Powell River

" Interest and enthusiasm are the wellspring of continually evolving community life. "

Henning Hansmann 


Powell River is located on the northern section of the Sunshine Coast. Powell River has been home to the Tla’Amin First Nations for thousands of years and is presently home to 13,200 permanent residents. 

Powell River began as a logging camp in the 1880’s. By 1908, a pulp mill was being constructed that would eventually become the largest pulp mill in the world for a time. Powell River was a preplanned community and was constructed at the same time as the mill to house the millworkers and provide for their needs. The original town, known as Townsite, is still intact thanks to years of effort by dedicated volunteers and now has a Natural Historic designation. Within Townsite is Canada’s oldest continuously operated movie theatre that began showing films in 1913. The millworkers formed the first credit union in BC in 1939. 

The arts and tourism are the primary economic driver in Powell River today. This is evident in part by Powell River being known not only as the Cultural Capital of Canada but also the Dive Capital of Canada with over 100 dive sites in the local waters. Powell River has the mildest climate in Canada. Combined with specatular scenery it is small wonder that Powell River is also a popular destination for boating, kayaking, hiking, biking, golfing, wildlife watching, beachcombing, and fishing. 

Powell River is a full service community with all levels of schools including a Vancouver Island University campus, a modern hospital, a first class recreation complex, and its own airport. There are numerous art galleries, studios, museums, and historic sites to discover. 

If you are considering calling Powell River home, BC Island Homes.com has detailed listings of homes and properties for sale in Powell River.

Your West Coast.com has an Accommodations Directory with a complete list of the bed & breakfasts, cabins & cottages, condos & suites, farm stays, hotels, inns & motels, lodges, resorts & retreats, and vacation homes available to welcome you to Powell River. Alternatively, a complete list of campgrounds and rv parks can be found in the Your West Coast.com Recreation & Leisure Directory.

While staying in Powell River, what better way to learn about the community than to seize the opportunity for some fun, food, and education! Your West Coast.com has a complete range of directories for you to enjoy everything Powell River has to offer. Plan out your day, your weekend, or your week in Powell River using Your West Coast directories that include Arts Culture & HeritageFarms Farmers & FoodFestivals & EventsRecreation & Leisure, and Business & Services.

Community Events:

Check the Powell River community calendar on Your West Coast.com every day for upcoming annual events, arts, meetings, recreation, music, and education in your community.