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Old 12-06-2009, 11:15 AM
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Pallasi
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What is this "hotel" thing you speak of? There's a flat spot at the head of the ferry ramp in Klemtu where you can pitch a tent. Showers are $3.00 cdn.

I jest, but only a little. There's one hotel on the Inside Passage on the 264 nautical miles from Port Hardy to Prince Rupert. There are resorts at the mouth of Rivers Inlet, but if you can afford that leave the boat at home, fly in and use theirs.

Road access at each end and Bella Coola. Getting into Bella Coola requires a 12 hour drive from Vancouver, then another hour or two at 25 knots to get to the Inside Passage at Bella Bella, part way between Hardy and Rupert. Bonus trip features include a descent into the Bella Coola Valley on a switch-back road built across an avalanche slope. Trailering a 17 footer felt like a near-death experience. Do not take this route if you have a spouse. On the way out of Bella Coola the passenger is looking down a sheer unguarded cliff into the Bella Coola River. Some will never forgive.

There's no shortcuts in this part of the world. Speed just reduces your range and gets you beat up if the weather changes while you're crossing Queen Charlotte Sound to get to the good stuff. There's a lot to be said for self-contained turtles.

Last edited by Pallasi; 12-06-2009 at 01:58 PM.