COVID-19 SAFETY MESSAGE: The Wells Hotel has implemented additional processes to help protect the safety of guests and team members. In accordance with guidelines established by WorkSafe BC and best practices outlined by the BC Restaurant and Foodservices Association and BC Hotel Association, the Wells Hotel team has put into effect physical distancing measures, reduced capacity in Cafe and Pub by 50%, adapted serving practises and developed enhanced cleaning protocols. For details of these measures please contact the Hotel at 1-800-860-2299 or firstname.lastname@example.org
The Wells Hotel
In the tiny mountain village of Wells, near the historic Gold Rush Town of Barkerville, British Columbia, the grand old Wells Hotel is restored, with amenities you won’t find anywhere else!
- Crackling fireplaces faced with gold ore from the old Cariboo Gold Rush mines
- Cozy guest rooms featuring original artworks
- Fir and birch wood flooring
- 1930s photographs and artifacts
- Room configurations that accommodate everyone from single guests to families
- WiFi available
You’ll find the lodging unique, the accommodations complete, the guest rooms comfy and our staff friendly. Our unique country inn is the perfect lodgings for recharging, romancing or relaxing with your friends, and great for meetings and celebrations.
Relax in The Wells Hotel Pub or dine in the Pooley Street Café. Then, settle back in time in front of the fireplace. Sink into a cozy chair beside a roaring fire. Browse our little library or join with friends to play board games. Let our display of 1930s photos take you back in time to the opening of The Wells Hotel.
From the foyer of The Wells Hotel, a wood staircase, reflecting solid 1930s construction, leads to 13 cozy guest rooms on the second floor. A number of different room sizes and set-ups are available. Extensive renovations have provided every room with a bath and many other improvements. Original fir flooring throughout leads to a roof top hot tub (closed due to COVID) with a splendid view of the surrounding mountains. Heavenly!
Book Your Stay
Summer & Holiday Rates:
From Cdn. $95.00/night
Winter Rates (October through May):
From Cdn. $70.00/night
Ask about current room specials and group rates!
We host weddings, too.
A special note about your stay at The Wells Hotel: In keeping with the charm and simplicity of the 1930s, our rooms are up one flight of stairs and they do not include televisions, phones, fridges, coffee pots or air conditioning. Upon request, a fan or blow-dryer is available.
The Wells Hotel Pub
The Wells Hotel Pub stocks than 50 different kinds of beer and lager, ranging from pale and crisp, to dark and lustrous, to fruity and exotic; imports, domestics, and specialty beers and lagers.
The Wells Hotel also features western Canada’s largest privately owned Single Malt Scotch collection, with over 300 different varieties on the shelf, ranging in age from a young eight years to a mature 31, and from strong and smoky to clean and smooth.
Music & Entertainment
The Wells Hotel is widely known as a music venue. Bands, many of whom have played at the famous Arts Wells Festival of All Things Art, often stop to share their songs and stories with us. Listen to music on our 1950’s Wurlitzer juke box. Or, pick up one of our instruments and bring your own music to life.
Into sports? Cheer on your favourite team on our 61-inch flat screen TV or play a game of pool on our 1908 Brunswick table.
Pooley Street Café
Welcome to the Pooley Street Café, where you will enjoy casual fine dining featuring fresh, seasonal scratch-made meals for breakfast and dinner service.
When possible, ingredients are locally sourced. Our meats are smoked on site, our artisan breads and baking are from Barkerville’s Goldfields Bakery, and our eye-catching desserts are prepared in our own kitchen.
Check out the Sunday Brunch and extensive Chef’s Specials!
2020 Summer Hours
Breakfast 7 a.m. to 10 a.m.
Dinner 5 p.m. to 8 p.m.
Closed Monday & Tuesday
Dinner: Wednesday through Sunday
5 p.m. to 8 p.m.
PLEASE NOTE: Due to COVID-19 restrictions, hours and days of food service may change. Please check our Pooley Street Café Facebook page for the most up-to-date hours of service.
From the Cariboo Mountains flow the creeks that spawned the famous 1860’s Cariboo Gold Rush, which made Barkerville the largest city north of San Francisco. Today you can visit the restored historic town of Barkerville, just minutes away from the Wells Hotel. Try your hand at panning for gold, visit Judge Begbie’s courthouse, and witness history come to life in dozens of living exhibits.
Then, go walking, mountain biking, snowmobiling, or cross-country skiing, directly from the front door of the Wells Hotel. Canoe the world famous 10-lake canoeing circuit in Bowron Lake Provincial Park. Visit Troll Ski Resort only 20 minutes away, or explore the quaint streets of the artistic village of Wells.
