The Gold Rush Trail Sled Dog Mail Run starts just north of Quesnel and finishes in Wells, approximately 60 miles (by road) away. Participants could spend the nights in either Quesnel or Wells and easily drive to the starting point of each day’s stage.
It is recommended that participants spend Thursday and Friday nights in Quesnel due to registration, the post office, Umiti Pit (start of stage one) and Baker School (place of entertainment and dinner Friday) events are all in or near Quesnel.
For Saturday night participants are welcome to stay at Troll Ski Resort (camp in the parking lot or bed down in the lodge) or at Wells due to all Sunday activities in Wells. Kerry's place (see below) is partway up the Barkerville Hwy, so the drive to and from Troll and Wells is not too far.
The Airport Inn Motel and R.V. Park in Quesnel is located in the northern end of town at 3101 Hwy 97N, close to the junction with the Barkerville Highway. It’s location and layout make it a preferred spot for dog mushers participating in the Mail Run. This motel has 20 rooms,n eight standard and twelve kitchenettes with from one to three beds, access to wifi, cable t.v., all are ground floor units and dog trucks can park at the door of most units. Standard rooms include continental breakfast. This motel will also have a very large plowed area that can be used for dropping dogs. In addition to motel rooms there are designated areas with power (but not running water) for truck campers, trailers and camper vans.
Email the Airport Inn at firstname.lastname@example.org go to their website at www.airportinnrv.com or call them at 250 992-5942. They are offering a 10% discount for those who book their accommodation by December 31st. Check out their facebook page to see photos - Search Airport Inn Quesnel .
TROLL RESORT - www.trollskiresort.com
Troll Resort is the site of all of the “On Trail” Activities on Day 2 (Saturday), it is also the site of the Saturday afternoon Musher’s Sports and the evening Banquet and Auction. Participants are able to stay at Troll. It may be possible to "crash" on the floor in the lodge on Saturday night only, which offers a heated place to sleep and washrooms with hot and cold running water. Those who stay in the lodge must provide their own sleeping bag and mattress and must be up and about fairly early in the morning so as not to interfere with the skiers who will be arriving for the day. There will be no charge for “crashing” in the lodge. A Musher’s Breakfast will be served at reasonable cost on Saturday and Sunday mornings beginning at 8:00 a.m., the snack bar is open all day and of course Lunch will be available for purchase at the Troll snack bar.
One of our dedicated volunteers is offering her residence to mushers and their handlers or family, free of charge. She has 2 bedrooms and a large heated shop where people can bed down. Plenty of room for dog trucks and trailers. Contact her at ph. 250-255-7400.
The communities of Wells and Barkerville are only about 5 miles from each other and while all of the Day 3 (Sunday) activities are centered in Barkerville, the accommodation and services are located in Wells.
There is one motel and one hotel in Wells, the Hubs Motel and the Wells Hotel. For information about these facilities, click on Wells or go to Sponsors and Links tab on this website and then click on Wells/Bowron Lakes and then click on Accommodations and scroll down to Hotels/Motels.
The Hubs Motel is located directly across from the helipad in Wells. You are encouraged to go to the Hubs Motel website www.hubsmotel.ca look under the heading Rates and Accommodations, where you will get a description of all room configurations and prices. The Hubs Motel is offering a group rate of 10% off to all Mail Run participants. Contact the Hubs Motel, 1-866-994-3313 and ask for Dianne. It may be possible for participants to share some of the apartment-style units in this motel. Everyone is advised to book early.
The Mountain Thyme Guesthouse is located right in "downtown" Wells, check out their website www.stayinwells.ca There is lots of parking for dog trucks very close by. Check on the Wells Accommodation website for other accommodation options. Note that if there are available accommodations in Barkerville, it will most likely not be possible to bring your dog truck inside the Barkerville perimeter fence and close to your accommodation.
A NOTE ABOUT MOVING DOG TRUCKS
In 2012, Mail Run organizers made the decision to change each day’s trail routes to looped trails that started and finished at the same place. The main reason for this decision was to ensure that it would not be necessary to move dog trucks from the start area to the finish area on each day. The 2012 experiment proved to be very successful and is still the way it is done.
updated October 10, 2017