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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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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.
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Downtown Powell River:  16.1km
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
Mme Loukes Historic House
Mme Loukes Historic House
4722A Marine Ave
Powell River
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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.
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
Beach Gardens Resort & Marina
Beach Gardens Resort & Marina
7074 Westminster St.
Powell River
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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: theseasider.ca 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
Seaside Villa Motel & RV Park
Seaside Villa Motel & RV Park
7274 Highway 101
Powell River
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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.
Island View Lodge
Island View Lodge
6255 Marine Avenue
Powell River
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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.
Powell River Town Centre Hotel
Powell River Town Centre Hotel
4660 Joyce 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
Beyond Bliss Suites & Spa
Beyond Bliss Suites & Spa
4555 Marine Ave
Powell River
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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.
Blitz Beach House Seaside Suite
Blitz Beach House Seaside Suite
3265 Atrevida Road
Powell River
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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'.
Westview Centre Motel
Westview Centre Motel
4534 Marine Avenue
Powell River
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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.
Rodmay Hotel
Rodmay Hotel
6251 Yew St
Powell River
Located in Powell River, this heritage building hotel features free WiFi in all guest rooms. A cable TV and tea and coffee-making facilities are included in all rooms. Over 100 years old, we have retained many of its original features. Meeting areas, a banquet room, Irish style bar, hair salon, and art studio are all located on site. Within a short walk are restaurants of wide variety.
Kent's Beach Cabins & Campsite
Kent's Beach Cabins & Campsite
14171 Highway 101
Powell River
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Welcome to Kent's Beach, located in Powell River on the beautiful west coast of British Columbia in Canada. Treat yourself to a getaway at this ocean side vista. Enjoy our campsites or our comfortable cabins. Take advantage of our features, some of which include: great diving areas, diving showers and luxurious washrooms.
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Downtown Powell River:  0.5km
Harbour Guesthouse
Harbour Guesthouse
4454 Willingdon Avenue
Powell River
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The Harbour Guesthouse is an international hostel located right on the water front in the heart of beautiful Powell River. We offer dorm style and private accommodation with a full kitchen, shared bathroom facilities, wireless internet, cable TV, coin laundromat, 24 hour management and gorgeous views across Georgia Strait to the glaciers and peaks of Vancouver Island.
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Downtown Powell River:  0.7km
Seabreeze Resort
Seabreeze Resort
RR3 10975 Hwy 101 Lang Bay,
Powell River
Offering a sea view from all rooms, our Powell River Resort is located in Lang Bay, 20 minutes' from Powell River. The property offers free parking. The accommodations will provide you with a cable TV and a balcony. Complete with a microwave, the dining area also has a refrigerator and kitchenware. Featuring a bath or shower, private bathrooms also come with a bath. Extras include linen.
Garnet Rock OceanFront R.V. Park
Powell River
8425A Highway 101
Our Powell River RV Park is on a beautiful 10 acre piece of paradise, overlooking the ocean. In the last seven years the park has been given a complete overhaul. All cabins were completely renovated and decked out with new interior designs to utilize the space and views to the utmost potential. The bathrooms and the laundry room have both been redone and are kept immaculately clean. Website
SeaSide Escape Retreat
Powell River
2102 Donkersley Road
This ocean retreat for two is on BC's beautiful Upper Sunshine Coast. Let the fresh coastal air fill your lungs. Immerse your tired feet in soothing, refreshing, natural sea salt water. Tantalize your eyes with lively crabs, colourful starfish, and bountiful sand dollars. Stroll along the water's edge on a moonlit night. Create memories with the captivating scenes at our natural seaside retreat. Website
Marine Inn Hotel Powell River 4429 Marine Ave
Ocean Point B&B B&B Powell River 3344 Cortez Avenue
Willingdon Beach Campsite RV/Camping Powell River 4845 Marine Ave

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