June in the Bella Coola Valley
"If a June night could talk, it would probably boast that it invented romance” - Bern Williams
June is still very much a Spring month in British Columbia. It holds the promise of summer heat and plentiful bloom. The days may be cool but they are long...you can enjoy the outdoors until almost 9:30pm! Be ready for changing weather.
Starting on Sunday the 1st of June, and each Sunday after that, the local farmers and artisans hold a market at the Quonset hut about 6 km East of Bella Coola. The Bella Coola Farmers’ market is opened between 10am and 2pm. Visiting the market is a great way to connect with this friendly community and to encourage local entrepreneurs and artists.
If you like history, you could take a boat ride on the fjord, and perhaps visit the Mackenzie Rock or the Cannery. This 19th century site has been restored and is accessible to the public for viewing daily. Wildlife observers and photographers can enjoy a river drift and still have plenty of time for a game of Frisbee golf at the Tweedsmuir Park Lodge after dinner.
On Wednesday June 13th, the first BC Ferry will be docking in Bella Coola from Port Hardy. June is a superb month to go on a road trip, right before the end of school when cars are sparse on the road; there is plenty of daylight and not too much rain or snow. Be prepared for wildlife sightings on the drive. Be sure to look up highway conditions on the Drive BC website prior to heading off. Embark on a Discovery Coast Circle Tour and add a few nights at Tweedsmuir Park Lodge on your itinerary (click here for more info on the Circle Route).
Stargazing: in our beautiful, remote area, low light and very little air pollution allow for great stargazing! The moon will be full on June 4th, and the sky should be at it’s darkest around the 19th. We have a telescope at the lodge, which you are welcomed to use. Look up a sky map on the HR Macmillan Space Center's website to see what you may find, and if there are phenomena to observe.
Early summer is the time for young wild animals to take their first steps out of their den or nest with the family. Black bear cubs as small as 4 pounds scamper around their mum, ducklings float in a single file chirping. You will find egg shells at the foot of trees. Join us on any of our 4 guided Nature Hikes options where your expert guide will point out hidden signs of wildlife and spy on their habits.
If you are fishing or interested in the salmon ecology on the coast, it is time for the Chinook salmon run from now until mid July.
On the last weekend of June, which is also Canada Day long weekend, you can attend the Bella Coola Rodeo. There will be bronco riding, bull riding, calf roping and various cowboy-like activities that are exciting to watch as the last remnants of the ranching culture in North America.
Check back in a few weeks for Office Manager Manouane Deschenes' suggestions for July!