While the gloom of the Great Depression swept across North America in the mid-1930s, an introverted yet charismatic prospector called Fred Marshall Wells had a hunch there might still be riches nestled deep in the foothills of the Cariboo Mountains where the province’s great Gold Rush had boomed half a century before. He was right. People flocked to the area, and Fred’s Cariboo Gold Quartz Mining Company built a town at the site of its mine and named it after their esteemed manager: Wells.

Today, the Wells Museum is housed in one of the few remaining original mining company buildings. We invite you to take a trip through our town’s colourful past and learn more about its history: from the adventurous early toils of Fred Wells and his associates to the Gold Quartz Mine’s eventual closure; from the boom and bust mining cycles that continue to this day to the development of a diverse population of artists, miners, and outdoor enthusiasts drawn together by a common love of this quirky little British Columbia community. It’s all here, and we can’t wait to show you what we’re up to these days.

Because in Wells, gold is just the beginning….


June - mid-August: 10am to 5pm Friday to Monday; Closed Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays.

Admission is by donation or by membership.

Location & Parking

4120 Pooley St, Wells, BC There is free parking on site.

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