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Welcome to the Wells Barkerville Trails website. Our area has one of the most incredible trail networks in the province of British Columbia. We have hundreds of kilometers of trails, through a variety of diverse ecosystems. From gentle boardwalk trails through quiet wetlands to several-day-long epic mountain expeditions through wild, rugged terrain, the Wells Barkerville Trails network offers access to some of the most beautiful country you will find anywhere.
Some of these trails were constructed before British Columbia was a province – history is infused in our trails. You can find evidence of the great Cariboo Gold Rush throughout the area, yet because of the lack of development, you’re still able to experience much of the landscape in the same condition it was in when the first prospectors came.
Our trails experiences are limitless, but don’t forget to leave some time to experience the colourful arts community of Wells or the amazing 1860's Gold Town of Barkerville Historic Town. Also nearby is Bowron Lake Provincial Park, one of the top canoeing circuits on the planet. Whatever your schedule, you're sure to have a unique and thoroughly memorable experience.
This website has been designed to let you navigate easily through maps of various areas of the region, and by trail activity type. We have made every effort to provide the most accurate and up-to-date information on this site. However, with such a large trails network over such a vast area, and with natural and industrial processes, conditions on the ground are subject to change at any time. Trail users are strongly encouraged to consult other information sources and to familiarize themselves with local conditions.
A few sources of information include:
Hiking the Cariboo Goldfields
This website includes a great feature in that all of the trails are downloadable into Google Earth. In order to view the maps on Google Earth you will need to have this application installed on your computer. If you do not have Google Earth on your computer you can download a copy for free at the following website (http://www.google.com/earth/index.html). Please visit the downloads page to access the Google Earth files.
Wells and Area Trails Society
The Wells and Area Trails Society (WATS) is a non-profit organization that maintains and develops the local trail system associated with Wells and Cornish Mountain.
Added December 11 2012
Printed Trail Maps Now Available
Printed maps of the Wells/Barkerville trail network are now available!
These full-colour glossy maps show all the trails that you see on this website.
The maps can be purchased at the District of Wells Office and other locations in Wells, and in Quesnel at Rocky Peak Adventure Gear and at Keen’s Sports.
Maps are $5, with proceeds going towards trail maintenance.
Added April 18 2011
WELLS INTERNATIONAL GOURMET SKI
Saturday, February 20 , 2016
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The Wells International Gourmet Ski is a noncompetitive cross-country ski tour. Various routes can be taken through the Wells meadow and along the rolling hills of Cornish Mountain to enjoy international cuisine. REGISTER NOW
Where is Wells Barkerville?
The Wells Barkerville Mountain Trails are located in British Columbia.