Children panning for gold in Barkerville Historic Town

(BC Heritage/Leif Grandell photo)


Festivals & Events

Crowd at event (Kevin Arnold photo)

Crowd at event (Kevin Arnold photo)

Although Wells and Barkerville Historic Town are busiest during the summer months, the communities host a number of festivals and events year-round.

Summer Festivals

With the melting of the snow banks in May, a new season begins and Theatre Royal presents its first performance. Barkerville hosts the Rush Relay, a race with teams running from Quesnel to the ghost town of Richfield, outside Barkerville, and then back to Wells.

Summer doesn't always mean beach weather in this area, but rather, warmer weather. The community presents a full slate of events, including the ArtsWells Music Festival, which is typically held at the end of July. Wells' Sunset Theatre also opens its doors around this time, while the community of Wells hosts the internationally known Island Mountain Art Summer School and a delightful harp concert.

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