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Your guide to

Powell River

Logger Sports July 15 to 17 Willingdon Beach

Thanks to these Platinum-level sponsors who have made Powell River Logger Sports possible:



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Thanks also to these Gold-level sponsors:

Every bit helps. Thanks also to these Silver-level sponsors: Ritchie Bros. Auctioneers PR Building Supply - RONA Skeeter Jacks NAPA Auto Parts Vanderkemp Sales & Service Dox Auto Tech Northwest Hardwoods West Wind Group

JMG Logging Boileau Electric Pagani & Sons Shoe Repair Villani & Co. Probyn Group Olympic Forest Products Aero Auto Sense - Kal Tire Catherwood Towing Ltd Sywash Logging Ltd

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These were sponsors at press time. But it’s not too late. Go to to find out how you can donate.

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Welcome to logger sports


t is our pleasure to extend a warm welcome to both visitors and competitors. We hope you will enjoy our community and the special events we have planned for you over the next three days, that make up our 17th Powell River Logger Sports. It’s been 11 years with no show. This year’s show represents the beginning of a renewed event; we plan to host logger sports annually from 2016 on. Powell River Logger Sports is the result of hours of hard work and preparation by more than 200 volunteers, and the generous donations by sponsors. We would like to thank all those involved. Powell River is a warm and vibrant community and we take pride in our festival and the local involvement that makes it happen. We are confident that your visit to Powell River will be an enjoyable one and that you will take home many fine memories.

Powell River Logger Sports executive

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Southcott Communications 7053E Glacier St, Powell River BC V8A 5J7 • tel 604 485 0003 No part of this publication may be reproduced without prior written consent of the publisher. While every effort has been made to ensure accuracy, the publisher cannot be held responsible for any errors or omissions that may occur. © 2016 Southcott Communications. We reserve the right to refuse any submission or advertisement.

Remembering what Powell River is about


his all started w ith a simple phone call. Last year, near the deadline for the Ferns & Fallers magazine we publish, staffer Pieta Woolley called Bob Marquis to ask about Logger Sports. The event used to happen here, she’d heard. What was it? The article was supposed to be just a little historical piece. Instead, Bob threw out a challenge. If 5,000 people say they want Logger Sports back again, he would help revive it. The magazine went out. Associate publisher Sean Percy created a Facebook page, “Bring Back Powell River Logger Sports,” and thousands of people joined. The comments were so encouraging. Bob, who isn’t on social media, would drop by our office to see who was posting what. Last fall, he went to the Canadian Logger Sports Association meeting and lobbied for championship events to happen in Powell River. It worked! Since then, hundreds of people have given their time, skills and money to revitalize this once-world class Powell River event. Laura Passek, especially, has extended her

amazing administrative skills to get the ball rolling on the new international competition. As your community magazine, we are so thrilled to be the media sponsor. As a staff team, we’re very excited to see this event happen in our community once again. Logger Sports, like Ferns & Fallers, is a unique opportunity for those who work in the woods to share what they do with those of us who don’t. For Powell River, a town in transition, it’s important to be reminded that the forestry industry is a vital part of Powell River – not just our history – but present and future as well. Logger Sports is tons of fun, too. Muscular men and women, roaring machines, sawdust and action galore. Plus, food to eat, a trade-show to visit, the new amphitheatre to sit in, and a Logger’s Dinner to dance at. If you’ve never been before, come on down to Willingdon July 15 to 17 and enjoy everything this classic Canadian festival has to offer. And if you remember the past shows, we know you’ll be there!

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During Logger Sports weekend only July 15-17


Don’t miss these five things at Logger Sports 1. For fans World Championships

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Here? In little Powell River? Absolutely. We’re hosting international titles for relay and chair carving - both Friday - and the two-man springboard on Saturday. Plus, the loudest event of the show, hot hot saw, is the North American championship on Sunday.

2. For kids High tree act

Here’s what we know. It happens at 2 pm both Saturday and Sunday. Here’s what we don’t know: anything else. Does it happen high in a tree? Has the tree been vaping Texada Timewarp? The organizers are not saying. You’ll have to come to Logger Sports to find out.

