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Relive the magic of this 1870’s historical gold rush town. Located 5 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 Hotel/theatre packages are being developed — please inquire!

Gold Panning

Make your visit to the Barkerville Gold Fields real by panning for real gold! Enjoy a Gold Exploring Adventure that takes you panning for “wild gold” (NOT salted!) on gold claims near Wells (you keep the gold you find!). You can also visit an operating underground mine and explore abandoned mining relics from the old days.

Bowron Lake Provincial Park and 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 glacial mountains waiting to be explored. The natural rectangular chain of lakes 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 from Pooley Street to visit unique galleries and gift shops, like the Marie Nagel Gallery, 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 explore the fascinating Wells Museum. Wells is the perfect place to purchase a unique gift!

Other Activities

Participate in various outdoor activities including mountain biking, hiking, canoeing, fishing, wildlife viewing and birdwatching. Or, relax and enjoy a cappuccino on our patio surrounded by colourful flowers.

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Back-Country Snowmobiling

Snowmobile enthusiasts can take off right from the 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!

Back-Country Skiing

Meadows or forests, gentle or challenging, beginner or expert, experience the dream of endless back-country skiing through the Cariboo Mountain wilderness.

Cross-Country Skiing

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–20 minutes closer than from Quesnel!

Other Activities

Other winter activities include dog sledding, snowshoeing, and winter walking.

“(Your hotel) was like a paradise for us.”

Loeser family, Germany

“A fantastic surprise!”

Schreike & Matte, Seattle WA, USA

“A fantastic surprise!”

Schreike & Matte, Seattle WA, USA

The Wells Hotel
Box 39, Wells BC, V0K 2R0 Canada
Tel: (250) 994-3427 Fax: (250) 994-3494