Powell River (British Columbia)

Powell River is a small town located on the Sunshine Coast in British Columbia, Canada.

It is located on the coast of the Strait of Georgia. Apart from a few small villages, it is the only city in the Powell River Regional District. In the West, Powell River is bordered by the Strait of Georgia. To the east are the Coast Mountains to the north and the south limit fjords landscape. In the north of the city flows the river of the same, the nearby Fjordsee flows through Lake Powell, into the sea.

Through this unique geographical conditions, Powell River has earned a reputation as a secluded community, although it is in the vicinity of large cities on the coast of British Columbia such as Vancouver. The town lies on the route of Highway 101 Nevertheless, the city can only be reached by plane or by ferry ( Saltery Bay Ferry Terminal).

The census in 2011 showed a population of 13,165 inhabitants for the community. The population has thereby increased since the census of 2006 by 1.6 %, while the population in British Columbia grew by 7.0 % at the same time.

The place was named after Israel Wood Powell.

In 1912, the first paper production here in British Columbia. The associated historic industrial city, with around 400 buildings was obtained on 6 July 1995, declared under the name of Powell River Townsite Historic District, by the Canadian government to the National Historic Site of Canada.

Sons and daughters of the town

  • Don Thompson ( born 1940 ), jazz musician