Originally a company town managed by the Cariboo Gold Quartz Mine, Wells was a thriving community of 4500 during the 1930s. In 1942, Wells had a population larger than Quesnel and Prince George. However, when the mines closed in 1967, Wells was eclipsed by the larger centres.
Today, with a winter population of 250 which triples during the busy summer tourism season, Wells is becoming famous as a destination for the arts, for heritage and for outdoor adventure. The town is the bedroom community for Barkerville Historic Town, and the gateway to Bowron Lake Provincial Park, one of the top canoeing circuits in the world.
Wells is a small, safe community, a fabulous place to live. Many people have chosen to get away from the hectic pace of the city and take up a better life-style. Surrounded by wilderness and all of the benefits of rural living, Wells is a close-knit community with a school, church, shops, and services; plus all the conveniences of a larger centre, such as high-speed internet and municipal water and sewer.
It is pedestrian oriented and small enough that you can walk, bike or ski everywhere. We have a strong arts community, an excellent arts curriculum in our elementary school, more galleries and artists studios per capita then anywhere else we know of, and cultural events ranging from concerts, courses in the arts, live theatre and more.
For more information on the Wells, Barkerville, Bowron Lakes area you can visit the wellsbc.com website.