The present-day Heiltsuk (formerly the Bella Bella) Band of Indians are the main descendents of Hailhzaqvla-speaking peoples who inhabited an area of approximately 6000 sq. miles in the central coastal region of what is today known as British Columbia. Heiltsuk traditional territory extends from the southern tip of Calvert Island, up Dean and Burke Channels as far as Kimsquit and the head of Dean Inlet to the northeast, and up the Mathieson and Finlayson Channels to the north. It includes Roscoe, Cousins and Spiller Inlets, and Ellerslie Lake, and the outer coast regions of Milbanke Sound, Queens Sound, and the Goose Island Group and Calvert.
The Heiltsuk First Nations is a BC Marine Trails supporter and playing an integral role in the creation of the Central Coast Marine Trail from Port Hardy to Bella Bella.
Leave No Trace Canada is a national non-profit organization dedicated to promoting and inspiring responsible outdoor recreation through education, research and partnerships. Leave No Trace builds awareness, appreciation and respect for our wildlands.
The BC Marine Trails Network is a member of Leave No Trace and abides by and advocates on behalf of its principles
By fostering the responsible use of BC’s outdoors and building bridges between outdoor recreation groups, the Outdoor Recreation Council represents the interests of the public outdoor recreation community and promotes and advocates access to and responsible use of BC's outdoors for public recreation.
BC offers a host of exceptional recreation opportunities. While some of the Province’s most spectacular recreation features are located in parks, many more recreation resources are found in the rugged and real backcountry.
The backcountry provides an abundance of great places to have fun and enjoy nature through activities such as camping, boating, fishing, hunting, mountain climbing, hiking, kayaking, mountain biking, ATVing, cross-country skiing, snowmobiling, and exploring. So get to know BC’s backcountry – it’s the perfect place to experience the wonders of the outdoors and create memories that will last a lifetime.
SKABC is a founding member of the BC Marine Trails Network Association.