Historic & Heritage Sites
Heritage buildings (Picture BC photo)
Buoyed by the efforts of local historians and volunteers, Powell River is exceptionally dedicated to preserving its historic and heritage sites.
The coastal hillside community is home to the historic Townsite, centering on the waterfront pulp and paper mill that remains an important part of Powell River's economy today. Take time to explore the 400-plus original buildings within the 1910 Townsite.
Originally set up as a planned community for the Powell River Company's mill employees, the Townsite was designated by the federal government as a National Historic District in 1995. It's the only district so honoured in Western Canada. Tudor Revival, Craftsman, and Modern styles are among the architectural approaches on display. Many of the Townsite's buildings are accessible to both locals and visitors. The Townsite Heritage Society of Powell River offers guided walking tours.