One of the many attractions of Powell River is the number and variety of parks and beaches. Here are just a few that are marked on Sports & Recreation Map.
For visual fun browse the photo album on the left.
Brew Bay • Gibsons Beach • Mowat Bay • Powell Lake
Myrtle Point • Palm Beach • Willingdon Park
This large protected area is home to thousands of native bird species. The 9km of excellent hiking trails offer numerous opportunities to view wildlife.
4.5 miles (7 km) north of Powell River
Tucked into the shoreline of Powell Lake near Inland Lake, Haywire Bay Regional Park is a popular recreation playground on the upper Sunshine Coast.
You'll find picnicking, camping, canoeing and swimming at Haywire Bay Regional Park. One of the treats of visiting this beach is swimming the short distance to nearby Honeymoon Island.
Haywire Bay Regional Campground has 12 waterfront campsites accessed by water and
33 RV/tent campsites. There is no advanced registration other than for group camping
accommodations. Other facilities include a boat launch, playground, picnic/day-
Prior to 1997, this park was a Forest Service Recreation area. The area was established as a provincial park in 1997. Many years ago, the Model Community Society constructed a 13 km wheelchair accessible trail around Inland Lake.
There are drive-
A 13.5 kilometer, 2 meter wide limestone pathway circles Inland Lake. There are picnic sites, overnight camping sites and fishing wharfs. The trail is totally wheelchair accessible.
There are many viewing opportunities at Inland Lake. If you only have a short time walk the east side of the lake a short distance to the marsh boardwalk. Swallows, songbirds and some waterfowl may be observed. Woodpeckers are commonly seen in the forests.
This recreation site offers wilderness camping and fishing and is part of the Powell River Forest Canoe Route. For more information, and to check road access times contact the Ministry of Forests 604 485 0700; 7077 Duncan Street.
From the Sunshine Coast Highway (Highway 101) turn north onto Dixon Road. At the
main road division take Third Lake Road. Caution: access to this site is via an active
logging road that is usually closed to visitors during weekdays with evening and
weekend access only. This can be a very rough road at times and is not recommended
for some vehicles. A 4-
The rocky bluffs visible at Khartoum Lake and further north in the Lois River
Valley are good places to look for mountain goats. The best viewing times occur in April, May, October and November.
The estuary area where the fresh water of Lang Creek enters the salt water of Malaspina Strait is a very productive area for both fish and wildlife.
This area is located directly across the street from the Lang Creek hatchery site. Walk to the estuary or from the Sunshine Coast Highway
(Highway 101) turn south onto Brew Bay Road and continue straight to the end of the road.
Throughout the year, many different waterfowl and shorebird species use. the
estuary. The fall salmon migration into the creek brings many Bald Eagles that feed on the dead and dying fish carcasses. The November to January period is best to see the eagles.
Lang Creek provides important habitat for spawning salmon as well as year-
For more information contact the
Powell River Enhancement Society
604 485 7612
7050 Alberni Street
From the Sunshine Coast Highway (Highway 101) you can turn directly into the hatchery parking area. There are blue and white hatchery directional signs on the highway.
Four species of salmon spawn in Lang Creek between mid August and late November. The most visible species are chum and coho, and they are easily visible in the spawning channel from about mid September to mid November.
This small site is located at Lang Creek Falls. For more information contact the Ministry of Forests 604 485 0700; 7077 Duncan Street.
Access to this site is by trail. The trail head is located on Duck Lake Road 6.7 km from the Sunshine Coast Highway (Highway 101).
Salmon migrating upstream can be viewed. attempting to jump the series of waterfalls. The falls are unpassable for fish. The best viewing time is during September and October. Also chickadees and woodpeckers are common along the trail.
One of the larger lakes in the backcountry of Powell River, Lois Lake is mostly known for being the starting point of the Canoe Route (see Boating & Fishing). Flooded to create the nearby dam (prior to 1950), the floor of the lake is a forest of trees (ee the photo album on the right).
The recreation site on the South side has two unofficial forestry campsites and a few picnic tables.
Getting there (text from Vancouver Island.com):
Follow Highway 101 to the Canoe Main logging road (a rough, steep incline from the highway) just east of the Lois River near Lang Bay (21 km east of Powell River). Follow the signs and Branch 41 to the Lois Lake Recreational site, approximately 7km from the highway. Access to Canoe Main and Lois Lake is not restricted. However, caution should be exercised as there are active logging roads crossing the Canoe Main.
This recreation site offers wilderness camping and fishing, and is part of the Powell River Forest Canoe Route. For more information, and to check road
access times, contact the Ministry of Forests 604 4850700; 7077 Duncan Street.
From the Sunshine Coast Highway
(Highway 101) turn north onto Dixon Road. At the main road division take Weldwood Main Road. Caution: Access to this site is via an active logging
road that is usually closed to visitors during weekdays, with evening and weekend
access only. This is a very rough road at times and is not recommended for some vehicles.
A small herd of Roosevelt elk has been transplanted to this general area. By all accounts they are doing well. As you travel in the Nanton Lake area, keep a watch for these animals. They can be observed year*round. The best viewing times are in the early morning and before dusk periods. Look along the forest edges.
Established in 1962 to provide ocean access on the Sunshine Coast of Georgia Strait,
the park is divided into two separate sites: the campground and the day-
Scuba divers will find a 3 metre (9 ft.) bronze mermaid at 10 fathoms in front of Mermaid Cove. There is also a change room and shower facilities. A disabled access ramp for scuba divers is best used during high tide. There is also a disabled change room, shower and toilet. (excerpt from Provincial Park website)
This hatchery is located along Sliammon Creek. For more information contact the Sliammon First Nations at the hatchery office 604 483 4111
The hatchery is located a short drive from Powell River along Sunshine Coast Highway (Highway 101). There is limited parking room on site.
Chum salmon spawn in Sliammon Creek. The best viewing time is during October and November. The actual timing of migration varies slightly depending on the creek’s water level. The small spawning channel provides enhanced opportunities to see the fish. A few Bald Eagles visit this area throughout the year. Also look for pink salmon from mid to late August.
Dubbed by locals as Powell River's best -