With a coastline boasting thousands of kilometres of secluded coves, fjords, inlets, pristine beaches and rocky shores you’ll arguably find some of the world’s best scenery, saltwater fishing and eco-adventures on B.C.’s Central Coast. Get up-close and personal experiences with sea birds, bears, whales, dolphins and sea lions. First Nations villages along the central coast are rich in heritage and the local indigenous people take great pride in sharing their culture and stories.
BC Ferries transports passengers and vehicles from Port Hardy on northern Vancouver Island to the Central Coast aboard the Northern Adventure as part of the spectacular Inside Passage route, navigating a series of dramatic fjords to dock at Bella Bella /McLoughlin Bay and Klemtu on a year-round weekly schedule. From Bella Bella, travellers can transfer to the Nimpkish to travel to Bella Coola, stopping at Shearwater and Ocean Falls en route. On June 22nd, the new Northern Sea Wolf will commence new non-stop scheduled service from Port Hardy to Bella Coola.
Bella Coola is the gateway to the world-renowned Great Bear Rainforest and the area’s service hub. Travellers can then continue their Discovery Coast Circle Tour, driving inland from Bella Coola via Hwy 20, stopping in Hagensborg, then up “The Hill”, and across the Chilcotin Plateau to the Cariboo and beyond.
Whether on the mainland or exploring the islands via boat or plane you will sample coastal life first hand and taste the freshest of seafood. From Knights Inlet in the south to Princess Royal Island in the north, these coastal communities coupled with their neighbours inland share a passion for the ocean and all it has to offer.
Fishing and seafood fine dining embodies coastal life. Imagine a daily fresh delivery of salmon, halibut, ling cod, prawns, scallops, and crab to the coastal docks to tantalize your palate, and that is just for the seafood lovers… now add the Coastal forests’ rich bounty and a wide range of other local and traditional cuisines, each a magnificent showcase of the diversity and variety of Coastal cultures, and best paired with a local historical tour.
To work up that appetite, the ocean provides for many an adventure including unforgettable sea kayaking, wildlife viewing and fishing. And for the landlubber, there is nothing like exploring all aspects of nature found only in this part of the province including the Great Bear Rain Forest, Ice fields and the elusive Kermode Bear. It doesn’t matter how you choose to get around; boat, kayak, paddleboard, mountain bike, hiking, or motor-propelled vehicle … be prepared to be awe-inspired.