Sunshine Coast lives up to its name,
with bright days outnumbering gloomy ones by a wide margin. One of the prime attractions
of these waters is their warmth in summer months, which makes them ideal for swimming.
If you like to take an early-morning plunge after a night spent sleeping under
the stars, this is the place to do it!
Powell Lake, Powell
River, Sunshine Coast
The Sunshine Coast is located northwest of Vancouver, and is split into two portions,
on either side of Jervis Inlet.
Powell Lake is located in the upper region,
north of the town of Powell River, the
largest settlement along the Sunshine Coast. Here you can cruise one of Canada's
most pristine lakes aboard a private floating resort.
The Powell River and Powell Lake area is the jewel of the Sunshine Coast. Powell
Lake has over 300 kilometres of scenic shoreline stretching deep into mountain
valleys, and is surrounded by snowcapped mountains, waterfalls and streams. There
are two large rivers flowing into the lake, with one connecting to pristine Goat
lake, and over 250 float homes on the lake that are very unique, and accessible
by boat only. There are numerous hiking trails that lead to beautiful alpine meadows
- more information below - and the world famous Fiddlehead Farm is well
worth the visit.
a houseboat by day as a home base for exploring, for water sports, swimming or
fishing. By night, tie up in a secluded cove, and as evening wears on, watch the
moonlight reflecting on the water as dazzling stars appear. The possibilities
are endless, the choice is yours, and you are the Captain.
has many privately owned cabins along its shore and, except for emergencies, their
floats and facilities should not be used.
Sites on Powell Lake
halfway along the southern shore of Powell Lake, east of the small unnamed island,
is the Powell Lake Recreation Site. This small, rustic site has a sandy beach,
toilets, tables, and provides good refuge from the afternoon winds. There are
two other campsites on Powell Lake. One is situated on the Lower Powell at the
beginning of the Powell Lake/Inland Lake portage, offering toilets and tables,
and the other is the Regional District Campground located at the southeast end
of Haywire Bay.
Swimming in Powell
Lake, Powell River, BC
You'll find camping, picnicking and swimming at Haywire
Bay Regional Park. One of the treats of visiting this beach is swimming the
short distance to nearby Honeymoon Island.
There are more Forest Service
recreation sites concentrated around Powell River on the northern Sunshine Coast
than in almost any other similar-sized area in British Columbia - this is testament
to the dozens of lakes surrounding the town.
Hiking around Powell
The 2.5-km moderately difficult Lost Lake Trail connects the
Haywire Bay Regional Park with the west side of Inland Lake. Along the way, this
up-and-down, forested route passes diminutive Lost Lake, and connects with the
circular 13-km Inland Lake Trail - trailhead at the Inland Lake Recreation
Site. Short lakeside hiking trails also run along the shores of Powell Lake from
Mowat Bay Park and Haywire Bay Regional Park.
Kinsman Park near the Powell
Lake Marina is the trailhead for the Scout Mountain Trail, which leads
uphill to the summit of Scout Mountain. From here, hikers can look out over Powell
Lake and Wildwood.
On Goat Island, in the middle of Powell Lake, is the
5-km Frogpond Lake Trail, which leads from Powell Lake to Frogpond Lake.
The trailhead is located on the east side of the creek at Cassiar Falls. Halfway
along the trail is a bench with a good view of Powell Lake, Fiddlehead Farm and
Tin Hat Mountain.
The difficult and steep 8-km Beartooth Mountain
Trail runs from the north side of Beartooth Creek through old-growth forest
to the summit of Bear Tooth Mountain. The trailhead is on the eastern side of
the northern most arm of Powell Lake, above the Second Narrows.
on Powell Lake
Powell Lake near the town of Powell
River is one of 12 lakes that comprise the Powell
Forest Canoe Route, located within the southern portion of the Sunshine Coast
Forest District. When canoeing on Powell Lake. Paddlers should note that the lake
should only be paddled in the early morning or late afternoon, as local afternoon
winds are very strong. The winds usually pick up around noon and abate by 5 pm.
The lakes in the area are all worth paddling, and each has its own characteristics;
some are deep, others are exposed to strong winds. Kayaking and canoeing enthusiasts
can weave through well maintained portages, protected lake waterways and magnificent
Fishing on and around Powell Lake
River may be one of the world's shortest rivers but it connects with a string
of lakes - Powell, Goat, Windsor - that characterize much of the inland region.
Fishing for cutthroat, kokanee or rainbow trout is possible year-round, as waters
in the area rarely experience a freeze in any but the coldest winters.
Houseboating in other regions of British Columbia
on Cowichan Lake and Sproat Lake, Vancouver Island, BC
on Okanagan Lake, Sicamous and Shuswap Lake, BC