The Chilcotin Coast Experience

Things To Do - Bella Coola Grizzly Tours


The Bella Coola Valley boasts many incredible hiking trails – at least 17 trails from easy to moderate.  Enjoy a relaxing stroll through an old growth forest, climb a glacial waterfall or wander the flower strewn alpine meadows of the coast mountain range. There is something for everyone, and an excellent Trail Guide is available too.

Birds and Wildlife

The Bella Coola Valley is in the middle of the Great Bear Rainforest, and so the surrounding area is home to a wide variety of coastal wildlife.  First and foremost, the Valley is a major grizzly bear habitat. You will see them during summer and fall near the rivers and streams, particularly when the salmon are running. 

You can also see black bear, blacktail deer, eagles, and in the back country possibly even cougar or mountain goats.  Salmon spawn in the rivers several times over the season, and the fjords off the Bella Coola coast are alive with orca whales, dolphins, and seals.

There is a bear viewing platform that opens approximately September 1st, and you may see some of the abundant wildlife when you hike through the woods.  However a great way to enjoy some wildlife viewing is by taking a tour.

Activities and Sightseeing

In addition to offering comfortable, modern cabin accommodation, Bella Coola Grizzly Tours offers both marine and land tours of the Bella Coola region.

Take a day-trip on the ocean aboard the 42-foot MV Nekhani.  Travel up some of the longest glacial fjords in the world, in the middle of the Great Bear Rainforest, to visit wilderness hotsprings and First Nations pictographs, see abundant wildlife, and enjoy a delicious seafood lunch!

Or choose a land tour by bus to view magnificent scenery, ancient petroglyphs, the giant red cedars of the rainforest, and perhaps wildlife like grizzly bears and eagles.

The spectacular scenery of the Discovery Coast is worth the trip all by itself.  Your host Leonard Ellis has been guiding people through what is now known as the Great Bear Rainforest for over 30 years, and is a knowledgeable host.

You can also explore historic Bella Coola town on your own, to visit the Museum, the Cannery, and Clayton Falls.



Bella Coola Valley
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