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District Municipality of Wells
District municipality
The main street of Wells with the Sunset Theatre on the right
The main street of Wells with the Sunset Theatre on the right
Where Wells is located in British Columbia
Where Wells is located in British Columbia
Country Canada
Province British Columbia
Region Cariboo
Regional district Cariboo Regional District
Incorporated 1998
Area
 • Total 158.28 km2 (61.11 sq mi)
Elevation 1,200 m (3,900 ft)
Population (2011)
 • Total 245
 • Density 1.5/km2 (4/sq mi)
Time zone PST (UTC-8)
Website District Municipality of Wells Website

Wells is a small mining and tourist town in the Canadian province of British Columbia. Wells is in the Cariboo District. It is on Highway 26, is 74 km away from Quesnel and is 8 km before the highway's terminus at Barkerville. The town gets most of its income and jobs from tourists that travel through the town on their way to the Bowron Lake Provincial Park and Barkerville.

During its highest point in popularity in the 1940s, the town had 4500 people. The town was first run as a company town and was managed by Cariboo Gold Quartz Mine. The town was featured on the historical documentary television series Gold Trails and Ghost Towns during the 13th episode of the 3rd season.


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