Bella Coola

BELLA COOLA, pop 1,104, is at the head of N Bentinck Arm, an extension of Burke Channel at the mouth of the BELLA COOLA R about 400 km north of VANCOUVER. It is named for the original inhabitants, people of the NUXALK (formerly known as Bella Coola) nation, who live at settlements near the townsite. The first outsiders arrived in 1793 when a party of British sailors attached to Capt George VANCOUVER's expedition explored to the head of N Bentinck Arm in longboats. A few weeks later Alexander...

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