Your Home Base
The Wells Hotel is your home base for:
- Barkerville — BC’s Cariboo Gold Rush Town and western North America’s largest historical re-enactment village
- Bowron Lakes Provincial Park — a world-class canoeing destination and one of the top canoe circuits in the world
- Many miles of hiking, biking, and ATV/snowmobile trails
all in the peace and tranquility of a bygone era.
Relive the magic of this 1870s historical gold rush town. Located five miles from Wells, Barkerville marks the end of the Gold Rush Trail. Stroll through 125 original and restored buildings with over 100 displays. Enjoy live theatre, street demonstrations and shows.
The Sunset Theatre in Wells
The 1934 Sunset Theatre has undergone a fabulous restoration, and is now operating a wide schedule of events, including high quality theatre. For more information on this wonderful new addition to Wells, see www.sunset-theatre.com. Hotel/theatre packages are being developed—please enquire!
Pan for real gold in the Barkerville Gold Fields! Your adventure takes you panning for “wild gold” (NOT salted!) on gold claims near Wells. And you get to keep the gold you find! You can also visit an operating underground mine and inspect abandoned mining relics from the old days.
Bowron Lake Provincial Park & Canoe Circuit
Located 18 miles northeast of Wells, this world-renowned wildlife sanctuary offers spectacular scenery and wildlife viewing. Home to caribou, deer, moose and bear, this wilderness park offers miles of pristine waters and is set in the midst of glacial mountains. The chain of waterways forms a world-famous canoe circuit containing 75 miles of lakes, rivers, streams and portages.
Art Galleries, Museums and Gift Shops
Wander along the Wells footpath that begins at Pooley Street and visit unique galleries and gift shops, such as the Marie Nagel Gallery, the Amazing Space Studio & Gallery, the Singing Kettle, and the Island Mountain Arts Gallery. Enjoy an “Arts Retreat” by signing up for art instruction with Island Mountain Arts (IMA) in this historical wilderness setting. And don’t forget to explore the fascinating Wells Museum. Wells is the perfect place to purchase a unique gift!
Participate in various outdoor activities including mountain biking, hiking, canoeing, fishing, wildlife viewing and birdwatching. Or relax and enjoy a cappuccino on the Wells Hotel patio, surrounded by colourful flowers.
Snowmobile enthusiasts can take off right from the Wells Hotel and follow groomed trails that wind through the forest from Wells to Barkerville. From Barkerville, wilderness trails lead to the open alpine areas of Yanks Peak, where endless powder awaits!
Meadows or forests, gentle or challenging, beginner or expert—experience the dream of endless back-country skiing through the Cariboo Mountain wilderness.
Scenic track-set trails start almost from the hotel door. Glide through peaceful forests or slip through the silent gold rush town of Barkerville.
Down Hill Skiing and Snowboarding
Skiing and boarding can be enjoyed at Troll Mountain, a great family hill 20 minutes from Wells—and the trip to the ski hill takes 20 minutes less from the Wells Hotel than it does from Quesnel!
Other winter activities include dog sledding, snowshoeing and winter walking.
Through the Years
When the Cariboo Gold Quartz mine opened early in 1933, Major E.J. Gook did a survey of the townsite of Wells. The first two lots, on the corner of Pooley Street and Sanders Avenue, were sold to entrepreneur Paddy Macdonell who commenced to build The Wells Hotel on the site.
The Wells Hotel is the largest and most imposing building on Pooley Street, and is the centerpiece of the main street. It is thought to have been the first building in the Cariboo to be constructed from plans drawn by qualified architects.
Wells' Grand Old Hotel
The English Tudor exterior appearance, with its three symmetrical false gables and half-timbered effect in the upper story, was achieved using dark brown slats and California stucco. Materials from all over Europe and California were used on the interior walls and floors. The three fireplaces are faced with gold-bearing rocks from three operating mines visible from the windows of the Hotel.
The Wells Hotel was completed in the fall of 1934, and a lavish opening party was held on November 13. For this special occasion, the electric power supply to the town was turned on for the first time! And, as the first beer parlour in Wells, the Pub was popular with mine workers, especially on paydays!
Wells is located 753 kilometres (471 miles) from Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada in the wilderness of the Cariboo Mountains.
Setting out by vehicle from Vancouver, take Highway #1 west to Hope and Cache Creek (or Highway #5, The Coquihalla). Then take Highway #97 north through Cariboo Country to Quesnel.
From Quesnel, take Highway #26 east to Wells and Barkerville. Entering Wells, turn left on Pooley Street to the sunshine yellow building of The Wells Hotel. (Note: All Highways from Vancouver to Wells are paved.)