In The Heart of The

Great Bear Rainforest

What to do in the Bella Coola Valley

The Valley offers visitors a chance to explore beautiful scenery, wildlife, and cultural history. Activities include hiking, fishing, rafting, and wildlife viewing. Explore the ancient petroglyphs of the Nuxalk Nation or visit the vast Tweedsmuir Provincial Park. Don’t miss the opportunity to experience the much loved Bella Coola Rodeo!

Where to stay while you're visiting

Experience the natural beauty of the Bella Coola Valley with comfortable and affordable accommodations. From cozy cabins to luxurious lodges, there is something for everyone. Wake up to breathtaking views of the surrounding mountains and explore the nearby hiking trails, fishing spots, and cultural landmarks. Come relax and unwind in The Valley’s peaceful wilderness.

How to get to the Bella Coola Valley

The Bella Coola Valley is located in remote and rugged central coast region of British Columbia, However the access to the valley is relatively easy with daily flights from Vancouver, a direct ferry from Vancouver Island, and the option to drive the famous “Freedom Road” Heckman Pass. Any way you choose to arrive here you will experience an adventure along the way.

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Trail Guide

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PLANNING YOUR ADVENTURE?

Start with our guides

Updated in 2022, you can find all the info you need for your stay in the Bella Coola Valley in our handy Visitor Info Guide and our Trail Guide!

What to do

Explore Tours & Activities

The Bella Coola valley is a playground for nature enthusiasts, offering a wide range of activities to suit all interests. From hiking and fishing to wildlife watching and cultural experiences, there’s something for everyone to enjoy in this stunning corner of British Columbia

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Retreat Wilderness Inn

Retreat Wilderness Inn is an All-Season destination, offering intimate, four star suites. With over 40 years experience operating this property, your hosts, Donn and Lee will assist in making your vacation one to remember. Our picturesque, landscaped, lakefront grounds provide an amazing setting for relaxing on the patio or watching the sunset on the waterfront deck as the loons sing their soulful call.
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Woodlands Fishin Resort

Woodlands Fishing Resort is a serene retreat located on Puntzi Lake. With breathtaking natural beauty, it offers an ideal setting for fishing enthusiasts. The resort provides well-equipped cabins camping, RV sites and services to enhance the fishing experience. Guests can relax, unwind, and immerse themselves in the tranquil surroundings while indulging in their favorite sport.
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Bella Coola Grizzly Tours

The Bella Coola Grizzly Tours offers a thrilling adventure through the stunning landscapes of British Columbia. This tours includes a visit to the Great Bear Rainforest, the largest intact temperate rainforest in the world, where guests can witness grizzly bears in their natural habitat, as well as exploring glaciers, fjords, and hot springs.
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Kynoch Adventures

Kynoch Adventures offers guided wilderness experiences in Bella Coola, BC. Their activities include bear watching, river rafting, and hiking tours. Their knowledgeable guides provide a safe and educational adventure, while showcasing the region's diverse wildlife and stunning scenery. A unique and unforgettable experience for outdoor enthusiasts.
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Great Bear Adventures

The ultimate bear-watching experience. Let our accredited guide(s) (Commerical Bear Viewing Association) will take you on an interpretive adventure, hiking along the ancient trails of this grizzly kingdom. This is the ultimate bear-watching experience for “Bear lovers”, families, photographers & naturalists.
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Inner Coast Inlet Tours

Inner Coast Inlet Tours offers scenic boat tours in the Bella Coola Valley, exploring the rich wildlife, culture, and history of the area. The tours are led by knowledgeable guides and are customizable based on the interests of the group.
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Bella Coola Heli Sports

Bella Coola Heli Sport offers helicopter skiing and snowboarding adventures in the rugged mountains surrounding the Bella Coola Valley. With over two million acres of terrain to explore, experienced guides, and comfortable accommodations, it's an unforgettable experience for advanced skiers and snowboarders seeking an adrenaline-filled winter vacation.
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Nuk Tesli Lodge and Guided Tours

Nuk Tesli Lodge is a wilderness retreat in BC's Chilcotin region, situated in a peaceful valley with stunning views of the Coast Mountains. The lodge offers comfortable accommodations in cozy cabins, guided hiking and horseback riding tours, and opportunities to spot wildlife such as bears, moose, and eagles.
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Aegir Sea Kayaking Adventures

