Historic & Heritage Sites
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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14301 Hwy 26
Barkerville, British Columbia
Barkerville is the largest heritage site in Western North America, and a National Historic Site of Canada. Founded in 1862, Barkerville is an adventure destination like no other; rich in history, full of life. Meet colourful characters from Barkerville's past, watch Judge Begbie hold Victorian criminals accountable, see authentic gold rush theatre & witness a Cornish Waterwheel in action. Pan for gold, visit exotic Chinatown, go to school 1800s-style, or tour the town at your own pace while visiting 140+ historic buildings & displays. Barkerville's merchants, restaurants & accommodations will provide everything you need for a genuinely comfortable trip into BC's golden age.