From Vancouver, Bella Coola is approximately 1000 km (620 mi) north.
Directions: Follow Hwy 97 to Williams Lake and continue west on Hwy 20 for a 4-hour drive to Anahim Lake. Another 40 min. on a packed, dirt road to the top of what is affectionately known as ‘The Hill’.
The Hill is a 20-minute descent at slow speed, in low gear, to the Valley floor. From there, it’s another 1 hour or so of relatively flat driving to the village of Bella Coola.
Note the distances to Bella Coola from:
Williams Lake, BC: 457 km (284 mi)
Prince George, BC: 693 km (431 mi)
Kelowna, BC: 903 km (560 mi)
Seattle, Washington: 1100 km (688 mi)
Jasper, Alberta: 999 km (620 mi)
Edmonton, Alberta: 1360 km (845 mi)
Calgary, Alberta: 1350 km (844 mi)
The Hill is a series of switchbacks & has grades of up to 18 percent. The road handles all traffic year-round, including semi-trailer trucks & large recreational vehicles.
During steep sections, it’s best to put your vehicle in first gear & just go slow.
Remember, uphill traffic has the right-of-way.
While exercising caution, you’ll find The Hill an exciting & enjoyable part of your Bella Coola holiday.
For more on The Hill, read ‘Freedom Road’ – A History of the Hill.