Powell River ~ "The Pearl of the Sunshine Coast"
When the sun reclines on the horizon off the coastline of British
Columbia it floods the Sunshine Coast with a yellow luminosity that soon
gives way to moonlight, polishing the water of Georgia Straight in
silver reflection. On such a summer night Beethoven's "Moonlight Sonata"
might be heard through the streets of Powell River as the Symphony Orchestra Academy of the Pacific(SOAP)begins
its quiet commitment then reaches "unbridled" power. Two hundred years
ago Beethoven named this Sonata, "Quasi Una Fantasia", translated from
Italian to mean "Almost a Fantasy" - symbolic of the nature, community
and culture found in Powell River and on the Sunshine Coast.
Due to its secluded location or because of the city's namesake Dr.
Israel Powell (a free-education pioneer who made the initial motion for
BC to join Canada in 1867), the Powell River region has developed a rich
appreciation for education, music, and artistic performance. Arrive by
ferry from Comox on Vancouver Island, or by two ferries from Horseshoe
Bay at Vancouver; come for the fresh air, the protected location, or the
exceptionally warm climes, but come to the Sunshine Coast. For
retirement, recreation, or respite there is an array of exciting real
estate for those who value culture and nature in one convenient
location. The area offers 20,000 residents modern amenities, including
the Powell River General Hospital, the Recreation Complex with two ice
rinks and a swimming pool, marinas, tourist services, and a variety of
shopping (unique boutique to big box shop). Riverites faithfully cheer
on the green, white, and gold of their BCJHL Hockey Team champions, Powell River Kings. It is the perfect Canadian city, an ideal hometown.
Students are privileged to attend a progressive education system wherein academics are offered along with film, gourmet cooking, golf course management, and vocational training. Vancouver Island University's
satellite campus and the 400-seat Max Cameron Theatre have been
welcomed additions to an already creative town. In the 1930s the Powell
River Pipe Band began with a handful of Scottish mill-workers keeping
their culture alive; their tartan graced the continent as proud
ambassadors (and champions) of their small town. In 1970s the Powell
River Boys' Choir and the Powell River Girls Choir were formed. This
tradition of musical excellence has since exploded under the leadership
of the Powell River Academy of Music, which orchestrates the Annual Concert Series as well as the International Choral Kathaumixw,
"a gathering together of different peoples". For more than twenty years
Kathaumixw has attracted choirs from across the world every second
summer. Furthermore, SOAP attracts 600 musicians each July; spontaneous
concerts spring up on city streets, beaches, and parks.
Powell River has diversified its economic focus from natural
resources to include tourism, government agencies, education, and arts
and culture. It is full of hardworking families who have lived in town
for generations. The Patricia Theatre
has thrilled movie-goers for almost 100 years, the longest
continually-operating theatre in Canada and one of 430 heritage
buildings and homes recognized as a National Historic District (circa 1910-1930).
Texada Island is a stone's throw from the coastline and more than
1,000 residents enjoy creative commerce, carefree lifestyles, and
incredible real estate options. The natural beauty of the Sunshine Coast
is staggering; the area has 32 lakes, numerous trails, and marine
playgrounds. Riverites are at home paddling, scuba diving on relics,
mountain biking, or relaxing with a fishing rod in-hand.
The Powell Forest Canoe Route challenges paddlers to portage an 80km
matrix of streams and lakes. Equally appealing, the Sunshine Coast Trail
begins at the Saltery Bay ferry dock and runs the coast to Sarah Point
in Desolation Sound, the wilderness hiking trail covers 180 stunning
kilometers. The Willingdon Beach Trail, a reconstituted railway bed, is
now a network of hiking and biking trails. The challenging Bunster Hills
Loop is found on the road to Lund, a picturesque fishing village north
of Powell River and the "gateway to Desolation Sound". It is also the
beginning of Highway 101, the 15,202km Pacific Coastal Highway.
Beginning in Quellon, Chile it is one of world's longest highways. The
Marathon-Appleton Trail guides hikers to vistas at Gibraltar and Gentle
David Lookouts near Sliammon, home to the Tla'Amin First Nation for more
than two thousand years.
The Sunshine Coast also knows how to relax; houseboats putter Powell
Lake and the 18-hole Myrtle Beach Golf Course is balanced between long
fairways and marine seascapes. Sunny days are spent at the bowling
green, tennis courts or sports fields. And an important Canadian
tradition lives-on at the curling rink. Because of its secluded location
Powell River has developed into an incredibly safe community with an
independent spirit - once you arrive, you'll never look back.
Just ask representatives from Coast Realty Group (Powell River),
leaders in real estate who, like all Powell Riverites, put People. Above
Coast Realty Group Powell River|
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Powell River, BC V8A 3B6
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4181 Highway 101, Powell River
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