Journey to Bella Coola

Vancouver Island sunset

and British Columbia’s Vancouver Island

1 – 14 September 2018

Bella Coola?  A town in Italy?  No.  A town on the west coast of Canada, at the end of a fjord surrounded by the Great Bear Rainforest and towering mountains of the Coast Range in British Columbia.  Ancestral home of the Nuxalt, and adopted home of Norwegians who came here in 1894. 

Our Journey to Bella Coola travels north through British Columbia, crossing the Coast Range twice, enroute to Bella Coola, a remote outpost on the mid-coast.  From there we travel by sea on the Inside Passage to the northern end of Vancouver Island.  In subsequent 7 days, we travel the length of the Island, from Port Hardy in the north, to Victoria in the South.

Features:

  • Cultural interaction with the Nuxalt in Bella Coola: visit their heritage sites, enjoy a  traditional meal enhanced by story-telling, dance and song.
  • Grizzly and Black Bear viewing.  The salmon are spawning attracting bears.  We’ll view bears in Tweedsmuir National Park, and on the Bella Coola river. 
    Pod of Orcas (Killeer Whales), by David Mendoza
  • Full day cruise on the Inside Passage, from Bella Coola to Port Hardy and half day cruise on the Alberni Inlet on Vancouver Island
  • View Orcas and other marine mammals in Johnstone Strait by boat from Telegraph Cove on Vancouver Island
  • See giant old growth Douglas fir trees in Cathedral Grove.
  • Explore Vancouver Island heritage at McLean Mill Historic Site, a steam powered sawmill, and Coombs, founded by English and Welsh immigrants.
  • Dine in the Parliamentary Dining Room in the British Columbia Parliament Building in Victoria 
    Grizzly bear, by David Mendoza

    Fare: $3295 per person, based on double occupancy.  Single occupancy (13 nights), add $595

    Fare includes all transportation, from Seattle/Tacoma and return; 13 nights lodging, 17 meals, admission fees to all attractions visited as a group, taxes, tour preparation costs, and services of an experienced Tour Manager accompanying the group

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