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269 Highway 20
Box 726
Bella Coola, B.C.
V0T 1C0

Phone: 250-799-5767
(June-September)

Phone: 250-982-2130
(Archives)

Freedom Road - Road Facts

  • Cost - approximately $62,000 ($58,000 govt. and $4,000 public). This does not include all of the unpaid volunteer hours and donations.
  • Took one year and two weeks to build.
  • Is 76km (48miles) from Anahim Lake to the bottom of The Hill.
  • Has a total of 3 switchbacks.
  • Is 21 km ( 13 miles) from the Gate at the bottom to the Gate at Heckman Pass Summit.
  • The first 6.4 km (4 miles) climbs 1,219.2 meters (4,000 ft).
  • Total elevation 1,828.8 meters (6,000 ft).
  • Grades up to 18%.
  • Time to travel from the bottom of the hill to Anahim Lake, forty-five minutes to one hour depending on many things.
  • Road closures happen seldom and are due to:
    • Avalanche
    • Rock Slide
    • Ice

Freedom Road Exhibit - Bella Coola Valley Museum
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Public Works Minister P.A. (Phil) Gaglardi officially opened Highway 20 two years after completion, it became the third outlet to the Pacific Ocean.

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