There are many coastal communities located on the south, central and northern coastal sections of the Pacific Northwest, some of these are small villages while others are cities with all the amenities that can found within large centers. They are all located in one of the most beautiful rain forests in the world.
Prince Rupert, Powell River, and Squamish are a few of the more larger centers, these are cities that come with all the big city lifestyles and then you will find the villages like Bella Coola, Bella Bella, Shearwater, Terrace and so many more. Some of these smaller villages only have a few folks left but they all come with such exciting histories.
Some of these towns and villages have become ghost towns, although they at one time were filled with people, places like Ocean Falls, Blunden Harbor, and many others. These places are great to explore and are filled with stories that can still be seen by using some imagination.
My work as a logger and then as forestry contractor during my younger years, allowed me to travel to many of these communities and to spend some time to get to know the folks who lived there and to hear first hand, their stories of life on the coast. The tales they told were of a life filled with epic adventures of time spent in the logging camps and maybe they were embellished with some half-truths but they still told the tales of people who were a different breed, tough individuals who carved out homes in the wilderness.
So come on and take a journey with me as we travel back to these places to find out how things are today and to hear the stories of the days of old and tales of the men who logged, fished and farmed along our coast.
There are about 1300 people here on this tiny Island. The Bay is a quaint little place filled with locally owned shops and restaurants where you can buy local art or dine on some pretty awesome food.
Come stay for a few days at one of the islands great little b&b establishments and hike around the island. There are motels, inns, lodges cabins and hotels for visitors to stay in.
The Heiltsuk First Nation live in the village of Bella Bella (Waglisla), located about 160 km north of Port Hardy and about 120 km west of Bella Coola. The Heiltsuk traditionally occupied 21000 square km of land and sea on B.C.´s coastal Inside Passage. Bella Bella is the Government name for the community, Waglisla is the largest of the 23 reserves set aside in 1913 for the exclusive use of the Heiltsuk. The village located on Campbell Island is amalgamated from all Heiltsuk tribes who occupied numerous large winter and spring villages and associated campsites spread throughout this traditional territory.