It is a sincere pleasure to welcome you to the City of Powell River. We have a wonderful mix of urban and rural amenities, affordable cost of living in a safe environment, excellent education services, vibrant arts and culture community, stunning sea to mountain recreation area, passionate spirit of community and active volunteerism. For the most part, everything you need can be found right here at your doorstep. Following are a few things you may not know about Powell River.
We live in and respect the traditional territory of our friends and partners, the T'liammon Nation.
The Powell River Townsite was designated a National Historic District of Canada in 1995, one of only seven in Canada and the only one in western Canada. A very prestigious designation, it recognizes the Historic Townsite, remarkably intact with over 400 original buildings contained within a 1910 town plan designed after the Arts and Craft architecture style, as an outstanding historical asset for the entire country.
For the outdoor enthusiasts, we offer the Sunshine Coast Trail, a 180-kilometre trail that stretches from Sarah Point in Desolation Sound to Saltery Bay and traverses a wide variety of landscapes, from coastal shorelines, along creeks and lakes, through old growth forests to panoramic mountaintops. It is the only free hut-to-hut hiking experience in Canada As we boast a vast network of multi-use trails on the Upper Sunshine Coast, we have hosted the BC Bike Race, earning us a reputation as a world-class “biking” destination. The event seems to be a perfect fit for us and remains consistent with our community values, lifestyles and our shared vision for a healthy future. Our numerous beaches, pristine lakes and mountains are also the envy of many communities.
We are rich in Arts and Culture. The Academy of Music organizes and hosts the international choral festival, Kathaumixw (Coast Salish First Nations word meaning ‘a gathering together of different peoples’) every two years since its inception in 1984. More than 30 choirs from all over the world participate. Events like this have attracted widespread recognition and, in 2004, helped earn Powell River the title Cultural Capital of Canada. Powell River is also extremely proud to host the Pacific Region International Summer Music Academy (PRISMA) which provides in-depth orchestral training for music students and aspiring professionals. Working alongside internationally established artists from the world’s finest symphony orchestras, this initiative is designed to place each participant in a good position for a thriving career in a professional orchestra.
City Council is committed to enhancing the sustainability of our community, which includes making our structural and social environments accessible and inclusive to everyone. Our community has been showcased across BC and Canada as a model of best practice in making structures accessible to people with disabilities. We continue to pave the way on this initiative.
Our doors are always open for investors and entrepreneurs. If you have a business idea you wish to pursue, or are considering extending an existing business in our community, please let us know how we can be of assistance. Council recognizes the importance of fostering economic viability while preserving a vibrant, safe and healthy community.
As this website plays an important role in offering access to City services and opportunities for citizen interaction, information and involvement, please explore it further to learn more about us. Please take time to check out our “Community Links.” Any comments you may have to further improve this website would be appreciated.
Our Council and residents are proud to call Powell River our home and we invite you to discover for yourself the truth of why we have earned the title The Pearl on the Sunshine Coast.
Mayor David J. Formosa
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