Bear's Paw Cafe in Wells

Bear's Paw Cafe

206 12423 Barkerville Hwy, Wells, BC

  • Food & Beverage
  • Tourism, Travel & Lodging
  • Award-winning customer service.
  • Foods that are both familiar and unique
  • An entertaining atmosphere.

Meet Dave Jorgenson & Cheryl Macarthy

Dave Jorgenson & Cheryl Macarthy is the owner of Bear's Paw Cafe

The restaurant industry is a tough one to compete in. Yet, in spite of this, Dave Jorgenson and Cheryl Macarthy have managed to create a stand-out eating establishment in the small town of Wells. In fact, its reputation even draws patrons in from other communities… no small feat for a restaurant that’s off the beaten path, so to speak.

However, Dave and Cheryl never doubted their ability to make delicious food that people would love to eat. They started the Bear’s Paw Cafe in 1997 and have been going strong ever since. In fact, they have managed to develop a strong reputation for their business and the quality of the food that they serve, so much so that they sometimes get requests to open the restaurant during off-hours to accommodate visitors to the area, and they are always happy to oblige. In fact, they are devoted to their customers, both visiting and their Wells friends and neighbours. For them, developing relationships is what their business is really all about.

While their business tends to be brisker in the summer months, it is the Wells winters that Cheryl and Dave really look forward to each year. Winter time in Wells is “amazing and deep and quiet and accessible and both snowy and sunny at the same time” says Cheryl. It was the natural beauty of the area and, particularly, the mountains, that drew the couple here in the first place. Whenever they have the chance, whether summer or winter, they like to get out and spend time in the mountains.

Eclectic. Innovative. Unique.

The Bear’s Paw Cafe offers exceptional casual cuisine with contemporary flair and unique flavour that has garnered it attention on an international scale. Guests are invited to relax in one-of-a-kind surroundings (or outside in the summer on Wells’ only licensed outdoor patio) where they will be treated to friendly, personalized service. All of the food at the Bear’s Paw Cafe is made from scratch from fresh ingredients (locally sourced when available). In addition to its exclusive, original-recipe dishes, the menu also includes an eclectic selection of organic foods, frog-friendly coffee, craft beers and BC wines. Guests are invited to join other diners for regular entertainment and events. Visiting from out of town? Make sure you take home a gift or souvenir.

The Bear’s Paw Cafe was the 2012 recipient of the Best Cafe in Northern BC award (BC Living Online) and the 2013 and 2014 recipient of the Trip Advisor Award of Excellence. It has been rated by guests on TripAdvisor as “excellent” more than any other restaurant in the Cariboo Chilcotin Coast region.

The Bear’s Paw Cafe is a member of the Quesnel Chamber of Commerce, the Cariboo Tourism Association and Tourism BC.

Contact + Hours

  • Monday and Tuesday
  • 10:00 am - 8:00 pm
  • Wednesday and Thursday
  • 10:00 am - 4:00 pm
  • Friday
  • 10:00 am - 8:00 pm
  • Saturday and Sunday
  • 9:00 am - 8:00 pm


  • 206 12423 Barkerville Hwy
  • Wells, BC
  • V0K 2R0, Canada

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