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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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 16 hr Inside Passage between Port Hardy & Prince Rupert, as well as the Discovery Coast Connector between Port Hardy & mid-coast ports & the mystical Haida Gwaii between Prince Rupert & Skidegate. Visit bcferries.com for travel deals & itinerary suggestions.