Invest in District of Wells

British Columbia, Canada

Economic Development Contact

Margaret Inoue  |  Economic Development Officer
250-994-3330  |  

Welcome to Wells! The region is a premiere tourist destination with world-class entertainment. The town of Wells is a restored 1930's mining town, full of unique architecture and fascinating galleries. Just down the road is Barkerville Historic Town, western North America's premiere heritage attraction. Wells is also the access point to the Bowron Lakes Provincial Park, which is one of the top ten canoe circuits in the world.

Island Mountain Arts is a non-profit arts organization based in Wells, which boasts an art gallery, gift shop, harp school, and the Toni Only Artists' Project (a four or eight day arts session). Every year Island Mountain Arts hosts the ArtsWells Festival, a vibrant arts and culture festival with over 100 musical performances and twenty different workshops where you can learn about everything from beat boxing to Ukrainian dance and more.

Enveloped in the rolling hills of the Cariboo in the remote historic town of Wells, B.C. the Sunset Theatre offers an array of professional theatre, music, film and retreats. Over the years, the Sunset Theatre has played host to numerous professional theatre productions, musicians, concerts, films, and rentals.

Barkerville is a historic gold mining town. Originally founded in 1862, the prospect of gold in Barkerville quickly made it the largest city west of Chicago and north of San Francisco. The historic site has live entertainment at the Theatre Royal, guided tours, street theatre, and demonstrations. Barkerville also has a wide range of traditional merchants, restaurants, and sleeping accommodations.

The Bowron Lakes Provincial Park's 116 km long canoe circuit is renowned world-wide, attracting many visitors from Europe, the United States and across Canada. The circuit consists of a two to four day trip that follows lakes, rivers, and includes a few short portages between waterways.


Local Investment Opportunities

Investment opportunities in the tourism sector. Located adjacent to Barkerville, northern B.C.'s single largest tourist attraction, Wells has a ready market for tourism ventures. Wells is ripe for the development of attractions, services, and accommodations targetted at the area's many visitors.

Local Infrastructure Projects

Community Economic Development Contact

Margaret Inoue
Economic Development Officer
District of Wells

Community Contacts


Robin Sharpe
District of Wells

Community Contact

Katrina Leckovic
Chief Administrative Officer
District of Wells

Chamber of Commerce Contact

Wells & District Chamber of Commerce

Community Futures Contact

Greg Lawrence
Community Futures of the North Cariboo