Bell II is located 94 km (58 miles) north from Meziadin
Junction and 241 km (150 miles) south of Dease
Lake on Hwy 37 in British Columbia's north-west Stewart/Cassiar
Region. Bell II is named after the 2nd river crossing of the Bell-Irving
River over Hwy 37, 48 km (30 miles) south of the airstrip at Bob
Bell II Lodge, built in the mid 1970's, was historically a service
station with some accommodation. Later in the 1980's it had a small
café and the mechanics were run by a husband-and-wife team.
During the severe wintertime, many travelers were welcomed to a
warm coffee, soup and a place to rest.
Although Bell II Lodge still has a service station, the lodge part
has been completely transformed. Now there is a first-class hotel
complete with dining room, sauna and jacuzzi/hot tub and a resident
masseuse. Bell II Lodge also has outdoor chalets located in one
of the truly last wilderness areas of North America.
From Bell II Lodge you are now able to enjoy great fishing in the
nearby Bell-Irving River. Record Steelhead are famous in these parts
and the Bell II Lodge will help you find them with an available
Bell II Lodge in the winter is the site of perhaps the world's top
destination point for heliskiing. Through Last Frontier Heliskiing,
exceptional heliskiing is offered in the Skeena Mountain Range.
The Skeena Mountains contain a wide terrain ranging from trees,
alpine bowls and glaciers in all directions from Bell II.
'Canada's Most Exciting Heliskiing Destination' is one way to describe
what Last Frontier Heliskiing has to offer you. They offer skiing
or boarding in an area of 9,000 square km (3,500 square miles) of
untouched powder in the Skeena Mountains with up to 800 different
This average snowfall report is listed by Last Frontier Heliskiing.
You can expect to find annual snowfall at 1,600 metres (5,200 feet)
at approximately 20-30 metres (65-100 feet). With this in mind,
you can expect to have an average base of 5-6 metres (15-18 feet).
Ningunsaw Provincial Park
There is a park located just north of Bell II on Hwy 37 called Ningunsaw
Provincial Park. The park offers no RV camping, just wilderness
style. The historic Telegraph Trail used from 1899 to the mid-1940's
passes through the park. Some backcountry skiing can be accessed
out of Ningunsaw and the park supports a high-value habitat for
the grizzly bear population.
Just remember if you are enjoying the provincial parks and the countryside
around British Columbia, please remember this is Bear Country. Try
to avoid the rivers during heavy salmon spawning times unless you
feel comfortable with bears around and take the usual precautions.
There is also the possibilities of encounters with wolves or cougars
so please play it safe.