3. For partiers Dinner & Dance

Providing just-in-time inventory supports local businesses in our water-locked community.

What do you get when you put 500 loggers and their fans in the arena with a bunch of food, two bands, and booze? We don’t know, but we’re paying $50 to find out on Saturday night, July 16 (or $30, for just the dance). Paradise opens for Femme Fatales. Want to come along for the ride? Contact Laura Passek for tickets: 604-483-1089.

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Starting Thursday in the gravel parking lot, 10 carvers from around North America compete to make the best statue from a single log. Judging is at 1pm Sunday. All 10 pieces will be donated to the city, as a legacy gift from Logger Sports and Western Forest Products (see Page 27 for more.)

5. For hecklers Celebrity Axe Throw

It’s one thing to watch people who know what they’re doing toss an axe. It’s quite another when the region’s creme de la creme try it. Is there a doctor in the house? See Page 16.

LAUNDRY, LOGGER-STYLE: In the 1920s and 30s, logger Len Whalen worked in camps around the West Coast. After he retired, he recorded camp life in a series of 27 extraordinary paintings. Some ran in magazines, including Maclean’s and Saturday night. His son Mike Whalen has compiled them into a Web site,, and a book, The Cartoons of Len Whalen 1930-1989, to be published in August.

Why we throw axes for money: a little history


ogger sports began simply as a way to relieve the tedium of 19th century logging camps. Men, lodging together in isolation – usually without alcohol – would work all day and look for a little entertainment in the evenings. They’d bet each other: who was the best handling an axe or a saw, or climbing or birling a log. Who could cut through a trunk the quickest? Who could shimmy to the top of a tree the fastest? Like rodeos, it turned out the general public had a strong appetite to see frontier skills in action. By the 1950s, towns across North America hosted regular shows, and the best lumberjack-showmen took their forest skills on the road. By the 1960s, the Canadian Logger Sports Association was born. It set rules and regulations, and created the championship system in use today. Here in Powell River, the first logger sports show was

held in 1976 at Palm Beach. Local logger Bill Marquis won Novice All Around Logger in the 1983 show, and was killed in a falling accident 1984. His younger brother Bob Marquis started the memorial show in 1985 at Willingdon Beach. It was the same year the forestry museum opened there. The event eventually became huge, attracting competitors from North America, Europe, and Australia – and broadcast on TSN. The show ran nearly every year until 2005. Now, after an 11-year hiatus, it’s back. Logger sports continues to offer a chance for real loggers to show off their skills – and, for those of us not involved in the forestry industry, to see those skills in action, and glean a little insight into the strength, pride, humour and smarts among those working in the woods today.

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Sched  Powell River Logger Sports July 15 to 17, 2016


Chainsaw art carvers from around North America begin work on their logs in the upper gravel parking lot. See Page 27.

Friday 2pm • Gates open

Trade show, food booths, exhibitors, and Lucky Program sales! 3pm • Events begin Peter Couliver Memorial Chop Chair Carve (World Championship) Relay Event (World Championship) Kids’ axe throw Kids’ chokerman’s race Approx 7pm • Awards ceremony

Gate Admission


Gates open 10am Trade show, food booths, exhibitors, and Lucky Program sales! Noon - Opening Ceremonies O Canada, speeches by dignitaries Novice Tree climb (Canadian Championship) Axe Throw (Canadian Championship) Obstacle Pole Underhand Chop Husky Stock Saw Challenge Intermediate Double Buck (Canadian Championship) Underhand chop Springboard chop (two boards) Chokerman’s race

$10 Family (two adults, two kids)


$5 Over 12

Axe Throw

$3 for 12 & under

Nail Drive

Get in on the action • Just $3 buys you a lucky program at the event. Draws for great prizes happen all day, every day. • Three logging truckloads of firewood will be auctioned off - one per day - to the highest bidder. • Saturday July 9, eat lunch at the hot dog fundraiser BBQ at Safeway in support of Logger Sports 11 til 3pm. Plus, a chainsaw carving demo!

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Saturday (cont.)

