Bella Coola Explorer Itineraries

Select your preferred package duration from the list below.

Please note that a 3 night package offers only 2 days of activities. In order to optimize your travel experience we always suggest staying at least 4 nights.

***These are sample itineraries and the format of each trip may change due to the number of bookings, weather, etc.***

BCE - Arrival Day
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For those arriving by air via Pacific Coastal Airlines, enjoy the 70-minute mid-morning flight to Bella Coola, marvelling at the impressive Coast Range mountains and expansive fjord system as you fly overhead. On arrival at the Bella Coola Airport, our staff will greet you and transfer you the 45 minutes to the lodge, highlighting points of interest along the way.

After check-in there will be a short orientation of the lodge property and all the activities available. Enjoy a stroll down to the river, visit our Wildlife Viewing Station, go for a short hike on the Esker Trail through old-growth forests, play a round of Frisbee golf, work out in the gym, soak in the hot tub, or simply relax on the deck of your cabin with a drink and enjoy the view of Mt. Stupendous and Mt. Melikan.

A delicious 3-course set menu is served at 6:00 pm and 7:30 pm every night.

BCE - River Drift And Nature Walk
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Kick-start your day with a choice of a hot or continental breakfast. Breakfast dining times are 7:30 am and 8:15 am.

Morning (~09:00 am) - Scenic Atnarko River Drift 

Drift down the meandering Atnarko River between lush green forests and with the snow capped peaks of the Coast Range Mountains towering overhead. Relax and enjoy the scenery, but keep your eyes open for bald eagles, river otters, and bears, as well as five species of salmon, which call these waters home. This is the best activity for serious photographers. The Atnarko River features Class One waters. Our drifts are not about the thrill of running rapids, but are about the serenity of traveling at a slow pace in a pristine environment with plenty of opportunities to capture amazing memories and photographs.

A delicious lunch will be served back at the lodge.

Afternoon (~2:00 pm) - Interpretive Nature Walk

To gain a full appreciation of this magnificent part of the world, it is best to venture out with a local guide who will draw on their own personal experiences and knowledge of the area to share information about the various temperate climate zones and their ecology. Together, these factors make the Bella Coola Valley one of the most interesting and biodiverse places to visit in the world. They will also share their knowledge of the specific plants and animals that are native to the area. The stories shared will help to provide context to the geography and history that gave rise to this incredible landscape.

After the walk, you will return to the lodge in the late afternoon. There will be time before dinner to relax and enjoy some hors d’oeuvres on the sun deck while exchanging stories of the day with your fellow guests.

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BCE - Departure Day
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We recommend one last visit to the Wildlife Viewing Station before your final breakfast with us.

Check-out is 11am. If you are flying out, take advantage of a leisurely morning in which you can enjoy the lodge property, make use of the spa and gym, play some lawn games, or simply relax before taking our shuttle back to the Bella Coola Airport for the flight back to Vancouver. If you are departing by ferry, we will arrange to drive you to the harbour.

Thank you for visiting us!

BCE - Arrival Day
Title Title

For those arriving by air via Pacific Coastal Airlines, enjoy the 70-minute mid-morning flight to Bella Coola, marvelling at the impressive Coast Range mountains and expansive fjord system as you fly overhead. On arrival at the Bella Coola Airport, our staff will greet you and transfer you the 45 minutes to the lodge, highlighting points of interest along the way.

After check-in there will be a short orientation of the lodge property and all the activities available. Enjoy a stroll down to the river, visit our Wildlife Viewing Station, go for a short hike on the Esker Trail through old-growth forests, play a round of Frisbee golf, work out in the gym, soak in the hot tub, or simply relax on the deck of your cabin with a drink and enjoy the view of Mt. Stupendous and Mt. Melikan.

A delicious 3-course set menu is served at 6:00 pm and 7:30 pm every night.

BCE - River Drift And Nature Walk
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Kick-start your day with a choice of a hot or continental breakfast. Breakfast dining times are 7:30 am and 8:15 am.

Morning (~09:00 am) - Scenic Atnarko River Drift 

Drift down the meandering Atnarko River between lush green forests and with the snow capped peaks of the Coast Range Mountains towering overhead. Relax and enjoy the scenery, but keep your eyes open for bald eagles, river otters, and bears, as well as five species of salmon, which call these waters home. This is the best activity for serious photographers. The Atnarko River features Class One waters. Our drifts are not about the thrill of running rapids, but are about the serenity of traveling at a slow pace in a pristine environment with plenty of opportunities to capture amazing memories and photographs.

A delicious lunch will be served back at the lodge.

Afternoon (~2:00 pm) - Interpretive Nature Walk

To gain a full appreciation of this magnificent part of the world, it is best to venture out with a local guide who will draw on their own personal experiences and knowledge of the area to share information about the various temperate climate zones and their ecology. Together, these factors make the Bella Coola Valley one of the most interesting and biodiverse places to visit in the world. They will also share their knowledge of the specific plants and animals that are native to the area. The stories shared will help to provide context to the geography and history that gave rise to this incredible landscape.

