Bella Coola Valley's Nuxalk people
10,000 Years of Cultural History

Stand Up Paddle Boarding in Bella Coola

Great scenery on the Atnarko River
Running the rapids from Tweedsmuir Park Lodge, Bella Coola
The Stand Up Paddle boards as beds!
Beat and crew weren't the only ones cruising the rivers..grizzly bears were too

This past summer, Lodge owner Beat Steiner and the crew from Mountain Life Magazine BC undertook a 3-day, 2-nigh mission: to explore the possibility of doing a Stand Up Paddle Board trip commencing at Tweedsmuir Park Lodge on the Atnarko River, continuing down the Bella Coola River and finishing at the Pacific Ocean at Bella Coola townsite. The trip was a resounding success. Check out the video and let us know if you are interested in SUPing the Bella Coola River!

From the Mountain Life Magazine Vimeo page (
"Sir Alexander Mackenzie is considered one of the greatest of all North American travelers. Two hundred and fourteen years ago, Mackenzie and his crew found a fur trading route from Fort Chipewyan on Lake Athabasca to the Pacific Ocean. They paddled the Fraser River, crossed the interior plains of the Chilcotin Plateau using Carrier and Nuxalk guides, and traveled down the Bella Coola River. This journey was the first recorded 6,400 km crossing of the North American continent.

In September of 2012, eight of us paddled from the beautiful Tweedsmuir Park Lodge on the banks of the Atnarko River, down the Bella Coola River and into the Pacific Ocean at Bella Coola townsite. The spectacular scenery, epic weather and wildlife and some action on the river kept us in high spirits for the whole 3-day, 2-night voyage".

Stand Up Paddle Board in Bella Coola from Tweedsmuir Park Lodge from Tweedsmuir Park Lodge on Vimeo.