Great Bear Sailing Adventures


Directions to Bella Coola

Whether its by Land, Air or Sea, you’ll love the Journey to Bella Coola


From Vancouver, Bella Coola is roughly 1000 km (620 mi) north & about a 12 hours drive. Mid way is Williams Lake (Hwy 97).
Hwy 20 brings you across the Cariboo Chilcotin plateau & down into the Bella Coola valley.

Pacific Coastal Airlines has daily flights from Vancouver Airport year-round. 2 flights daily all summer. Flight time: 1hr.

Direct Daytime Ferry Service
from Port Hardy to Bella Coola
Contact BC Ferries for reservations by phone: 1-888-223-3779 or visit
Driving to Bella Coola

Bella Coola is roughly a 5 – 6 hour drive from Williams Lake ( the closest large town).

Williams Lake (Hwy 97) is a good stopping place to fuel up & gather any supplies. About  4 hours on Hwy 20 is Nimpo Lake. Located just outside Tweedsmuir Park, Nimpo Lake is another good stopping place to fill the tank, stand up & stretch before the last leg. Nimpo Lake is known for it’s rental cabins that dot one side of the lake.

The Hill - Hwy 20, Tweedsmuir Provincial Park

Beyond Nimpo & just outside Anahim Lake (Hwy 20) is a remarkable section of highway that’s locally referred to as ‘The Hill. It’s a well maintained dirt road that has steep & narrow sections. During steep sections, it’s best to put the vehicle in a low gear & just go slow. Narrow sections are single lane so it’s a good idea to take note of the many pull-offs in case of oncoming traffic. Most people find ‘The Hill’ an exciting & scenic part of the trip.

Directions to The Bella Coola Harbour

The Government Wharf is located at the end of Hwy 20; past the Bella Coola Townsite.

Just incredible. We'll never forget this experience."

Ann & Terry Stockwell, Ridgefield, CT USA

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