Discovery Coast Circle Route

Journey to the heart of the Great Bear Rainforest via road & ferry


Starting in June and running until late September, BC Ferries offers a ferry service to Bella Coola. This is another spectacular way to travel to Bella Coola.

The ferry departs Port Hardy on the north coast of Vancouver Island.  You will get to cruise by small islands in Queen Charlotte Strait, and there is the chance to catch glimpses of harbour seals and sea lions. Also keep keep watch for orca and humpback whales blowing spray and breeching, as well as schools of dolphins that like to play in the wake.   You will be travelling through BC's mid-coast, an area only accessible by air or water. You'll see wondrous granite cliffs, dense evergreen forests and, occasionally, deserted sweeps of beach pounded by the Pacific Ocean. 

The direct sailings between Port Hardy and Bella Coola takes about 10 hours and arrives in Bella Coola in the evening. We recommend booking our Bella Coola Explorer which includes transfers between the Bella Coola Harbour and our lodge.

This trip can be down in a clockwise, and anti-clockwise, direction.

Contact us for details and to help organize your Discovery Coast Tour.