October is a great month to visit Bella Coola! Here's why this is a good month to visit:
September is not the only month with great bear viewing: October is too! The bears are fattening up before going into hibernation. In October, grizzlies seem to frequent our lower lodge lawn more often than during other months in order to graze on the glover mixed amongst the grass. Sometimes it is possible to do some grizzly bear watching right from the lodge or your private cabin here in The Great Bear Rainforest!
October is one of the best months to catch Coho (aka Silver) Salmon. Even if you are an absolute beginner, we encourage you to give fishing a try! We can supply every piece of fishing equipment : from cast & fly rods, to lures, boots and waders. Our guides will show you the best spots.
Well, there's really no such thing in Bella Coola, however we are the only bear viewing operation running tours in late October and the public viewing station is closed. This means our guests pretty much have the river to themselves and a few random Coho fishermen!
Beautiful Autumn Colours!
The contrast is amazing: lush, green lawns, with deciduous trees displaying every variation of green, yellow, orange and red you can imagine.....and sometimes there might be a backdrop of white when the mountain tops receive their first dustings of snow.
In October the summer heat is long gone and winter's frigid temperatures haven't arrived just yet.
Have you been to Bella Coola in the fall and seen cars parked on the side of the road? They are mushroom pickers! The damp forest floor is perfect for Pine Mushrooms to flourish. You might even get to enjoy some for dinner while staying at the lodge...or come and pick your own, the chef will cook them up for you!