Mt. Nusatsum

Mt. Nusatsum

Friday, February 3, 2012

The Key to Bella Coola

Passing through the 'gates' to Bella Coola in Heckman Pass recently made me wonder if the Bella Coola Valley has ever given anyone the "Key to the City"?  In our case if they had it and chose to lock it, then we are plain and simply locked in or out!  The only road has a gate at a strategic location - which is at the top of "The Hill" on Highway 20 in Heckman Pass to shut down traffic on the hill during periods of bad 'events'.  It used to be only closed for bad weather and road conditions, but with the 2009 and 2010 wildfires and some construction problems last year we now have to include more than just weather and maintenance.

Crews are busy 'widening' the road in the pass as there is nearly two metres of snow this winter and space was getting limited.  Grizzly

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