Kayaking with Aegir Adventures in Bella Coola is an unforgettable experience. The guided tour takes you through the pristine fjords and estuaries of the Bella Coola Valley, where you'll encounter stunning scenery and wildlife. The tour is suitable for all skill levels and includes equipment and instruction.
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Petroglyph Tours with Snuxta

Explore the ancient history and culture of the Nuxalk Nation through guided tours of the petroglyphs in Bella Coola. Visitors can learn about the significance of the rock carvings created by indigenous peoples thousands of years ago, and gain a deeper understanding of their way of life through stories and knowledge shared by experienced guides.
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Tweedsmuir Park Lodge Guided Tours

Tweedsmuir Park Lodge offers guided tours for guests to explore the stunning natural beauty of British Columbia's Bella Coola Valley. Experienced guides lead small groups on wildlife viewing excursions, fly fishing trips, and hiking adventures. Guests can also enjoy cultural experiences and relaxation at the lodge, surrounded by the majestic coastal mountains.
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Great Bear Chalet

Great Bear Chalet is a rustic lodge in Tweedsmuir Provincial Park, BC. With 2 private suites , each featuring a private bathroom and stunning views of the park, guests can unwind by the fireplace. The lodge offers guided nature tours, fishing trips, and wildlife watching. It's the ideal place to disconnect and escape the hustle and bustle of everyday life. We don't 'tour' it, we coexist here.
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Talleo Cannery Guest House

Talleo Cannery Guesthouse is a historic cannery turned into a cozy bed and breakfast in Bella Coola, BC. The guesthouse features comfortable rooms and a communal kitchen, with beautiful views of the inlet and mountains. Guests can enjoy outdoor activities like fishing, kayaking, and hiking, or explore the historic cannery and learn about the region's fishing history.
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Copper Sun Journeys

Petroglyph and totem tours with local Nuxulk guides. Experience the culture of the Bella Coola Valley with authentic and amazing tours!
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Thunder Mountain Adventures

Thunder Mountain Adventures offers small group trail rides and horse-riding lessons on Icelandic horses. The surefooted and strong Icelandic horse is ideal for our rugged Coast Mountain terrain and a unique way to explore the wilderness in the Bella Coola valley.
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Over the Top Adventures

Jump on board Bella Coola’s newest trend & explore the backcountry. Your local guide will shuttle tours through pristine countryside along rugged mountain roads that lead to spectacular views!
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Bella Coola Grizzly Tours

Bella Coola Grizzly Tours and Adventure resort is a wilderness lodge nestled in the Bella Coola Valley, offering guests comfortable accommodations and guided grizzly bear viewing tours in the surrounding area.
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Bella Coola Eagle Lodge

Bella Coola Eagle Lodge is a luxury wilderness retreat located in the heart of the Great Bear Rainforest, offering guests comfortable accommodations and unparalleled access to outdoor activities and wildlife viewing.
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Tweedsmuir Park Lodge

Tweedsmuir Park Lodge is a luxury wilderness resort located in the Bella Coola Valley, offering guests comfortable accommodations, gourmet dining, and guided tours for outdoor activities and wildlife viewing.

Great Bear Circle Route

Embark on a journey of wonder and awe on the Great Bear Circle Route.

Where to stay

Explore Lodging

Whether you prefer a cozy lodge or a rustic campground, the Bella Coola valley offers a range of accommodation options to suit every taste and budget. With breathtaking views and a sense of serenity, your stay in The Valley is sure to be unforgettable

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Red Cariboo Resort

Red Cariboo Resort is located near Anahim Lake on a remote property at Highway 20. Modern apartments with fully equipped kitchens or cozy cabins for up to 6 persons, very comfortably furnished are directly heading to the waterfront and offer a fantastic view. The Resort offers various activities year-round like horse-riding, canoeing, ice-/fishing as well as gear rentals for private excursions.
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Retreat Wilderness Inn

Retreat Wilderness Inn is an All-Season destination, offering intimate, four star suites. With over 40 years experience operating this property, your hosts, Donn and Lee will assist in making your vacation one to remember. Our picturesque, landscaped, lakefront grounds provide an amazing setting for relaxing on the patio or watching the sunset on the waterfront deck as the loons sing their soulful call.
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Woodlands Fishin Resort

Woodlands Fishing Resort is a serene retreat located on Puntzi Lake. With breathtaking natural beauty, it offers an ideal setting for fishing enthusiasts. The resort provides well-equipped cabins camping, RV sites and services to enhance the fishing experience. Guests can relax, unwind, and immerse themselves in the tranquil surroundings while indulging in their favorite sport.
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Nuk Tesli Lodge and Guided Tours

