Bella Coola Valley Info
The valley stretches for 60 kms and encompasses the settlements of Bella Coola proper, Lower Bella Coola, Hagensborg, Saloompt, Nusatsum, Firvale and Stuie. The total population is 1900 people as recorded by the 2006 Canadian census.
The economy of Bella Coola consists mostly of tourism, forestry, public services (government/education/hospital), and retail. In addition there is some agriculture, including an active farmers' market, and a number of crafts people and artists.
The most striking thing about Bella Coola is the stunning beauty and pristine nature of the place. The Coast Range Mountains, the dry Chilcotin Plateau and the Pacific Fjords intersect creating a bio-diverse, wilderness with healthy populations of wild animals. Tweedsmuir Provincial Park, the Great Bear Rainforest, and a number of smaller conservancies surround the valley.
The beauty of Bella Coola can be seen in the 2008 movie The Incredible Hulk. Bruce Banner, the main character, concludes the plot by escaping to Bella Coola, where he attempts to control his transformations. A significant amount of footage was shot in and near Bella Coola. Unfortunately only a short piece made it into the final film.