Many people describe the coastal city of Powell River as “paradise”. Nestled within a lush temperate rainforest along the Salish Sea, Powell River's moderate climate is the envy of most Canadians cities that suffer through a cold and harsh winter; the winter season in Powell River is mild with temperatures rarely below freezing. This blessing affords residents an abundance of world-class outdoor recreation opportunities year round.
Trails, trails, trails
Powell River with it's vast forested back country is home to some of the best trails in the world. Built and maintained by dedicated groups of local volunteers, there is something for everybody to enjoy. From hiking to biking to ATV and horse friendly trails, as well as wheel-chair accessible, Powell River has it all.
The 180 km Sunshine Coast Trail is Powell River's crown jewel, offering the longest hut-to-hut hiking experience in Canada. The SC Trail can be explored in smaller sections for shorter day hikes, or via one extraordinary multi-day hiking vacation! 12 shelters (free to all visitors, no reservations required) now dot the trail at stunning locations showcasing incredible vistas of fresh water lakes and the Salish Sea.
Inland Lake, established as a Provincial Park in 1997, has a 13 km multi-use trail which incorporates a series of boardwalks, bridges, and a crushed limestone path that loops around the entire lake and is fully wheelchair-accessible. There are drive-in and walk-in campsites available at this park, as well as opportunities for swimming, cycling, fishing, canoeing and boating.
Willingdon Beach Trail
This well-maintained beachfront trail right in the heart of the city offers a relaxing level walk through a forested park setting. Along the trail there are culturally modified trees and shell middens along the shore, reflecting the activity of the original First Nations inhabitants as well as turn of the century logging equipment with interpretive signage of the area's industrial history.
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!
Powell River is home to hundreds of diverse climbs that cover the entire spectrum of disciplines: seaside cliffs, forest bouldering, hard sport routes, moderate multi-pitch trad routes, and full-on 20-pitch clean and aid lines in the remote, but accessible, Eldred Valley – not to mention, great alpine rock and ice routes. Two things that set climbing in Powell River apart from climbing in more populated centres – there are no crowds, and there is phenomenal potential for new route development.
One of the hidden gems south of the city of Powell River, Stillwater Bluffs is a short walk through a grove second-growth forest that opens up to a dramatic and scenic stretch of rocky coastline. It is very popular day-use spot for rock climbing and picnic gatherings with family and friends.
Duck Lake Trails
The Duck Lake Protected area is home to an incredible network of well-maintained of multi-use trails popular with hikers, bikers and horse riders. The area contains some incredible wood bridges boardwalks, waterfalls and lakes.
Outdoor Recreation Groups
The City of Powel River provides recreation services and infrastructure that is the envy of many other communities of a similar size. In particular, the City’s Recreation Complex is impressive.
The 140,000 square foot facility houses:
- Two sheets of ice
- 25 metre swimming pool
- Leisure Pool
- Hot Tube
- State of Art Fitness Centre
- Aerobic/Dance Studios
- 800 seat Theatre
- 7 meeting rooms
The Department of Parks Recreation and Culture provides a plethora of year round programs for people of ages and abilities. To learn more visit:
Parks Recreation and Culture