Lonely Planet recommends stopping by the Bella Coola Valley located in the heart of the rainforest. The valley is lined with breathtaking, crystal-clear glaciers stretching 53 kilometres from the green landscape of British Columbia’s Chilcotin region to the North Bentinck Arm, a fjord surrounded by glaciers that runs inland from the Pacific Ocean.
Adventure travellers will also enjoy a trip along the road that leads into the valley, dipping through steep rocky hills down long switchback gravel roads.
For all those who would rather embark on a relaxing trip into Bella Coola, plan ahead and take a ferry from the south, as they tend to run rather infrequently.
Guests can also take one of the many tours offered for a prime viewing experience. These unique experiences allow you to get up close and personal to grizzly bears with tours designed specifically to bring guests to the best locations for viewing the forest’s wildlife.
There are also wilderness hikes and floating tours, many of which bring travellers down rivers filled with grizzly bears hunting for salmon. Some tours even immerse guests into the cultural aspects of the land, wildlife and people, such as the native peoples of the Kitasoo Xai’xais First Nation.