After the walk, you will return to the lodge in the late afternoon. There will be time before dinner to relax and enjoy some hors d’oeuvres on the sun deck while exchanging stories of the day with your fellow guests.

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BCE - Via Ferrata And Bella Coola Valley Hike
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Kick-start your day with a choice of a hot or continental breakfast. Breakfast dining times are 7:30 am and 8:15 am.

Morning (~09:00 am) - Via Ferrata

This assisted climbing experience provides participants with a spectacular self-propelled mountain adventure, amazing scenery, and an exciting feeling of exposure with low risk. Our Via Ferrata, from the Italian meaning ‘iron way’, is a network of 360 metal rungs, ladders, and wires that enable most people, from kids to seniors, to safely climb cliffs without needing rock-climbing skills. Via Ferratas have a military origin and were used in the Dolomite Mountains during World War One to transport troops. Today they are simply tons of fun! Our experienced guides will help guests up short rock faces, across thin ledges and along ridge lines, all at their pace, making sure they can make the most of the stunning natural landscape in a safe manner.

A delicious lunch will be served back at the lodge.

Afternoon (~2:00 pm) - Guided Bella Coola Valley Hike

Discover extraordinary hikes with the support of a local guide. These hikes are a step above your ordinary walk in the park. The scenery is jaw dropping and the forests and rivers remain pristine. Options include: an easy stroll along the Tote Road for a glimpse into Bella Coola’s pioneering past; a moderate loop trail that follows in the footsteps of Sir Alexander Mackenzie on his epic crossing of Canada in 1793; or a vigorous and exercising climb up to elevation points to enjoy views of the valley, waterfalls and mountain views. All tours are are led by one of our experienced local guides. They will share their interests in wildlife, geography, forest ecosystems and photography to ensure that the guest experience is truly memorable and well spent.

After the hike, you will return to the lodge in the late afternoon. There will be time before dinner to relax and enjoy some hors d’oeuvres on the sun deck while exchanging stories of the day with your fellow guests.

BCE - Departure Day
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We recommend one last visit to the Wildlife Viewing Station before your final breakfast with us.

Check-out is 11am. If you are flying out, take advantage of a leisurely morning in which you can enjoy the lodge property, make use of the spa and gym, play some lawn games, or simply relax before taking our shuttle back to the Bella Coola Airport for the flight back to Vancouver. If you are departing by ferry, we will arrange to drive you to the harbour.

Thank you for visiting us!

BCE - Arrival Day
Title Title

For those arriving by air via Pacific Coastal Airlines, enjoy the 70-minute mid-morning flight to Bella Coola, marvelling at the impressive Coast Range mountains and expansive fjord system as you fly overhead. On arrival at the Bella Coola Airport, our staff will greet you and transfer you the 45 minutes to the lodge, highlighting points of interest along the way.

After check-in there will be a short orientation of the lodge property and all the activities available. Enjoy a stroll down to the river, visit our Wildlife Viewing Station, go for a short hike on the Esker Trail through old-growth forests, play a round of Frisbee golf, work out in the gym, soak in the hot tub, or simply relax on the deck of your cabin with a drink and enjoy the view of Mt. Stupendous and Mt. Melikan.

A delicious 3-course set menu is served at 6:00 pm and 7:30 pm every night.

BCE - River Drift And Nature Walk
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Kick-start your day with a choice of a hot or continental breakfast. Breakfast dining times are 7:30 am and 8:15 am.

Morning (~09:00 am) - Scenic Atnarko River Drift 

Drift down the meandering Atnarko River between lush green forests and with the snow capped peaks of the Coast Range Mountains towering overhead. Relax and enjoy the scenery, but keep your eyes open for bald eagles, river otters, and bears, as well as five species of salmon, which call these waters home. This is the best activity for serious photographers. The Atnarko River features Class One waters. Our drifts are not about the thrill of running rapids, but are about the serenity of traveling at a slow pace in a pristine environment with plenty of opportunities to capture amazing memories and photographs.

A delicious lunch will be served back at the lodge.

Afternoon (~2:00 pm) - Interpretive Nature Walk

To gain a full appreciation of this magnificent part of the world, it is best to venture out with a local guide who will draw on their own personal experiences and knowledge of the area to share information about the various temperate climate zones and their ecology. Together, these factors make the Bella Coola Valley one of the most interesting and biodiverse places to visit in the world. They will also share their knowledge of the specific plants and animals that are native to the area. The stories shared will help to provide context to the geography and history that gave rise to this incredible landscape.

After the walk, you will return to the lodge in the late afternoon. There will be time before dinner to relax and enjoy some hors d’oeuvres on the sun deck while exchanging stories of the day with your fellow guests.

