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Public transportation services are provided by the Regional District by way of airport operations in Bella Coola (Electoral Areas C, D and E) and on Denny Island (in Electoral Area A).

An airstrip is also operated and maintained in Oweekeno by the Wuikinuxv Nation. There are no facilities or terminals at the strip. An airport is located in Bella Bella on Campbell Island (Electoral Area B) and is operated by the Heiltsuk Tribal Council.

Access to Ocean Falls is primarily by boat, float plane, or by B.C. Ferries during the summer months.

Bella Coola Airport


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History of the Bella Coola Airport.
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History of the Bella Coola Airport

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Supplementary Letters Patent #2 was issued by the province to the then Ocean Falls Regional District in 1972 for the purposes of an airport and facilities in electoral areas C and D. The volunteer Bella Coola Airport Commission is an active participant in the general operations at the airport. They arrange for grounds and terminal maintenance and comply with the requirements from Transport Canada on behalf of the Regional District. They also offer recommendations to the Board of Directors on matters such as rental rates and charges, and required major repairs to the runway and terminal building. The Commission is restricted in its actions or other proceedings unless it is authorized by resolution of the Board of Directors of the Regional District.

The Bella Coola Airport is sited at 52° 23´ 15” N, 126° 35´ 45” W at an elevation of 35 metres (117 feet). The site is approximately 230 nautical miles northwest of Vancouver.

Bella Coola Airport Runway Data
Runway Designation0523
Magnet Bearing048228
Runway Dimensions1250 m (4200´) x30 m (100´)
Graded Area Dimensions1341 m (4400´) x46 m (150´)
Strip Dimensions1341 m (4400´) x164 m (500´)
Threshold Elevation32 m (104.3´)36 m (117.1´)
Approach Slope4% (32 m)4% (1.25)
Transition Slope20% (1.5)20% (1.5)
Threshold DisplacementN/AN/A
ClassificationCode 2BCode 2B
Non-InstrumentNon-Instrument
Night FlyingN/AN/A
Runway Marking
Runway DesignationYesYes
CentrelineYesYes
ThresholdYesYes
Wind Direction Indicators (unlighted)TwoTwo
Note: Existing runway length and width are to Code 2C criteria, but aeronautical zoning is to Code 2B due to the parallel zoning that is
in place.
The Bella Coola Airport currently has two designated taxiways. The taxiway data is shown below.

Bella Coola Airport Taxiway Data
DesignationA (Main)B
Dimensions (approx.)75 m (247´) x 15 m (50´)365 m (1200´) x 10 m (35´)
Surface TypeAsphaltAsphalt
Surface Thickness63 mm (2.5")63 mm (2.5")
Base Thickness152 mm (6")N/A
Sub-Base Thickness152 mm (6")N/A
Notes: 1. Taxiway A width is to Code C criteria.
2. Taxiway B width restricts aircraft to Code B size (under 12,500 lbs)
Both taxiways have a painted centre line and hold/stay lines. These are marked near the runway side of the taxiway.

There is one main apron at the Bella Coola Airport located in the air terminal building area. The apron area is over 85,000 square feet. The apron surface is asphalt and has appropriate paint markings.

Aircraft refuelling takes place on the apron. A yellow fuel tank facility is located between the air terminal building and the adjacent large white hangar. Pacific Coastal Airlines operates the Jet A-1 turbo fuel tank and Bella Coola Air operates the 100 LL gasoline tank as independent dealers. These designs meet the fire marshall´s requirement for distance from buildings and the apron, as well as environmental requirements. A 45 metre (150´) fuel hose allows refuelling to virtually all areas of the apron. West Coast Helicopters has a 45,000 litre Jet A-1 enviro-tank and Bella Coola Air has a 9000 litre 100 LL enviro-tank both with metered heads located near their own hangars to the west of the main terminal building site.

There is no existing air navigation system at the Bella Coola Airport. All flights are conducted under Visual Flight Rules (VFR) conditions. The surrounding mountainous terrain does not permit the use of electronic instrument navigation and landing aids. It also precludes airport lighting for night operations. There are visual landing aids, however, to assist VFR flights.

There is no Flight Services Station (FSS) at the Bella Coola Airport to provide flight services to civil aviation. There is a Remote Control Outlet (RCO) which relays radio communication information via VHF 126.7 MHz to the Kamloops FSS. The NAV Canada owned-and-operated RCO unit is located to the north of the meteorological compound. It has a 20 ft high antenna which has a hazard light attached. In addition to the radio communication link, there is a toll free telephone number to contact the Kamloops FSS to file flight plans with Transport Canada. A local aerodrome traffic frequency (ATF) - 122.8 MHz - is used to ensure radio-equipped aircraft operating on the ground or within an area of 5 nautical miles up to 3115 feet ASL are listening to a common frequency. The aircraft must also follow a common reporting procedure.

The Bella Coola Airport Development Plan was completed in 1990 and revised in the year 2000. The document contains information related to airport certification, aeronautical zoning, maintenance services, responsibilities and authority of the Airport Commission and other information related to the Bella Coola Airport.

The Bella Coola Airport Operations Manual is prepared as a condition of certification with the federal Minister of Transport and forms an integral part of the aerodrome certificate. The certificate is issued under authority of the Aeronautics Act and authorizes the Central Coast Regional District to operate the airport. The manual specifies the standards that are met and the services that are provided by the Bella Coola Airport.
NOTAMs (Notice to Air Men) are issued in accordance with Transport Canada´s Canadian NOTAM Procedures Manual. They contain information about changes to facilities, services, procedure, hazards, etc., and of which timely knowledge is essential to personnel concerned with flight operations. NOTAM distribution is through the Transport Canada data network to provide current information to flight crews. Transport Canada´s Flight Service Stations are the focal points for issuing NOTAMs, using standardized format and language.

The Bella Coola Airport Authority (operations) can be contacted at the Central Coast Regional District office 250-799-5291 or by emailing info@ccrd-bc.ca

Pacific Coastal Airlines can be contacted at the airport at 250-982-2225

Denny Island Airport

The Denny Island Airport function was established by bylaw adopted in 1992 when the community requested that an existing runway become a function of the Central Coast Regional District. The airport itself is a registered aerodrome and does not have a scheduled airline servicing the community. The land is secured by a licence of occupation granted by the Province of British Columbia. The volunteer Denny Island Airport Commission oversees
the operations.

The Denny Island Airport can be contacted at the Central Coast Regional District office or by emailing info@ccrd-bc.ca

Bella Coola Valley Bus Company Ltd.

Public transit in the Bella Coola valley commenced operations late in 2006. The transit service is funded by the Bella Coola General Hospital, the United Church of Canada in partnership with British Columbia Transit and the Central Coast Regional Hospital District. The operating company, Bella Coola Valley Bus Company Ltd., is authorized to operate, manage and maintain a Public Passenger Transportation System within the Bella Coola Transit Service Area pursuant to the British Columbia Transit Act.

The Transit System operates as a dial-a-ride transit service which means the service is door-to-door for persons with disabilities, and curb-to-curb service for others. Leave a message at 250 799-0079.
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