Bella Coola Valley, British Columbia Canada
Maps of the Bella Coola Valley and Hagensborg
Wednesday April 16th, 2014

Welcome to the Bella Coola Valley

Enter a hidden world steeped in history, culture, rich with wildlife, lush flora and gentle rivers. From sea to mountain peak, from valley floor to glacier, prepare to Experience the Adventure!

Journeying to Bella Coola 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.


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Bella Coola Townsite

Bella Coola Townsite is located at the head of North Bentinck Arm beside the Bella Coola River. The commercial centre of the Valley, the townsite offers accommodation, restaurants, groceries, fuel, auto repairs, banking and other retail services. The Royal Canadian Mounted Police (RCMP) constabulary is headquartered here along with the library, museum, hospital, clinic, pharmacy, post office and churches. Marine services are nearby at the government wharf.  Many residents live in the townsite and more in the First Nations subdivision, locally referred to as the Bella Coola Village. Click on this map to view larger on screen.
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Hagensborg

Hagensborg is a mere 14 km (8.75 mi) or 10 minutes driving time to the Village of Bella Coola and BC Ferries marshalling grounds. Groceries, gifts, accommodations, camping, fuel, auto repairs and post office are all located along this 2 km (1.2 mi) strip.

In 1894 a group of Norwegian settlers moved to the Bella Coola Valley from Minnesota and other U.S. states that were suffering from a recession. Most were farmers and tradesmen and they settled around Hagen Christensen´s store. The community later became known as Hagensborg.

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Trails

The Bella Coola Valley has an abundance of trails from beginners to advanced hikers.
Visit our trails section for trail descriptions. http://www.bellacoola.ca/valley/trails.php


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Ferry Routes

The journey to Bella Coola aboard BC Ferries is truly where the adventure begins. From the time you leave Port Hardy, on the northern tip of Vancouver Island, you are floating through unsurpassed scenery on the Discovery Coast Passage. This twelve hour crossing through Queen Charlotte Sound to the mid-coast follows the stunning coastline of granite cliffs, misty green forests and deep fjords with few signs of civilization. This crossing through Queen Charlotte Strait to the mid-coast follows the stunning coastline of granite cliffs, misty green forests and deep fjords with few signs of civilization. Watch for sea lions on small islands and stay alert for whales and dolphins.

For more information on BC Ferries Discovery Route visit http://www.bellacoola.ca/getting-here/ferry.php

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The Region

The Bella Coola Valley is tucked into the Coast Mountains about one-third of the way up the province of British Columbia. While it may be considered remote by some, it is also surprisingly easy to access. Whichever way you choose to arrive, the journey will be memorable because of the astonishing and diverse scenery.

By vehicle, arrive via Highway 20, ´The Freedom Highway´, from Williams Lake, to the east. Road travellers will have tales to tell of the last leg of their journey coming down "The Hill". Drive time non-stop is approximately five and a half hours (450 km 280 mi) but take your time. Enjoy the best of the region by travelling the Circle Route for more information visit http://www.bellacoola.ca/valley/itinerary.php

The journey to Bella Coola aboard BC Ferries is truly where the adventure begins. From the time you leave Port Hardy, on the northern tip of Vancouver Island, you are floating through unsurpassed scenery.

By scheduled air service you swoop into the verdant valley after gazing in awe at snow-crested alpine peaks. Pacific Coastal Airlines flies daily from the South Terminal of Vancouver International Airport to Bella Coola Airport year-round and twice per day in the summer. Flight time is just over one hour.
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