Surrounded by beautiful waters and a variety of magnificent islands, Powell River is located west of Sunshine Coast and is accessible by ferry from Earls Cove, located within Sunshine Coast and also from Victoria. So, I went to the small city of Powell River recently with my family and I had a great time. I can say that this was also a short and nice getaway like our Victoria trip, but it was also the only place we went to on a vacation in the summer. In this blog, I’m going to take you through my experience and thoughts on my trip to Powell River.
To get to Powell River from the mainland, you need to take two ferries at the least. The first one from West Vancouver to Langdale (Sunshine Coast) and then drive up to Earls Cove to take a ferry from there to Powell River. There is a second way to get there. You can take a ferry from Victoria which will take much longer than the ferry from Earls Cove to Powell River. We took the ferry from Sunshine Coast. Anyways, we took an early morning ferry from West Vancouver to get to Sunshine Coast and arrived there at about 10 am. This way we were able to spend some time on Sunshine Coast. We had breakfast at Gibsons Landing and roamed around the small waterfront and marina. We stopped at different places and parks on the way to Earls Cove. It takes about an hour and a half to get from one ferry terminal to the other. This is why it is best to take the morning ferry from Horseshoe Bay terminal (West Vancouver). Anyways, we reached Earls Cove where we took the 3:15 pm ferry to Saltery Bay terminal (Powell River) and went straight to our hotel, Garden Beach Resort and Marina, which is oceanfront and is actually the best hotel in Powell River since it is the only hotel in Powell River. We stayed at Powell River for two nights.
We saw many small places in Powell River such as the small waterfront of West View from where the ferry to Victoria docked and the long sea walk that was filled with a lot of locals and where everyone who walked by was saying ‘Hi!’ to us. We went to the Inland Lake Provincial park which also had a campsite. To get to this park it did take quite awhile since it was deep in the wooded area and also there was gravel roads the entire way that made the car go slower. The lake was really nice and peaceful. The water was clean and it is a nice place to go kayaking or canoeing. I would suggest going there if you are going camping and not if you are going for a day picnic because there isn’t any place to sit down and relax. One historic thing I saw were the Hulks. They are large heavy concrete ships that were used as war ships in World War II and now are the largest breakwater in the world. I found the 10 concrete ships very cool and also kind of creepy and haunted. I think Powell River has more small places that are right in the city and less big places that are a bit far away.
I would suggest keeping your trip to Powell River for two nights at least because more than that could be too long for such a small town. Also, my hotel recommendations for which hotel to stay in would be Garden Beach Resort and Marina since it has a great view from the room balconies and also it is a three to five minutes drive from the City Centre where you can do some shopping and also get some coffee and a snack from Tim Hortons.
Overall, I think my trip to Powell River was wonderful and I definitely would say that everyone should visit Powell River and see this spectacular small town that offers so much to see.