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The Atnarko River near Bella Coola
(Picture BC photo)

Bella Coola

Parks

Park in BC (JF Bergeron photo)

Park in BC (JF Bergeron photo)

Bella Coola is surrounded by the largest protected area in the province, part of which includes the enormous Tweedsmuir Park.

At 981,000 hectares/2.4 million acres, it is BC's biggest park and has become a magnet for outdoor enthusiasts.

Hiking, horseback riding, camping, and fishing opportunities abound in the south portion of the park. One of the more popular sites, Hunlen Falls is Canada's third-highest waterfall and it slim chute drops 260m/853ft. Because of its remoteness far south of the highway, and the full day of difficult hiking to the observation point, this area maintains an almost mystical reputation.

The best access is by air but Hunlen is reachable on foot. Bella Coola Air offers a number of flightseeing tours, but also will fly hikers in and lands on the nearby high-alpine Turner Lake. Most hikers choose to hike out (and mostly downhill) to the Tote Road, and arrange a car pick-up from there.

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