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BCE - Highlights of the Bella Coola Valley
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Highlights of the Bella Coola Valley

The program for today is a tour of the Bella Coola Valley. You will see fantastic geography, pristine ecosystems and a rich First Nations heritage. After breakfast, your guide will drive you down valley to see a grove of ancient cedar trees on Walker Island. These trees are in excess of 800 years old and were used by the Nuxalk First Nation to smoke salmon and provide planking for their long houses. The cultural modifications are visible to this day. Bella Coola is Nuxalk First Nation territory, inhabitants of the valley for millennia and creators of a unique and vibrant artistic culture.

Lunch will be a picnic at Clayton Falls Park overlooking the fjord. 

Perhaps the day's highlight will be a tour with a member of the Nuxalk who will take us to the ancient petroglyphs. These petroglyphs (i.e. stone carvings) are hidden in a magical site tucked away in the woods. The carvings are estimated to be 3,000-5,000 years old and have been studied by the adventurer Thor Heyerdahl. You will also get to visit the Bella Coola town site to see the totem poles, to shop at the art gallery for First Nations jewellery and masks.

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BCE - Via Ferrata And Bella Coola Valley Hike
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Kick-start your day with a choice of a hot or continental breakfast. Breakfast dining times are 7:30 am and 8:15 am.

Morning (~09:00 am) - Via Ferrata

This assisted climbing experience provides participants with a spectacular self-propelled mountain adventure, amazing scenery, and an exciting feeling of exposure with low risk. Our Via Ferrata, from the Italian meaning ‘iron way’, is a network of 360 metal rungs, ladders, and wires that enable most people, from kids to seniors, to safely climb cliffs without needing rock-climbing skills. Via Ferratas have a military origin and were used in the Dolomite Mountains during World War One to transport troops. Today they are simply tons of fun! Our experienced guides will help guests up short rock faces, across thin ledges and along ridge lines, all at their pace, making sure they can make the most of the stunning natural landscape in a safe manner.

A delicious lunch will be served back at the lodge.

Afternoon (~2:00 pm) - Guided Bella Coola Valley Hike

Discover extraordinary hikes with the support of a local guide. These hikes are a step above your ordinary walk in the park. The scenery is jaw dropping and the forests and rivers remain pristine. Options include: an easy stroll along the Tote Road for a glimpse into Bella Coola’s pioneering past; a moderate loop trail that follows in the footsteps of Sir Alexander Mackenzie on his epic crossing of Canada in 1793; or a vigorous and exercising climb up to elevation points to enjoy views of the valley, waterfalls and mountain views. All tours are are led by one of our experienced local guides. They will share their interests in wildlife, geography, forest ecosystems and photography to ensure that the guest experience is truly memorable and well spent.

After the hike, you will return to the lodge in the late afternoon. There will be time before dinner to relax and enjoy some hors d’oeuvres on the sun deck while exchanging stories of the day with your fellow guests.

BCE - Departure Day
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We recommend one last visit to the Wildlife Viewing Station before your final breakfast with us.

Check-out is 11am. If you are flying out, take advantage of a leisurely morning in which you can enjoy the lodge property, make use of the spa and gym, play some lawn games, or simply relax before taking our shuttle back to the Bella Coola Airport for the flight back to Vancouver. If you are departing by ferry, we will arrange to drive you to the harbour.

Thank you for visiting us!

BCE - Arrival Day
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For those arriving by air via Pacific Coastal Airlines, enjoy the 70-minute mid-morning flight to Bella Coola, marvelling at the impressive Coast Range mountains and expansive fjord system as you fly overhead. On arrival at the Bella Coola Airport, our staff will greet you and transfer you the 45 minutes to the lodge, highlighting points of interest along the way.

After check-in there will be a short orientation of the lodge property and all the activities available. Enjoy a stroll down to the river, visit our Wildlife Viewing Station, go for a short hike on the Esker Trail through old-growth forests, play a round of Frisbee golf, work out in the gym, soak in the hot tub, or simply relax on the deck of your cabin with a drink and enjoy the view of Mt. Stupendous and Mt. Melikan.

A delicious 3-course set menu is served at 6:00 pm and 7:30 pm every night.

BCE - River Drift And Nature Walk
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Kick-start your day with a choice of a hot or continental breakfast. Breakfast dining times are 7:30 am and 8:15 am.

Morning (~09:00 am) - Scenic Atnarko River Drift 

Drift down the meandering Atnarko River between lush green forests and with the snow capped peaks of the Coast Range Mountains towering overhead. Relax and enjoy the scenery, but keep your eyes open for bald eagles, river otters, and bears, as well as five species of salmon, which call these waters home. This is the best activity for serious photographers. The Atnarko River features Class One waters. Our drifts are not about the thrill of running rapids, but are about the serenity of traveling at a slow pace in a pristine environment with plenty of opportunities to capture amazing memories and photographs.

