Guided Nature Walks
Explore the Bella Coola Valley on Foot
Discover extraordinary walking tours in the Bella Coola Valley. From alpine to ocean, and old growth forest to volcano, these eco-escapes are ideal for all ages and abilities.
Join one of our experienced local guides, they know the valley, and will ensure that your time is memorable and well spent. The guides have interests in wildlife, geology, glaciers, forests, ecosystems and photography. They have Advanced Wilderness First Aid certification, and also provide clean and comfortable transport to and from the trail heads.
All tours are designed with safety and weather in mind. You will be briefed on how to act and react in the wilderness. You will also learn the etiquette for exploring these often unique, and sensitive ecosystems.
Hiking the Bella Coola valley is a great opportunity to look for wildlife and, if you are visiting in late August to mid-October, you can watch grizzly bears feeding on salmon (note: it is rare to view grizzlies June to early August, but they are very plentiful from late August)! The guides know their favourite hang outs and will show you bear sign such as claw marks, day beds, scat, and tufts of fur stuck in the bark of rub trees. Other possible wildlife sightings include Black Bears, Mule Deer, Moose, and American Beaver, as well as Mountain Goats, Bald Eagles and numerous amphibian species. The adjacent lands are also a significant habitat for Vaux’s Swift, the Peregrine Falcon, Fisher, Wolverine, and Townsend’s Big-eared Bat.
Areas We Could Take You
Atnarko River Adventure
Experience this adventure in the upper valley. It is often drier and sunnier up here because the east end of the valley is on the lee side of the Coast Range Mountains. Walk the Atnarko River where you will see a productive Salmon spawning river that lures Brown and Black Bears from miles around. Old growth Douglas Fir forests, Bella Coola Grizzly Bears, spawning Salmon, river canyons, glacial features like eskers, kettle ponds, moraines, flora and fauna, and delicate ecosystems are waiting for you to explore.
Heart of the Coast Mountains Tour
On this tour we drive into the heart of the Coast Range Mountains. We travel a forest service gravel road toward higher and more remote mountains plastered with glaciers. Back here is the famous Odegaard Falls. This phenomenal waterfall can be viewed from the road or from the lookout at the base of the falls. The trail is rated moderate in ability, and is about 2 km's in length. You won’t soon forget the gorge at the start of the hike or the magical forest that leads to the falls. Once you have experienced the falls and depending on time and weather we can follow the road further to a fabulous lookout named Purgatory Glacier and Styx Mountain.
From the North Bentinck Arm Fjord to the bottom of ‘The Hill’, this tour highlights the entire valley from saltwater to the dry Interior Douglas Fir forests of Tweedsmuir Provincial Park. The tour starts at Clayton Falls near the estuary and the inlet. We proceed up valley to a grove of ancient valley bottom cedars. This forest will inspire you. Then we continue walking East where we will begin to explore the upper valley as we pass through the Coast Range Mountains to the drier side. Here we will find glacial features, productive Salmon spawning grounds, wildlife, river canyons, wilderness and old growth forests.
Design Your Own Tour
There are many potential walking tours in the Bella Coola Valley. Our guides will be more then happy to design a walking tour specifically for you and your group based on abilities and goals. Ask our guides about unique spots such as an extinct volcano, valley lookouts, gorges, canyons, waterfalls and old growth forests, or to help you find wild flowers, bear sign, and which water falls are at their most impressive.
Tours are half day or full day and are designed for your ability and goals.
Guide Nature Walk Rates
Full Day - Your best chance of seeing wildlife!
- Semi-Private $125 per person (group size limited to around 6 people)
- Private tours are $435 for your group, up to 4 people ($20 extra for each person over 4 people)
Half Day - a small taste of what the Bella Coola region has to offer!
- Semi-Private $80 per person (group size limited to around 6 people)
- Private tours are $280 for your group, up to 4 people ($20 extra for each person over 4 people)
Rates are exclusive of tax: 2.5% for International guests & 5% for Canadian residents.
We strongly recommend pre-booking this tour prior to your arrival to ensure there is availability. Please contact us by email or toll free 1.877.982.2407 for reservations or to design a custom tour.
What to Bring
- Good worn in hiking shoes. Low or medium cut shoes are suitable for most hikes
- Small backpack for lunch, snacks, fluids and personal gear
- Comfortable pants
- Shirt, fleece or sweater
- Fleece or knitted hat, baseball cap or sun hat
- Thin gloves
- Change of socks
- Wind jacket and pants or thin rain gear
- 1 litre water bottle
- Sunscreen and lip balm
- Camera with a large memory card for all those great shots
- Personal medication if applicable