Passage and Discovery Coast
taking the Discovery Coast Passage
should be aware that, depending on their departure time and length
of trip, they may have to 'camp' one night aboard ship. A sleeping
bag or warm blanket will enhance your comfort in one of the reclining
seats. Alternatively, bring along a camping mattress and stretch out
on the floor. A small number of cots and blankets are available onboard.
Hardy types are also permitted to pitch their (self-supporting) tents
on the deck.
As BC Ferry sailings are scheduled in
the early morning, you will probably wish to spend the night nearby
in either Port Hardy or Prince
Rupert. For the Queen of Chilliwack's mostly early morning
departures from Port Hardy and Bella
Coola, it's wise to book accommodation nearby.
In Port Hardy, private campgrounds are available half a mile (1 km)
north of the ferry dock, as well as on the road to the ferry.
In Prince Rupert, Prudhomme
Lake Provincial Park offers camping close to the ferry. This park
offers vehicle accessible campsites on a first-come, first-served
basis. Nearby Diana Lake Provincial Park provides opportunities for
a variety of day-use activities. It also has a fascinating nature
trail that winds through lush coastal rainforest. All five species
of Pacific salmon, as well as steelhead, rainbow trout and dolly varden
can be found in the lakes and creeks around this park. Observe spawning
salmon in Diana Creek in August and September.
In Bella Coola, the nearest campground to the ferry terminal is in
Hagensborg, 10 miles (16
km) east of Bella Coola. Two private campsites are both located on
the Bella Coola River east of Hagensborg.
On the Bella Coola River, near the western boundary of Tweedsmuir
Provincial Park, McCall Flats is a Forest Service recreation
site with vehicle-only sites. No tenting is allowed because of the
bear hazard. The main features of this site are its sandy riverside
beach, sportfishing, and numerous roads and trails nearby for hiking,
mountain biking, or horseback riding. Travel south from the park entrance/exit
sign on Hwy 20 at Burnt Bridge for about 1.5 miles (2.5 km), then
turn west onto the gravel Talchako Forest Service Road. After crossing
the Talchako Bridge, turn right (north) onto the Noomst Forest Service
Road at the west end of the bridge. Travel 0.5 mile (1 km), then turn
right (east) at the sign indicating the site, which is just over 1
mile (2 km) from Hwy 20.
Camping is available at McLoughlin Bay near the ferry in Bella
Bella, and in Klemtu.
In summer, accommodations fill up quickly at both ends, so reservations
The Bella Coola Road (Hwy 20)
Forest Service campsites located close to Bella Coola include those
at Odegaard Falls and Nusatsum River.
Just southwest of Bella Coola, Blue Jay Lake has vehicle/tent campsites
and lakeside picnic areas. It's a popular spot for canoeing, angling,
and swimming. A float is anchored about 150 feet (50 m) offshore for
Campgrounds in Tweedsmuir
Provincial Park (South) are located on the Atnarko River near
park headquarters, at the bottom of the Hill and farther west at Fisheries
Pool, near Stuie. The Atnarko Campground is situated in a grove of old-growth Douglas
fir and is popular with anglers, as is Fisheries Pool Campground. Most trailers and RVs can be accommodated, although
no hookups are provided. The park abounds with recreational opportunities
for those who desire, and are prepared for- a wilderness experience.
Grizzly and black bears range throughout the park, and grizzlies congregate
on the Dean and Atnarko Rivers between May and October when salmon
are in the river. People should be particularly cautious when fishing
and hiking. South Tweedsmuir is located on Highway
20, approximately 400 kilometres west of Williams Lake, midway
between Anahim Lake and Bella Coola. The highway from Williams
Lake consists of both gravel and paved sections and is well maintained;
travel time is between 4 1/2 and 6 hours depending on your destination
within the park and road conditions. The Hill is the stretch of Highway
20 between Heckman Pass and Atnarko Campground - though steep (up
to 18% grades), it is passable throughout the year even by semi-trailers.
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