A delicious lunch will be served back at the lodge.

Afternoon (~2:00 pm) - Interpretive Nature Walk

To gain a full appreciation of this magnificent part of the world, it is best to venture out with a local guide who will draw on their own personal experiences and knowledge of the area to share information about the various temperate climate zones and their ecology. Together, these factors make the Bella Coola Valley one of the most interesting and biodiverse places to visit in the world. They will also share their knowledge of the specific plants and animals that are native to the area. The stories shared will help to provide context to the geography and history that gave rise to this incredible landscape.

After the walk, you will return to the lodge in the late afternoon. There will be time before dinner to relax and enjoy some hors d’oeuvres on the sun deck while exchanging stories of the day with your fellow guests.

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BCE - Highlights of the Bella Coola Valley
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Highlights of the Bella Coola Valley

The program for today is a tour of the Bella Coola Valley. You will see fantastic geography, pristine ecosystems and a rich First Nations heritage. After breakfast, your guide will drive you down valley to see a grove of ancient cedar trees on Walker Island. These trees are in excess of 800 years old and were used by the Nuxalk First Nation to smoke salmon and provide planking for their long houses. The cultural modifications are visible to this day. Bella Coola is Nuxalk First Nation territory, inhabitants of the valley for millennia and creators of a unique and vibrant artistic culture.

Lunch will be a picnic at Clayton Falls Park overlooking the fjord. 

Perhaps the day's highlight will be a tour with a member of the Nuxalk who will take us to the ancient petroglyphs. These petroglyphs (i.e. stone carvings) are hidden in a magical site tucked away in the woods. The carvings are estimated to be 3,000-5,000 years old and have been studied by the adventurer Thor Heyerdahl. You will also get to visit the Bella Coola town site to see the totem poles, to shop at the art gallery for First Nations jewellery and masks.

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BCE - Via Ferrata And Bella Coola Valley Hike
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Kick-start your day with a choice of a hot or continental breakfast. Breakfast dining times are 7:30 am and 8:15 am.

Morning (~09:00 am) - Via Ferrata

This assisted climbing experience provides participants with a spectacular self-propelled mountain adventure, amazing scenery, and an exciting feeling of exposure with low risk. Our Via Ferrata, from the Italian meaning ‘iron way’, is a network of 360 metal rungs, ladders, and wires that enable most people, from kids to seniors, to safely climb cliffs without needing rock-climbing skills. Via Ferratas have a military origin and were used in the Dolomite Mountains during World War One to transport troops. Today they are simply tons of fun! Our experienced guides will help guests up short rock faces, across thin ledges and along ridge lines, all at their pace, making sure they can make the most of the stunning natural landscape in a safe manner.

A delicious lunch will be served back at the lodge.

Afternoon (~2:00 pm) - Guided Bella Coola Valley Hike

Discover extraordinary hikes with the support of a local guide. These hikes are a step above your ordinary walk in the park. The scenery is jaw dropping and the forests and rivers remain pristine. Options include: an easy stroll along the Tote Road for a glimpse into Bella Coola’s pioneering past; a moderate loop trail that follows in the footsteps of Sir Alexander Mackenzie on his epic crossing of Canada in 1793; or a vigorous and exercising climb up to elevation points to enjoy views of the valley, waterfalls and mountain views. All tours are are led by one of our experienced local guides. They will share their interests in wildlife, geography, forest ecosystems and photography to ensure that the guest experience is truly memorable and well spent.

After the hike, you will return to the lodge in the late afternoon. There will be time before dinner to relax and enjoy some hors d’oeuvres on the sun deck while exchanging stories of the day with your fellow guests.

BCE - Guided Hike in the Rainbow Range
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Kick-start your day with a choice of a hot or continental breakfast. Breakfast dining times are 7:30 am and 8:15 am.

Morning (~9:00 am) - Guided Hike in the Rainbow Range

The Rainbow Range hike is a 14 km round trip hike offering panoramic views of an eight-million-year-old peralkaline shield volcano. This hike has the advantage of starting at approximately 1400 metres of elevation. This allows guests to access trails above the treeline, in the open alpine, without first exhausting themselves climbing hundreds of feet/meters on a gnarly approach trail.

The day starts with a 45 minute drive up a switchbacking road affectionately referred to locally as simply “The Hill”. The elevation gain is 1400 metres up an escarpment separating the Bella Coola Valley from the Chilcotin Plateau where the Rainbow Range trail begins. The peaks of the Rainbow Range “Tsitsutl” in the local dialect, meaning painted mountains, form an enormous dome of eroded lava and fragmented rock that presents an astonishing spectrum of reds, oranges, yellows, and lavenders. The colours are really spectacular!

