Bella Coola

Tallheo Cannery Guest House, Bella Coola BC Canada, under the stars

The Tallheo Cannery Guest House, once an active fish cannery, is the comfortable home for our 7-day creative photography workshop.

The Tallheo Cannery Inn is a private, rustic retreat located across the bay from the Bella Coola harbour. A water taxi is used to travel the short distance from the harbor to Tallheo. The Cannery offers visitors a chance to taste and feel British Columbia’s history by exploring an authentic coastal fish cannery.

Canneries once dotted BC’s coast until the introduction of modern refrigeration in the 1950s caused them to fade from use, leaving Tallheo as one of very few canneries still standing.

The cannery itself has the look of an operation that closed only recently, with nets still hanging in the lofts, tools in the shop, employment records in the office and merchandise in the company store. All of this is available for visitors to view, touch and photograph in a setting filled with texture, colour and shape.

Why have we chosen to host a workshop here?

  • Rain or shine, the weather doesn’t matter! We can work with our cameras under cover when it rains or outdoors when it doesn’t. In any given week in the rainforest, it’s fair to expect showers, clouds and sun. 
  • All photographic opportunities are directly outside our doors. Get up in the morning and photograph before breakfast. We don’t need to waste time and expense with buses or car pools. And the subject matter here is infinite.
  • No distractions! We’ll be isolated from the world enough that you can focus on the photography you came to do. Although your cell phones will work, you won’t be going to town for Starbucks.
  • Our welcoming and gracious host family offers an outstanding menu for our visit.
dining at the Tallheo Cannery Guest House, Bella Coola BC Canada

Meals are generous, delicious and social. There is a healthy diversity of food and individual dietary needs are attended to.

Accommodations

We experience the unique characteristics of the 1920s cannery women’s residence. Click here for complete details of the accommodations.

“The accommodations, while rustic, are more than adequate. The food was amazing!” Judy, 2017

Getting to Bella Coola

Make Getting There part of the adventure.

Bella Coola is one of BC’s hidden treasures tucked in to a spectacular inlet on the fabled mid-coast fjordlands. Part of the charm of the workshop can be the opportunity to travel through Beautiful British Columbia. Add to the adventure!

Arrive by air, sea or land! The Bella Coola Valley Tourism Association has the current information about your travel options.

  1. The quickest route (by air):
    Fly from Vancouver south terminal to Bella Coola with Pacific Coastal Airlines. We’ll pick you up at the airport. If you choose this option, book well in advance and pay careful attention to their weight restrictions. We recommend choosing the afternoon flight on the day of the workshop.
  2. The scenic route (by sea):
    Board the new Northern Sea Wolf ferry and travel the inside passage to Bella Coola. If you’re from the Lower Mainland, drive to Port Hardy, take the ferry to Bella Coola, and drive home via Williams Lake, making your trip a wonderful circle route. Check with BC Ferries for current schedules.
  3. The other scenic route (by land):
    The drive from the Lower Mainland takes you through the mighty Fraser Canyon, open Cariboo grasslands, and across the Chilcotin Plateau to Bella Coola.
    We recommend an overnight at the beautiful Eagle’s Nest Resort near Anahim Lake.

 

 

 

Gallery

This old fishing vessel, a sister to the one that once graced our $5 bill, at her final resting place. Every spring when we return, more of the boat has disappeared, thanks to the relentless beating of the winter storms.
A long exposure image at Tallheo Cannery Guest house makes the sea appear calm.
The seas appear calm thanks to a 16 minute long exposure of the bay in front of the Tallheo Cannery Guest House.
environmental portraiture at Develop Your Creative Vision creative photography workshops, Bella Coola, BC, Canada
Practicing environmental portraiture at Bella Coola photography workshops.
Spring workshops at Bella Coola are sprinkled with an abundance of wildflowers, including these colourful lupines.
Sunset at Bella Coola creative photography workshop
Sunset at Bella Coola with a view of British Columbia’s coast mountains. The Tallheo Cannery Guest house is just to the right of this location. 
The coastal rainforest of Bella Coola beckons us.
Exploring the unforgettable rainforest of the Bella Coola valley.
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