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 Post subject: Kayaking - Bella Coola area
Unread postPosted: Tue Feb 15, 2011 9:12 pm 
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In searching the archives for trip reports for the Bella Coola area, I was surprised not to find any. So here's some pictures of our trip last summer. If anyone else has ventured into the area feel free to post as well.

Driving in one eventually has to descend from the Chilcotin Plateau into the valley via "The Hill". It's a gravel road with multiple switchbacks glued to the side of the mountain. Here's a picture looking over the edge. Note the white car far below.
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The town itself looks like this.
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Lot's of wildlife. On the mountains.
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Or from the water.
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Plenty of places to explore
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Great scenery
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And always afternoon winds (I'm dead ahead about 20 feet and there's a double just to my left...both invisible...although my friend scored points for trying to get a picture with waves towering above eye level.)
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Not really for beginners as takeout spots are sparse and limited with fierce afternoon winds. You'll often find yourself going the wrong way down the channel and not by choice. The inlet is long, narrow and deep. The mountains are high, vertical, dropping straight into the sea. When the native name for an area of water is "Dancing Waters" or "Devils Nose" and the best sheltered location you can find is called "Windy Bay" one is wise to expect trouble!

All in all, great kayaking especially if you like the wild west coast and are prepared to put on some miles.


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 Post subject: Re: Kayaking - Bella Coola area
Unread postPosted: Tue Feb 15, 2011 9:38 pm 
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Any one been out to the Bella Bella area?


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 Post subject: Re: Kayaking - Bella Coola area
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Spectacular photos!

What camera are you using?


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 Post subject: Re: Kayaking - Bella Coola area
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WaterMark wrote:
Spectacular photos!


Agreed; especially the wildlife shots! Thanks for sharing, looks like an interesting place. :big_thumb

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 Post subject: Re: Kayaking - Bella Coola area
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For cameras, I had a couple point and shoots and my SLR.

Yes, it's an interesting area.


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 Post subject: Re: Kayaking - Bella Coola area
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Hi Byron,

I was wondering what your route and a few more trip details for your adventure in the Bella Coola area? Was it day trips out of Bella Coola or camping?

Kelsie


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 Post subject: Re: Kayaking - Bella Coola area
Unread postPosted: Tue Nov 15, 2011 9:45 pm 
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Great shots!
That poor bear looks like he needed a few sandwiches, I hope it was early summer, he looks skinny!!
Thanks for sharing

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 Post subject: Re: Kayaking - Bella Coola area
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Rodnak Kayak wrote:
Great shots!
That poor bear looks like he needed a few sandwiches, I hope it was early summer, he looks skinny!!
Thanks for sharing

I was thinking he looked like an ungainly teenager.

And I too really enjoyed the photos.

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 Post subject: Re: Kayaking - Bella Coola area
Unread postPosted: Sun Jan 29, 2012 3:38 pm 
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Thank you for posting such beautiful images of Bella Coola! If anyone has any questions concerning paddling the Bella Coola Area
just ask!


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 Post subject: Re: Kayaking - Bella Coola area
Unread postPosted: Sun Jan 29, 2012 9:32 pm 
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Location: Bella Coola
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Paddlers visiting the Bella Coola Area - Check out the amazing cabin in Green Bay. It is fully furnished with wood stove, LP stove,
fresh water and some bunks.
The cabin is decorated with interesting artifacts found in the area. It's very warm and comfortable.Image
There is no charge for using the cabin, it's on crown land- just respect it and leave it clean!Image
You can spend days exploring the estuary and surrounding rainforest.
I've seen Grizzly Bears, Black Bears, Otters, Golden & Bald Eagles, Wolves, Seals, Dolphins and many unusual sea birds.Image
The Noosesseck River can be explored by kayak during high tide, while a beautiful sand beach is exposed during low tide.
It is a very active salmon stream. This is one of my favorite places in the world - a wildlife paradise!
Land on the beach west of the pilings. There is a trail following the west side of the estuary that leads to the cabin.
Oh... and don't forget your Bear Spray!


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