The hiking trail begins by meandering through a burnt forest, then enters subalpine forests, winds past a couple of lakes, before topping out above tree line with views into the volcanic and multicolored peaks of the Rainbow Range. Highlights include abundant wildflowers, observing forest fire ecology, the option to go for a swim in the lake, the potential to spot marmot as well as wolf and moose tracks, and of course, the views from the top.

After the hike, you will return to the lodge in the late afternoon. There will be time before dinner to relax and enjoy some hors d’oeuvres on the sun deck while exchanging stories of the day with your fellow guests.

For more information on the Rainbow Range, see this blog post.

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BCE - Departure Day
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We recommend one last visit to the Wildlife Viewing Station before your final breakfast with us.

Check-out is 11am. If you are flying out, take advantage of a leisurely morning in which you can enjoy the lodge property, make use of the spa and gym, play some lawn games, or simply relax before taking our shuttle back to the Bella Coola Airport for the flight back to Vancouver. If you are departing by ferry, we will arrange to drive you to the harbour.

Thank you for visiting us!

BCE - Arrival Day
Title Title

For those arriving by air via Pacific Coastal Airlines, enjoy the 70-minute mid-morning flight to Bella Coola, marvelling at the impressive Coast Range mountains and expansive fjord system as you fly overhead. On arrival at the Bella Coola Airport, our staff will greet you and transfer you the 45 minutes to the lodge, highlighting points of interest along the way.

After check-in there will be a short orientation of the lodge property and all the activities available. Enjoy a stroll down to the river, visit our Wildlife Viewing Station, go for a short hike on the Esker Trail through old-growth forests, play a round of Frisbee golf, work out in the gym, soak in the hot tub, or simply relax on the deck of your cabin with a drink and enjoy the view of Mt. Stupendous and Mt. Melikan.

A delicious 3-course set menu is served at 6:00 pm and 7:30 pm every night.

BCE - River Drift And Nature Walk
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Kick-start your day with a choice of a hot or continental breakfast. Breakfast dining times are 7:30 am and 8:15 am.

Morning (~09:00 am) - Scenic Atnarko River Drift 

Drift down the meandering Atnarko River between lush green forests and with the snow capped peaks of the Coast Range Mountains towering overhead. Relax and enjoy the scenery, but keep your eyes open for bald eagles, river otters, and bears, as well as five species of salmon, which call these waters home. This is the best activity for serious photographers. The Atnarko River features Class One waters. Our drifts are not about the thrill of running rapids, but are about the serenity of traveling at a slow pace in a pristine environment with plenty of opportunities to capture amazing memories and photographs.

A delicious lunch will be served back at the lodge.

Afternoon (~2:00 pm) - Interpretive Nature Walk

To gain a full appreciation of this magnificent part of the world, it is best to venture out with a local guide who will draw on their own personal experiences and knowledge of the area to share information about the various temperate climate zones and their ecology. Together, these factors make the Bella Coola Valley one of the most interesting and biodiverse places to visit in the world. They will also share their knowledge of the specific plants and animals that are native to the area. The stories shared will help to provide context to the geography and history that gave rise to this incredible landscape.

After the walk, you will return to the lodge in the late afternoon. There will be time before dinner to relax and enjoy some hors d’oeuvres on the sun deck while exchanging stories of the day with your fellow guests.

Previous Next
BCE - Highlights of the Bella Coola Valley
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Highlights of the Bella Coola Valley

The program for today is a tour of the Bella Coola Valley. You will see fantastic geography, pristine ecosystems and a rich First Nations heritage. After breakfast, your guide will drive you down valley to see a grove of ancient cedar trees on Walker Island. These trees are in excess of 800 years old and were used by the Nuxalk First Nation to smoke salmon and provide planking for their long houses. The cultural modifications are visible to this day. Bella Coola is Nuxalk First Nation territory, inhabitants of the valley for millennia and creators of a unique and vibrant artistic culture.

Lunch will be a picnic at Clayton Falls Park overlooking the fjord. 

Perhaps the day's highlight will be a tour with a member of the Nuxalk who will take us to the ancient petroglyphs. These petroglyphs (i.e. stone carvings) are hidden in a magical site tucked away in the woods. The carvings are estimated to be 3,000-5,000 years old and have been studied by the adventurer Thor Heyerdahl. You will also get to visit the Bella Coola town site to see the totem poles, to shop at the art gallery for First Nations jewellery and masks.

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BCE - Via Ferrata And Bella Coola Valley Hike
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Kick-start your day with a choice of a hot or continental breakfast. Breakfast dining times are 7:30 am and 8:15 am.

