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Set amid some of the most beautiful scenery along the British Columbia Coast, Powell River has a wealth of natural resources. The pristine beauty of the ocean, lakes, rivers and forests make it a wonderful place to live or visit. Powell River supports some of the finest educational, recreational and cultural facilities in Canada. New residents and visitors alike comment on the warm and friendly atmosphere when they first arrive in the community. Many people passing through decide to stay because there's so much more here than they ever imagined.

Powell River Population: Municipal Area: 13,000 Regional Area: 22,000

Powell River is located on the Sunshine Coast of the British Columbia mainland 135 km (88 miles) Northwest of Vancouver. Jervis Inlet separates Powell River from the Lower Sunshine Coast. To the west lies the Strait of Georgia and Vancouver Island.

The Powell River regional Area has a total of 1,260,160 acres and the municipality covers a total of 10,212 acres which is made up of 7,143 acres of land and 3,069 acres of water.

The Powell River area is an excellent overnight getaway destination out of Vancouver, and Vancouver Island. Accommodations range from luxury bed and breakfasts and self-contained private rentals to family resorts, motor inns, and affordable cottage stays. Many offer packaged stays based on romance, adventure or cultural getaways.

Powell River is a year-round sea-to-mountain recreation area. The community boasts a first class recreation centre, an 18-hole championship golf course, a curling rink, tennis courts, a 400-metre track, as well as many baseball and soccer fields. Powell River offers world class salmon fishing, trout fishing, hiking, diving, canoeing, sailing, walking and kayaking. The community is a world-renowned 'hot spot' for scuba diving with 19 dive sites in the immediate vicinity. The world's finest underwater statue, a 3 metre bronze mermaid, is located in 30 metres of water at Saltery Bay Provincial Park.

The community of Powell River lays claim to one of the mildest climates in all of Canada. The area has a moderate average rainfall of between 101 and 135 centimetres (45-53 inches) with an average of 1,400 to 1,900 hours of sunshine. The year round temperature average is 10 degrees Celsius (50 Degrees Fahrenheit). In the summer the temperatures vary from 18- 30 Degrees Celsius (65-90 Degrees Fahrenheit). The safety and security of a small town with the infrastructure of a major city make it an ideal location to work and live or spend your well deserved vacation.

PORT MELLON TO EGMONT & ISLANDS

The Lower Coast is an excellent DAY TRIP destination out of Vancouver, but is also a wonderful GETAWAY destination for visitors from the Lower Mainland, southern British Columbia, and Washington State. Sunshine Coast and Powell River accommodations range from family resorts, hotels & motels, affordable B&B or cottage stays, or luxury bed and breakfasts and self-contained private rentals for families and groups. Many offer packaged stays based on romance, adventure or cultural getaways.

Of course, once visitors have seen the Sunshine Coast, it isn't long before they want to move here. We can help! Explore the relocation guide or check out the real estate pages for more information.

If you enjoy outdoor recreation, the Sunshine Coast has a lot to offer... visitors are always pleasantly surprised to find such a wide range of activities from sea kayaking, sailing, mountain biking, hiking, scuba diving, fresh and saltwater fishing, beachcombing, air tours, and boat tours to such glorious destinations as the Powell Forest Canoe Route, Sunshine Coast Trail, Skookumchuck Rapids or Princess Louisa Inlet - all without the crowds found on Vancouver Island or in popular Lower Mainland destinations and the Okanagan.

Lovers of the arts and all things cultural are regular visitors to the Lower Coast; events like the renowned Festival of the Written Arts, Fibre Arts Festival and Hackett Park Craft Fair attract thousands of visitors annually each year. The Coast Cultural Alliance, formed to encourage development of the arts as an economic participant in Sunshine Coast life has now expanded to include the Upper Sunshine Coast, and you can find out about hundreds of artists, events and gallery exhibits through the CCA.

You can also shop in one of our retail centres, or visit galleries, art studios, collectibles and antique stores, and all of the small retail businesses in the main areas of Gibsons, Roberts Creek, Sechelt and Pender Harbour. Dine in waterfront restaurants, bistro-style cafes or downtown locations for a variety of flavors and budgets.

The Lower Sunshine Coast is a 40 minute ferry ride out of Horseshoe Bay, Vancouver BC, and is approximately 4 hours from Seattle Washington. For more details about how to get to the Sunshine Coast, visit the maps section of Bigpacific.com.

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