Nuk Tesli Lodge is a wilderness retreat in BC's Chilcotin region, situated in a peaceful valley with stunning views of the Coast Mountains. The lodge offers comfortable accommodations in cozy cabins, guided hiking and horseback riding tours, and opportunities to spot wildlife such as bears, moose, and eagles.
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Tweedsmuir Park Lodge Guided Tours

Tweedsmuir Park Lodge offers guided tours for guests to explore the stunning natural beauty of British Columbia's Bella Coola Valley. Experienced guides lead small groups on wildlife viewing excursions, fly fishing trips, and hiking adventures. Guests can also enjoy cultural experiences and relaxation at the lodge, surrounded by the majestic coastal mountains.
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Eagle Bear Lodge (Tatla Lake)

Eagle Bear Lodge is a wilderness resort located in Tatla Lake, British Columbia, Canada. The lodge is situated on 10 acres of forested land and offers a variety of activities such as wildlife viewing, fishing, hiking, and canoeing. The lodge features comfortable accommodations, a restaurant, and a gift shop.
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Great Bear Chalet

Great Bear Chalet is a rustic lodge in Tweedsmuir Provincial Park, BC. With 2 private suites , each featuring a private bathroom and stunning views of the park, guests can unwind by the fireplace. The lodge offers guided nature tours, fishing trips, and wildlife watching. It's the ideal place to disconnect and escape the hustle and bustle of everyday life. We don't 'tour' it, we coexist here.
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Eagle’s Nest Resort

Eagle's Nest is located on peaceful Anahim Lake in the heart of BC's spectacular Chilcotin plateau. Choose a cozy lakeside cabin or comfortable room. Enjoy delicious meals in our licensed lakeside dining room, rent a canoe to explore the lake, hike in nearby Tweedsmuir Park, relax in our Guest Garden to enjoy the view, or watch the many species of birds. Open year round to serve you
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Suntree Guest Cottages

Escape to a natural getaway on the Bella Coola River with deluxe guest cottages in a serene wilderness setting. Nestled on 40 acres surrounded by mountains, it's a perfect retreat with all amenities and complete privacy.
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Bella Coola Valley Inn

Bella Coola Valley Inn is located in the heart of Bella Coola, British Columbia. The inn features comfortable rooms and suites with modern amenities, a restaurant serving delicious local cuisine. Guests can explore the beautiful Bella Coola Valley or take a guided tour to see grizzly bears and other wildlife.
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Bella Coola Grizzly Tours

Bella Coola Grizzly Tours and Adventure resort is a wilderness lodge nestled in the Bella Coola Valley, offering guests comfortable accommodations and guided grizzly bear viewing tours in the surrounding area.
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Bella Coola Eagle Lodge

Bella Coola Eagle Lodge is a luxury wilderness retreat located in the heart of the Great Bear Rainforest, offering guests comfortable accommodations and unparalleled access to outdoor activities and wildlife viewing.
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Firvale Wilderness Resort

Firvale Wilderness Lodge is a secluded retreat in the heart of the Great Bear Rainforest, offering guests comfortable accommodations and guided tours for grizzly bear viewing, fishing, hiking, and kayaking.
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Tweedsmuir Park Lodge

Tweedsmuir Park Lodge is a luxury wilderness resort located in the Bella Coola Valley, offering guests comfortable accommodations, gourmet dining, and guided tours for outdoor activities and wildlife viewing.
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Bella Coola Mountain Lodge

Bella Coola Mountain Lodge is a rustic mountain lodge in the Bella Coola Valley, offering guests comfortable accommodations, delicious cuisine, and access to outdoor activities such as hiking and fishing.

BE RESPECTIFUL

The Nuxalk First Nation have been here since time immemorial, visit their lands with gratitude and respect

BEAR VIEWING GUIDELINES AND SAFELY

Respect the local wildlife and stay safe in their natural habitat

Hiking, fishing, rafting and marine activities guideline and safety

Experience the thrills of outdoor adventure safely with proper preparation and caution

Tweedsmuir Provincial Park

Tweedsmuir South Provincial Park is a vast wilderness area located in British Columbia, Canada. It covers over 981,000 hectares of diverse landscapes, including mountains, glaciers, forests, and rivers. The park is home to a wide range of wildlife, including grizzly bears, black bears, moose, and bald eagles, making it a popular destination for outdoor enthusiasts.