|District of Wells|
|Regional district||Cariboo Regional District|
|• Governing body||Wells Council|
|• Total||158.28 km2 (61.11 sq mi)|
|Elevation||1,200 m (3,900 ft)|
|• Density||1.5/km2 (4/sq mi)|
|Time zone||UTC-8 (PST)|
Wells is a small mining and tourist town in the Cariboo District of central British Columbia, located on BC Highway 26, 74 km (46 mi) from Quesnel and 8 km (5 mi) before the highway's terminus at Barkerville. It gains much of its revenue and jobs from tourists who pass through on their way to the Bowron Lake Provincial Park and to the historic museum town of Barkerville.
Originally a company town, : 292 At its heyday of the 1930s, Wells sported 4500 people. In 1942 it had a greater population than Quesnel or Prince George. The closure of the gold and other mineral mines in 1967 took its toll on the town and most of the population moved away. Today it has a listed population of just 250 which doubles during the summer months.it was managed by Cariboo Gold Quartz Mine. Fred M. Wells, for whom the town was named, prospected in the area for 10 years before finding the minerals that built the company.
Between May and September, Wells sees over 100,000 tourists pass through on their way to Barkerville. Most visitors stay or camp overnight in Wells, which has an active arts and outdoor entertainment sector. During the winter months, visitors come for the cross-country ski trails, snowmobiling, and artistic and study retreats. During the summer visitors enjoy galleries and live performances.
Wells doesn't have a weather station, but Barkerville does (located 7 km (4.3 mi) away). Wells has a subarctic climate (Köppen climate classification Dfc), resulting in long, cold and snowy winters, accompanied by short and cool summers due to its high altitude and latitude. Its growing season averages only 66 days.
|Climate data for Barkerville|
|Record high °C (°F)||10.0|
|Average high °C (°F)||−2.9|
|Daily mean °C (°F)||−7.5|
|Average low °C (°F)||−12.1|
|Record low °C (°F)||−46.7|
|Average precipitation mm (inches)||96.0|
|Average rainfall mm (inches)||8.2|
|Average snowfall cm (inches)||87.8|
|Average precipitation days (≥ 0.2 mm)||16.6||12.5||13.8||14.3||18.7||20.6||19.2||16.0||16.3||18.0||18.7||17.1||201.7|
|Average rainy days (≥ 0.2 mm)||1.4||1.2||2.9||8.2||17.6||20.5||19.2||16.0||16.2||13.9||3.8||1.0||121.9|
|Average snowy days (≥ 0.2 cm)||15.9||11.8||12.2||8.4||3.0||0.3||0||0||0.6||6.5||16.4||16.6||91.8|
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