The Ultimate Guide To Summer In Powell River

From the ocean to the mountains, there are so many adventures to go on in Powell River and the surrounding areas. I am going to cover everything from outdoor experiences to local businesses.

Let’s start up North in Lund, where Highway 101 ends and the fun begins. For the people looking for outdoor adventure, here are some of the activities you can do:

  • Take a water taxi over to Savary Island.

  • Go on a guided kayak tour of Desolation Sound.

  • Get boated up to Sarah Point where you can begin your hike of the 180 km hut-to-hut Sunshine Coast Trail. This is Canada's longest hut-to-hut hiking trail.

  • Visit Okeover Arm Park or camp overnight 

  • Book a cruise with a charter company to go on a fishing trip, a lunch/dinner cruise, or a boat trip up to see Cassel Falls.

  • Hike around Dinner Rock

For those looking for something else to do:

  • Grab a bite to eat at Nancy's Bakery

  • Go for a fancy meal at Laughing Oyster

  • Book a couple nights at the Desolation Sound Resort

Making our way back into the City limits, there are tons of family friendly activities to do:

  • Visit Willingdon Beach for the water park, trails, a beach day, the playground, and camping

  • Get some fresh homemade ice cream from Fresh Scoop

  • Go for a game of mini golf and end with ice cream at Putters

  • Rent paddle boards from Palli Paddle Boards

  • Walk the Sea Wall

  • Explore the Penticton and Millennium Trails

  • Go to the skate and bike park at the Complex

  • Take a stroll down Marine Avenue and stop into a local shop, cafe, or restaurant

  • Take the ferry over to Texada Island

  • Go to Townsite Brewing and enjoy the outdoor space where kids and dogs are welcome

If you’re wanting to head to the trails and lakes, here just some of the many:

  • Mowat Bay > Dock, beach, playground, boat ramp, trails, swimming

  • Haywire Bay > Campground, beach, boat ramp, grilling pit, trails, swimming

  • Inland Lake > Campground, dock, boat ramp, trails, swimming

  • Haslam Lake > Trails, swimming

  • West Lake > Trails, swimming

  • Edgehill Loop > 4.7km, moderate 

  • Gallagher Hill > 5.1km, easy

  • Mud Lake Loop > 6.1km, easy

  • Blue Trail to Hammil Lake Loop > 12.1km, moderate

  • Hammil Lake Hill > 3.5km, moderate

  • Valentine Mountain > 1.4km, easy

  • Malaspina Switchback Trail > 6.9km, easy

  • Scout Mountain > 4.7km, moderate

  • Blackwater Creek Trail > 4.2km, easy

  • Cable Trail Loop > 7.2km, moderate

  • Mount Troubridge > 12.7km, hard

  • Tin Hat Mountain > 9.6km, moderate

  • Mount Mahoney Trail > 21.9km, hard

  • Rainy Day Lake > 8.2km, easy

  • Manzanita Hut > 10.3km, moderate

  • Stillwater Bluffs > 3.1km, easy

Finally, let’s head South of the City towards Saltery Bay:

  • Go golfing at Myrtle Point Golf Club

  • Visit and walk around the Lang Creek Fish Hatchery

  • Swim at Eagle River Waterfall

  • Spend the day at a beach: Mahoods, Donkersley, or Palm Beach

  • Go on a private farm tour at Three Chicken Farm

There are so many possible summer activities to do in Powell River that they won’t all fit into this one blog post. The trails are endless, we have 32 lakes to explore, and so many fantastic local businesses.


The Best of Powell River

If you love the small town feel, endless outdoor activities, and minimal traffic, Powell River is the City for you.

Powell River is located on the Sunshine Coast and surrounded by 32 lakes to enjoy. Drive to the end of Highway 101 situated in Lund, just 30 minutes from the City's centre. From there, you can take a boat over to see the beautiful white sand beaches of Savary Island. Want to go further? Boat or kayak up to desolation sound. There are many waterfalls and excellent spots for fishing, crabbing, and prawning. From Lund, head up to Sarah Point where you can access the start of the Sunshine Coast Trail (SCT). Hike hut to hut and experience the wonders from atop mountains and aside lakes. The SCT is Canada's  longest hut to hut hiking trail being 180km's in length. If you take the 57 hours (on average) to hike the whole trail, you will end up at Saltery Bay. Saltery Bay is located South of Powell River's City Centre and is where you can take the first of two ferries that will lead you down the Coast to North Vancouver. Not a fan of driving the 5-6 hours to get here? You can take a 30 minute plane ride with Pacific Coastal or hop on Harbour Air's float plane. 

Did you know, Powell River has the shortest river in Canada and the second shortest in the world? I bet you can guess what it's called... the Powell River! The river connects Powell Lake to the Pacific Ocean. Powell Lake is home to many float cabins. This is the locals' summer getaway. Powell Lake isn't the only lake that people like to enjoy. Be sure to visit Haslam, Sliammon, Inland, and West Lake to name a few. 

If you prefer the Ocean, we've got many beaches for you to explore. The most accesible and closest to the City Centre is Willingdon Beach. If you're looking for a sandy quiet beach that is great for castle building and skim boarding, head down to Mahoods Beach. 

Powell River has a population of about 13,000 residents. Everything is whithin 30 minutes of a drive to get to and you are rarely stuck in traffic. We've got neighbourhoods of all types. Central and close to everything: Westview. Unique and close to lakes and trails: Cranberry. Heritage feel and historical aspects: Townsite. Large properties and hobby farms whithin City limits: Wildwood. Right outside of the City limits we have the Valley and North and South of town. Experience rural living without having to drive hours to get there! 

I love where I live and if you want to know more about Powell River or are considering a move here, feel free to reach out. 

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