Okay, just so we’re very clear, it is beautiful here! My husband, James, has been to 73 countries around the world and still counts Powell River as one of the most beautiful places he’s seen.
We have everything you could possibly want in the way of outdoor activities. There are the beaches big and small, some with long stretches of sand and some strewn with rocks. And then there’s the back country - hundreds of kilometres to explore in a vehicle, on horseback, and on your own two legs.
The photos to the left were taken by Shawn Hegan, an avid outdoorsman. The hut on the snow covered hillside was built by the Powell River Parks and Wilderness (PRPAWS) volunteers who can take well deserved credit for constructing and maintaining the Sunshine Coast Trail.
Beaches, Beaches and More Beaches
Rocky, sandy, long stretches and short, the Powell River area has every kind of beach one could want. All are open to the public if you know where to go. Others abut public parks like Willingdon Beach and Palm Beach.
And then there are the beaches everyone gets to see as they drive along Highway 101 from Saltery Bay to Lund.
Myrtle Rocks - artists’ delight
The marshlands of Brew Bay are hard to find unless you know where to look, but the search is worth the effort to find this little slice of unblemished nature. The marshland abounds in wild life, otters play in the inlet and there are rugged rocks to climb.
Directions: Drive past Zillinsky Road and turn right just before the Lang Creek Bridge onto a large gravel parking area. You can either walk from there or follow the road and park at the end of the bluff.
As always, please respect the land, the wildlife and residents by carrying any garbage out and leaving the boom box at home.
A Photo Journey Through Jarvis Strait
The photo’s in this album were taken on the ferry ride between Earl’s Cove and Saltery Bay. Staying outside on a nice day for the 50 minute ride is a treat not to be missed.
Lois Lake Recreational Site
Accessible through the week via the Canoe Route turn-off near Lang Bay (be prepared for a bumpy ride) this is a beautiful area in all seasons with a boat launch and camping sites.
Of particular interest are the photos that show the lake at a 50 year low. The trees protruding from the water are a forest that was covered when the dam was built in the 50’s. The cedar, which is so clear it looks liquid, is highly valued.
See Sports & Recreation -Parks for more information.
Okeover Inlet Provincial Park Photo
My granddaughter, Marie, and I spent a day together taking photos and visiting artists on the Studio Tour. Here are the photos we took at Okeover (the last one is my having some fun with photo effects).
On the east side of the Malaspina Peninsula, visitors enjoy canoeing and kayaking, searching out the varied marine life and walking through the lightly-forested upland. This small campground is on the doorstep of Desolation Sound Marine Park.
There are 14 vehicle/tent sites open seasonally and four small, condensed sites open all year.
Activities include swimming, fishing, canoeing/kayaking.
Sunsets, Sunrise, Powell River’s Beautiful Skies
The Powell River area is rather famous, at least locally, for how many different ways nature can paint her skies for our enjoyment. Of course an image can’t really capture the grandeur of a sky lit up with the fiery tones of a setting sun, but we tried.
Assorted Scenic Photos
Lakes and rivers, mountains and shady glens, waterfalls and forests, a rainbow, winter wonders, and elk grazing in Rainbow Valley - browse them all for a restful journey of mind and spirit.