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Cariboo Chilcotin Coast

Ferry

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 Connector

Between mid June and early September, BC Ferries offers two-stage vehicle/passenger service between Port Hardy and Bella Coola.

Certain sailings on this route connect with remote coastal villages including Bella Bella, Ocean Falls, Shearwater and Klemtu, which are only accessible by air or water. 

The connecting ferry between Bella Bella and Bella Coola is an 'open deck' design, allowing passengers to remain in their cars/RVs for the duration of the trip. Amenities on this portion of the trip are limited and travellers may wish to purchase food for the journey prior to boarding.

The trip between Port Hardy and Bella Coola can take up to 17 hours, depending on the route. Space on the Discovery Coast Connector is very limited, especially if travelling with an RV; reservations are free and are strongly advised.

The Bella Coola ferry 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.

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