Canoe Route Featured

Canoe Route 001


The Powell Forest Canoe Route is one of the finest canoe journeys in the province.

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.

The Route

The Powell Forest Canoe Route is a 57 km, 8 lake, 5 portage journey that takes roughly 5 days. Portages range from 0.7 km – 2.8 km, and paddling stretches from 1 km – 28.5 km. The best time to travel the route is from June – October. 

If you’re not up for the full 5 days of canoeing and portaging, you can get a ride to Windsor Lake and descend back down to Lois Lake (~3 days) or get a head start from any point along the Goat Lake Main and take the usual route. Or, you can start at the beginning and canoe to Khartoum Lake (2 days). Whichever route you choose, we strongly recommend not starting from the Shinglemill end as the Windsor/Goat portage is extremely steep in this direction.

World-class canoeing and views

Campsites along the route have picnic tables, outhouses, fire pits, and occasionally firewood (please follow fire ban regulations). Paddling is on flat water, and portage paths are clear and have frequent rest stops, but are not wide enough for boat carts.

Access & Safety
All lakes on the canoe route are logging-road accessible. Please note that logging roads are only open for public use on the weekends and after 6 pm during the week. 

Powell River Forest Service Road Information
Call (604) 485-3132.

icon web
Download our brochure

About us

Make your first stop in Powell River the Powell River Visitor Information Centre located at 4760 Joyce Avenue.
Here you will find helpful staff ready to provide maps and directions, offer local services, help source and book local adventures and tours as well as secure accommodation.
Our staff are all trained Tourism/Visitor Information Counsellors who are happy to answer questions and offer local insider knowledge.
We are available to answer your calls and help you plan your visit to the Sunshine Coast and the Powell River area.

Visitor Information Centre

4760 Joyce Avenue, Powell River B.C. Canada

Call 1.604.485.4701

Live Chat with us on our website

You can reach us by email at

Mon - Sat: 9am - 5pm

Please feel free to contact us!

čɛčɛ haθɛč

Welcome to the official tourism website for Powell River
ga('create', 'UA-60473633-2', 'auto'); ga('send', 'pageview');