To get to Bella Bella from Victoria, take Highway 1 to Nanaimo and then Highway 19 from Nanaimo to Port Hardy. Port Hardy is located on the northern end of Vancouver Island, about a 6 hour drive from Victoria. From Port Hardy, Bella Bella is accessible by ferry. Please note however that there are no ferries that connect Port Hardy to points south.
From the North – Prince Rupert is located on the northern mainland coast of BC and is connected by road (Highway 16) and by VIA Rail to the rest of Canada and North America. Prince Rupert is also serviced by the Alaska State Ferry system. The northbound ferry ride from Port Hardy (Bear Cove) to Bella Bella (McLoughlin Bay) takes about 7 hours. The southbound journey from Prince Rupert takes about 8 hours. Both itineraries usually arrive at Bella Bella in the middle of the night in the non-summer seasons. Service between Bella Bella and Prince Rupert is infrequent (once every two weeks each way) in the summer.
The Bella Bella airport is serviced by Pacific Coastal Airlines, offering daily flights from Vancouver’s south terminal to Port Hardy, on the northern end of Vancouver Island, and onward (weather permitting) to Bella Bella. The flight from Vancouver, with a brief stopover in Port Hardy, takes a little over two hours and can be very scenic.
Additionally, you can arrange a float plane charter from Prince Rupert, on the north coast of BC, with Inland Air.
Bella Bella Airport (ZEL)
P: 250 957-2285
Hrs: Mon-Fri 8:00 am – 4:30 pm. Sat-Sun 9 am – 2 pm
Bella Bella (McLoughlin Bay) is serviced by BC Ferries year-round on their Inside Passage schedule, which offers passenger and vehicle service aboard a large, relatively modern ferry. The ferry can be caught at either Port Hardy or Prince Rupert.
Residents and visitors can go to Bella Bella bank at the Williams Lake & District Credit Union in Bella Coola. There are ATMs located at the Hagensborg Shop Easy, Thunderbird Store and the Bella Coola General Hospital. Kopas Store and Tallheo Gas Bar provide cash with debit cards.
Bella Bella is in Central Coast School District #49.
Bella Bella Community School (K-12, 181 Students)
Bella Bella, BC, V0T 1Z0
P: 250 957-2391 | F: 250 957-2691
The Visitor Information Booth is located at the Norwegian Heritage House along Highway 20 in Hagensborg. It is open from June to September. Maps, brochures and travel guides are available from tourism personnel.
P: 250 982-0092 | TFP: 1 866 799-5202
Bella Bella provides abundant recreational opportunities. Pioneering paddlers can take their kayaks to uncharted areas of the Discovery Coast, or explore the coastline, islands and straits of the Hakai Provincial Recreation Area. Hakai is also a magnet for scuba divers seeking an exceptional diving experience at a location that’s off the beaten path; for birders, who keep their eyes open for 100 different species of birds; and for anyone who wants to explore the 123,000 hectares of pristine natural beauty.
Wonderful hiking and wildlife viewing can be pursued in the region, as well as in the Fiordland Provincial Area, an incredibly scenic area of waterfalls, glacier-topped mountains and rich estuaries, situated approximately 100 km northwest of Bella Coola.