The Westview area of Powell River stretches north-west from Grief Point to Willingdon Beach along the coast and east to Powell River’s airport. It includes the main shopping and services district, five elementary schools, beaches, parks, recreation centre, hospital and ferry terminal. Many homes feature ocean views and there are some waterfront properties. Westview has a variety of housing types to choose from – condos, patio homes, duplexes, ranchers and multi-storey dwellings. There are a number of new subdivisions along with older, established neighbourhoods.
Cranberry is an older area of Powell River with quiet neighbourhoods and typically larger property sizes. Centered round tranquil Cranberry Lake, this area radiates outwards to wonderful recreation points including popular campgrounds Haywire Bay and Inland Lake; and many trails for hiking, biking and quadding. The small neighbourhood of Mowat Bay on Powell Lake becomes very popular in summer with its sandy beach, playground and boat launch. Cranberry is also home to Mitchell Brothers, a family-owned, full service grocery store in business since 1946, as well as a busy senior’s centre, curling club and the popular Magpie’s Diner.
The Historic Townsite is where the city of Powell River all began over 100 years ago, sprouting up around the paper mill which is still in operation today. In 1995, the community was designated a National Historic District of Canada. Many homes have retained their character while being modernized for today’s lifestyle and a number of them have been carefully restored to reflect their original craftsman heritage. From ‘luxury upper management’ homes with beautiful ocean views to smaller, one-storey company homes on small, tidy lots, as well as modern era condos and the new Timberlane Estates, Townsite offers a variety of accommodation. This is a vibrant community that includes Powell River’s outstanding Brooks Secondary School with its Max Cameron Theatre and Future Chef’s Café, as well as the Patricia Theatre and elegant Dwight Hall; tennis courts and lawn bowling club; and is home to the award winning Townsite Brewery.
Wildwood is the gardener’s paradise! While there are many typical family homes in this community, there are also a lot of larger properties with successful market gardens, hobby and larger scale farms providing an abundance of fresh products from meats to produce and nursery goods. This important aspect of Wildwood is reflected in the neighbourhood’s elementary school that includes the nature-based French Éco-Immersion and Farm to School programs. Aptly named, Wildwood is bordered by Powell Lake, Scout Mountain and undeveloped district lots, providing an abundance of outdoor recreation opportunities. Warren grew up in Wildwood and has many fond memories of hours of play outside, and although the area has seen some changes, this is still a family-oriented, get-outside-and-play community!
Sliammon First Nation (Tla’amin)
Sliammon First Nation (Tla’amin) resides just north of Wildwood with the main settlement area on the coast directly across from Harwood Island. They graciously share their rich culture and beautiful stretches of shoreline and wilderness areas with the residents and visitors of Powell River. A popular residential area known as Klahanie includes waterfront and ocean view homes and lots. Another area just north of Scuttle Bay known as Southview, features larger, rural waterfront properties with lovely walk-on beachfront. These are made available through pre-paid 99 year leases with Sliammon, providing lifetime enjoyment of these wonderful lands.
Beyond the City boundary heading north to Lund are various outposts both oceanside and inland on Malaspina Peninsula to explore. These areas offer quiet woodlands, arbutus studded bluffs and miles of shoreline. Mariners of all sorts are drawn to live here for easy access to some of the most beautiful places to paddle, sail, or cruise. Properties range from cabins and homesteads to luxury waterfront estates and gated communities.
The Village of Lund is a special little spot. It’s often named as the beginning or end of Highway 101 or the launching point for great seafaring adventures, but Lund is also a thriving community of hearty souls centered round the harbour. While summer brings many visitors, pop-up artisan stands and delicious home-made ice cream, fall and winter months sees residents cosy in their Pollen sweaters enjoying Nancy’s cinnamon buns and spring is busy with prawn fishermen readying their boats. There are a number of cul-de-sacs and no-through roads winding around this picturesque village to explore.
‘South of Town’ is an expansive area that includes Paradise Valley, Black Point, Kelly Creek, Stillwater, Saltery Bay and all points in between! A number of communities are built around beautiful bays along the coastline with waterfront and view homes, while others are inland, typically offering acreage, farmland and quiet wooded properties. Outdoor enthusiasts can find a wide range of activities at their doorstep: trails for hiking, cycling, horse riding, and quads; mountains to scale; ocean, lakes and rivers to paddle, fish and swim; camping; diving; rock climbing and more!
Texada Island offers a quiet, relaxed lifestyle with most residents living in the villages of Van Anda or Gillies Bay and some on rural homesteads scattered about other areas of the island. Limestone quarries remain in operation and are the main employer. The west shore of the island has some great fishing spots and some beautiful sandy beaches. Inland can be explored by numerous logging roads and hiking trails. Gardening is a popular hobby due to the mild microclimate but can be challenging with the abundant deer population. Ferry service to Texada Island is out of the Westview Terminal and is approximately 35 minutes each way.
Savary Island is just a 15 minute ride by water taxi from Lund but it feels like another world – step onto the sandy shore and you’ll understand! There are some lucky folks that live here year round but the majority of properties are summer homes that range from no-expenses-spared living to rustic cabins, as well as undeveloped lots for future consideration. Savary is off the grid so alternate power sources are the norm. Bikes are a popular mode of transport, although there are few vehicles for getting supplies around. The influx of summer visitors brings a warm, happy vibe to this otherwise quiet, pretty island.
‘Up the Lake’ is a popular Powell River saying and pastime that refers to spending time at float cabins that dot the shorelines of Powell Lake. There are a handful of land-based cabins as well, but even those are typically boat access only. The lake is easily accessible from the Shinglemill Marina between Townsite and Wildwood as well as the boat launch at Mowat Bay in Cranberry. Summertime brings a steady flow of boat traffic up and down the lake but a fair-weather weekend any time of year will see people head up the lake to check their floats and enjoy some tranquil down-time. As part of the Powell Forest Canoe Route, paddlers can be seen hugging the south-east shoreline coming out of Goat Lake and travelling to Mowat Bay. Fishing for trout is great if you can find the right spot – the lake is large and deep!