Beautiful Bella Coola
British Columbia’s Hidden Gem
Header Photo Credit: Bella Coola Tourism/Scott Carrier
Voyaging to the Bella Coola Valley is a scenic adventure. Located on the central coast, the community of Bella Coola is rich with heritage and a place where history melds perfectly with everyday life.
Explore the untamed landscapes of the Saloompt Forest Trails, capture the stunning beauty of the Great Bear Rainforest and get lost in the stories and experiences of its people. Unplug, unwind and find yourself getting back to nature on this spectacular journey to one of BC’s hidden gems – Bella Coola.
DAY 1 – WILLIAMS LAKE, BC
Travel up the Cariboo Highway, a route that follows much of the historic Cariboo Wagon Road and Gold Rush Trail to Williams Lake.
DAY 2 – BELLA COOLA, BC
Take in the breathtaking scenery of Chilcotin country as we travel beneath the forested flanks of Desous Mountain. Bella Coola, situated in the heart of the Great Bear Rainforest provides us with its own remarkable and breathtaking scenery.
DAY 3 – BELLA COOLA
A local guide takes us on a tour of this stunning paradise including stops at Clayton Falls, with its striking hard granite formations that have been worn by the water and glacier and the Norwegian Heritage House, a structure constructed in the traditional square, timber-log style and set up as it would have appeared 100 years ago.
Bella Coola’s Heritage House, constructed in the traditional square, timber log style, pays tribute to the community’s Norwegian heritage.
DAY 4 – PORT HARDY, BC
Board BC Ferries “Northern Sea Wolf” for a 10-hour scenic Discovery Coast Passage cruise. Experience the rugged beauty of the Inside Passage and the Great Bear Rainforest on this adventure.
EXPERIENCES & HIGHLIGHTS
BC Ferries “Northern Sea Wolf” provides a breathtaking journey through the Discovery Coast Passage. The ship’s two upper decks provide excellent vantage points to watch for logging camps, barge houses and abandoned settlements. The ferry will slow if Orcas are spotted, so don’t forget your binoculars.
DID YOU KNOW?
The Great Bear Rainforest is the largest coastal temperate rainforest in the world at over six million hectares (16 million acres).
DAY 5 – CAMPBELL RIVER, BC
Travelling on the scenic Strait of Georgia coast, we stop at the tiny and picturesque village of Telegraph Cove, which is nestled in a sheltered inlet near the famous Broughton Archipelago. We arrive in Campbell River for our final night.
Telegraph Cove is a former fishing cannery village and is a community of about 20 inhabitants.
DAY 6 – RETURN HOME
Board BC Ferries as we make our way back onto the mainland. Bidding farewell to new-found friends, we return home with wonderful memories from our Bella Coola adventure.