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Hagensborg

Kynoch Adventures - Bella Coola Valley, BC

In 1894, some 100 Norwegian colonists journeyed from Minnesota to the Bella Coola Valley and founded a settlement called Hagensborg, located on Hwy. 20 just 16km/10mi east of Bella Coola. With its long fjords snaking to the sea, the striking landscape around the new community reminded the settlers of their Norwegian homeland, and before long the region’s first non-native farming, lumber and fishing industries were up and running, followed by the town’s first school, which opened in a large communal tent in 1895.

Today, travellers can still catch a glimpse of Hagensborg life in the 1800s by touring the town’s  Norwegian Heritage House or by visiting the valley’s visitor centre in Bella Coola. Built at the turn of the 20th century by settler Andrew Svisdahl, the site is a late-1800s time capsule furnished in traditional Norwegian fashion and displaying the household tools of more than a century ago. Augsburg United Church, built in 1904 as a Norwegian Evangelical Lutheran Church, is another local historic building worth exploring, and one where parishioners are still welcomed – alongside a cemetery that poignantly memorializes the history of those who journeyed so far to realize their dreams of a new life.

The local hiking trails also offer a sense of the valley’s profound impact on its early settlers, including excellent vistas of the valley and Nusatsum Mountain from tiny Lost Lake’s picnic site (accessed by following the Lost Lake Trail on the north side of the Bella Coola River). The well-marked wheelchair-accessible Saloompt Forest Trail has interpretive scenic meanderings alongside the Bella Coola River, through an old-growth forest with picnic tables and benches.

Bella Coola Airport, just outside Hagensborg, provides daily, scheduled flights to and from Vancouver and charters to local glaciers, fishing areas and other coastal destinations.

This community is not yet ready to welcome visitors for the 2020 season. However, businesses in the area would be happy to help you plan your future travel adventures. Please reach out to the businesses you are interested in by selecting their listing below and contacting them via their respective phone number, email and/or website information for inquiries and/or booking information.

Bella Coola Mountain Lodge

Bella Coola Mountain Lodge

Join one of our local partners on a guided excursion or tour into the wilderness of BC’s Central Coast with experienced and personable guides to look for grizzly bears and black bears, wild Pacific salmon, eagles and unforgettable experiences. Wilderness…

Nusatsum River Guest House

Nusatsum River Guest House

Centrally Located in the Bella Coola Valley, 10 minutes east of Hagensborg, and 30 minutes west of Tweedsmuir Park Bear viewing station. With stunning views of the Coast Mountains you can relax in comfort on the decks, or take a…

Bella Coola Vehicle Rentals

Bella Coola Vehicle Rentals

Offering clean, safe, reliable vehicles capable of exploring back country wilderness locations.
Small and mid-size SUVs, vans and pick-up trucks
Located at Bella Coola and Anahim Lake Airports
Ferry drop-offs

Kynoch Adventures

Kynoch Adventures

Discover the untouched lands surrounding Bella Coola Valley with an expert tour guide, ready to create an extraordinary experience. Embark on a guided eco-tour to discover the sights, sounds, and animals of this incredible region of British Columbia. Whether hiking,…