Boardwalk, Lund
(Picture BC photo)

Powell River

Things to Do

Two hikers admiring the views (Picture BC photo)

Two hikers admiring the views (Picture BC photo)

As the central hub on the upper Sunshine Coast, Powell River burgeons with things to do.

That goes for the actual city (pop. 12,957), as well as the vast surrounding realm of pristine mountains, lakes, and rivers between Jervis Inlet to the south and Desolation Sound to the north.

This region, a few hours northwest of Vancouver, is a magnet for visitors who enjoy fishing, kayaking, canoeing, diving, or swimming. Exploring local parks while hiking or mountain biking is another appealing prospect. For those who prefer more relaxed or cerebral pursuits, Powell River offers intriguing art galleries and heritage sites, plus some great golfing.


For many visitors, Desolation Sound Marine Park is the crowning glory of Powell River's renowned outdoor recreation scene. Enjoying some of the warmest water north of California and Mexico, take a kayaking trip from the village of Lund and explore 60km/37mi of shoreline, including beautiful, sheltered bays and coves. With luck, sightings of dolphins, whales, and porpoises are possible.

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