ups from airport, railway or bus depots. Historical guided hiking tours in the high plateaus above Barkerville are available for individuals or groups. Canoes can be rented for the internationally renowned chain of the Bowron Lakes.

Charming false-fronted buildings and historical landmarks in the historic 'uptown' section feature a museum, art studios and galleries, famous old hotels and an art deco theatre. Within easy walking distance is scenic Jack O' Clubs Lake, numerous hiking trails, and gold-bearing creeks with easy access for recreational gold panners.

During the summer, special events include an annual Summer School of the Arts, concerts and live theatre performances.

The historical living museum of Barkerville is only 8 km away, and features a restored gold-mining town of the 1860's complete with interpreters in period costume, live theatre, gold-panning, photos in period costume and costume rental, horse-carriage rides, restaurants and general stores for shopping.

About 10 km west of Wells, visitors can explore the remains of the ghost town of Stanley and its historic cemetery.

The winter season transforms the landscape into a 'winter wonderland' and an exotic experience for cross-country skiing, guided back-country skiing, dog sledding, snowmobiling, and snowshoeing. Bright sunshine and sparkling snow covering the historical buildings are a favourite subject for photographers and artists.

Make Wells your home-base for an unforgettable vacation.


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