Open Two-man Springboard (World Champs) 2pm High Tree Act Approx 4pm Awards ceremony 7pm Loggers Dinner and Dance

Sunday Gates open 10am Trade show, food booths, exhibitors, and Lucky Program sales! Open Axe Throw Underhand Chop (Canadian Championship) Obstacle Pole (Canadian Championship) Springboard, four boards (Canadian Championship) Double Buck Single Buck Chokerman’s Race Jack & Jill 10cc PNE Cut (Canadian Championship) Unlimited Hot Saw (N. American Champs) Jill & Jill Underhand Chop 1pm Chainsaw carving - judging begins 2pm High Tree Act Approx 3pm Awards ceremony 4pm Grand prize draw and closing

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Keep your eyes on these guys: top

Allan Knapp, 25 Powell River

Jeff Coburn, 32 Powell River

Brett Marquis, 26 Powell River

Julian Welp, 40 Powell River

Why watch: 2014 Canadian Logger Sports Championship for the novice choker race. He won the 2015 Canadian championship for the novice double-buck event.

Why watch: Second in stock saw, second in 100 cc limited hot saw, fifth in axe throw, fifth in Canadian National Choker Race at Logger Sports in Kaslo in May.

Why watch: Fourth in double buck at Logger Sports in Kaslo in May. Home court advantage. Is it in the blood?

Why watch: Second in tree falling, third in log birling, fifth in obstacle pole, third in tree climb at Logger Sports in Kaslo in May. Was the first to climb the newly installed poles here. Is that an advantage?


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p competitors from here and away

Jesse Whitehead Auckland, NZ

Karl Bischoff, 61 & Carson Bischoff, 33 Celista, BC

Why watch: 2015 Open Sportsman of the Day at Why watch: Father and Squamish. 2015 World son duo. Karl is a two-time Champ Open Two-man Canadian Springboard relay in the standing and champion, competed here horizontal chop. Canain the 80s. PRL_a05.pdf 1 2016-06-21 7:28 PM Carson (not picdian champ in the open tured) has obstacle pole, Springboard Chop. choker and chainsaw wins.

Stirling Hart, 27 Vancouver, BC

Mitch Hewitt, 37 Scotch Creek, BC

Why watch: Four-time world champ tree climber; won the two-man combo in 2015 and 2013; 2014 Stihl Timbersports Canadian Champ. Two-time member of Team Canada.

Why watch: Current world champion on springboard. Represented the Stihl Canadian four-man team in Europe the last six years. Numerous chopping and sawing records.

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Events Get to know logger sports

Chainsaws are roaring, guys are running with steel cables... what in the heck is happening over there? If you’re new to logger sports, make sure you take a gander through this guide - so you’ll be able to yell along. This is, after all, an international event. Powell River is hosting three world championships; one North American title; and seven Canadian championships.

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Three things to know about what you’re about to see: 1. All events are sanctioned by the

Canadian Logger Sports Association (CANLOG), the governing and regulatory body for most events held in BC.

2. Contestants participate in one

of three classes: Novice, Intermediate or Open. An entrant of any age is considered “Novice” when competing for the first time. You must win two novice events to move up to Intermediate, and one event in Intermediate to move up to Open.

3. This summer, official CANLOG

logger sports events are in Kaslo, BC (May 22-23); Revelstoke, BC (May 21); Morinville AB (June 26); Port McNeill (July 1); Powell River, BC (July 15-17); Tofino (July 23); Nanaimo, BC (August 20); Smithers, BC (August 27); Port Alberni, BC (September 11).

Obstacle Pole Bucking

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Wed-Sat 11 am - 7 pm


Chainsaw, eight-inch diameter log at a 30-degree incline


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Strength, speed, balance, precision

This is how to do it

Start by standing next to the top end of the cedar. Pick up your chainsaw, run to the bottom end, walk up the log and balance near the top. Make a cut one-inch deep near the end of the log, then finish the cut from the other side. The cuts must match up. After the piece falls off, shut off your saw, run down the log and around to the front of the log and tag the end.

Items of interest

This event originated in Squamish. It usually lasts 12 to 14 seconds.

