Monday, May 16, 2011

Fine Dining in Bella Coola

Holly, Fraser and Staff of Bella Coola Mountian Lodge are pleased to announce we are offering fine, healthy dining options for guests during summer and fall 2011. Our chefs are looking forward to preparing health, exotic local-dishes for you from our rivers, ocean, forest and gardens!

Please be sure to book meals in advance when booking rooms and tours at our lodge this summer!

Tuesday, March 15, 2011

new name for our lodge !

Hi everyone, owing to certain unforeseen circumstances, we will change our name a little bit to our new name Bella Coola Mountain Lodge.

This also means our website will change to and our e-mail contact info will change to

We'll keep everyone posted on these events, but as for now enjoy our blog.

Rafting in Bella Coola

Spring is here in Bella Coola Valley and river levels are perfect for eco-rafting in the Bella Coola River. The trips have been going well and we are excited to be training three new guides this year and adding a second boat to the fleet to accommodate larger tour groups and oversees visitors!

We'll get some pictures from our last guide-training run up soon, but be sure to put Bella Coola on your must-see summer activity list on the Central Coast of BC for summer 2009.

Cheers, Fraser Holly and crew.

River Clean up in Bella Coola, help our salmon and help our rivers!

Bella Coola Mountain Lodge and Kynoch Adventures plan to host a river clean-up day and a great opportunity for Bella Coola Valley residents and visitors to see the river and help remove any obtrusive debris or waste that may be affecting the natural beauty and environment of the Bella Coola and Atnarko Rivers.

Salmon, birds, bears and the entire riparian ecosystem depend on healthy water ways, so this is the least we can do to help our rivers!

Please call our lodge during July to see if you are available to help. Toll free 1-866-982-2298, ask for Fraser or leave a message.

We will be doing our first preliminary trip to remove fishing gear from the Bella Coola River On July 24-25 and a later trip to the Atnarko River on August 1-3. This is a great way to see the river and to help keep our wilderness areas pristine!

Hope to hear from everyone and see you on the water. Be sure to check out our tour schedule for eco-rafting, bear tours and salmon snorkeling at or .

Fraser, Holly and friends.

Old dogs, new tricks with sticks

This just shows that old guides can learn new tricks. This picture is my father and long-time Bella Coola and Atnarko River fishing and bear guide on the sticks of one of Kynoch Adventures' tour rafts!

Les Koroluk (original owner of Bella Coola Mountain Lodge) is an icon in the guiding and tourism industry in Bella Coola Valley BC, but for years has been holding on to his precious Clackacraft Drift Boat for bear tours and guiding. With low water in the Atnarko River and a raft available for the day, I convinced him to try out the lighter boat for a guided float.

The raft handled better than he thought, and for a 'little' over 65 years old, he handled it like the river pro he is!!! Les guides bears for us in the fall in Tweedsmuir Park, with our tours operated from Bella Coola's Coast Mountain Lodge.

Les Koroluk was practically the founder of Bear Viewing tours in Bella Coola, as he developed this form of tourism over the last 25 years, as angling guiding morphed into eco-tourism and now grizzly bear viewing.

On this trip we had two boats out and saw plenty of grizzly bears with some awesome video footage and great photo opportunities.

Bear Viewing Guide Training for Bella Coola Mountain Lodge

On Oct 21 and 22, 2009 Kynoch Adventures Guides' took part in a 2-day training program sanctioned by the Commercial Bear Viewing Association of BC to refresh our training and standards to be sure they were commensurate with other operators in the province. We were surprised how well all of the Bella Coola Grizzly viewing guides did on this course, reaffirming we are industry leaders in conservation, ecology and tourism activities. This voluntary re-fresher course was offered by BC Parks.

Course material included guide certification, bear habits, ecology, best managment practices and a variety of other bear and tourism related management scenarios. The trip ended with a raft tour down our beloved Atnarko River to review the protocols and procedures that all Bella Coola Grizzly Bear Tour Guides uphold!

Kynoch Adventures and Bella Coola Mountain Lodge will be offering Bella Coola grizzly tours again in 2010!!! Check our website for more information on these grizzly bear tours and other tourism activities we offer in Bella Coola Valley BC Canada!

Yoga in Bella Coola!

Bella Coola's Bella Coola Mountain Lodge and Bella Coola Yogis are pleased to announce a Yoga Retreat in Bella Coola from February 16 to 21, 2010.

This BCVT news article has more details.

Bella Coola Valley a ‘Natural’ for Yoga Retreats

An instructional Yoga Retreat will be held in Bella Coola between February 16 and 21, 2010 and will be open to all participants interested in practicing or learning about Yoga.

Taking place in the peaceful mountain surroundings of the Bella Coola Valley, our February 2010 yoga retreat promises instruction to beginners and accomplished yogis alike as well as a workshop for our local yoga leaders to hone their technique in sharing the beauty and vitality of yoga practice with others. With a qualified visiting instructor from a Vancouver BC Yoga Studio, this retreat promises to be a success.

Join us for this transformational practice in a valley where connection to nature and community are strong and the deeply inspiring natural energy of our Pacific coastal river valley location is bound to move your spirit.

For information contact Monicat Tutt at 250-799-5607.