Reached by ferry from the Lower Sunshine Coast or Vancouver Island, this is an even more remote and laidback part of the BC coast.
The area nestled between the ocean and forested mountains had been populated by up to 20,000 Coast Salish First Nations until the early 1900's when a Paper & Pulp Mill was built. When fully operational the mill was the largest of its kind in the world, although now only the Paper Mill is still running. When the mill was built a huge 'planned community' was built nearby to house the workers - kind of an early 1900's version of Milton Keynes ! Many of the original buildings are still intact and the townsite has been designated a National Historic District.
View of Powell River Marina with Powell Lake beyond.
Nowadays there is a large tourism industry with many people having holiday homes on the Upper Sunshine Coast. Often the properties are cabins or cottages located on lakes and rivers - frequently with no road access. On a Friday night the local marinas are busy with people pulling up in their 4x4's with their boat on the back, loading the boat with food & supplies for the weekend and then speeding off up the lake.
Coastline in the Saltery Bay Marine Park.
Views from Powell River. The green land in the foreground is Texada Island and the snow-capped mountains in the distance are on Vancouver Island.
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