Bella Coola’s Hidden Hot Spots
These easy-access activities are suited to 15 minute to 1-2 hour self guided excursions in Bella Coola, or hire a guide for a more challenging adventure!
This 5 minute walk takes you behind the BC Hydro generating plant to see the cascading Clayton Falls up close. Across the road, you can walk to the mouth of Clayton Creek, where Alexander Mackenzie canoed past in 1793, to watch the seals bobbing their heads in and out of the water waiting for fresh fish.
Charter a boat over to Talleho Cannery and explore the historic fishing cannery. By arrangement, a guide can take you through the old abandoned cannery site and lead you to hidden waterfalls and canyons of the area amongst giant Douglas fir trees.
Bella Coola Museum
This former school house reflects the eclectic history of the Valley from the first people to the early explorers, to the coming of the pioneers and the building of the “Freedom Road”.
Big Cedars at Walker Island
Take a stroll through giant cedar trees at Walker Island and watch for the Culturally Modified Trees used by past native populations for generations. This 15 minute walk winds through the old growth forest and takes you to a gazebo that overlooks a very popular beaver pond. This area is great for an afternoon picnic with the family any day.
Take a guided hike to the Petroglyphs at Thorsen Creek. Become immersed in the Nuxalk (Noo-halk) culture as the guides take you through the forested trail and give you the experience of a lifetime. Stop by the gallery after and check out the local art.
This intriguing forest trail leads you through old growth forest along side the Saloompt River and the Bella Coola River where bears can be found fishing during spawning season. The forest canopy makes this a great trail for you to stay dry on a rainy day.
Take a drive up the valley to spend an afternoon at Fisheries Pool in Tweedsmuir Park. This swimming hole is popular with the locals. Picnic, camp, swim or just relax and enjoy the river as it passes by. For a bit more privacy, follow the second road to the lookout over the river bend.
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Listed from Bella Coola Town Site eastward towards Hagensborg.
Additional Information available at www.bellacoola.ca