Morning (~09:00 am) - Via Ferrata

This assisted climbing experience provides participants with a spectacular self-propelled mountain adventure, amazing scenery, and an exciting feeling of exposure with low risk. Our Via Ferrata, from the Italian meaning ‘iron way’, is a network of 360 metal rungs, ladders, and wires that enable most people, from kids to seniors, to safely climb cliffs without needing rock-climbing skills. Via Ferratas have a military origin and were used in the Dolomite Mountains during World War One to transport troops. Today they are simply tons of fun! Our experienced guides will help guests up short rock faces, across thin ledges and along ridge lines, all at their pace, making sure they can make the most of the stunning natural landscape in a safe manner.

A delicious lunch will be served back at the lodge.

Afternoon (~2:00 pm) - Guided Bella Coola Valley Hike

Discover extraordinary hikes with the support of a local guide. These hikes are a step above your ordinary walk in the park. The scenery is jaw dropping and the forests and rivers remain pristine. Options include: an easy stroll along the Tote Road for a glimpse into Bella Coola’s pioneering past; a moderate loop trail that follows in the footsteps of Sir Alexander Mackenzie on his epic crossing of Canada in 1793; or a vigorous and exercising climb up to elevation points to enjoy views of the valley, waterfalls and mountain views. All tours are are led by one of our experienced local guides. They will share their interests in wildlife, geography, forest ecosystems and photography to ensure that the guest experience is truly memorable and well spent.

After the hike, you will return to the lodge in the late afternoon. There will be time before dinner to relax and enjoy some hors d’oeuvres on the sun deck while exchanging stories of the day with your fellow guests.

BCE - Guided Hike in the Rainbow Range
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Kick-start your day with a choice of a hot or continental breakfast. Breakfast dining times are 7:30 am and 8:15 am.

Morning (~9:00 am) - Guided Hike in the Rainbow Range

The Rainbow Range hike is a 14 km round trip hike offering panoramic views of an eight-million-year-old peralkaline shield volcano. This hike has the advantage of starting at approximately 1400 metres of elevation. This allows guests to access trails above the treeline, in the open alpine, without first exhausting themselves climbing hundreds of feet/meters on a gnarly approach trail.

The day starts with a 45 minute drive up a switchbacking road affectionately referred to locally as simply “The Hill”. The elevation gain is 1400 metres up an escarpment separating the Bella Coola Valley from the Chilcotin Plateau where the Rainbow Range trail begins. The peaks of the Rainbow Range “Tsitsutl” in the local dialect, meaning painted mountains, form an enormous dome of eroded lava and fragmented rock that presents an astonishing spectrum of reds, oranges, yellows, and lavenders. The colours are really spectacular!

The hiking trail begins by meandering through a burnt forest, then enters subalpine forests, winds past a couple of lakes, before topping out above tree line with views into the volcanic and multicolored peaks of the Rainbow Range. Highlights include abundant wildflowers, observing forest fire ecology, the option to go for a swim in the lake, the potential to spot marmot as well as wolf and moose tracks, and of course, the views from the top.

After the hike, you will return to the lodge in the late afternoon. There will be time before dinner to relax and enjoy some hors d’oeuvres on the sun deck while exchanging stories of the day with your fellow guests.

For more information on the Rainbow Range, see this blog post.

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BCE - Nature Walk And River Drift
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Kick-start your day with a choice of a hot or continental breakfast. Breakfast dining times are 7:30 am and 8:15 am.

Morning (~9:00 am) - Interpretive Nature Walk

To gain a full appreciation of this magnificent part of the world, it is best to venture out with a local guide who will draw on their own personal experiences and knowledge of the area to share information about the various temperate climate zones and their ecology. Together, these factors make the Bella Coola Valley one of the most interesting and biodiverse places to visit in the world. They will also share their knowledge of the specific plants and animals that are native to the area. The stories shared will help to provide context to the geography and history that gave rise to this incredible landscape.

A delicious lunch will be served back at the lodge.

Afternoon (~2:00 pm) - Scenic Atnarko River Drift 

Drift down the meandering Atnarko River between lush green forests and with the snow capped peaks of the Coast Range Mountains towering overhead. Relax and enjoy the scenery, but keep your eyes open for bald eagles, river otters, and bears, as well as five species of salmon, which call these waters home. This is the best activity for serious photographers. The Atnarko River features Class One waters. Our drifts are not about the thrill of running rapids, but are about the serenity of traveling at a slow pace in a pristine environment with plenty of opportunities to capture amazing memories and photographs.

After the drift, you will return to the lodge in the late afternoon. There will be time before dinner to relax and enjoy some hors d’oeuvres on the sun deck while exchanging stories of the day with your fellow guests.

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BCE - Departure Day
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We recommend one last visit to the Wildlife Viewing Station before your final breakfast with us.

Check-out is 11am. If you are flying out, take advantage of a leisurely morning in which you can enjoy the lodge property, make use of the spa and gym, play some lawn games, or simply relax before taking our shuttle back to the Bella Coola Airport for the flight back to Vancouver. If you are departing by ferry, we will arrange to drive you to the harbour.

