The mountain town of Wells was built as a company town for Fred Wells’ Gold Quartz Mine, when the promise of more gold gave many an opportunity to escape the great depression in 1927. With fewer than 300 year-round residents in Wells today, many of its heritage buildings have been restored, including the Wells Hotel and Sunset Theatre. Other architectural landmarks sport rainbow colours in a nod to the town’s vibrant arts scene. The Island Mountain Arts Society’s celebrated arts school, for example, offers classes in the visual, literary and performing arts, while the popular ArtsWells Festival of All Things Art (held the first weekend in August) features an infusion of more than 100 musical performances, along with lm screenings, dance and live theatre.

Outdoor adventures are steadily garnering acclaim, with excellent trail systems available for mountain biking, hiking, snowmobiling and ATV-ing. The surrounding landscape has hundreds of kilometres of stunningly scenic trails – many accessible from the town centre and nearby Jack of Clubs Lake features tranquil canoeing.