This includes the areas from Myrtle Point to Saltery Bay. Many great swimming beaches, lake and trail access points, parks and B&B’s can be found on this stretch of highway.
Myrtle Point is the first highlight of Powell River’s “south of town” community. Highway 101 opens up to Myrtle Rocks Regional Park, a great beach combing spot where visitors can walk out to the rock islands at low tide. Nearby Duck Lake Road provides access to horseback riding services and the vast Duck Lake trail network popular among hikers and mountain bikers. There is also an 18-hole course here for golfers!
BREW BAY/LANG BAY/KELLY CREEK
This area boasts a few attractions that might not be obvious to passers-by. Donkersley, Mahoods, and Palm Beaches are local hotspots for swimming. Palm Beach Regional Park is the location of the 30+ year old Sunshine Music Festival, which happens on Labour Day weekend. Eagle River falls can be accessed just south of the Park off the highway or beach, and is a local favourite for cliff-jumping. Stop by the Lang Creek Spawning Channel to learn about local salmon runs, or visit the Kelly Creek Market if you find yourself in the area on a Friday night.
Stillwater is a tiny peninsula south of Eagle River off Loubert Road. The peninsula has a trail leading to Stillwater Bluffs, a must-see for climbers and snorkelers. Across the highway is the Canoe Route Main, where paddlers can access the infamous Powell Forest Canoe Route - one of the most rewarding portage/canoe routes in BC.
Saltery Bay is a great place for visitors to stop if they have a couple hours to spare before catching the ferry. The area contains Saltery Bay Provincial Park, which hosts a campground and swimming beach. This is also one of the best diving spots in the region - divers who set off from the Park can find a 3 metre bronze statue of a mermaid in the depths. There are also several hikes nearby, including the Fairview Bay trail and Rainy Day Lake access along the Sunshine Coast Trail.