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Things To Do

Grizzly and Black Bear Viewing

The Bella Coola Valley is one of the few places where bears outnumber people.  The best time to view the bears is from August to late October when both Grizzly and Black Bears can be seen fishing along the river banks.

Ask us to refer you to the best licensed guides. 
Choose from river drifting and hiking tours.




Fishing

The pristine waters of BC’s Central Coast and the Bella Coola Valley make it a world-class fishing destination. All 5 species of Pacific Salmon return to the Valley’s rivers to spawn each year. You will also  find Cutthroat and Rainbow trout, Rocky Mountain Whitefish, Dolly Varden, and Steelhead.  Cruise the  fjord or head for the open ocean to find prawns, crabs, halibut, cod, red snapper, ling cod and rockfish.

To find the best fishing spots, book your next fishing adventure through Eagle Lodge, local guides are  available for drift, riverside, and ocean fishing.

  • Fishing Licenses can be purchased locally, please ask us for more information.
  • For up to date regulations, please go to BC's Ministry of Environment website.

Bird Watching

Large numbers of bald eagles and hawks live in the Bella Coola Valley year round, as do a wide variety of land and water birds including Great Blue Herons, Stella Jays, Whiskey Jacks, Hummingbirds, Red Breasted Robins, Grouse, Juncos, Buffleheads, Wrens, Fox Sparrow, Swallows, Chickadees, Coots and many varieties of Woodpeckers. The once endangered Trumpeter Swan, the largest of North America’s waterfowl, has returned to the Valley.

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Hiking

Experience ancient old growth forests, stunning mountain views, scenic rivers and cascading waterfalls. There are trails for every fitness level, enjoy local trails, interpretive nature trails or, the more challenging hikes Bella Coola offers. Hike to Alpine destinations including including Blue Jay Lake and Odegarrd Falls, or if you prefer, book a heli-hiking tour and fly to your hiking destination. Snowshoe tours are available in the Winter.

Ask us to refer you to the best licenced guides. If your exploring on your own, ask our staff what trails suit you best, and for an update on trail conditions.

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Heli-Skiing

The Bella Coola Valley is surrounded by the Central Coast Mountains, home to some of the world's best heli-skiing and heli-boarding.  Year round, Bella Coola Heli Sports can provide you with the ultimate  adventure. The Bella Coola Valley is also home to Tweedsmuir Ski Club and extensive cross country trails.

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Ocean Tours

Explore the scenic Central Coast by boat, see the historic Mackenzie Rock, tour the Tallheo Cannery, hike to giant cedars, relax in natural hot springs and fish. The Bella Coola River mouth forms a beautiful estuary teeming with life, to explore this area, take a guided zodiac tour.

Ask us to refer you to the best licensed guides.


Mountain Biking

The Bella Coola Valley has an extensive trail system for mountain biking, some of the best trails are accessed from next door to Eagle Lodge. 
 
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Clayton Falls

Located 2km West of the Bella Coola wharf, Clayton
Falls cascades down granite cliffs. During Fall, watch salmon try to jump up the cliffs.  The viewing platform is a short stroll from the parking lot.
 
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Museum

Located in the Bella Coola town site is the Museum
housed in traditional Norwegian log homes. The
Museum features First Nations and Norwegian history.
 
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Petroglyphs

Visit the site of ancient rock carvings located at
Thorsen Creek, an easy 10 min hike accessed from the 4-Mile Reservation.  Let us refer you to the best Nuxalk guides who will combine stories with drumming and singing for the ultimate experience.
 
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Snootli Hatchery

Located 9 km's east of Bella Coola, The Snootli
Hatchery is open for tours Monday to Friday.
 
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Norwegian Heritage Home

Visit the Norwegian Heritage home located on the Highway in Hagenborg. The home is set up as it would have appeared 100 years ago and is constucted using traditional Nowegian techniques. Bella Coola Valley Tourism operates a Visitor's Centre in the adjoining building and will be happy to arrange tours.
 
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