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Port Hardy-Bella Coola



Welcoming the Northern Sea Wolf, Summer 2018

Project Update

We’re looking forward to welcoming you on board the Northern Sea Wolf soon. We continue to work hard to complete the major upgrade requirements, sea trials, systems testing and crew training. We are now anticipating the new in-service date to be July 20th.

As our valued customers, we understand this is a disruption to summer plans and we want to ensure you are able to get to your destination safely and efficiently. Customers planning to travel between Port Hardy and Bella Coola from June 19th to July 19th will be travelling on board the Northern Expedition and transferring at Bella Bella to board the Nimpkish to connect to Bella Coola.

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If you have a reservation previously booked for the Port Hardy-Bella Coola route, our Customer Service team will be contacting you directly to discuss your travel plans. We’re here to help.

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Connecting travellers with the region's culture
Artist selection process for Northern Sea Wolf

In December 2017, BC Ferries partnered with the First Peoples' Cultural Council (FPCC) to facilitate the commissioning of an original design from First Nations artists to adorn the Northern Sea Wolf.

The artist and writer selected will be associated with one of the communities the vessel will service, with the design reflecting the culture, character and life of the waters Northern Sea Wolf will traverse.

A call to Indigenous artists and writers from the Nuxalk Nation at Bella Coola, The Gwa’sala Nakwaxda’xw Band and Kwakiutl First Nation at Port Hardy, and the Heiltsuk Nation was open to expressions of interest and portfolios. The First Peoples’ Cultural Council facilitated the process with an adjudication committee comprised of artists and BC Ferries representatives. From the first round of submissions, the committee selected a shortlist of artists who were commissioned to develop specific design concepts. From these proposals, artwork will be selected for final refinement and adherence to BC Ferries’ specifications for fabrication and application.

The expression of interest is now closed and the final selection of artists will be announced soon. For full details, please visit the First Peoples’ Cultural Council website at www.fpcc.ca

Northern Sea Wolf Photo Gallery

A freshly painted Northern Sea Wolf View from the stern of the Northern Sea Wolf
A freshly painted Northern Sea Wolf View from the stern

The Northern Sea Wolf

Revered for their dedication to their packs, the Sea Wolf is believed to be a manifestation of the Orca and has come to symbolize family and loyalty in First Nations culture. Today, it is said that the spirit of the Sea Wolf protects those travelling their oceans. And now you can explore the natural beauty of their habitat, by stepping into a world of rugged glacial fjords, towering old-growth rainforests and rich First Nations history. Through picturesque waters of the Inside Passage, home to sea lions and humpback whales, your journey will take you 10 hours north from Port Hardy to Bella Coola, and into the heart of the Great Bear Rainforest.

FARES (ONE WAY)**
Service Between Port Hardy – Bella Coola

Adult Passenger: $199.25
Standard Vehicle and Driver: $602.25

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2018 RESERVATIONS NOW OPEN
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Port Hardy to Bella Coola details

*Automobile Equivalent (AEQ) is used to determine vessel capacity based on a standard vehicle measure of 6.1 x 2.6 meters, roughly equal to a full-size family vehicle.

**Schedule and fares are subject to change.

Frequently Asked Questions

Why is the Northern Sea Wolf delayed until July 20th?
We had planned to have the vessel in service by the beginning of the summer season, but due to additional work required at the local shipyard in Victoria, the vessel is planned to enter service a few weeks later on July 20th. We are working hard to complete the vessel upgrades at Esquimalt Drydock as well as meet safety and regulatory obligations.

I have a confirmed reservation between Port Hardy and Bella Coola sometime between June 19th and July 19th. What are my options?
For customers with confirmed bookings between June 19th and July 19th, our Customer Service team will be contacting you directly to discuss your travel plans. You can travel on board the Northern Expedition and transfer at Bella Bella to board the Nimpkish to connect to Bella Coola. Connecting communities is important to BC Ferries, and we are here to help to ensure customers can travel between Port Hardy and Bella Coola.

I plan to travel between Port Hardy and Bella Coola sometime between June 19th and July 19th. What are my options?
Customers planning to travel between Port Hardy and Bella Coola from June 19th to July 19th will be travelling on board the Northern Expedition and transferring at Bella Bella to board the Nimpkish to connect to Bella Coola. Due to the popularity of this route and limited space available on board the Nimpkish, customers may be waitlisted. An alternative option for travellers is the route between Port Hardy and Prince Rupert; with more availability and many sailings it’s a wonderful way to explore British Columbia.

Will the direct summer service between Port Hardy and Bella Coola for the 2018 season be extended?
Yes, BC Ferries will be extending the direct summer service for an additional two weeks, until October 11th.

What is the vehicle and passenger capacity on board the Nimpkish compared to the Northern Sea Wolf?
The Northern Sea Wolf has a capacity of 35 vehicles and 150 passengers and crew. The Nimpkish has a capacity of 12 vehicles and 95 passengers and crew. The Nimpkish offers a passenger lounge and self-serve food station onboard. Please keep in mind as the Northern Expedition does not provide direct service port to port there will be a vessel transfer to the Nimpkish in Bella Bella which will result in a slightly longer journey, from 10 hours to 16 hours. Please refer to schedules for forecasted departures and arrivals. View the modified schedule.