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Feb 15th 2017, 06:24 PM   #1
 
  Feb 2016
  Spokane

  Vstrom 1000, DRZ 400 XR600 and way to many vintage mxers to list
Bella Coola BC

This July, I will be riding from Spokane to Port Hardy BC and taking the ferry to Bella Coola BC.

From Bella Coola I will be riding to Revelstoke and then to Banff and returning to Spokane.

Has anyone ridden from or around Bella Coola? Just wondering what people thought of the ride.
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Feb 15th 2017, 10:23 PM   #2
 
  Jan 2016
  Kennewick

  2014 FJR-ES
I have ridden to Bella Coola twice from Williams Lake. Great ride, very remote, and the "Hill" is fun, especially when riding east (uphill). Forty miles of dirt roads each way. Bella Coola is very small with one hotel and one campground. Almost everything is closed on Sunday including the gas station.
Feb 15th 2017, 10:42 PM   #3
 
  Feb 2016
  Seattle

I rode from Williams Lake to Bella Coola a few years ago. I really enjoyed it. Nice scenery, fun ride, very few cars. Bring a freestanding tent and you can "camp" on the deck of the ferry between Port Hardy and Bella Coola. If I remember right, it was a solid 24 hour ferry ride.
Feb 16th 2017, 10:26 AM   #4
 
  Feb 2016
  Spokane

  Vstrom 1000, DRZ 400 XR600 and way to many vintage mxers to list
Thank you for the posts.

I exit the ferry at midnight (or so it is scheduled) in Bella Coola and will be staying at the campground, before taking off in daylight.

Thank you again for the posts.
Feb 16th 2017, 02:54 PM   #5
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  Jan 2016
  Hazel Dell, Wa

  Honda VFR800, Husqvarna TE 610, Ducati Hypermotard 1100S
Please do a ride report! This looks like a great idea for a ride!
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Feb 16th 2017, 11:12 PM   #6
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  Jan 2016
  Silverdale, WA

  848evo, DRZ400SM, XR100
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Originally Posted by mcrider007
I have ridden to Bella Coola twice from Williams Lake. Great ride, very remote, and the "Hill" is fun, especially when riding east (uphill). Forty miles of dirt roads each way. Bella Coola is very small with one hotel and one campground. Almost everything is closed on Sunday including the gas station.
Can you give more info on the "Hill" and does Hwy 20 have 40 miles of dirt road? Looks like a great ride to me too
Feb 17th 2017, 08:35 AM   #7
 
  Jan 2016
  Kennewick

  2014 FJR-ES
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Originally Posted by Willow
Can you give more info on the "Hill" and does Hwy 20 have 40 miles of dirt road? Looks like a great ride to me too
Its a long story but easy to research. The short version is that local ranchers got tired of waiting for the government to complete Hwy 20 and used bull dozers to finish the road over the mountains so Bella Coola would not be landlocked. The Hill is a dirt road, single lane in places, with up to 18 percent grades. It drops over 3000 feet in the last 4-5 miles on the west side. It was completed in the early 50's and hasn't changed much. In spite of several steep hairpin curves they actually run buses over it during the winter.

Yes, there are 40 miles of dirt road in total. You could ride it on a street bike without much difficulty but I wouldn't recommend doing it on street tires in the rain.
Feb 17th 2017, 10:42 AM   #8
 
  Feb 2016
  Spokane

  Vstrom 1000, DRZ 400 XR600 and way to many vintage mxers to list
I will take pictures along the way and complete a ride report.
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Feb 17th 2017, 11:14 AM   #9
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  Jan 2016
  Tri-Cities, dry side of Washington

  Kawasaki C-14
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Originally Posted by dstevens
I will take pictures along the way and complete a ride report.
Now that's a winner!
Because I might never get there.
Thanks.
Feb 17th 2017, 11:36 AM   #10
 
  Jan 2016
  Kennewick

  2014 FJR-ES
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Originally Posted by dstevens
I will take pictures along the way and complete a ride report.
My riding partner did a trip report of our 2015 trip. You can view it here:

Bella Coola & Hyder - Ride Reports - FJRForum
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Feb 17th 2017, 01:21 PM   #11
 
  Feb 2016
  Spokane

  Vstrom 1000, DRZ 400 XR600 and way to many vintage mxers to list
Thank you for the trip report.
Feb 19th 2017, 07:44 AM   #12
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  Jan 2016
  Adjacent to the Hobbit Garage

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Originally Posted by Flyboymedic
Please do a ride report! This looks like a great idea for a ride!
I second the motion for a nice ride report.
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