In addition to the government run Parks in the area, there are countless nooks and crannies along the coast and in the mountains to explore by boat and, if you’re so inclined, fish for salmon or lake trout. The boating and fishing destinations listed in this section are just a few of the more popular spots in the area of the Powell River peninsula on the west coast of British Columbia.
The Powell Forest Canoe Route is a 57 km, 8 lake, 5 portage journey that takes roughly 5 days. Portages range from 0.7 km – 2.8 km, and paddling stretches from 1 km – 28.5 km. The best time to travel the route is from June – October.
Located halfway between Powell River and Campbell River west of Desolation Sound, Cortes Island is “lies at the doorstep of the breathtaking fjords that penetrate the wild coast of mainland British Columbia….water temperatures in Desolation Sound can exceed 20 degrees, making it one of the only places in the world where you can swim in the ocean surrounded by snow-capped peaks.”
The warm, clean and green waters surrounding the area, which are reminiscent of a more tropical place make this a popular boating destination for swimming, viewing, diving, fishing and wilderness camping. Hardy Island Marine provides a safe anchorage and is only an island at high tide. This park is subject to southeast winds during the winter; use caution when anchoring. Sewage dumping is prohibited. (text paraphrased from website)
Located one mile south of the scenic Freil Lake Falls, the Park provides safe anchorage, swimming, snorkeling, kayaking and fishing. Due to its popularity, it may be congested during long weekends and the summer months.
There are no facilities at this park.
Located at the entrance to Jervis Inlet, Hotham Sound is like a small fjord that carves it's way into the steep mountains of the Pacific Ranges. It's north/south direction provides excellent protection from winds and creates surprisingly warm waters.
Far inland, approached from the Strait of Georgia by way of Jervis Inlet, Princess Louisa Inlet has a charm and scenic beauty that must be seen and experienced. Until mid-June, the warm sun melting the mountain snow-pack creates more than sixty waterfalls that cascade and spume down precipitous walls to mingle with the waters of Princess Louisa Inlet. Beautiful Chatterbox Falls at the head of the inlet tumbles 40 metres (120')
This spectacular park contains a number of campsites, a ranger cabin, picnic shelter and toilets. For boaters there is a mooring buoy, stern pins, a boat dock and a dinghy dock
West Redonda offers two distinct destinations: Teakerne Arm (Cassel Falls), which has a small marine park at Cassel Lake, and Refuge Cove, which has a well stocked store and restaurant for those who may have forgot, or run out of, essential supplies cruising Desolation Sound.
East Redonda Island is one of the largest islands in total volume of land mass for its surface area in British Columbia. At 5,200 feet it is the highest point of any of the islands lying off the mainland coast (excluding Vancouver Island). This uniqueness has created a distinctive ecosystem, which is protected on the eastern half of the island.
“The snow-capped peaks of enormous heights that flank both sides of the entrance to Toba Inlet make it seem almost impossible for any body of water to pass through them. Looking at the Coast Mountain range here, you can really get a sense for the feeling of helplessness that Captain George Vancouver - while attempting to find a passage through them in 1792 - must have felt each and every time he was repelled by their enormous size.