Children panning for gold in Barkerville Historic Town

(BC Heritage/Leif Grandell photo)


Parade at the ArtsWells Festival (Picture BC photo)

Parade at the ArtsWells Festival (Picture BC photo)

The town of Wells (population: 236) sits nestled in a valley in BC's Cariboo Mountain foothills near the end of Highway 26.

Built in the 1930s to accommodate the area's gold miners, the village has since evolved as a quaint arts community. Its rich past has been preserved in many historic and heritage sites.

Wells bills itself as "the host to the ghost town," the ghost town being Barkerville Historic Town. Barkerville is not only a premier heritage site, but also the gateway to the Bowron Lake Provincial Park. Bowron's famous chain of lakes is known for its sheer size and beauty, and attracts canoeing enthusiasts from all corners.

In winter, locals head out on numerous cross-country ski trails or to Troll Ski Resort for a bit of downhill skiing. In summer, those trails make for excellent hiking, while local parks are also inviting.

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