Wednesday, December 24, 2008

Head Up the Winter Trail

In Coastal BC we are currently experiencing some unusually long, cold, snowy winter weather.

Powell River is a wonderful place to be in the winter. It is easy to get to the snow in the back country for a variety of sports and activities. Of course, right now you only have to go out your front door to experience fun things like boot skating and butt sledding (just kidding).

Winter hiking is possible on many of our local trails. Wayne's book Up the Winter Trail includes many of our favourite winter hikes. The Sunshine Coast Trail Guidebook and Along the Edge of the Salish Sea by Eagle Walz are excellent trail guides. They are available at Coles, Breakwater Books, the Powell River Visitor Centre.

One of our favorite winter activities in Powell River is quading to the snow in the backcountry. Quads can handle quite a bit of snow, but if you have a snowmobile there are even more logging and forest roads open for you to explore.

Other activities include snowshoeing and cross country skiing. Up in the Knuckleheads winter recreation area there are even two wilderness cabins. These cabins are free for public use through the dedicated support of many volunteers.

And then, what would winter be without hockey? The Powell River Kings give us plenty of action at home games. Include Powell River in your winter vacation plans so that you too can enjoy our beautiful land. Coming for the 2010 Winter Olympics? Powell River is just up the coast, but it's worlds away from the crowds and hectic pace.

You can read more about winter activities in the Powell River area in Up the Winter Trail by Wayne J. Lutz available at -- Margy


  1. Hi Margy! I think the snow has finally eased off now, but I'm snowed in again! Thank goodness for friends and family with 4-wheel drive and snow tires! Have a great white Christmas!

  2. I am certainly in the snow season here in is the snowiest and coldest December in....well....lots of years...(I forget what they said on the is in the Rolodex of my mind!)
    Merry Christmas, Margy!

  3. Merry Christmas
    It looks like it may warm up in a few days, will winter be over then?

  4. Thanks to everyone for visiting my ABC Wednesday winter post. Hope you all have some fun activities this winter season. - Margy

  5. I loved the "W"inter pictures and text. The 1st photo with the leaves & snow together is just exquisite. & I wanna go snowshoeing with that kind of view. Did the pup have booties too?
    We were in Palm Dessert for a few days before Christmas, visited with my 90-year old father-in-law, went to Air Museaum and heard some good war stories, and saw a few splendid animals at the Dessert Museaum.