Thank you for visiting us!

BCE - Arrival Day
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For those arriving by air via Pacific Coastal Airlines, enjoy the 70-minute mid-morning flight to Bella Coola, marvelling at the impressive Coast Range mountains and expansive fjord system as you fly overhead. On arrival at the Bella Coola Airport, our staff will greet you and transfer you the 45 minutes to the lodge, highlighting points of interest along the way.

After check-in there will be a short orientation of the lodge property and all the activities available. Enjoy a stroll down to the river, visit our Wildlife Viewing Station, go for a short hike on the Esker Trail through old-growth forests, play a round of Frisbee golf, work out in the gym, soak in the hot tub, or simply relax on the deck of your cabin with a drink and enjoy the view of Mt. Stupendous and Mt. Melikan.

A delicious 3-course set menu is served at 6:00 pm and 7:30 pm every night.

BCE - River Drift And Nature Walk
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Kick-start your day with a choice of a hot or continental breakfast. Breakfast dining times are 7:30 am and 8:15 am.

Morning (~09:00 am) - Scenic Atnarko River Drift 

Drift down the meandering Atnarko River between lush green forests and with the snow capped peaks of the Coast Range Mountains towering overhead. Relax and enjoy the scenery, but keep your eyes open for bald eagles, river otters, and bears, as well as five species of salmon, which call these waters home. This is the best activity for serious photographers. The Atnarko River features Class One waters. Our drifts are not about the thrill of running rapids, but are about the serenity of traveling at a slow pace in a pristine environment with plenty of opportunities to capture amazing memories and photographs.

A delicious lunch will be served back at the lodge.

Afternoon (~2:00 pm) - Interpretive Nature Walk

To gain a full appreciation of this magnificent part of the world, it is best to venture out with a local guide who will draw on their own personal experiences and knowledge of the area to share information about the various temperate climate zones and their ecology. Together, these factors make the Bella Coola Valley one of the most interesting and biodiverse places to visit in the world. They will also share their knowledge of the specific plants and animals that are native to the area. The stories shared will help to provide context to the geography and history that gave rise to this incredible landscape.

After the walk, you will return to the lodge in the late afternoon. There will be time before dinner to relax and enjoy some hors d’oeuvres on the sun deck while exchanging stories of the day with your fellow guests.

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BCE - Highlights of the Bella Coola Valley
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Highlights of the Bella Coola Valley

The program for today is a tour of the Bella Coola Valley. You will see fantastic geography, pristine ecosystems and a rich First Nations heritage. After breakfast, your guide will drive you down valley to see a grove of ancient cedar trees on Walker Island. These trees are in excess of 800 years old and were used by the Nuxalk First Nation to smoke salmon and provide planking for their long houses. The cultural modifications are visible to this day. Bella Coola is Nuxalk First Nation territory, inhabitants of the valley for millennia and creators of a unique and vibrant artistic culture.

Lunch will be a picnic at Clayton Falls Park overlooking the fjord. 

Perhaps the day's highlight will be a tour with a member of the Nuxalk who will take us to the ancient petroglyphs. These petroglyphs (i.e. stone carvings) are hidden in a magical site tucked away in the woods. The carvings are estimated to be 3,000-5,000 years old and have been studied by the adventurer Thor Heyerdahl. You will also get to visit the Bella Coola town site to see the totem poles, to shop at the art gallery for First Nations jewellery and masks.

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BCE - Via Ferrata And Bella Coola Valley Hike
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Kick-start your day with a choice of a hot or continental breakfast. Breakfast dining times are 7:30 am and 8:15 am.

Morning (~09:00 am) - Via Ferrata

This assisted climbing experience provides participants with a spectacular self-propelled mountain adventure, amazing scenery, and an exciting feeling of exposure with low risk. Our Via Ferrata, from the Italian meaning ‘iron way’, is a network of 360 metal rungs, ladders, and wires that enable most people, from kids to seniors, to safely climb cliffs without needing rock-climbing skills. Via Ferratas have a military origin and were used in the Dolomite Mountains during World War One to transport troops. Today they are simply tons of fun! Our experienced guides will help guests up short rock faces, across thin ledges and along ridge lines, all at their pace, making sure they can make the most of the stunning natural landscape in a safe manner.

A delicious lunch will be served back at the lodge.

Afternoon (~2:00 pm) - Guided Bella Coola Valley Hike

Discover extraordinary hikes with the support of a local guide. These hikes are a step above your ordinary walk in the park. The scenery is jaw dropping and the forests and rivers remain pristine. Options include: an easy stroll along the Tote Road for a glimpse into Bella Coola’s pioneering past; a moderate loop trail that follows in the footsteps of Sir Alexander Mackenzie on his epic crossing of Canada in 1793; or a vigorous and exercising climb up to elevation points to enjoy views of the valley, waterfalls and mountain views. All tours are are led by one of our experienced local guides. They will share their interests in wildlife, geography, forest ecosystems and photography to ensure that the guest experience is truly memorable and well spent.

