Bella Coola Valley, British Columbia Canada
The Bella Coola Valley, British Columbia, Canada
Monday April 21st, 2014
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The Bella Coola Valley

The Bella Coola Valley, a gem of natural beauty within the Central Coast of British Columbia. Wilderness abounds and beckons nature lovers and soft adventurers who wish to get off the well-trod tourist path. It also has an alluring history: the First Nations Nuxalk people (pronounced Nu-hawk) date back 10,000 years. The Valley boasts a temperate climate that encompasses the Coast Mountains, crystalline rivers and inland regions. The Bella Coola Valley lies at the head of a 100 km (60mi) inlet from the outer Pacific Ocean and therefore has much less rainfall than the outer coast region.

Journeying to the Bella Coola Valley is an adventure. The Valley stretches 80 km (50 mi) from North Bentinck Arm, to the base of "The Hill" on Highway 20 and can be reached by road from Williams Lake, by scheduled and chartered air service, by private boat and BC Ferries seasonal service.  At the eastern end of the Valley is Tweedsmuir Provincial Park a haven for outdoor recreation.  Relax with a fishing line in hand, explore a hiking trail, drift a river, hire a guide to watch wildlife, tour the petroglyphs, go horseback riding, mountain biking, air-touring, heli-hiking, swim among salmon. In winter, the mountains guarantee deep powder for heli-skiing, heli-boarding and snowmobiling as well as ample snow for cross-country skiing and snowshoeing.

Small galleries and shops showcase the diversity of artisans who call the Valley home. Accommodation is welcoming with campgrounds and RV locations, small hotels and motels, family-run inns, woodsy cabins/cottages and charming bed and breakfasts.

A visit to Bella Coola Valley is about escaping the hectic pace and embracing the great outdoors -- let the adventures begin.

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