Special Events

There are endless things to do in Wells.  We don't catalogue them all, but here are some of our favourites from last year. Call or email us for Dinner Reservations, or to find out about events that are going on while YOU are in town.  

Consider this a sample of some of the premium and professionally-performed types of events that you can enjoy in Wells.

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April Music- Earth Day at the Paw!-Raghu Lokathan performs from his new album, Blue Girl, with an evening concert including Christina Zaenker, Corwin Fox, Jessie B and JackieD.  Performance starts at 8:00 pm.  Suggested donation $10. We're not even open yet, but the Paw will be offering a special dinner for this night, for only $12.  In support of Culture in the North, we're donating half the value of the dinner directly to Island Mountain Arts.

May 10th-Entertainment Barkerville Opens for the 2010 Season.  If you think it's the same every year...think again!  New displays and events are created every year...but frankly, I'm still trying to catch up with seeing all the 'old' stuff.  Also Theatre Royal launches its spring shows.

May -KIM BEGGS  Sweet Old Time Folk/Roots Music.  At the Paw at 8 pm. Finishing a Cross Canada tour that included a number of SOLD OUT venues, Kim returns to the Paw to promote her upcoming album.  Sweet Venue, Sweet Sounds, Sweets! Kim will be performing with the harmonious backup of fellow Yukoner Natalie Edelson.  By donation. Dinner Special.  Perfect event to help settle into the new Barkerville season.

May - Donna Konsorado Music  Folk/Country/Blues.  On tour with her husband/pianist/accompaniest  Donna Konsorado plays frail style banjo in original compositions ranging from banjo instrumentals to swinging guitar-led commentary on impertintent cowboys.

June 20th -Theatre/Music Theatre Royal in Barkerville performs its opening Gala show, celebrating the new summer shows for the summer of 2010.

July 3rd - TBA Music  July 1st long weekend musical celebration.  Pray to the sun gods!

July -Theatre The Sunset Theatre.  Opens in early July. After a devasting winter snowload which damaged part of the roof of the building, the Sunset is back in action.  Check out their website for shows, workshops and other activities, or call us to find out what's going on.

July Wingdam Ramblers - Music Local heroes Bob Campbell and Murray Boal, both Cariboo musical legends combine forces to make an exceptionally talented musical duo who's new album is getting air play around the planet.  The Wingdam Ramblers are two exceptional songwriters with perfectly complimentary musical styles make this repeat performance at the Paw sure to be another great one.

July -Music- The Blues - Manitoba Hal.  Unbelievable Blues.  We first met Manitoba Hal too many years ago, when he performed at the Singing Camel in Wells.  We've worn out his cd's, waiting for his return and here it is at last!  NICE GUY....and Ting Yuen - Artrush Galleryconsummate roots/blues musician. Guitar and Uke, and a voice built for the blues!....imagine the blues on a uke?  Visit his myspace link and listen to "Cost of the Blues"...then come to this concert!

July 28 to 31.  Art/Music.  Island Mountain Arts Summer School Schedule is knocking my socks off!  Their normally excellent summer school of the arts typically includes some of the best arts instructors from across Canada.  However, the music is what grabs me and the 28th marks the beginning of two particular courses.  Fingerstyle Guitar, by Tim Williams. 

July 28 Music Tim Williams plays a concert with Songwriter and fellow IMA instructor Ken Whiteley.  Both of these guys are roots and blues legends with decades of experience between them....This will be a rare chance to see these two play together in a fabulous concert that leads up to the Artswells Festival.

July 29 Music Linda McRae Canadian entertainer Linda McRae may be one of the Queens of traditional and folk music.  From a musical career that ran from Spirit of the West, and the Flying Jennys, through solo productions by Colin Linden, Linda is now a virtuoso on the clawhammer banjo, with a sweet voice to magnetize you to the performance.  Here more recent works attracted the Hank Williams Museum to ask her to perform.  She has become a performance icon at the Bears Paw and we're proud that she's asked us to bring her back before the opening of ArtsWells.

July 30 - Lotsa Music Greatest Show on Earth.  If you haven't been to one, then it's time.  This is one of the greatest music festivals on earth.  Why...because Wells makes events like no others.  Even the artists just want to come, so they can be part of this magnificent scene.  The collection of music is so eclectic that your ears will be opened and your mind widened more than you can imagine.  This year The Bear's Paw will be again be a venue for 'Busking at the Bear's Paw'.  This was a highly successful dropin venue for artists to get in a few extra gigs while they're here, and last year was absolutely phenomenal...Beer and cool music!

