Fishing at sunset (Picture BC photo)
There are tremendous sport-fishing opportunities in the Bella Coola Valley. Go in search of deep-water halibut, rock cod, delectable crabs or giant prawns. Or cast a line in swift-running rivers and streams in search of a cutthroat or rainbow trout, Dolly Varden or one of the area's spectacular salmon. Whatever the goal, Bella Coola offers enthusiasts a vast range of fishing experiences.
Long before the Europeans arrived, the First Nations Nuxalk people fished the Bella Coola river systems for food and trade goods. By the early 1900s, a vibrant commercial fishing industry was born. But alongside commercial enterprises, sport fishing thrived. Today Bella Coola's natural bounty attracts fishing enthusiasts of all levels.
The most sought-after fish here is the salmon. All five Pacific species of salmon spawn in the rivers with overlapping runs – this means that there will often be two or even three types of salmon fighting their way up to spawning grounds.
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7001 Corbould Rd
Bella Coola, British Columbia
Our Grizzly Bear Tours have been included in the Canadian Tourism Commission's "Signature Experiences Collection"! Tours run August to October when the rivers are teeming with salmon, drawing Grizzlies hoping to fatten up for the winter. At this time Grizzlies are intent on fishing and are more tolerant of other bears and people, therefore much easier to observe.
Accompanied by an experienced guide, our non-motorized drift trips are the perfect way to see the bears and wildlife of Bella Coola.
- Small groups!
- Leave Vancouver in the morning and be bear viewing in the afternoon!
- Superior accommodation
- Founding member of The Magnificent 7 Luxury Wilderness Lodges of Canada
- TripAdvisor's Certificate of Excellence & Traveller's Choice Award: "Top Small Hotels of Canada"!