Bella Coola Valley

April 22, 2008 09:04 ET

Ferry Crossing to Bella Coola Ranks as One of the World's Most Scenic With Wildlife Viewing and Stunning Coastlines

Nature lovers relish the adventure of getting to breathtaking Bella Coola Valley, BC

BELLA COOLA VALLEY, BRITISH COLUMBIA--(Marketwire - April 22, 2008) - With whales and sea lions to the left, and granite cliffs and misty green forests to the right, it's easy to be spellbound as the Queen of Chilliwack ferries passenger between Port Hardy, on the northern tip of Vancouver Island, and Bella Coola, just inland from the Central Coast of British Columbia. BC Ferries summer sailings start June 10 and run until September 8. Reservations are required and can be made by visiting www.bcferries.bc.ca/schedules/discovery or by phoning 1-888-223-3779.

For those who enjoy the off-season, BC Ferries' MV Nimpkish runs a fall, winter and spring service between Bella Coola and Bella Bella. From there, passengers can take connecting ferries to or from Port Hardy or Prince Rupert. This is a great option for those who like to fish in Bella Coola, or take advantage of some great Bella Coola skiing.

The ferry service to/from Bella Coola, British Columbia, is one of the most unique trips around. Every Friday upon departure from Ocean Falls, passengers gather on deck for a barbeque of salmon, chicken or steak with all the trimmings. Sometimes the captain joins in the fun, at times barbecuing, and, on occasion, sharing his favourite sauce recipes. There's also a designated area where tents can be set up so passengers can enjoy the ambiance of a campground aboard the ferry. With reclining chairs for optimum scenery viewing, activity programs for the kids, movies, a licensed cafeteria and gift shop, there is plenty to keep passengers occupied.

No matter what time of the year people visit the Bella Coola Valley, nature lovers and soft adventurers will fall in love with this magical place. Explore a hiking trail, drift a river and tour the petroglyphs and fish in Bella Coola Valley. Go horseback riding, mountain biking, air-touring and heliskiing-Bella Coola. Small galleries and shops showcase the diversity of artisans that is Bella Coola culture. Accommodation is welcoming, with some of the best British Columbia campgrounds, small hotels and motels, family-run inns, woodsy cabins and charming B&Bs. A trip to Bella Coola Valley will rejuvenate the spirit and put visitors back in touch with nature.

About the Bella Coola Valley:

The Bella Coola Valley is a gem of natural beauty within the Central Coast of British Columbia. The Valley lies at the head of a 100-km long inlet from the outer Pacific Ocean and therefore boasts a temperate climate with much less rainfall than the outer coast region. It can be reached by road from Williams Lake, by scheduled and chartered air service, by private boat and BC Ferries. Bella Coola Valley is a haven for backcountry enthusiasts who come to take in the spectacular scenery while skiing, fishing, hiking, kayaking, and more. There is a wide range of accommodations and restaurants to suit every visitor's tastes and needs. For more information on the Bella Coola Valley, please visit www.bellacoola.ca.

Contact Information

  • Bella Coola Valley Tourism
    Cheryl Waugh
    Marketing Chair
    1-877-982-2424
    Website: www.bellacoola.ca