South of Bella Bella, the exceptionally scenic waterways of Hakai Pass are known internationally for their rare diversity of terrestrial and marine ecosystems, and for the sport fishing that results. Anglers find some of the biggest catches on the Coast here: huge runs of chinook, coho, sockeye, chum and pink salmon. Fishers can also drop a line for halibut, snapper and lingcod, while wildlife viewers can capture on film orcas, humpbacks, grey whales, dolphins and eagles migrating through the pass alongside sea lions and seals, and, onshore, deer and BC’s genetically unique “marine” wolves.
Understandably, resorts and floating lodges here host excellent guided wildlife-viewing tours as well as fishing packages, with accommodations ranging from rustic to luxurious. Equally noteworthy is the local Cariboo Chilcotin Coast Travel & Touring Guide Hakai Institute’s world-class ecological research and education centre, known for its innovative field programs, satellite facilities and initiatives dedicated to increasing scientists’ understanding of the region’s hydrography, geology and ecology, including the long-term measurement of environmental change and the testing of theories to explain the Hakai’s extraordinarily productive ecosystems.