Children panning for gold in Barkerville Historic Town

(BC Heritage/Leif Grandell photo)


Historic & Heritage Sites

Heritage buildings  (Picture BC photo)

Heritage buildings (Picture BC photo)

The community of Wells was built mainly during the Great Depression years of the 1930s to accommodate employees of the Cariboo Gold Quartz Mine.

However, the origins of the town really stem from the mid-1800s and the start of Cariboo Gold Rush, which was one of the largest gold rushes in North America. The historic and heritage sites here encompass a much larger area than the town itself. In addition to visiting the community of Wells, also explore Barkerville Historic Town, historically interesting grave sites and ghost towns.

Wells Heritage Sites

The community of Wells is divided by Highway 24, which neatly reflects the history of the town. The portion of town on the upper north side, or the left side of the highway as visitors travel into town, is the original section of the community that was built as a mining town.

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