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 pulp and paper 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!
Townsite Heritage Society also promotes heritage education, heritage conservation and economic revitalization of Powell River’s National Historic District and maintains Henderson House Living Museum, which is open to the public year round and offers walking tours of the Townsite during the summer season.
A newer yet key component of Historic Townsite, Townsite Brewing Inc. opened their doors back in 2012. They offer tours and tastings with fifteen beers on tap, including three rotating taps for BC craft ciders & breweries, plus Raincoast Kambucha for those looking for a non-alcoholic choice. And don’t miss your chance to pick up some cool brewery swag and souvenirs.
For more information on Historic Townsite visit Powell River Historical Museum online.