Westview, Powell River

25th March 2024

Westview is one of four communities that make up the town of Powell River. It’s located on the mainland side of the Strait of Georgia, midway between Pender Harbour and Lund. For boaters headed to or from Desolation Sound, it’s a good place to hide out should the waters of Malaspina Strait kick-up.

Powell River built the first pulp and paper mill in western Canada and once home to the largest pulp and paper mill operation in the world. Following the boom days of pulp and paper, this community of approximately 14,000 is enjoying a quiet resurgence as an attraction for history buffs, foodies, and outdoor enthusiasts. Today Powell River is a mix of artisans, mill workers, ex-hippies, avid gardeners, water sports enthusiasts, young families, and retirees.

Prior to entering the south basin, south of the ferry terminal, hail the wharf manager on the VHF Channel 66A for a slip assignment. Moorage is on a first-come, first-served basis, and its suggested boaters call ahead for availability. The north section of the marina is reserved for permanent moorage. Once in the south basin, leave the day marker to port to avoid the rocks.

If you haven’t visited Westview Harbours, you’re in for a treat. The first pleasant surprise is the reasonable moorage rate, with full amenities including 30 & 50-amp power, water, excellent washrooms, showers and laundry, garbage drop, recycling station, waste oil disposal and Wi-Fi. The marina is open year round. Rafting may be required or stern-tie to the main dock.

Visiting boaters enjoy a well-protected basin and stable docks, which can handle vessels up to 150-feet – 20-draft at datum. Westview Fuels is in the south basin offering gas, diesel, lubricants, and snacks.

To stretch your sea legs, the Seawalk is a beautiful 2.5 mile round trip walk from the wharf south along the waterfront. The view includes Vancouver Island across Malaspina Strait and breath taking sunsets.

Another short walk is along Marine Avenue where the sides of buildings are covered with murals depicting Powell River’s history.

A leisurely stroll along Marine Avenue will discover a variety of bookstores, gift shops, galleries, bakery, and bowling alley. You can spend more than an hour roaming the isles of the Marine Traders, a well-stocked chandlery which has been in business for more than 60 years. For fishing and outdoor supplies visit Powell River Outdoors. Down the street an old-fashioned butcher shop, the Chopping Block, has a fine selection of meats, seafood, smoked sausage, and cheeses.

There is no shortage of excellent eateries in Westview. Just a couple blocks from the marina are the Thaidal Zone restaurant for those who like Thai food. For pizza or bakery goods Rocky Mountain Pizza & Bakery Co. is the place. Just up the road is the Coastal Cookery with its west coast dining menu. For Latin cuisine visit Costa Del Sol.

Time your visit with one of many arts, music, or food festivals that take place each year such as the Powell River Prawn Festival held in June. In August during the weeklong Blackberry Festival, Marine Avenue comes alive in a celebration the whole family can enjoy with entertainment, music, dancing in the street, sampling food and enjoying the arts and crafts. Also in August is Beer on the Pier, a two day event of live music, food, and beer.

If you’re in need of a round of golf, the 18-hole Myrtle Point Golf Club is a short drive south of Westview, and transportation is provided by calling the club.

Make Westview a part of your future float plan when travelling north.