Camping & Accommodations

Festival Camping

Firstly, there are strictly no pets, (that includes dogs) permitted in any of our campgrounds in 2019. Below are our Camping options for 2019. There are also some excellent camping & RV options at Barkerville which include power, showers and serviced toilets.

Camping passes are available online HERE. Camping passes are subject to availability, it is recommended that you book early if you’d like to guarantee a spot for the weekend.

We’re happy you asked! There are 5 options of camping pass:

  1. Ball Diamond Campground Pass (Tent Camping Only): $45
  2. Meadow Campground Pass: $45
  3. Meadow Campground Driver Vehicle Pass:$65
  4. RV Campground Driver RV Pass: $80
  5. RV Campground (Passengers Pass) $45

Every camping pass is issued with a wristband, Car & RV passes are issued with an additional decal at the gate to display on the dash of their vehicle. Your camping pass is valid for the entire weekend.


Ball Diamond Campground

Ball Diamond Campground Pass: Tent Camping Only

Our ‘Tent Only Zone’ is in the Ball Diamond. It is designed to create a comfortable & spacious accommodation for your stay in Wells. There will not be any vehicles allowed in this marked-off, tent-only zone. The drop off and parking for this section will be located nearby, to make the distance short, to set up your camp. This is also an option for those who bring their car but don’t wish to camp with their vehicle. Free potable water is available at the campground, so make sure you bring refillable containers. Don’t worry, there are toilets close by.

Please note: This campsite will be open to campers starting Tuesday, July 30 at noon. No camping is available in this area before that time. Limited washroom facilities will be available.


Meadow Campground (area behind the Jack O Clubs)

Meadow Campground Pass: If you want to camp next to your friend’s car or you prefer the Meadow Campground area this pass is for you!

Meadow Campground Car Pass: This pass is required for the driver of the car that wants to park in Meadow Campground. This pass includes your camping wristband & car decal.

This car pass is to be purchased in addition to your Meadow Camping Pass if you wish to bring your car into the Meadow Campground. 1 pass per vehicle. Please note: A Car Pass is required by all cars & trucks under 20 feet long wanting to park in the Meadow Campground. RV’s are no longer permitted in this campground.

Please note: This campsite will be open to campers starting Thursday, August 1 at noon. No camping or parking is available in this area before that time.


RV Campground

RV Campground (Driver Vehicle Pass): An RV Driver Pass is required for the driver of the RV. This pass includes your wristband & RV decal.

RV Campground (Passengers Pass): Each additional RV passenger requires an RV Passenger Pass or any additional friends who wish to camp in the RV area.

What is classified as an RV?

An RV Camping Pass is required for any vehicle over 20 feet long. This is for those who wish to bring a campervan, van, private RV, or a vehicle towing a Caravan, Camper Trailer, or Trailer. Campervans up to 24 feet and caravans up to 20 feet in length are permitted. Anyone intending to bring motor-homes or caravans larger than this will need to check with us first. We do not have hookups for RV’s or access to showers, however, there are private camping sites in Wells that provide these services (see the list below).

You MUST pre-purchase the appropriate Vehicle Pass for these vehicles listed above.

Alternate Accommodations

The ArtsWells festival weekend gets very busy so please book early to avoid disappointment.

Private and Public Campsites

Nugget Hills RV Park & Camping (Wells) – RV water and electrical hook-ups & showers.  250-994-2333

Cariboo Joy RV Park (Wells) – Tended season-round RV park with bathroom and shower facilities.  RV’s only (no tent sites available).  250-994-3463

Barkerville Campgrounds (Barkerville) – A number of campsites closer to Barkerville.  Small cabins are also available.  These campsites are a 20 minute bike ride or 5 minute drive from Wells. Fire pits, firewood sales, flush toilets, sani-dump and coin operated showers are available. 1-888-994-3332

B&B, Hotel & Motel Accommodations

The Wells Hotel (Wells) – Enjoy the simple elegance of one of British Columbia’s newly renovated heritage country inns.  Relax in the Wells Hotel 1930’s pub & restaurant.  One of the venues during the ArtsWells festival.  250-994-3427

The Hubs Motel (Wells) – Across the street from the Bear’s Paw Cafe.  Friendly service, clean & comfortable rooms, and affordable rates.  250-994-3313

Mountain Thyme Getaway (Wells) – A quaint 1940’s guest-house on the main street of Wells overlooking the meadows, Sliding Mountain, and across from the Bear’s Paw Café and the Frog On The Bog Gifts.  250-994-2345

The White Caps Motel (Wells) – Inquire as to availability.  250-994-3489

St. George Hotel B&B (Barkerville) – Authentic 1890’s atmosphere with modern amenities.  A quaint 7 room property. 250-994-2345

The Kelly and King House B&B (Barkerville) – Stay right in historic Barkerville.  Feather beds, down duvets and antique furnishings.  250-994-3328


Please call the IMA office if you require additional information: 1-800-442-2787


Countdown to ArtsWells 2019


Pre-Fest Workshops

Come early to Wells and take part in a singing or songwriting workshop! More information on the Pre-Fest Workshops page here.

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