Gold Rush Sled Dog Mail Run

Check out this link to the full website on the Gold Rush Sled Dog Mail Run

January 24 - 27, 2019 - mark your calendars now for a great time to start the new year!

Details on January 24, 25 and 26 can be found on their website (link above). But January 27 is when it gets exciting in Wells!!

Wells - Barkerville Dash, January 27, 2019

The Gold Rush Trail Dog Sled Mail Run is living history over a 3 day annual event. For the past 27 years, on the fourth weekend of January, dog teams and dedicated mushers from near and far, who have been sworn in as official mail carriers have carried Canada Post mail in their dog sleds over the Gold Rush Trail to Barkerville. Special Mail Run envelopes are designed each year with artwork by local artists, printed and sold from this website, or at local outlets, stamped “Carried by Dog Team” and hand cancelled by volunteers in Quesnel, Wells and Barkerville, the three post offices along the route. Once delivered to Barkerville, this mail enters the regular mail system for delivery anywhere in the world.

On Sunday, the Wells-Barkerville Dash - is included as the final leg of that day’s stage. Participants may choose to participate in the Barkerville Dash only (see Mail Run Stages). The “Dash” is open to dog mushers, skijorers, skiers, runners, kicksledders, bicycles, snowshoers or any other mode of transportation. Dog Teams are not to exceed 6 dogs. All participants in the “Dash” must provide a prize that will become part of the prize pool….the “Dasher” with the fastest time in each category will get first pick and so on….everyone wins! This year there will be a draw prize for all registered Dash participants. Must be present at the Wind-Up to win

Schedule for Sunday, January 27, 2018    The Wells - Barkerville Dash

10:30 am – 11:45 pm

On-site registration for DASH only participants at the Jack O Clubs in the Pub. Registration will close at 11:45 precisely. Participants must bring a prize for the prize table (first placement – first pick of prize).

10:45 am

Mushers meeting ONLY in the Barkerville Parking Lost for Stage #3

11:00 am

Start of Stage #3 of Mail Run at Barkerville – dog teams and possible some skiers and skijorers will complete the whole trail which will bring them to the Jack O Clubs in Wells for the beginning of the DASH.

12:00 pm

Start of Wells-Barkerville DASH from Jack O Clubs in Wells.

12:30 – 1:30 pm

Watch Participants as they arrive at finish in front of Post Office on Barkerville’s Main Street.

12:00 – 4:00 pm

Wells Winter Carnival – snow activities located on Camel Drive (between Frog on the Bog and Jack O Clubs). Parking on highway.

2:00 pm

Final Awards and Wind-Up...Jack O Clubs in Wells at Wells Winter Carnival. Hot Drinks and Lunch provided for all participants.



Volunteers are needed for the following areas:

We need volunteers to help build the carnival activities during the month of January!!

2 volunteers - Registration for the DASH from 10:30 – 12:00 at the Jack O Clubs in Wells

2 volunteers - Timing DASH participants from 12:30 – 1:30 at the Post Office in Barkerville

2-3 volunteers - Guiding vehicles for parking from 12:00 – 4:00 in front of the Frog on the Bog Gifts

1 volunteer – General assistance and to help calculate order of finish for DASH participants from 12:00 – 2:00

Volunteers will receive recognition package from the Gold Rush Sled Dog Mail Run.

If you would like to help out in any of these areas, please contact Wylie at the District office at 250-994-3330 or email at



The Mail Run envelopes each feature unique artwork and have become cherished collectors items. The design of this years envelope is the work of Quesnel resident, Christine Yaffe. Carrying the mail is an honour and the mushers take the task seriously. The envelopes routinely end up in over 20 different counties and the stories received from grateful recipients are heart warming.

$3.00 each or 5 for $12.00

Price includes full colour insert explaining the history of the Mail Run

Purchase and Post envelopes at the following local Outlets:

Jack ‘O Clubs General - Wells

BNC Mercantile - Wells

Rocky's - Bouchie Lake

Shoppers Drug Mart, Quesnel

Canada Post Office downtown, Reid Street, Quesnel

Total Pet, Quesnel

Bosley's - Quesnel,

North Cariboo Co-op - 3 Mile Flat




Saturday Jan. 26 - at Troll around 2:00 pm

Mail Run organizers believe that it is very important that certain basic winter survival skills are perpetuated and at its genesis, that is really what the Musher’s Sports event is all about. Travelling on snowshoes, harnessing a dog team, finding dry wood, splitting kindling, laying a fire on the deep snow, lighting a fire with as few matches as possible and keeping it going, melting snow for water. These are all essential survival skills. Of course, there is also the moose calling and the trap setting that may not be all that essential but certainly do add to the fun.

This event will take place once all of the teams and other participants have completed the Mail Run for the day.

There are a limited number of team spaces for each event as they need to make sure there is equipment available, so if you have a 5 person team interested in participating, let the Mail Run or Wylie know as soon as possible.


Saturday Evening Trilogy – Dinner, Awards, Auction

January 26, 2019

Dinner Tickets:

The Saturday night banquet is open to all -- participants, handlers, volunteers, family, friends, supporters, fans and groupies……we want to encourage everyone to attend! But you must have a ticket and we need some idea of just how many will be attending so that the chefs can cook enough food, please reserve your seat early.


The presentation of some awards will also be taking place following the banquet meal. Over the years, the Mail Run has developed a very special collection of Awards


The awards will then be followed by the annual auction which promises to be lots of fun.   Donations of auction items that are related to dog mushing and winter outdoor sports are accepted for both a silent and live auction. All of the proceeds from the auction will go toward defraying the expenses associated with staging the annual Mail Run.


















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