Shopping in Wells and Barkerville

Amazing Space Studio & Gallery

Claire Kujundzic and Bill Horne have transformed a 1930s church into a gallery for their original art. With unique silk screening, original painting, cards and a variety of other art for sale, the gallery is one of the highlights of a visit to Wells.

To contact Claire and Bill please phone 250-994-2332.

B & C Mercantile General Store

Stop by this old-fashioned General Store, which carries a selection of groceries, gift ware, clothing, hardware and a variety of Arts and Crafts created by local artisans. They do offer modern conveniences, such as high speed Internet, with a variety of office services available for travelers needs (faxing, photocopying, etc…). Stop by for some hard ice cream or frozen treats. The store is open year-round.

For more information phone 250-994-3301.

Barkerville Post Office

BC’s eighth oldest operating post office offers full postal services. The Barkerville postmark is a collectors’ item!

Barkerville Hotel – Friends of Barkerville

Visit this interesting historic building and help to support Barkerville with the purchase of a Friends of Barkerville membership.

C. Strouss Dry Goods

Open from May through September C. Strouss Dry Goods carries a wide variety of cheeses, teas, coffee and miscellaneous hardware and other dry goods. Whether you’re looking for beef jerky or Asiago cheese C. Strouss Dry Goods has it all.

For more information call 250-994-3227.

Eldorado Goldpanning

Eldorado Goldpanning in Barkerville Historic Town is open from May until September. You can pan for gold or buy souvenirs, books, candy, clothing and more. Home of the Canadian Goldpanning Championships in August Eldorado Goldpanning has something for everyone in the family. 

For more information call 250-994-3474.

Frog on the Bog

A creative and Toadily unique gift store in Wells, we have a fabulous selection of gifts, gold and clothing that are specific to the Cariboo, and which celebrate our two greatest assets: our amazingly rich and diverse environment, and our gold rush history.

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Island Mountain Arts Public Gallery

Island Mountain Arts has been providing artistic experiences for artists of all ages since 1977. Island Mountain Arts provides year- round workshops, seminars, exhibitions and concerts in Wells, BC, and is also home to a gallery and gift shop.

Jack O’ Clubs General

Open all year round, this is home to the gas station, post office, general store, pub, entertainment and soon to be cafe.

For more information call 250-994-3242.

Kwong Sang Wing Store

Located in historic Chinatown in Barkerville, and open during the summer only, the Kwong Sang Wing store is a treasure hunter’s delight. With a host of exotic Chinese merchandise, from clothing to medicinal herbs, all imported from China there is something for everyone at the Kwong Sang Wing Store.

For more information call 250-994-3318 (summer only).

Louis Blanc Photographic Gallery

Louis Blanc was a photographer in Barkerville from 1868 to 1871. He took photos of miners and their claims that would be sent home to loved ones in distant lands. Today we carry on the tradition of photographing visitors to Barkerville. You will be dressed in Victorian style costume and photographed “In the Highest Style of the Art”. Your photo will be printed in old fashioned sepia tone and provided to you within minutes. Louis Blanc is capable of large groups up to 60 and special pricing is available for students and school groups.

To make a reservation call 250-994-3235.

Be sure to check out the log building across from the House Hotel where Louis Blanc is situated. It is one of the oldest buildings in Barkerville and is believed to have survived the fire of 1868. It was once a tea house and a post office.

McMahon’s Confectionery

McMahon’s Confectionery, once known as the Red Front Cigar Store, was located in Barkerville Historic Town in the 1930’s, and was part of the town’s vital merchant community, selling a diverse selection of treats and sundries.

Today, in the recreated 1930’s style confectionery store, visitors can purchase a wide variety of candy, fudge, tobacco, ice cream, soda pop and specialty products that were available to the towns people of 1930’s Barkerville.

McPherson’s Watchmaker’s Shop

Located in Barkerville Historic Town from May to September, McPherson’s Watchmaker’s Shop is home to more than just watches. With custom jewelery, music boxes, gold and more, McPherson’s your home to luxury items in Barkerville.

For more information call 250-994-3227.

Mason & Daly General Store

Located in Barkerville and open during the summer only, Mason & Daly Barkerville General Merchants is a fascinating store stocking everything from china to top hats. The candy counter is a must for everyone.

For more information call 250-994-3227 (summer only).

Pioneer Clothing

Pioneer Clothing costume rental will outfit you with a Victorian era costume for your day in Barkerville, your special event, your wedding or an evening on the town. A large selection of men’s, women’s and children’s fashions as well as complimentary accessories are maintained. Please call 250-994-3235 to discuss your needs or drop in to Louis Blanc Photographic Gallery to arrange a rental.