Posted by: cherylyoung | September 17, 2014

Wilderness Elegance,A Spectacular Setting Of Bella Coola On The Coast Of B.C

Cheryl Young's Blog

The island village of Bella Bella is located on

Campbell Island, north of Port Hardy on

 Vancouver Island,

 and about 3 kilometres north of McLoughlin Bay,

 where  BC Ferries’ Queen of Chilliwack docks.

It is home to the Heiltsuk Native Band and is the

 largest community on the Central Coast

(population 1,400).

Although it was the former site of the Hudson’s Bay

 Company’s Fort McLoughlin in the 1830s,

nothing remains of the fort today.

 A Native interpretive centre and big house

explaining the history of the Heiltsuk peoples are

 located in  McLoughlin Bay.

Five kilometres from Bella Bella is the community of

Shearwater.

 When European explorers arrived on this coast

in the 18th century, it was inhabited by Natives

from several cultural groups.

 Although hunters and gatherers like the tribes of the

Interior, the coastal natives were able to establish

permanent villages due to their abundant

food supply.

 Their complex cultures were…

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