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The Unknown Seldom Busy Remote Beaches of Powell River BC

Updated on October 8, 2013

Beautiful Beaches, Unknown and Unused in Powell River BC

Miles of beautiful sandy beaches - and barely a person in sight. We moved to BC, and Powell River only two years ago. After a long month-long adventure from our old home north of Ottawa in Quebec, we arrived at the beautiful, unknown oasis that is Powell River BC.

Powell River is a 22,000-person community on the Sunshine Coast - north of Vancouver. You take two ferries to get here, although we are on the mainland. Our new home is a 5 minute walk from the ocean and miles of beaches. Much to our surprise, the beaches are usually empty. Miles of sand and water that anywhere else would be packed with sunbathers, swimmers and boaters.

The beaches range from rocky and wild to smooth sand, perfect for lazing on a sunny day, of which we get many in the summer months. The picture is one we took on one of our many beach walks in the area.

Note that the pictures show very few people on the beaches. Even though many were taken mid-summer.

Beaches for Miles

The beaches of the area go from when you embark from the ferry in the south, up to the town of Powell River and on to the end of the 101 Highway in Lund. Miles o funspoiled beaches to enjoy.

Powell River BC

Powell River is a very busy community, located right on teh ociean in the Malaspina straight.

Find out more at Discover Powell RIver web site.


Powell River has the distinction of being the first community in Canada to declare itself a Genetically Engineered free zone. Find out more at the Canadian Biotechnology Network web site.


Willingdon Beach

A Gem Within Powell RIver

Powell River is spread along the coast and includes many beach front properties. Public access is through a few smaller unimproved beaches and a lovely park-like beach, Willingdon Beach. It includes beach front, a museum, bandstand, a RV/camping park, and the popular Beach Hut concession stand.

There is a hiking trail through the woods across from the beach with interpretive signs. Camping however, is right next to the water and spots can be had at under $30 a day. You can visit their website here


I always enjoy the festivals that are held here - its a great spot for the Prawn festival, Canada Day, our new Pride Parade, various musical festivals and Seafare. All are a great time and I am sure I don't even know about all of the events.

The picture is one my husband took of the fireworks at Seafare - an annual event that includes rides, music and, obviously, fireworks. Its so great that I put it on a bag on the Zazzle site - one of the few things I have tried there. Its a fun site.

My Favorite Camera for Beach Shots

I have used Canon products all my life and have always found them to take great pictures and be very realiable. The Rebel is a wonderful easy to use camera.

A Willingdon Beach Sunset

A Willingdon Beach Sunset
A Willingdon Beach Sunset

Wild Weather

During the winter and early spring months, the 'Sunshine Coast' is not sunny, but it can be wonderfully beautiful during our storms, sometimes with 100 km winds. A bit scary at times, but then we don't have to shovel any snow!!. When we get these storms, the ferris may not run and then the remoteness of the area really is emphasized.

We made one trip to Vancouver through a wild storm that closed the ferries behind us and bent trees from their roots to lean on electrical poles. The image is one from that trip.

Great Ocean Views

Great Ocean Views
Great Ocean Views

My Husband's Favorite

My husband prefers his Fujifilm camera - the grip is more to his liking.

Beaches We Have Enjoyed Around Powll River

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Our favorite beach - at the cove down from our house.A sunny day in Lund - a small town north of Powell RIver at the end of the Highway that runs from South America up the coast to end in Lund.Tide is out at a beach south of the town of Powell RIver
Our favorite beach - at the cove down from our house.
Our favorite beach - at the cove down from our house.
A sunny day in Lund - a small town north of Powell RIver at the end of the Highway that runs from South America up the coast to end in Lund.
A sunny day in Lund - a small town north of Powell RIver at the end of the Highway that runs from South America up the coast to end in Lund.
Tide is out at a beach south of the town of Powell RIver
Tide is out at a beach south of the town of Powell RIver

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