Travelling through the Cariboo and Chilcotin areas to the central coast is truly a study in landscape and ecological diversity.
From rolling semi-desert terrain, to canyons, to flat grasslands, over rivers and past lakes through rocky mountains, you eventually pass through old growth forest to the ocean inlets.
On reaching BC's central coast you are met with 15,000km/9,320mi of private coves and inlets, pristine beaches and rocky shores. Here is some of the world's best saltwater fishing and wildlife viewing of sea birds, whales and porpoises.
For those with a passion for the great outdoors and a spirit for adventure, there's the historic Nuxalk-Carrier or Alexander Mackenzie Trail to consider. One of Canada's ultimate hikes, the trail extends 347km/216mi from the mouth of the Blackwater River north of Quesnel, through Tweedsmuir Provincial Park to Burnt Bridge Creek. Complete the route on foot or on horseback or as a combination of both (local outfitters offer guided pack-trips).
Travelling to the Coast
The journey from Williams Lake to Bella Coola is approximately 456km/283mi.
Pacific Coastal Airlines run scheduled flights from Vancouver and Anahim Lake. Charter flights and resort-operated flights to resorts and other destinations are also available.
BC Ferries run from Port Hardy on Vancouver Island to Bella Bella and Bella Coola.
For more info on getting around the central coast, see Transportation & Maps.