During the mid-1800s, the town was a campsite for prospectors, but that all changed in 1927 when Fred Wells founded the Cariboo Gold Quartz (CGQ) Mine. The camp became a settlement with stability and character and by 1934 the community was named after Wells. Visitors today can see one of the few remaining 1930s streetscapes in North America, explore the museum, discover ghost towns and abandoned mine workings or get immersed in the art galleries. Don’t miss the ArtsWells Festival of All Things Art, held annually the first weekend of August.

Wells to Barkerville – 8 km

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