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Powell River Historic Townsite

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Designated as a National Historic District in 1995, Powell River Historic Townsite is one of only a few professionally planned, single-industry towns dating from the early modern period in Canadian town planning. Townsite is remarkably intact, with over 400 original buildings contained within the original borders of the 1910 town plan. Townsite was once home to the largest paper and pulp mill in the world, which operates today as an arm of Catalyst Paper. The funky collection of logging equipment and Tla'amin First Nations art at the nearby Powell River Historical Museum is a highlight. 

Powell River's mill town roots are on display in the historic Townsite, which celebrated its 100th anniversary in 2010. Join a walking tour or pick up your own self-guided map at the Visitor Centre.

The Patricia Theatre serves as the cultural hub of Townsite, with a restoration that maintains the original experience of movie-goers paired with a state-of-the-art digital and sound system.  Spectacular live events can still be attended here, too!

Also a newer yet key component of Historic Townsite, Townsite Brewing Inc. set the stage for when they opened their doors back in 2010. Ranked as #1 out of 18 attractions in Powell River on Trip Advisor, Townsite Brewing’s beer mug runneth over with scrumptious beer and good karma. Belgian Brewing Engineer, Cedric Dauchot adds an extra bit of flavour to the whole operation, literally and figuratively. Cedric graduated L’institut Meurice in Brussels in 2004 with an Engineering degree in the science of Brewing. There are over 800 kinds of beer made in Belgium, so Townsite definitely has a leg up in the business of beer making and it is the #1 stop in Powell River to whet your whistle. They offer tours and tastings with nine beers on tap, bottled beer and some groovy souvies.

For more information visit Historic Townsite online 


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