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The Journey Is Part Of The Adventure
Bella Coola is easily accessible by ground, air and water. Take a scenic flight directly from Vancouver airport with Pacific Coastal Airlines but If your up for an adventurous road trip, cruise through the beautiful Cariboo Chilcotin on Highway 20 or set sail with BC Ferries from Port Hardy.
We offer detailed travel instructions and directions so you can start planning the perfect trip.
Take A Road Trip
- Drive Through The Cariboo Chilcotin -
Head West from Williams Lake B.C. on Highway 20 and let your Wildlife Viewing adventures begin. Bella Coola is about a 6 hour drive West from Williams Lake. Chances are you will see a few Mule Deer around the Alexis Creek area while cruising across the Plateau. After about 2 hours of travelling on the Chilcotin Highway you will see the rugged, snow-capped peaks of the Coast range a distance off to the West. Just keep heading for the Coast and stay on Highway 20.
You will pass through Tatla Lake, Nimpo Lake and Anahim Lake
and eventually you will come to Heckman Pass.
Bella Coola's famous "Hill" is the point where Highway 20 crests the Coast Range and begins its descent into the Bella Coola Valley. In this general area you should keep your eyes open for Grizzly Bears and Black Bears as they like to feed on the Clover along the side of the gravel road. At Heckman Pass you begin the two part descent and the first 5.5 km's leads you down to the Young Creek Bridge. The last 6km, with grades of up to 18%, is marked narrow, single lane in places. There are two switch-backs, giving spectacular views of the Valley below. Be sure to take your time coming down and keep your vehicle in low gear on the steep parts using your lowest gears to hold you back. Try to avoid using your brakes too much. If they heat up you will have to pullover to let your brakes cool. Vehicles coming up the hill have the right of way so always be alert of the oncoming traffic and pull over to let them by. Once you get to the bottom of the Hill and the Valley below you will be back on the pavement. Always be watching for bears as you cruise through the upper end of the Valley as they can be wandering around anywhere in the Tweedsmuir Park area.
Book A Flight
- Fly Over The Scenic Coast Mountains -
Bella Coola Airport has a 4200 foot paved runway and is suitable for small private jets (V.F.R). Port Hardy, at the North end of Vancouver Island has a 5000 foot paved runway where commercial jets can land (ILS Facilities).
Fuel (Jet and 100 low lead) is available at Port Hardy and Bella Coola,
as well as aircraft storage facilities.
Pacific Coastal Airlines Provides daily scheduled flights from Vancouver B.C. to Bella Coola. Call Pacific Coastal Airlines @ 604-273-8666 for reservations and schedules or click below to visit their official website.
Cruise With Bc Farries
- Set Sail From Port Hardy -
BC Ferries scheduled passenger and vehicle Ferry service from Port Hardy to Bella Coola offers a scenic coastal adventure, this can be a great combination as part of your arrival or departure while visiting Bella Coola Grizzly Tours.
Phone BC Ferries @ 250-386-3431 for reservations
- Heli Hiking - Sightseeing - Heli Angling -
West Coast Helicopters Provides local Helicopter Charters for Heli-Angling, Heli-Hiking and sightseeing around Bella Coola and the Coast Mountains.
Call 250-982-2181 Bella Coola Base
Or visit the official website below.