Shearwater, British Columbia

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Entrance to Shearwater harbour

Shearwater is a community in coastal British Columbia. It is located three miles from Old Bella Bella on Denny Island.[1] It is in the territory of the Heiltsuk Nation.


Shearwater was originally built as an antisubmarine bomber reconnaissance post in 1941 and then abandoned in 1944. It was then purchased and developed into a fishing resort with a full service marina, fishing resort, restaurant and hotel. The hangar and the airstrip are all that survive from the original base.

Today, Shearwater survives on its fishing resort, locals and commercial fishermen.


There is a Canada Post branch and Sears outlet located inside the grocery and liquor store. There is also a laundromat, gift shops, clothing store and gardening store just up the road. There is a small community school with seven students from grades K–7. There are approximately 50 full-time residents.

Accommodations in the town include the Shearwater Resort,[2] La La Land,[3] the Denny Island B&B,[4] and the Whiskey Cove B&B.[5]


The Shearwater Resort operates an hourly or bi-hourly ferry service to Bella Bella. If taking the BC Ferries "Discovery Coast Passage" route, you can take the Ferries South to Port Hardy or North/East to a number of communities including: Bella Bella, Bella Coola, Klemtu, and Ocean Falls. There are a limited number of roads on Denny Island.

The Shearwater resort operates its own plane for bringing its guests up. Pacific Coastal Airlines operates flights twice daily in the summer and daily in the winter to Bella Bella from Vancouver International Airport South, also Air North has Seasonal Charters from Vancouver International Airport South to Bella Bella. From there, boat service is available to Shearwater itself.

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Coordinates: 52°08′50″N 128°05′34″W / 52.14722°N 128.09278°W / 52.14722; -128.09278