August  Music GET YOUR LIFE IN ORDER! Did you make it to Mr. Something Something 4 years ago at the Bear's Paw?  6 piece Afro Beat Jazz Band that blew our socks off.  Well that concert has led to this one...Random Order hav been described as Canada's premiere reggae-ska-punk-rawk-world underground supergroup.  Forget the label...get up and dance!  Big Brass Sounds, backed up with great vocals, high energy and total commitment!  you only get listen to music like this in a blue moon...and now the moon and the stars are aligned. http://www.randomorder.ca/

August -Sport The Tinman is Back!  Maybe the world's smallest Triathalon, the Tin-man is back by popular demand.  Lap Wendle Lake, Cycle 18 km, run a 5 km route through Wells, and wrap it up!  Fun , social and as competitive as you want it to be.  Enter the event and get a 10% discount at the Bear's Paw for dinner.  Then we follow up with a bang-up concert...if you're not too stiff....get up and dance!

August 12 (a Thursdave) Silliness/Music - 6th Annual Day of the Daves - A celebration of Dave. Everyone named Dave eats for free! Bring a Dave and you get a free dessert! Unique Dave Menu on this night! If you're Dave, you don't need a ticket for this event. If you aren't, come anyway.  Pick up our "What a Difference a Dave Makes" T-shirts anytime of the year for your favourite Dave.  Dominique Fraissard...well his name starts with a 'D', and he knows some Dave stories...will be performing at the Paw at 8 pm.  Standing Ovation at the Salmon Arm roots and Blues Festival last year.  Guitar style, and melodic male voice that are rare and beautiful as he sings from his own collection of pieces from traditional folk to urban groove.

August - Sport Cariboo Migration Bike Relay Race!  This is a bike marathon on the hills from Quesnel to Wells.  Only  100km, but what a ride!  Quesnel is 474 metres above sea level.  Wells is 1200 metres.  If that isn't enough...it's not a straight hill!

August 18 Music - International Harp Concert, with Lori Pappajohn, Charlene Wallace, Sunita Staneslow and Gal Shahar, sponsored by Island Mountain Arts and performed at the historic Sunset Theatre in Wells. These internationally renowned artists will be teaching at the Annual IMA art school, and coming together for this concert to showcase their talents. $25 per person before the discount. Special concert dinner, including a drink and dessert, $25/person

August Sport Barkerville Boneshaker.  Over the past 2 years, dozend and dozens of kilometres of trails have been linked, upgraded, cleared, and ramped up especially for Mountain Biking!  This inaugural event will set you on the straight and narrow, and give the low-down on the uptrack.

August 21 Beauty and Theatre - Mid Autumn Chinese Festival. One of the most beautiful evenings of the year. This event begins at dusk, with you in a parade of Chinese lanterns, snaking your way up the streets of Barkerville, to the Chinese District. There, you enjoy a special outdoor re-enactment of a traditional Chinese folk tale. Afterwards, by torchlight, sample a wide variety of Chinese fruits and pastries.


September 16,17 Sport/Music - The Summit Experience Bike and Hike Challenge Banquet. Join us for dinner and a concert all fit in together at The Bear's Paw Cafe.  Next morning, the Summit Experience begins - 12 Hours to bike, and hike on 7 mountains, bag 7 summits in the third annual Cariboo Adventure Challenge!


January 24, 25 Sport - Cariboo Jack Ski Tour and Dog Sled Mail Run.  Cariboo Jack was the nickname of Wong Man Ding, who came to Stanley in 1868 and never left, following his same route to and from Barkerville for the next 50 years. This tour honours the Chinese cultural connection to the settlement of BC. Tour over a seldom used route, through beautiful sub-alpine scenery. Ski the last wild section of the Cariboo Waggon Road. Then, the next day, complete the Barkerville Dash, as dozens of Dog teams, ski-jorers and winter enthusiasts make the final dash from Barkerville to Wells, to complete the 3 Day Annual Dog Sled Mail Run


February Food/Recreation - Wells Gourmet Ski Tour is held the Third Thursday in February.  Only 100 seats and sold out every year.  For pics visit this link  For more information visit this link and scroll down the page.  LINK  This tour includes a highly successful Mountain film Festival on that same night!

To book tickets to any of these events or for more information about the region, Sunset Theatre Schedule in Wells, or Theatre Royal performance schedule in Barkerville, accommodation packages, other theatre and musical opportunities, call "The Paw" toll free at 1-866-994-2345. or email dinner(at)thebearspaw(dot)ca
For more Cool Places in Wells visit: 
WHITEGOLD ADVENTURES - Outdoor and Adventure Tours, Gold Mine Tours   www.whitegold.ca
FROG ON THE BOG - Toadily Unique Gifts, great coffee, nature-friendly gifts and souvenirs!  "The most talked about store in the Cariboo!"  www.frogonthebog.ca

The Bear's Paw Cafe