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Old 04-24-2009, 08:15 PM   #1
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I knew that would get your attention! I am thinking hard about leaving for Alaska a bit early and going to Bella Coola on my way. 240 miles in and 240 miles out... yes, lots of dirt winding road but... I love adventure, don't you?

any comments from the great white?

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Old 04-24-2009, 08:41 PM   #2
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I just googled it - and Bella Coola sounds coola!
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Old 04-24-2009, 08:42 PM   #3
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Not from the great white...
If I had the time, I'd go. I envy you. From what I've heard, and photos I've seen, beautiful. I'm sure BC friends will chime in. You can take your time, and Alaska will still be there when you get there. Drive carefully, (and slowly)...
Looking forward to your photo series.
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Old 04-25-2009, 12:20 AM   #4
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I've done the Alaska trip, but was well aware that I was passing by a lot of good places to see and be in BC. In fact, I went back the next Summer and spent six weeks touring Vancouver Island. I'm looking forward to seeing more of the Province!
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Old 04-25-2009, 01:55 AM   #5
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Let us know how "THE HILL' is to travel on.....
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Old 04-25-2009, 01:35 PM   #6
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Chilcotin plateau is beautiful country. i'd recommend the trip if you have the time.
Another option for getting there and doing your drive across the plateau would be to go up vancouver island to port hardy, take the ferry up to Bella Coola (its a spectacular ride up), drive from bella coola across to williams lake on then north to alaska.
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Old 04-25-2009, 04:52 PM   #7
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Chilcotin plateau is beautiful country. i'd recommend the trip if you have the time.
Another option for getting there and doing your drive across the plateau would be to go up vancouver island to port hardy, take the ferry up to Bella Coola (its a spectacular ride up), drive from bella coola across to williams lake on then north to alaska.
My first trip was driving the island to Port Hardy and then taking a 15 hour non stop ferry trip to Prince Rupert. That was the most beautiful ride of my life and I have been to a lot of places in North America. We went right by the inlet to bella coola and If I remember right we also went by a native village somewhere called "bella bella" LOL
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Old 04-26-2009, 10:56 AM   #8
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Yep, Bella Bella is on the route. I sailed up that way a few years ago and the ferry passed us numerous times (as it goes much faster than we did!). We stopped for a couple of says in Bella Bella to make some repairs, and I spent a birthday in the anchorage there

The ferry at that time was the beautiful "Queen of the North" (R.I.P.). I was very sad to read of its sinking a couple of years ago.

I was hoping they were still running that route and wondering what the new boat looks like. It was a great trip by boat, but I wouldn't mind doing it by car/egg either, especially with the leg from Port Hardy to Prince Rupert on the ferry.

Queen of the North passing us one afternoon:


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I was in Prince Rupert for a game of golf on Thursday and the new Northern Expedition which will do the run from Port Hardy to Prince Rupert was tied up at the cruise ship dock. You wouldn't be able to tell it from one of the large Alaska cruise ships. It looks amazing. I believe it is undegoing sea trials right now and will be put into service late May.
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I'm glad the route didn't end when QotN sank, but I'll miss that boat. I loved that it looked like a boat and not a stadium. I'm sorry I didn't ever sail on it (nearly took it south from Prince Rupert but then decided to stay on the trip I was on).

I hadn't paid attention to whether the service has been out ever since the Queen sank, or whether it's been running with another boat and they are just choosing to replace that boat with the new one.

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I'm glad the route didn't end when QotN sank, but I'll miss that boat. I loved that it looked like a boat and not a stadium. I'm sorry I didn't ever sail on it (nearly took it south from Prince Rupert but then decided to stay on the trip I was on).

I hadn't paid attention to whether the service has been out ever since the Queen sank, or whether it's been running with another boat and they are just choosing to replace that boat with the new one.

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OMG!
It sank in 06 and I took it from Hardy to Ruperrt in 05! Wow! All those RVs sitting in the deep now feeding crabs... I think crabs are supposed to have a fondness for Winnebagos.
And the ferry that took me to Vancouver Island crashed into the dock a week later.


I am either blessed or jinxed.. I don't know which.

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Old 04-26-2009, 11:12 PM   #12
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if you plan to make the trip, just make sure your breaks are in SUPERB working order. The decent into bella coola is probably one of the worst grades in the country with some crazy switch backs, and all on a dirt road to boot (way back in the day, the ministry of transportation wouldn't put in a road because it was too steep, so the locals got together and dug one in!). People I know have done it and said it is doable, but make sure your tow rig is in good working order. I used to work around that area and it really can't be beat for the scenery, it is definitely worth the detour!
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Old 05-01-2009, 08:05 PM   #13
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Animation of bella coola road. Give you a feeling as to what I it is like.

http://ronsalaska.blogspot.com/
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