Children panning for gold in Barkerville Historic Town

(BC Heritage/Leif Grandell photo)



Park in BC (JF Bergeron photo)

Park in BC (JF Bergeron photo)

Two protected wilderness areas are located near Wells.

Bowron Lake Provincial Park, renowned for its wildlife viewing and canoe circuit; and Cariboo River Provincial Park, located along the popular Gold Rush trail to Barkerville.

Bowron Lake Provincial Park

This beautiful park is located 32km/20mi east of Wells in the Cariboo Mountains. Its enormous area spans 121,600ha/300,486ac, and it contains a roughly rectangular shaped chain of nine major lakes with connecting rivers and short portages.

July and August are the busiest months, and September brings fall colours, as well as excellent wildlife viewing, canoeing, hiking and fishing. The lakes and rivers teem with rainbow, lake and bull trout, Rocky Mountain whitefish and kokanee (a landlocked form of sockeye salmon). Open-water angling is best between June and September. Winter ice-fishing is permitted on Bowron Lake.

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