Some of BC's coastal towns cannot be reached by highway, so rely on BC Ferries for getting around. Travelling by ferry has other benefits for travellers as well – this is a prime area for spotting whales, seals, porpoises, sea lions and marine birds.
BC Ferries' Discovery Coast Passage
Between mid June and early September, BC Ferries offers non-stop vehicle/passenger services through the Discovery Coast Passage between Port Hardy and Bella Coola. Certain sailings on this route connect with several remote coastal villages including Bella Bella, Ocean Falls, Shearwater and Klemtu, which are only accessible by air or water. Non-stop service between Port Hardy and Bella Coola takes at least 10 hours, whereas the longer, alternate route takes more than 24 hours. The Bella Coola terminal is located just a couple of minutes from downtown. Visitors can also spend a few days exploring the remote coastal islands and villages by arranging a more detailed ferry itinerary.
Both northbound and southbound sailings are available. Reservations are strongly advised so book well in advance. This journey can also be done as part of the Coast Cariboo Circle Route.
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A trip to British Columbia is not complete without a cruise on BC Ferries. Sail through spectacular scenery aboard our modern fleet of vessels with 25 routes throughout coastal British Columbia, including 3 connecting Vancouver to Vancouver Island. Circle Routes are a natural using BC Ferries with service to the Sunshine Coast & the Gulf Islands. Iconic cruises include the 15 hr Inside Passage between Port Hardy & Prince Rupert, as well as the Discovery Coast Passage between Port Hardy & Bella Coola & the mystical Haida Gwaii between Port Hardy & Skidegate. Visit bcferries.com for travel deals & itinerary suggestions.