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Journey On Board the Northern Sea Wolf, Launching Summer 2018

BC Ferries is proud to announce the name of our newest vessel 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.

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

Project Update

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

BC Ferries is partnering with the First Peoples' Cultural Council (FPCC) to facilitate the commission of an original design from a First Nations artist and original text from a First Nations writer to adorn the interior of 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 is facilitating the process with an adjudication committee comprised of artists and BC Ferries representatives. From the first round of submissions, the committee will select up to three artists and writers to be shortlisted and commissioned to propose specific design concepts. From these proposals, one artist’s design and one writer’s text will be selected for final refinement, with the artwork adhering to BC Ferries’ specifications for fabrication and application.

The expression of interest is now closed and the final selection of artists will take place in March 2018. For full details, please visit the First Peoples’ Cultural Council website at www.fpcc.ca


Port Hardy – Bella Coola Direct
2018 Summer Service Schedule

Dates** Departures Stops/Transfers Arrival
June: 19, 21, 23, 25, 29 7:30 AM Non-Stop 5:30 PM
July: 3, 5, 7, 9, 13, 17, 19, 21, 23, 27, 31
Aug: 2, 4, 6, 10, 14, 16, 18, 20, 24, 28, 30
Sept: 1, 3, 7, 11, 13, 15, 17, 21, 25, 27, 29
Oct: 1
Dates** Departures Stops/Transfers Arrival
June: 20, 22, 24, 26, 30 7:30 AM Non-Stop 5:30 PM
July: 4, 6, 8, 10, 14, 18, 20, 22, 24, 28
Aug: 1, 3, 5, 7, 11, 15, 17, 19, 21, 25, 29, 31
Sept: 2, 4, 8, 12, 14, 16, 18, 22, 26, 28, 30

Service Between Port Hardy – Bella Coola

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

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2018 Summer Connector Service
Bella Coola, Bella Bella, Shearwater, Ocean Falls

Connector Service - Bella Coola Departures
Dates Departure Stops Arrival
June: 27 8:30 AM Bella Bella (2:10 PM), Shearwater (3:30 PM), Ocean Falls (6:40 PM) 6:40 PM
July: 1, 11, 15, 25, 29
Aug: 8, 12, 22, 26
Sept 5, 9
19, 23 Ocean Falls (12:40 PM), Shearwater (3:55 PM), Bella Bella (5:10 PM), Shearwater (7:00 PM) 7:00 PM
Connector Service - Ocean Falls Departures
Dates Departure Stops Arrival
June: 28 10:00 AM Shearwater (12:55 PM), Bella Bella (2:00 PM), Bella Coola (8:10 PM) 8:10 PM
July: 2, 12, 16, 26, 30
Aug: 9, 13, 23, 27
Sept: 6, 10
Connector Service - Shearwater Departures
Dates Departure Stops Arrival
Sept: 20, 24 9:40 AM Bella Bella (10:30 AM), Shearwater (12:20 PM), Ocean Falls (3:45 PM), Bella Coola (8:10 PM) 8:10 PM

Port Hardy to Bella Coola details

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*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.