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Powell River is an exceptional example of a professionally planned, single-industry town dating from the early modern period in Canadian town planning. The oldest sector, begun 1910 to 1911, focuses on the mill, the first newsprint manufacturer in western Canada and, for an original residential core which marches up the hill in a compact gridiron pattern commonly used in early planned towns. Neighbourhoods, which placed workers in the same occupation together, consist of groups of houses having a small number of standardized designs. As the mill expanded, the original town plan was extended in the 1920s and additional housing of sympathetic design was constructed to the south along gentle crescents laid out on the heavily forested hillside.
Managers' Row. Dean Allchin photo.
Further residential development
took place in suburbs located beyond the original townplot. As a
result, Powell River's townsite largely retains its early 20th century
appearance. A pioneer in Canadian town planning, the community also
illustrates the emergence of an industry of international importance.
Historic Sites and Monuments Board of Canada
Created in 1919, the Historic Sites and Monuments board of Canada provides informed and impartial advice to the Minister of Canadian Heritage on an ever-growing variety of matters relating to the commemorations of Canada's history.
Board members of every province and territory are scholars and recognized experts in fields including archaeology, archives, architectural history, geography, heritage conservation and history. In 1995, following the Board's recommendations, Powell River's townsite was officially designated a National Historic District.
The Townsite Heritage Society offers Guided Walking Tours of Powell River's Historic Townsite in the months of July and August.
Pamphlets for self-guided tours are available year round at the Townsite Heritage Society, 5865 Ash Avenue and the
Powell River Visitor Centre
Crossroads Village Centre
111- 4871 Joyce Avenue
Powell River, BC, V8A 5P4
604.485.4000 or toll-free 1 877 817-8669
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