Where endless green mountains meet sheltered Pacific Ocean waters, Powell River provides a stimulating blend of outdoor adventure and cultural amenities.
Originally founded as a resource extraction centre – once home to the world's largest pulp and paper mill – Powell River now offers water lovers countless opportunities for kayaking and canoeing, fishing, and scuba diving. Don't miss Marine Avenue's art galleries and dining, plus the historic, planned Townsite, designated a National Historic District in 1995.
The city (pop. 12,957) is located on the upper Sunshine Coast, about 145km/90mi northwest of Vancouver. It's accessible by ferry from Vancouver Island, or from Earl's Cove while driving up from Gibsons or Sechelt. Powell River is also just minutes from the village of Lund at the north end of Highway 101, the world's longest highway stretching down to South America. The black-tailed deer of Texada Island and the white, sandy beaches of Savary Island await via a short ferry ride or water taxi ride.