Bella Coola is the southern gateway to the Great Bear Rainforest which stretches some 400km along the coast of British Columbia with the highest concentration of bears in the province. Autumn is prime viewing time when bears are feeding on salmon in the river shallows and most easily be seen from small boats drifting past with the current. Bears can also be viewed in the Spring when just out of hibernation feeding on sedges in the tidal estuaries and on roadside grasses.
From $1650pp twin share Autumn
Autumn Season September & October
Spring Season April & May
Bell Coola Valley with a population of ~2500 is a quiet rural area where the main activities are forestry, fishing and tourism with the small port at the mouth of the Bella Coola River connected to the Pacific Ocean by ~100km of spectacular fjords.
The valley floor has a ~60 km flat sealed section of Highway 20 leading inland to the steep gravel switchback over the 5000ft mountain pass which is the only land access to the rest of British Columbia and built by local volunteers in 1953 after the provincial government refused deeming it too dangerous.
Beautiful snow capped mountain peaks surround the valley on all sides rising some 7000 to 8000 feet directly from the valley floor.
There is a considerable “Naxalk” first nations population here and guided cultural tours visiting artisans workshops, petroglyphs, totem poles and massive old growth cedar forests can be arranged on request plus there are several galleries selling native art, clothing and jewellery.
Other activities include fishing in the fjords for salmon and halibut, well developed hiking trails, river drifts and cross country ATV excursions as well as helicopter flightseeing.
Travel independently to Vancouver Airport’s Southern Terminal for your ~2 hour scenic flight to Bella Coola over the majestic snow covered Coastal Ranges. Collect you rental car at the airport and drive to your booked accommodation with the rest of the day free to begin your exploration of the Bella Coola Valley – see Bell Coola Valley.
Today a spectacular 4 -5 hr bear watching experience in a small boat drifting on the Atnarko river in Tweedsmuir National Park anchoring at intervals to watch grizzly and black bears feasting in the shallows on salmon heading up stream to their spawning grounds.
Your ~6hr guided tour will take you to the top of the mountain pass separating Bella Coola Valley from the rest of British Columbia looking out for wildlife such as deer and bald eagle and especially black and grizzly bears just out of hibernation grazing on road side grasses supplemented with an extensive commentary on the Valleys historical points of interest, sights and attractions.
Listen on hydrophones to the songs of the humpbacks as well as the endless chatter of the pacific white sided dolphins as you cruise the remote fjords connecting Bella Coola to the Pacific Ocean with cliffs that shoot straight up from sea level to over 5000 ft!
Look out for Orca, Humpback and grey whales in the fjords, wolves, grizzly, and mountain goats onshore and bald eagles and many other sea birds overhead. By arrangement when booking we can extend your tour to included stops at hot springs, coastal petroglyphs and massive cedars as well as a seafood BBQ of crab and prawns caught straight out of the water that day.
This morning free for a last chance to explore some more of Bella Coola Valley or perhaps buy some Aboriginal art before returning your rental vehicle to the airport and joining your return lunch time flight to Vancouver where your tour ends on arrival.
Return economy class flights from Vancouver
3 nights 3-star accommodation
3 days car hire
All tours as described
All taxes and park entrance fees
#187 02/05/17 Conditions*: Prices are Australia Dollars and based on Twin share. Seasonal surcharges & blackout dates apply, single supplement and flights from other departure cities are available on request. Other conditions apply call for details. Subject to availability at all times. Prices include taxes and are subject to change without notice and currency fluctuations. The Impulse Travel Group Pty Ltd ABN 92 100 392 345 trading Momento Travel Services.