Camp is set up at Tweedsmuir Provincial Campground, one of British Columbia's largest and most beautiful protected areas. Daily trips to view wildlife (grizzlies, eagles, salmon), boat trip, cultureal trips, historical, educational, hiking, etc.
Day 1 - Arrival;
Upon your afternoon arrival in Bella Coola you will be met and taken to Tweedsmuir Provincial Park campground, a thirty-five minute drive from the town of Bella Coola. The scenery in this region of British Columbia is unrivalled, and Tweedsmuir Park has gained the best view of all. Set near the base of a 2000 foot rock peak, across the salmon filled Bella Coola river, Tweedsmuir Park is one of British Columbia's largest provincial protected area, rich with wildlife and far away from civilization. You will have a chance to set-up camp and meet everyone this afternoon. This evening we will gather together at the historic Tweedsmuir lodge for our orientation dinner. After dinner we will have a presentation on bear safety to educate all travelers, insuring a safe trip. Includes: (D)
Day 2 - Grizzlies, Grizzlies, Grizzlies/ Bella Coola River Float Trip;
On this day we have the opportunity to enjoy a relaxing day of wildlife viewing while gently floating down the Bella Coola river. Our float begins just five minutes from our camping area, and ends at the mouth of the Bella Coola river. During this time of year the river is full of spawning salmon, and trout; eagles soar and bears lumber throughout the valley attracted to spawned salmon washed up along shores, and in areas of log jams. Many pacific coastal species are seen on this quiet and serene float which feels all itself a heaven, with the mountain peaks abounding and the colors of fall throughout the river valley. A shore lunch will be provided allowing time to relax in Mother Nature's backyard. We continue on our river float in the afternoon, reaching the mouth of the Bella Coola river by mid afternoon. We return to our camp and this evening we join together for dinner and evening presentations. Includes: (B) (L) (D)
Day 3 - Native Cultures, and Artisans;
Along with its prolific wildlife and spectacular scenery, the Bella Coola valley is also home to a thriving group of native peoples, the Nuxalk, and a vibrant ancient culture which still lives today. Starting with a visit to the village of Bella Coola we are introduced to their culture through local artisans, and a visit to their "long-house". In the afternoon, we drive a short distance out of town and hike into a relatively newly discovered series of petroglyphs (ancient stone carvings) engraved into a forgotten mossy trail atop a rainforest valley. Our mile long walk takes us along rivers edge to this sight of dozens of rock engravings, some estimated at 10 000 years of age. This will be your first encounter with the Pacific Northwest's lush rainforest environment, an environment we will explore in greater detail on Day 5. Always be on the look out for eagles, and other wildlife, particularly in the early mornings, and late afternoons. This evening we join together for dinner and evening presentations. Includes: (B) (L) (D)
Day 4 - Canadian History/ Alexander Mackenzie Rock and the Canadian Salmon Fishery;
On this day we travel to the Bella Coola marina to board our 34-foot cabin cruising boat. We disembark on a 30 nautical mile journey to Mackenzie Rock to learn about one of Canada's most famous historical events. The Mackenzie Rock was the end point of Sir Alexander Mackenzie's historical journey to the Pacific Ocean. This English explorer ventured across Canada in search of a passageway to the Pacific, hoping to increase the efficiency of trade. Mackenzie beat his U.S. competitors to the south, Lois and Clark, in this race to the Pacific.
While on our boat we may have the opportunity to see humpback and killer whales, seals and many other marine based species, which frequent this area. We will also have an opportunity to enjoy a fall "dip", for
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