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Kayak Trip from Bella Bella
Timestamp Free: 2020.07.15 - 10:41:19
Ranges: North America Ranges / Pacific Cordillera Range / Coast Mountains / North Coastal Archipelago Ranges
Participants: Tom Tiedje and Shane
Difficulty: 1: Weather dependent
BC Ferries from Port Hardy to Bella Bella then paddling around Denny Island. The purpose of the trip was to explore an area that was new to us.
[photo]Totem.jpg[caption]Henry Hunt Totem Pole in Bear Cove at our campsite[/photo]
Shane and I left Victoria at 9AM on Tuesday September 4 the day after Labour Day with a Seaward Passat G3 double kayak on the roof of the car. After checking out Port Hardy including the museum we camped at the totem pole park at BC Ferries Bear Cove terminal. The totem pole was carved by the famous indigenous artist Henry Hunt who also carved a pole for Expo 67 and for Queen Elizabeth. The ferry left in the fog at 7:30 AM the next day. We got out of the fog mid morning, the sun came out and we were able to enjoy the beautiful scenery of the inside passage. The north coast ferry is a much cheaper and faster way to see the inside passage than from a cruise ship. The walk-on space is never full, and the vehicle space is usually full and needs to be booked in advance. Many of the people on the ferry were retirees from Germany on their way to Prince Rupert.
[photo]Launch.jpg[caption]Kayak launch from fish plant[/photo]
We got off at McLoughlin Bay which is a few km south of Bella Bella. We launched with permission from the dock of the Heiltsuk fish processing plant and got underway about 3PM. For the first time in my kayaking career we took a nautical chart along, which turned out to be very useful. We stopped in Bella Bella on the way north and had a quick walk around the town close to the government dock. This is a bustling indigenous town with a spectacular big house meeting place under construction in the centre of town. We saw a newish school with lots of kids playing outside. People were very friendly to us two foreigners. Then we paddled to Shearwater but didn't get out. This is a non-indigenous community. We camped at a convenient sandy spit on the north side...
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