Bella Coola

Bella Coola

[bel-uh-koo-luh]
Bella Coola may refer to several things, all closely related to a geographic area within British Columbia's Central Coast:

  • The Nuxálk, an indigenous people of the area who in the past had been referred to as the Bella Coola
  • The Nuxálk language spoken by Nuxálk peoples
  • Bella Coola, British Columbia, a community of approximately 600 at the western extremity of the Bella Coola Valley. Bella Coola may also refer to the entire valley, encompassing the settlements of Bella Coola, Lower Bella Coola, Hagensborg, Saloompt, Nusatsum, Firvale and Stuie, and include nearby marine-access settlements such as Tallheo.
  • Bella Coola River, formed by the confluence of the Talchako and Atnarko rivers, and flowing westward to its estuary as it enters the Pacific Ocean, spilling into the North Bentinck Arm of Burke Channel
  • Bella Coola Valley, colloquially the actual valley through which the Bella Coola River flows and several of the side-valleys

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