Powell River is rich in history and can claim bragging rights to several ‘firsts’, not the least of which is the Sick Benefit Society started by Dr. Henderson. Before the innovative founders of the Powell River Company arrived in 1909 the Sliammon people, now the Tla'amin First Nation, occupied the area for thousands of years.
While Powell River is no longer considered a ‘mill town’, it has benefited greatly from the industry that was the economic underpin of the area for well over 75 years.
In the early 1980’s the Forestry Museum Society was by started by a group of forestry enthusiasts who worked with local government to procure the former bath house on Willingdon Beach. Opened in 1985, the Museum was operated and maintained by the Society until 2014 when it was turned over to the :Powell River Museum at which time the name was changed to Powell River Forestry Society.
Read more stories about the Museum and the history of the equipment outside the museum as well as on the Willingdon Trail on the Society’s website.
The Townsite Heritage Society provides education, promotion, stewardship and tours of the Townsite Historic District as well as an archive of photos spanning the first 40 years of the town. Medical museum archives showcasing the importance of Dr. Henderson and his work in the community form vital parts of the interpretive centre.
Dr. Henderson’s House restored in 2009
Dr. Henderson’s House & St. Luke’s Hospital circa 1923
Suncoast Vintage Music Museum
Willingdon Ave below Madrona on Marine
Open 10 - 4 Tuesday to Saturday
A repair shop is not where you would normally find a miniature music museum, but Paul Mitchell, a retired mechanic and piano tuner, has one and has chosen to share it with the public. His has phonographs, including some created by Thomas A. Edison, and just over 10 vintage player pianos, one of which is from the home of former Patricia Theatre manager Henry Pavid.
The staff at the Powell River Museum and Archives are local people with a wealth of knowledge to share. Exhibits at the Museum include local First Nations culture; the early days on the Sunshine Coast; logging and the Powell River mill, local culture and music; and the war years. Should what you see at the Museum pique your interest in all things Powell River then follow it up with a visit to their website, which has extensive information as well as a plethora of old photos.
The Texada Island Museum Society has good reason to feel good about what they have accomplished in the way of preserving the history of Texada Island. Inside the Museum you will find a display of Jack Leslie’s ships and the Clarence Wood Room. Outdoor displays include three cairns as well as equipment used in both mining and logging on the Island.