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5 Travel Tips for Powell River
Desolation Resort gives local advice for Powell River.


The pulp and paper industry has always been the economic backbone of Powell River. Today, NorskeCanada Ltd. is the major employer in the area. The original pulp and paper company town site was built as a garden community of Westcoast Craftsman style homes and institutional buildings, dating from 1910 to 1930. Tours are available of his unique historic area. The Powell River Museum and Archives traces the region's history. The Powell River Forestry Museum showcases the equipment and history of the early logging era.

The harbour of this historic town site is surrounded by the Hulks, a breakwater made from 10 cement ships that were Second World War merchant marine vessels. It is the world's largest floating breakwater.

The area around Powell River provides a range of facilities and services for tourists and outdoor enthusiasts. Mountain climbing, hiking, camping, cross-country skiing, charters for salt and fresh-water cruising or fishing, kayaking, hunting, scuba diving, sailing, photography and water skiing are all possible. There are also good facilities for golfing, curling and many indoor sports at the Recreation Centre.

The Powell Forest Canoe Route gives kayak and canoe enthusiasts a 90 km (55.5 mi.) route through well-maintained portages, waterways and forest reserves. Powell River has also been called the "Dive Capital of Canada" and there are more than 100 regional dive sites where an array of marine life including octopi and wolf eels, are visible.

Powell River includes the older communities of Cranberry and Wildwood which date back to the early 1900s. Animal farming, forestry and agriculture were the original industries in the area. Cranberry district was subdivided in 1912 and returning veterans of World War I were given lots for $1.

Cranberry Lake is home to millions of water lilies and is a favourite with naturalists.

Wildwood was settled by pioneers who homesteaded that area through land grants given to those who waited 40 days and 40 nights in Vancouver to win the right to stake out their new homesteads in the wilderness. The first bridge into the area wasn't built until 1916.

Westview is the area where today's visitors congregate as it is here that there is an array of businesses and restaurants. Marine Avenue follows the waterfront along Powell River and there are many attractive shops in this area. In August the annual Blackberrry Festival is held to coincide with the ripening of the blackberries.

Willingdon Beach Municipal Park and campsite are a popular family destination in the summer.

Visitors traveling to Vancouver Island can catch the ferry to Comox or detour to Texada Island aboard a smaller ferry.

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Desolation Resort
Desolation Resort
2694 Dawson Road
Powell River
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Enjoy a unique west coast adventure in of the "Northwest Best Places", the resort is located north of Powell River and a 10 minute drive from Lund where Highway 101 ends and the wilderness begins. Our chalets and cottages are equipped to help you enjoy the beauty of Desolation Sound.
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Downtown Powell River:  28.5km
Old Courthouse Inn
Old Courthouse Inn
6243 Walnut Street
Powell River
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Heritage hotel located in the Historic Townsite of Powell River. Walking distance to general store, pub, restaurants, bakery and hiking trails. Come explore the surrounding Historic Townsite which evokes old world charm. Laundry & kitchen facilities and fax service available. Pets allowed on approval.
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Downtown Powell River:  5.5km
Higgin's Inn
Higgin's Inn
10150 Douglas Bay Rd.
Powell River
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Our four apartment sized suites in Powell River are a short walk from Douglas Bay, the best low tide beach in the area. Full kitchens, bedrooms, living-rooms and dining areas. Covered decks and all the hardware needed for independent vacationing. Enjoy swimming, snorkelling, wildlife viewing and more on the Sunshine Coast. Winter special rates as low as $1100/month.
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Downtown Powell River:  16.1km
Beach Gardens Resort & Marina Hotel Powell River 7074 Westminster St. Request Info
Garnet Rock OceanFront R.V. Park RV/Camping Powell River 8425A Highway 101 Request Info
Harbour Guesthouse Hotel Powell River 4454 Willingdon Avenue Request Info
Island View Lodge Hotel Powell River 6255 Marine Avenue
Kent's Beach Cabins & Campsite Hotel Powell River 14171 Highway 101
Ocean Point B&B B&B Powell River 3344 Cortez Avenue Request Info
Oceanside Resort Motel & Cabins Hotel Powell River 8063 Highway 101 Request Info
Seabreeze Resort RV/Camping Powell River RR3 10975 Hwy 101 Lang Bay, Request Info
SeaSide Escape Retreat Hotel Powell River 2102 Donkersley Road Request Info
Seaside Villa Motel & RV Park Hotel Powell River 7274 Highway 101 Request Info
Town Centre Hotel Hotel Powell River 4660 Joyce Avenue Request Info
Westview Centre Motel Hotel Powell River 4534 Marine Avenue
Willingdon Beach Municipal Campsite RV/Camping Powell River 4845 Marine Ave

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