Jacques Cousteau reportedly rated Powell River's diving as second only to the Red Sea in terms of abundant, colourful marine life. Giant Octopus, wolf eels, rockfish, ship wrecks, even a sunken bronzed mermaid, divers from around the globe return to Powell River's waters time and again.
Fishing and Charters:
The catch of a lifetime is here in Powell River. From fly fishing our countless freshwater lakes or angling the saltwater, fishing is a year-round past time here on the upper Sunshine Coast. Coho Point and Blubber Bay on Texada Island and the waters around Harwood Island are some of the best spots for salmon. Or, hire a charter and fish the pristine waters while you take in the sights of world-famous Desolation Sound Marine Park.
Cast for Cutthroat and Rainbow Trout as you explore the many lakes and rivers. Bottom fish such as cod, snappers, and perch can also be caught in and around Powell River, not to mention the incredible prawning, clamming and crabbing!
Pristine waters, countless islands, private coves and harbours, abundant wildlife; what more could a boater want in a destination? With several of the world's most stunning Marine Parks in the immediate area, including Desolation Sound, Harmony Islands, Copeland Islands, and Teakerne Arm, your boating adventure on the Sunshine Coast might just change your whole outlook on life. If fresh water is more your style, Powell Lake is a boater’s dream come true, complete with endless opportunities for exploration and discovery.
Kayaking and Canoeing
For ocean kayakers, Powell River is a world-class experience. Some of the premiere spots include Desolation Sound, the Copeland Islands, Mitlenatch Island, Savary Island and Texada Island. Not only does the natural setting feature rugged mountains and glittering ocean waters, but it's also well-sheltered from the elements thanks to the bulk of Vancouver Island and nearby Texada Island. Ever wanted to touch the side of a WWII ship?
Kayak to the Hulks, ten steel and concrete ships that now comprise the world's largest floating breakwater.
Prefer freshwater kayaking and canoeing? This coastal community also offers easy access to more than 30 lakes including the world-famous Powell Forest Canoe Route, a semi-circle of eight lakes and portages. The best time of year to go is between June and October.
Expect enrapturing visuals: soaring coastal mountains laden with cedar, fir, and spruce trees overlook fjord-like waters, and wildlife sightings, from bald eagles to black bears, are always possible. Camping accommodations are available along the route.