The Harbour Authority has recently completed a five-year vision plan to transform the harbour into an art-enhanced recreational and water-based community for everyone. The new mission statement is inclusive of all kinds of boaters. The new five-year plan will be unveiled describing the exciting new directions of the BCHA.
Imagine walking out a boardwalk built on the west breakwater to sit in a gazebo enjoying the scenery and a delicious latte bought from one of a few small kiosks at the harbour-side. Perhaps you are a visitor and have boated in to enjoy the many new services found in the expansion to the east of the Bella Coola Harbour. New facilities will include first-rate haulout/repair facilities for environmentally sound hull maintenance operations.
On the water improvements will include drive down access for loading vessels, better float plane tie-ups and the addition of some finger floats. More parking is within the plan as well.
Developments have already begun! A refurbished ice plant will soon be under construction that will meet the needs of the fishing fleet and recreational visitors. Water quality is high on the priority list with potable water available throughout the marina. Dredging the harbour doesn’t sound thrilling to many but for boat owners with deeper draft boats this ensures undo stress on the keel – so, yes, thrilling to some! Some new pilings are in the works.
Last year the addition of floats beside the ramp were greatly appreciated by all users from large to small watercraft. Next year we hope to see their completion providing pedestrian access to the outer net floats. This will appeal to young fishers and families to cast a line for some fun.
Bella Coola is a fantastic tourist destination by water. Increased docking and better boat facilities and services upon arrival will create spin offs for the local economy and, best of all, the new plan will create an exciting hub of activity for locals as well. There is much more so come out to the meeting to hear the complete plan!