Facts About Powell River

On the Sunshine Coast of British Columbia, where endless green mountains meet sheltered Pacific Ocean waters, Powell River provides a stimulating blend of outdoor adventure and cultural amenities. Originally founded as a resource extraction centre – once home to the world’s largest pulp and paper mill – Powell River now offers adventurers countless opportunities for kayaking, canoeing, rock climbing, golfing, boating, hiking, biking, fishing, and scuba diving. This area is host to world-class art galleries, tremendous dining opportunities, and memorable events and festivals.

On the doorstep of both Vancouver and Vancouver Island, the Powell River region offers an array of experiences for travelers of all kinds, no matter the season. Experience the legendary Sunshine Coast Trail and Powell Forest Canoe Route, rock-climb the Eldred Valley, snowshoe in the Knuckleheads; this is the adventure destination you’ve long been waiting for.

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Powell River officially started off as an industrial centre.Before that, the area was part of the Sliammon First Nation's territory. Today this upper Sunshine Coast community is best-known as an outdoor recreation mecca with a friendly, laidback vibe.

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Our geography on the pristine Malaspina Peninsula is stunning and offers a multitude of quintessential west coast activities

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The Tla’amin First Nation has inhabited the Powell River area for millennia. There are currently around 1200 Tla’amin First Nation peoples living in the Powell River

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From Saltery Bay to Desolation Sound, an abundance of wildlife – both on land and in the water – can be spotted. The following is a list of some notable flora and fauna found in the Powell River Area

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Powell River is situated within a temperate rainforest, Coastal Western Hemlock biogeoclimatic zone.On average, the CWH is the rainiest biogeoclimatic zone in British Columbia.

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Powell River's mill town roots are on display in the historic Townsite, celebrating its 100th anniversary in 2010. Check out landmark buildings like the Patricia Theatre, Dwight Hall, and the Rodmay Hotel


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 info@discoverpowellriver.com.

Mon - Sat: 9am - 5pm

Please feel free to contact us!

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Welcome to the official tourism website for Powell River
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