Tuesday, December 27, 2011

Seaside City

The Powell River region was first inhabited by members of the Sliammon First Nation. It had everything they needed for a good life: a freshwater lake and river, surrounding forest for food and building materials, the ocean for food and transportation, and warm summers and mild winters.

By the 1880's, loggers were drawn to the pristine forests to harvest the massive old growth trees. Word got out about the wonderful natural resources. In the early 1900's, the remote site was transformed almost overnight into a pulp mill with its own company town. In 1912, the first roll of paper came off the machines and mill workers were living in brand new homes in what is now called the Historic Townsite.

By the 1930's, it was the largest paper mill in the world. Homes for the large workforce and supporting businesses spread to the communities of Wildwood, Cranberry, and Westview.

Today, seen from Malaspina Strait, Powell River rises from the sea, surrounded by mountains and forests just begging to be explored. -- Margy


  1. I've alwys loved the view coming home from Island, with the steam rising from the Mill, and our town aqainst the backdrop of the mountains.

  2. I know many people might think the mill is a blight on the landscape, but I rather like to see the industry at work. I have the same respect for the steel mills in Hamilton.

  3. VioletSky - When we first stopped in Powell River on a flying camping trip, we got gas, some ice from the Airport Store and left. That was in the early 1980s. The mill turned us off until we returned in 2000 and learned all about the great things Powell River has to offer. Too bad we waited so long.

    Paul - I know what you mean. It is like a beacon drawing us home.


  4. How beautiful it all is. Cheers from Cottage Country!