Powell River is a quiet haven from the busy world that is Located 142 km northwest of Vancouver and lies on the Upper Sunshine Coast of British Columbia, Canada. Isolated from neighboring coastal areas by major inlets up and down coast, across the Georgia Strait from Vancouver Island’s Comox Valley, and blessed with excellent forests and foothills, the Powell River peninsula remains a quiet community with tremendous community resources. A mill town since its founding, Powell River has grown into a holiday destination.
Powell River is referred to by many as the “hidden treasure” of the Sunshine Coast. surprises many with its beauty and the quality of its numerous amenities.
By road access requires two ferries and a 1 1/2 hour drive up the Sechelt Peninsula. This semi isolated location has protected Powell River from the urban sprawl of the lower mainland and Vancouver Island.
The Regional District of Powell River stretches from Saltery Bay in the south to Lund in the north, with the latest population estimate at 22,000. Westview, the largest and most active section of Powell River, hosts the main business and shopping centers. The remaining areas of the Powell River municipality, Wildwood, Cranberry, and the Townsite, for the most part are residential and semi rural neighborhoods.
Powell River has one of the mildest climates in all of Canada. The July high temperature averages 23 degrees Celsius (73F), and the January high averages 5 degrees Celsius (41F). The sun shines an average of 2,000 hours each year, and rain fall is a modest for a rainforest at 1094 centimeters (40 inches) annually. Snowfall is usually light, and only rarely lasts for more than a day or two.
Powell River offers excellent outdoor activities from salt or fresh water fishing and diving, to rock climbing, to mountain biking, backcountry snowshoeing and skiing, to day hikes, a 180 km long trail of ocean to mountain peak hiking through forest, alpine, fresh logged cuts, to older cuts, to lakeside camping, to pristine and undeveloped camping, to canoeing, to ocean kayaking, to sailing, to eating ice cream.
Life is fragile, start with the ice cream, and then take in the beauty. Try a scenic flight over the Bunsters and Powell Lake, or a much longer flight over the glacier fields.
Rain, Snow or Shine, there are trails that are perfect for hiking in the day’s weather.
A few back country cabins make the stay even that more enjoyable, with shelter from the large animals and the weather.