Traveling to the Chilcotin via Ferry
"Just go around!"
There are no coastal roads for the majority of the length
of British Columbia due to its rugged terrain where mountains
literally dip their toes in the sea. This makes ferry travel
on part of your vacation route a very attractive option for
an area that is otherwise entirely inaccessible.
The ferries are large with lots of seating, including at tables
if you want to bring your own food instead of purchasing food
on the ferry, and an open deck area at both the front and
rear of the ferry. The rear being a favorite viewing area
out of the breeze for dolphins, whales and eagles.
One of the most famous ferry routes for BC is the Inside Passage
route from Port Hardy on Vancouver Island to Prince Rupert
where thousands of islands make up this passage. You could
take this trip if you wanted to drive part of the way on your
return trip or going north, arrive back in Bella Coola and
pick up the ferry from there back to Vancouver Island.
If you wanted to take a shorter ferry trip then travel the
Discovery Coast Ferry from Port Hardy to Bella Coola. From
Bella Coola you can continue on Highway 20 to Williams Lake
and from there, turn north or south to continue your travels
on mainland British Columbia.
The Port Hardy to Prince Rupert trip is approximately 17 hours
long while the Discovery trip from Port Hardy to Bella Coola
The Discovery Coast Ferry only runs in the summer and reservations
are required. Check for the alternative Mid Coast/Bella Coola
ferry that runs in late fall, winter, and spring.
If you would like more information on rates and schedules
for the Discovery Coast Ferry tour you can find them here
Coast Circle Tour. If you would like more information
on the Inside Passage Tour, you'll find it here at Inside
Passage and Queen Charlottes Tour.