Two hikers admiring the views (Picture BC photo)
Powell River offers unlimited variety for hikers, from oceanfront strolls to backcountry treks.
The 180km/111mi Sunshine Coast Trail is the best-known hiking trail in the region, and can easily be explored in smaller sections. Other hikes provide more opportunities for wildlife-watching and checking out local vegetation. Many trails are maintained by the Bloody Old Men's Brigade (also known as the BOMB Squad), a group of retired local men who volunteer their time and energy.
Sunshine Coast Trail
The Sunshine Coast Trail, founded in 1992, meanders south from Sarah Point on Desolation Sound (north of the village of Lund) to Saltery Bay on Jervis Inlet (where ferries travel to Earl's Cove on the lower Sunshine Coast). With ocean views, old-growth forest, bridges, and bluffs, the terrain is engagingly diverse, and ranges from moderate to challenging.
Between Sarah Point and Malaspina Road, don't miss the swimming and camping at Wednesday Lake Watershed. Further south, between Fiddlehead Farm and Eagle River, admire the views from Tinhat Mountain and pick blueberries in the summer. Campsites and toilets are located along the trail, and B&Bs can also be accessed.