dropping into the valley

by Anne

[18th September]

We head out due west on a softly misty morning. Highway 20, the only road access to the Great Bear Rainforest, rambles through the Chilcotin Plateau. The road passes through several small communities, at one of which we bump into a morning market where we treat ourselves to some local fare. Dodging livestock, we drive on at a leisurely pace; we are heading for the Bella Coola Valley where a very special float down the Bella Coola River awaits our arrival.




yummy bannock and jam


I wonder whether I would have agreed to head into the Bella Coola Valley if I had read the brochure properly. I was NOT expecting the Coast Mountain Range to cross our path, and especially not the pass! I have no photos to show at this point, as I needed both hands to hold very firmly on to my seat (I am a little braver when we drive out of the valley again).

FINALLY we reach terra firma. Relaxed now, I enjoy the drive on the 80km valley floor through Tweedsmuir Park and on to our lovingly tended campsite in Hagensborg. Hagensborg was established by Norwegian colonists who settled in the valley between 1894 and 1910.


Rip Rap Campsite

The Bella Coola River is a mere scramble over the rocks to the right, the tenting site to the left.


Next day: our first encounter with a bear