After the hike, you will return to the lodge in the late afternoon. There will be time before dinner to relax and enjoy some hors d’oeuvres on the sun deck while exchanging stories of the day with your fellow guests.

BCE - Guided Hike in the Rainbow Range
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Kick-start your day with a choice of a hot or continental breakfast. Breakfast dining times are 7:30 am and 8:15 am.

Morning (~9:00 am) - Guided Hike in the Rainbow Range

The Rainbow Range hike is a 14 km round trip hike offering panoramic views of an eight-million-year-old peralkaline shield volcano. This hike has the advantage of starting at approximately 1400 metres of elevation. This allows guests to access trails above the treeline, in the open alpine, without first exhausting themselves climbing hundreds of feet/meters on a gnarly approach trail.

The day starts with a 45 minute drive up a switchbacking road affectionately referred to locally as simply “The Hill”. The elevation gain is 1400 metres up an escarpment separating the Bella Coola Valley from the Chilcotin Plateau where the Rainbow Range trail begins. The peaks of the Rainbow Range “Tsitsutl” in the local dialect, meaning painted mountains, form an enormous dome of eroded lava and fragmented rock that presents an astonishing spectrum of reds, oranges, yellows, and lavenders. The colours are really spectacular!

The hiking trail begins by meandering through a burnt forest, then enters subalpine forests, winds past a couple of lakes, before topping out above tree line with views into the volcanic and multicolored peaks of the Rainbow Range. Highlights include abundant wildflowers, observing forest fire ecology, the option to go for a swim in the lake, the potential to spot marmot as well as wolf and moose tracks, and of course, the views from the top.

After the hike, you will return to the lodge in the late afternoon. There will be time before dinner to relax and enjoy some hors d’oeuvres on the sun deck while exchanging stories of the day with your fellow guests.

For more information on the Rainbow Range, see this blog post.

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BCE - Nature Walk And River Drift
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Kick-start your day with a choice of a hot or continental breakfast. Breakfast dining times are 7:30 am and 8:15 am.

Morning (~9:00 am) - Interpretive Nature Walk

To gain a full appreciation of this magnificent part of the world, it is best to venture out with a local guide who will draw on their own personal experiences and knowledge of the area to share information about the various temperate climate zones and their ecology. Together, these factors make the Bella Coola Valley one of the most interesting and biodiverse places to visit in the world. They will also share their knowledge of the specific plants and animals that are native to the area. The stories shared will help to provide context to the geography and history that gave rise to this incredible landscape.

A delicious lunch will be served back at the lodge.

Afternoon (~2:00 pm) - Scenic Atnarko River Drift 

Drift down the meandering Atnarko River between lush green forests and with the snow capped peaks of the Coast Range Mountains towering overhead. Relax and enjoy the scenery, but keep your eyes open for bald eagles, river otters, and bears, as well as five species of salmon, which call these waters home. This is the best activity for serious photographers. The Atnarko River features Class One waters. Our drifts are not about the thrill of running rapids, but are about the serenity of traveling at a slow pace in a pristine environment with plenty of opportunities to capture amazing memories and photographs.

After the drift, you will return to the lodge in the late afternoon. There will be time before dinner to relax and enjoy some hors d’oeuvres on the sun deck while exchanging stories of the day with your fellow guests.

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BCE - Guest's Choice of Activities
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Kick-start your day with a choice of a hot or continental breakfast. Breakfast dining times are 7:30 am and 8:15 am.

Morning (~9:00 am) - Select Your Activity

Select your morning activity from the list of half-day options outlined below:

  • Atnarko Scenic River Drift
  • Via Ferrata
  • Guided Interpretive Nature Walk
  • Guided Bella Coola Valley Hike

A delicious lunch will be served back at the lodge.

Afternoon (~2:00 pm) - Select Your Activity

Select your morning activity from the list of half-day options outlined below:

  • Atnarko Scenic River Drift
  • Via Ferrata
  • Guided Interpretive Nature Walk
  • Guided Bella Coola Valley Hike

After your afternoon activity, you will return to the lodge in the late afternoon. There will be time before dinner to relax and enjoy some hors d’oeuvres on the sun deck while exchanging stories of the day with your fellow guests.

BCE - Departure Day
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We recommend one last visit to the Wildlife Viewing Station before your final breakfast with us.

Check-out is 11am. If you are flying out, take advantage of a leisurely morning in which you can enjoy the lodge property, make use of the spa and gym, play some lawn games, or simply relax before taking our shuttle back to the Bella Coola Airport for the flight back to Vancouver. If you are departing by ferry, we will arrange to drive you to the harbour.

Thank you for visiting us!