Situated on the Upper Sunshine Coast, the City of Powell River is located directly on the foreshore of the Salish Sea and boasts many ocean beach access points that the public can enjoy year-round. The City is also fortunate to have direct access to Powell Lake, one of the largest bodies of fresh water in the area. Here the outdoor recreational opportunities are endless!
Many people call Willingdon Beach the hub of summer activity in Powell River. The beach itself is popular with families due to its protection from northerly winds and the expansive grassed area behind it that is perfect for picnics and extended afternoons, while the Willingdon Beach Trail follows the coast to the north along an old 1910 rail bed once used to carry logs to the wharf at the Powell River Company Mill. Many summer festivals take place at Willingdon Beach including the Pacific Region International Summer Music Academy (PRISMA), the International Choral Kathaumixw, Powell River Blackberry Festival, and Powell River Logger Sports.
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Located on the northern border of the City near Wildwood, Gibson’s Beach is a favorite among locals who want to escape some of the busier crowds in the City. Interspersed by sand and rocky sections, Gibsons Beach is perfect for enjoying family picnics, beach-combing, and exploring. It also has a small boat launch for the times when you want to get out there quickly to hopefully catch the big one!
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Also known as Hulks Beach, Second Beach is a local favorite when it is time to beat the heat. Located south of the mill breakwater, right below Larch Ave, the beach is accessible by a small hike from Willingdon Beach Trail. A great place to take in some spectacular sunsets! – map
Mowat Bay Beach
This sunny family-friendly beach is located on south shore of Powell Lake, and has a picnic area, new playground, improved boat launch and washroom facilities. The waters here are often clear, making this beach an ideal spot for swimming or sunbathing. – map