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Sep 16, 2012 - Bella Coola Valley BC

We got an hour early so that we could open up the bear viewing area at 7:00 AM.  We we got there a bear was on the the beach and we started the day out in a rush.  Another bear made an appearance about 400 yards down river, to far for a decent picture.  That was it for bear appearances and we left at 10:30 to go to the farmers market in Bell Coola.  we returned to the bear viewing area at 4:30 and learned that a grizzly sow and here two two year old cubs had come by about 15 minutes after we had left in the morning.  We were visited by the...

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Sep 15, 2012 - Bella Coola Valley BC

We stated the morning at the Bear Viewing Platform. We had just missed seeing a sow with two cubs and another adult bear.  No other  bears arrived after us and i left at 12:00 bear less. after taking care of some chores back at camp we headed out to the BVP were we saw three different bears two providing some photo opportunities.    

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Sep 14, 2012 - Bella Coola Valley BC

The float trip started at 8:15 and traveled about 4 Kilometers the scenery was great and we saw a variety of birds including common mergansers, bald eagles, belted kingfisher and seagulls that i did not identify.  We did see one grizzly traveling along the river shore line looking for salmon.  He was quite thin and needs to put on a lot of weight before winter.  The low salmon run has had a impact on him. We spent a little time shopping in Bella Coola, a small town with only a few shops,  two being grocery. We spent the afternoon with a...

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Sep 13, 2012 - Bella Coola Valley BC

We started the morning  at the bear viewing platform seeing one grizzly at a distance of 400 yards.  We saw no bears the rest of the day, it seems that my best bet for seeing a bear will be the float trip tomorrow.  We spent the afternoon checking out side roads for bear sign which was in short supply.  

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Sep 12, 2012 - Bella Coola Valley BC

We drove to Bella Coola with out any events,  the service engine light did not come on and the transmission worked fine.  The freedom hill with its sections of up to 15 % grades was as impressive as ever.  We did not see any wildlife and the news about the salmon runs a bear sightings were not good.  The pink salmon run is very limited, probable due to the extreme flood two years ago.  The good news was that the flood did not appear to have had a significant impacted on the  cub survival,as most of the cubs were seen last year.  will go to...

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Aug 8, 2012 - Day 106, day at the lake

Day 106, Wednesday, August 08, 2012 My sound machine is totally on the blink, cutting in and out like it has a short in it. It will do it for awhile then stop. Then start again. It’s torture. I tried leaving it off. That’s so not happening. Needless to say, my beauty sleep is suffering. We spent a lazy morning doing a load of laundry (our little washer/dryer comes in very handy) and playing on computers. Then we went for a drive further out the dirt road we are camped on. Not too much out there besides a few ranches. We stopped at Poison...

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Aug 7, 2012 - Day 105, Bella Coola

Day 105, Tuesday, August 07, 2012 We had a nice little thunderstorm about midnight, very windy with a pretty heavy rain for a little bit. This morning was clear and blue. The road to Bella Coola is not for sissies. If you are afraid of heights, don’t go. If you are driving something big, don’t go. But if you like a little adventure in your day, by all means, go. The pavement ends at Anahim Lake and much of the rest of the 84 mile road is dirt and gravel. We started out dodging cows in the road again. After about 20 miles we entered the...

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Aug 20, 2011 - Bella Coola, BC

We started the day out looking for bears. We finally found one black bear. We turned or attention to other opportunities and went on a mission to find Big Rock (a large granite erratic deposited by a glacier) and the Thorsen Creek petroglyphs. The petroglyphs have fallen from a cliff and lay scattered in a beautiful rain forest setting. These petroglyphs visited by Thor Heyerdahl wh0 saw a connection between these carving and the carvings on eastern island. We spent the evening attempting to go to Blue Jay Lake Conservation Area; we were...

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Aug 19, 2011 - Bella Coola, BC

We left Williams Lake and headed south 280 miles to Bella Coola, a port town at the head of Burke Canal. We traveled the famous “Freedom Hill” a road with 18% grade that was constructed by the residents of the valley because the government did not want to make the investment. After setting up camp we went out and checked out the local bear watching spots. There were no crowds or bears. We found out that mid August is the best bear watching time. The Bella Coola Valley scenery is very nice. Looks like his will be an exploratory visit....

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Jun 12, 2008 - The Cruise

Rats! Awoke to the sound of rain on the roof but it quickly stopped. Pulled out of the campground at 7:15 AM as we had to be to the ferry at 7:30 AM. After the ferry sinking incident a number of years ago they have become much more strict about security and knowing exactly who is on board. As we had to wait after the initial check in, we had breakfast and I had a shower. Boarded at 8:30 AM and they had checked our picture ID and boarding passes twice more. Finally sailed at 9:30 AM. Many eagles in the tress next to the ferry dock so we got...

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