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 Powell River Townsite is a unique coastal community of British Columbia, Canada that was designated as a National Historic District of Canada in 1995, one of only seven in Canada and the only one in western Canada. A very prestigious designation, it confirms that Powell River Townsite, remarkably intact with over 400 original buildings contained within the borders of the 1910 town plan, is an historical asset to the entire country.

 The Townsite Heritage Society of Powell River would like to acknowledge the Tla'amin Nation, whose people have occupied the lands in and around Powell River since time immemorial. The Townsite was built at the location of tiyskwat /Tees'Kwat (Big River), which was the main settlement for the Tla'amin people up until the 1870s. At this time, they were relocated at the request of the Provincial Government by the Canadian Government to Sliammon IR#1 to make way for industrialization. By 1910, the Powell River Company Mill, dam, and Townsite had consolidated previous leases on this site. Historically, the Tla'amin people had extensive use and occupancy of the entire watershed. For more information, see Elsie Paul's, a Tla'amin elder's, digital record of her Sliammon Teachings.