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.

Welcome to our secluded Powell River seaside sanctuary on the edge of the Salish Sea. Relax, rejuvenate and be inspired. Surrounded by nature, situated facing South West a few steps from the ocean, backing onto a lush, natural coastal forest. The perfect accommodation choice for a romantic getaway, meditative or creative retreat or a tranquil change of view for your 'home office'.

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.

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Downtown Powell River: 16.1km

Higgin's Inn Higgin's Inn
10150 Douglas Bay Rd.
Powell River

This property is a 12-minute walk from the beach. Free Wi-Fi is offered in this pet friendly Powell River motel. A refrigerator is featured in all guest rooms. Powell Lake is located 20 minutes’ walk away. Coffee-making facilities are offered in all rooms. Each simply furnished room features a TV and desk. A hairdryer is provided. Air-conditioning is provided.

Island View Lodge Island View Lodge
6255 Marine Avenue
Powell River
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The Powell River Town Centre Hotel offers service, comfort, and hospitality in the heart of Powell River. With 71 well-appointed guest rooms, the hotel boasts a beautiful garden courtyard, restaurant, pub, and full banquet/conference facilities for up to 250 people. There is an exercise room and free parking. The hotel offers complimentary shuttle service to the airport and Westview ferry dock.

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Downtown Powell River: 0.7km

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.

Distances to…
Downtown Powell River: 28.5km

48 deluxe waterfront rooms in Powell River on the Sunshine Coast featuring private decks, air-conditioned and free WIFI. Beer & Wine Store, kayak & paddle board rentals, Indoor Pool & Fitness Centre are steps away from The Seasider Bistro + Wine Bar + Patio (check website: for seasonal hours) Full facility Marina with transient moorage. Shopping and the golf course are minutes away.

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Downtown Powell River: 4.7km

Laundry facilities is offered at this Powell River, British Columbia motel. Kitchen facilities are featured in each room. Free local calls are provided in each room. Garden or ocean views can be enjoyed from all rooms. Barbecue facilities and picnic tables are featured at our establishment. Guests’ can relax in the garden. Fax and photocopying services are available.

This property is a 18-minute walk from the beach. Boasting spa and wellness facilities, our accommodations are located in Powell River. Each suite comes equipped with a kitchen. Free Wi-Fi is provided. Powell River ferry terminal is 0.6 mi away. Cable TV and a DVD player are offered in all rooms. Featuring modern décor, each room includes a fireplace and seating area.

Our historic house in Powell River has all the ambiance of the 1930s homes with all the newer luxuries: gas stove, microwave and coffee maker. Self contained suite with one bedroom plus another shared-space sleeping area off the kitchen. Spacious living room with desk to work at, dining area with seating for up to 4, cozy kitchen and bathroom with combined tub/shower.

Offering scenic views of the sea, our Powell River motel is in the British Columbia Region, 3 minutes drive from the Powell River. Free WiFi and refrigerators are provided in all guest room at this pet-friendly motel. Some rooms have a seating area for your convenience. Rooms come with a private bathroom. features include free WiFi throughout the property and A flat-screen TV.

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