Location - Bella CoolaBella Coola Valley is approximately a 5-6 hour drive west on Highway 20, along the Cariboo Coast circle route, from Williams Lake BC. The distance is approximately 450 km from Williams Lake, with all but ~65 km of the road now paved/surfaced. West of Anahim Lake, the area of Heckman Pass is locally referred to as the HILL. This stretch is gravel and you will recognize the Hill (35 km west of Anahim) by the entrance to Tweedsmuir park, and the area for trucks to stop and check brakes.
First time travelers should take the hill decidedly slow to enjoy the views and sheer terror they often invoke (!), but really, it is in very good shape year round and suitable to all traffic in the summer months.