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Powell River

Welcome to Powell River:

Powell River (population: 12,983) and the Sunshine Coast is a dreamland for outdoor enthusiasts and people looking for year round recreation, cultural experiences and activities. With friendly communities, miles of hiking trails, peaceful lakes, parks and beaches and events like the Symphony Orchestra Academy of the Pacific and Blackberry Festival. Endless possibilities are waiting to be discovered… Powell River enjoys a reputation as being one of the most accessible cities in the world among travelers with special needs. Whether using wheelchairs, white canes, seeing eye dogs or hearing aids, Powell River leads the way in making the area a more livable place for people with disabilities.

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Powell River is located on the Upper Sunshine Coast. The region, boasting one of Canada’s most temperate climates, is a land of sparkling lakes, hidden inlets, rustic islands, crystal-clear ocean waters and rugged mountains. This region is a haven for outdoor pursuits that include diving, swimming and kayaking (in world-renowned Desolation Sound), as well as hiking, mountain biking and rock climbing.

There are an abundance of provincial and regional parks to choose from in the Powell River area. The area’s crown jewel, Desolation Sound Marine Provincial Park is accessible by air or water only. This spectacular park is internationally renowned for its crystal-clear cruising and kayaking waters as well as numerous islands, bays and coves. Visitors share the area with whales, sea lions, seals, porpoises and dolphins.

Powell River has a rich, artistic legacy, as evidenced by its many artists’ studios and galleries. Watch for purple banners all along the Sunshine Coast. Many local artists of all kinds fly one outside their studio to indicate to the public that they are welcome to come in (sometimes by appointment) to purchase products or browse. There is also a long and vibrant history of the Tla’Amin (Sliammon) First Nation, which is reflected in its artwork and culture, found throughout the region.

Powell River's Historic Townsite was declared a National Historic District in 1995. The Townsite Heritage Society offers guided walking tours in the summer months. Be sure to tour the Patricia Theatre as well, BC's oldest, continuously operating movie house. You'll also want to visit the Historic Lund Hotel, in Lund.

Powell River offers a number of appealing attractions. These include a tour of the Catalyst paper mill, guided walking tours of the Historic Townsite, as well as the Powell River Historical and Forestry museums. The town of Lund, a 20-minute drive north from Powell River, has maintained its charm as a peaceful coastal village. Kids will want to visit the Tla'Amin (Sliammon) Salmon Hatchery, where they can watch salmon swimming upstream to spawn.

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