While the region may seem remote, three communities lie hidden among its winding passages. The First Nations town of New Bella Bella is located on the west side of Lama Passage. At the head of Cousins Inlet, Ocean Falls, the once thriving, hill clinging paper mill town, sits skeleton-like in the mist. When the mill closed in the 1970s, most of the town was dismantled, leaving only rustic boardwalks, a huge 400-room empty hotel, hospital and courthouse. Finally, the Norwegian-settled town of Bella Coola lies tucked at the head of North Bentinck Arm. Bella Coola sits above a loop formed by Dean and Burke channels. Alexander Mackenzie, trekking overland, reached tidewater nearby in 1793. Two local hot springs burble piping hot water into unique settings, and the scenery, especially near Cathedral Point is spectacular.