Welcome to Wells – where adventure is right out the door
By DOC POW
Wells, B.C. – End of the road communities are home to people who make magic happen on a regular basis. Wells, a character community nestled within the Cariboo Region of B.C., is a place where you’ll experience that magic every day.
Recently @ApresWheeler and I got off the historic Barkerville highway for #SkiNorthBC and right from the parking lot, jumped on sleds to explore the Cariboo Wagon Road, dating back to 1865.
A diehard sledder with Nordic ski interests, Andersen and his pal, Caleb McMillian took us into history, along the Wagon Road trail up to Groundhog Lake. It's a pretty straight forward hour sled ride from the colourful community and up into an epic alpine heaven.
As mentioned, the route dates back to 1865 and was used to get people and the over $2 BILLIION dollars in gold from Barkerville to Vancouver’s coast line. All roads end in Barkerville, five minutes from Wells, a community that still today, services gold-rush pioneers.
Being at the end of the road, preserves the character, charm and the winter wilds – all staples of what makes Wells your next destination for awesome.
“Especially this time of year, you are dropped right into raw wilderness all around you,” said Andersen.
Andersen knows he’s got a good thing. You can see it in his eyes, living in a spot where you are away from the city life and into the quiet. Where you go all day on 50kms of Nordic ski trails or endless amounts of sled terrain and never see another soul.
Well’s soul is saturated in history. With all the money from gold flowing through the area, this region became the original Las Vegas of North America. For those who find their way here here, it means epic outdoor fun and some serious history lessons.
“We’re a really cool destination for those out of Prince George or anywhere across Western Canada for that matter. For those in Prince George, they drive just over two hours and they're into a community that is so unique,” said WhiteGold Adventures founder, Dave Jorgenson.
When you Go
Pack the Nordic skis, pack the sled or pack your snowboard – all sliding options, seeing that both the Nordic Ski and the Wells Snowmobile Clubs maintains trails that wind you through history.
Troll Ski Resort is 30 minutes down the historic Barkerville Highway, as per this SnowSeekers story, it’s a destination that's growing in size and popularity.