Getting Here

Wild Earth Adventures operates in Western Canada. The main international arrival point for our tours is Vancouver, British Columbia. From Vancouver we can arrange all transport for our guests but for local travellers or guests enjoying an extended visit we provide detailed travel information when you book. The focal point of our remote wilderness tours is the gem of the Bella Coola Valley deep in the heart of the remote Coast Mountain Range of British Columbia.

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Basic Packages do not include travel to/from the start point of your trip and accommodation before and after. The information provided is to assist you in planning before and after your tour package. This information will be useful for anyone extending their holiday.

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For the Turner Lakes Canoe Safari, Lost Coast Wilderness Tour, Wild West Mackenzie Trail, Mackenzie Trail Backpacking, Horses and Hotsprings, Nuk Tessli trips, Wild Yoga trips and alpine based trips you will need to make your way to Anahim Lake or Nimpo Lake for the first night of your tour.

For the Nootka Island Trail you will need to get to Gold River on Vancouver Island.

For the Johnstone Strait Ultimate (Sea Kayak), you will need to get to Quadra Island or Campbell River. For these trips we can arrange to pick you up from your accommodation the morning of the trip if you give us some advance notice.

For the Johnstone Strait (Sea Kayak) Expedition, you need to get to either Quadra Island or Telegraph Cove. For these trips we can arrange to pick you up from your accommodation the morning of the trip if you give us some advance notice.

For all driving directions and estimated driving times we recommend using Mapquest.com, or give us a call in the office.

Getting to…

Bella Coola is approximately 950 kilometers from Vancouver BC, 1100 kilometers from Seattle USA, 450 kilometers from Williams Lake BC,  900 kilometers from Kelowna BC and 1350 kilometers from Calgary Alberta.

Driving from Vancouver it is approximately 1000 km (620 mi) trip north to the interior of British Columbia. Follow Highway 97 to Williams Lake and continue west on Highway 20 for a 4-hour drive to Anahim Lake. Another 40 minutes is on packed, dirt road to the top of what is affectionately known as ‘The Hill’ — a 20-minute descent at slow speed, in low gear, to the Valley floor. Once at the bottom it is another 1 hour 15 minutes of relatively flat driving to the village of Bella Coola.

Bella Coola Regional Airport is approximately 1 hour flight from Vancouver by air. Delays may apply in bad weather due to poor visibility. In these cases a shuttle bus will transfer passengers to Anahim Lake which is at a higher elevation. A BC ferry service operates from Port Hardy on northern Vancouver Island to Bella Coola from mid-June to mid-September. The Discovery Coast Passage Ferry has three sailings each week in both directions, either 13 hours or 25 hours depending on which day you travel. If you are travelling by car- please note that the ferries can get quite congested during the summer months, so we advise you to get an early start and enjoy the drive up, or make a reservation.

Anahim Lake is approximately a 4 hour drive west from Williams Lake and 1.5 hour drive east from Bella Coola. Anahim Lake Regional Airport (YAA) is approximately 1 hour from Vancouver by air. Our shuttle service will meet guests at the airport.

Nimpo Lake is approximately 3.5 hours west of Williams Lake and 2 hours drive east of Bella Coola and 30 minutes east of Anahim Lake Regional Airport

Vancouver Island is accessed from mainland British Columbia and Washington State in the U.S. by ferry service or flights. If you are driving from Seattle, allow the full day to get to our area. Vancouver and its two ferry terminals are approximately 3 hours drive from Seattle.

From Vancouver ferries go to Victoria or Nanaimo. If you are traveling from south of Vancouver take the Tsawwassen – Nanaimo route (closest to Vancouver airport). If you are coming through Vancouver take the Horseshoe Bay – Nanaimo route. Travelers from the USA can also take ferries from Anacortes, Port Angeles and the Seattle area to Victoria on the south end of the island. If you are travelling by car- please note that the ferries can get quite congested during the summer months, so we advise you to get an early start and enjoy the drive up, or make a reservation.

Victoria is 165 miles (265km) south of Campbell River. Campbell River is approximately a 4-hour drive from Victoria, and 2 hrs from Nanaimo.

Campbell River is centrally located on the east coast of Vancouver Island, 95 miles (153 km) north of Nanaimo on Highway 19 and 166 miles (265 km) north of Victoria on Highway 19.  Campbell River Regional Airport (YBL) is approximately 40 minutes from Vancouver by air and 1.5 hours from Lake Union (Seattle) by air.

Quadra Island is a regular 10 minute ferry ride from Campbell the ferry schedule can be found on the BC Ferries website: http://www.bcferries.com/schedules/

Telegraph Cove located approximately 3 hrs north of Campbell River on Hwy 19. The road to Telegraph Cove is a right-hand turn off the highway. Once you turn off of Hwy 19, Telegraph Cove is approximately 20 minutes down at the end of the road.

If you are flying from the mainland to Vancouver Island, you have two options. The first option is to fly with Pacific Coastal Airlines from Vancouver to Port Hardy (a town near Port McNeil), and from here a 25 minute airport shuttle will take you to our meeting point in Port McNeil. You can have us arrange the transport shuttle or you can contact Rainbow Taxi Services at 1 250 956-8294. The second option is to fly direct from Seattle to downtown Port McNeil by Kenmore Air floatplane. This is however a more expensive choice.

Gold River is located on the west side of Vancouver Island approximately a 2 hour drive from Campbell River. Follow Hwy 28 from Campbell River to Gold River.