Eagle, Cariboo Chilcotin Coast. Photo Geoff Moore

Denny Island

Denny Island is an island on the Central Coast of British Columbia, just east of the community of Bella Bella, aka Waglisla, on Campbell Island. It is the location of Old Bella Bella, now mainly abandoned but home to Canadian Coast Guard and Fisheries & Oceans bases, and the locality of Shearwater, home to Shearwater Marine.

The area is home to coastal wolves, grizzly and black bears, eagles and the Kermode “Spirit” bear. It is a wilderness destination offering kayaking, wildlife viewing, bird watching, diving, cruising and some of the best sport fishing on the central coast. Sightseeing and eco-tours,
boat rentals and fishing charters are available.

Location

Located along the Coast of British Columbia just west of Bella Coola, and accessible only by ferry or plane.

A Step Back in Time

When European explorers arrived on this coast in the 18th century, it was inhabited by Natives from several cultural groups, being the traditional lands of the Heiltsuk First Nation. Although hunters and gatherers like the tribes of the Interior, the coastal natives were able to establish permanent villages due to their abundant food supply. Their complex cultures were distinguished by an emphasis on wealth, a refined artistic tradition, and a rich spirit life. Travel along the coast was accomplished by dugout canoes that could be impressive in their length. Although there’s nothing more inspiring than to see one of these massive canoes in action, they are only brought out for ceremonial occasions, such as a paddle trip to Vancouver or the Olympic Mountains in Washington.

Contact Information

Denny Island

Denny Island & Nearby Accommodations

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Shearwater Resort & Marina

Shearwater Resort & Marina

Denny Island

The Shearwater RV Park & Campground is located a short 4 minute walk from the dock and comes complete with power, water and sewer hook-ups. Picnic tables and fire pits are located on the grounds for your use and enjoyment. Advanced reservations are suggested as we do book full during the busy summer ... Read more
Rip Rap Campsite

Rip Rap Campsite

Hagensborg

Family-owned campsite surrounded by beautiful mountains with the Bella Coola river just below the riprap. Sunny, open spots with mountain views or shady tree protected spots available. Firepits and firewood $10/wheelbarrow or $5 armload. Picnic tables, viewing deck on river, private fishing area, co ... Read more
Bailey Bridge Campsite & Cabins

Bailey Bridge Campsite & Cabins

Hagensborg

Your hosts, Keith and Val, invite you to enjoy your stay with us on the banks of the Bella Coola River. Whether it be secluded, wilderness or spacious campsites or cabins, all are available while you enjoy world class river fishing for salmon and trout or as a base for your hiking or touring adventu ... Read more
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Camping Lodging

The Super Camping / Select Lodging Guide

First Published in 1989