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post #1 of 4 Old 04-13-2010, 10:10 PM Thread Starter
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Bella Coola to Kleena Kleene

Me and some buddies of my'n are thinking taking the ferry from Fort Hardy on Vancouver Island to Bella Coola then riding from Bella Coola BC back home. Can anyone tell me what 20 is like between Bella Coola and Williams Lake.

We are going to be running touring tires.


Any information anyone has would be great.

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Me and some buddies of my'n are thinking taking the ferry from Fort Hardy on Vancouver Island to Bella Coola then riding from Bella Coola BC back home. Can anyone tell me what 20 is like between Bella Coola and Williams Lake.

We are going to be running touring tires.


Any information anyone has would be great.

Thanks.
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Good road. You'll love the climb out of Bella Coola. It's pretty flat to Williams Lake after that. Plan for fuel if you're not running during regular business hours. Things shut down.

I see you're from Arkansas. I take it that's the "home" you're riding back to? If so, we locals can make all kinds of additional route suggestions.

There's nothing otherwise to really worry about on that road other than wildlife. The ferry ride from Port Hardy to Bella Coola is great. Make sure you've got a good camera.

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post #3 of 4 Old 04-14-2010, 01:18 AM Thread Starter
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Sounds great.
We are from Arkansas. We have been planning this ride since last year. We are going to leave NW Arkansas and head for the west coast and hit it around San Francisco. A couple of the guys want to cross the golden gate bridge. From there we are headed up the coast thinking of going up to Vancouver. Saw the ferry ride to Bella Coola and thought that sounded awsome provided the road was reasonble climbing out. From what I have seen on the internet the scenery is awsome.

When you saw the only thing to worry about is wildlife - how do you mean? Road hazards.

We are going to be up that way in early June. We assume that it will still be a bit chilly.

It would be great if you could suggest some local rides. We are headed to Glacier park in Canada then on to Glacier National park in the US., south to Yellowstone, Mount Rushmore, through Colorado and then time to go to the house.

We plan to be on the road for 21 days.

Thanks for the reply on the road.
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What you should do is start a thread in the Canadian regional section: https://www.stromtrooper.com/forumdisplay.php?f=33

You'll get lots of advice there on route planning through BC.

There's all kinds of variety in terrain. My advice is to take the coastal route northwards (Olympic Peninsula in Washington and Vancouver Island in BC) and the interior on the way back.

Bella Coola is on the coast at sea level. It's a tiny native community at the foot of some really big mountains. As you head inland from Bella Coola, you climb an extremely steep road to the top of the Chilcotin Plateau and then on to Williams Lake (a town not worth hanging around in). It's worth hanging around in Bella Coola though for a day and learning the history of the road before riding it.

As for wildlife, anywhere in BC you have to watch for deer and bear and the like. If you plan to camp at all, learn how to avoid bear and help them avoid you. There are lots of Grizzly around Bella Coola, especially when the salmon are running (later in the fall).

I've had more close calls on the road with bear than with deer. Dusk and dawn are the bad times to travel, same as anywhere. Probably, though, the biggest problem you'll have with wildlife are the mosquitos.

It can be cold in June, especially at elevation. It could be hot, though, so be prepared for either case.

Most of what you'll find interesting in BC are the roads and vistas rather than the towns.

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