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Underhand chop Open • Canadian Championship Racing axe, log

Equipment Skills

Strength, precision, courage

This is how to do it

Stand on the log, and chop half-way through. Turn around. Chop the rest of the way through.

Items of interest

Speed chopping has been a competitive sport for over 100 years. Racing axes are usually made in New Zealand or Australia. They can cost $500+.

Peter Couliver Memorial Chop * As above. Peter Couliver and Bob Marquis represented Canada at the Guinness World Records logger contest in Germany in 2000. Peter has since died of a sudden heart attack. Only competitors who have chopped against Peter in the past are invited to participate in this event.

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Events logger sports

Hand-bucking Single-buck, Double-buck, Jack & Jill, Jill & Jill Intermediate • Double-buck Canadian Championship


Crosscut saw, log, wedges, lube


Teamwork, knowledge, strength

This is how you do it

Saw through the log. Lubricants and wedges may be used to aid sawing.

Items of interest

This is a historical event – cross-cut saws were used before chainsaws. They’re designed to be pulled through the wood, not pushed.

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Axe Throw

Novice Canadian Championship


Double-bitted axe with a 24”+ handle, 36” target


Precision, fearlessness

This is how to do it

Stand 20’ from the target. Throw the axe at it, aiming for the bullseye (worth five points – the other circles are worth 4, 3, 2, 1). If the blade lands across two circles, the higher number is counter. Throw four axes; the top three are counted.


wenty-two years ago, I entered the celebrity axe throw at Powell River Logger Sports. I’d never thrown an axe before, but I’m never one to pass up an excellent adventure. My mentor was the infamous Bob Marquis, aka Mr. Logger Sports himself. A couple nights before the big event, I showed up at Bob’s house ready to learn. I tried but I wasn’t very good. I was, in fact, pretty bad. It was tons of fun, though. Needless to say I was totally excited when I heard ‘celebrity axe throw’ was on the agenda for this year’s Logger Sports event. I couldn’t wait to begin practicing and kick axe! One afternoon in June, I went to Bob’s house for another lesson - where a handful of other competitors were honing their skills.

Items of interest

Started as a lunchtime activity on the worksite, where fallers would compete for goodies.

Celebrity Axe Throw

The elimination round of the celebrity axe throw will be held around 10 am on Saturday, July 16. Only four celebs will advance to the next phase of competition. The local “celebrities” are: Isabelle Southcott, PRL Bobby Fields, Sun FM JP Brosseau, Old Courthouse Jason Schreurs, PR Peak Nick Simons, MLA Mel Edgar, CJMP Dave Craigen, FCU Paul Kamon, Tourism PR

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Bob, who has been throwing axes for 40 years, makes it look easy. He throws overhand, underhand and doubledistance. He also hits the target! Me, I would be happy to hit the big slab of wood - let alone score. “Hold it like a golf club,” said Bob. I swung it over my head as instructed, and threw it. I missed the target by a long shot. “It’s OK,” said Bob showing me again. I watched as he rocked forwards with the axe and let the momentum of his body go with his throw. Watching a pro helped…. a bit. It took several more tries for me to actually hit the board. The real rub was when my 17-year-old son picked up an axe for the first time and hit the bull’s eye. Ouch! Guess some are more naturally athletic than others. I still have a bit of time before Logger Sports. Maybe I’ll just have to set up a target in my backyard and practice, practice, practice.

Events logger sports

Chokerman’s race Equipment

75-pound, 27-foot long choker (steel cable with connectors) Strength, speed


This is how you do it

Carry the choker through the obstacle course, hook it around the log and run back.

Items of interest

Chokermen are responsible for securing cable around felled trees, so they can be moved using a yarder. It’s one of the most physically-demanding jobs there is.

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Ladies nail drive

World Championship



Chainsaw, choker, axe and crosscut saw

Claw hammer, two four-inch spikes



Strength, speed, and teamwork

Strength, concentration, accuracy

This is how you do it

The teams must consist of one lady (ladies’ stock saw), one novice-intermediate (chokerman’s race), one open (underhand chop) and another novice-intermediate (Jack and Jill double-buck).

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This is how you do it

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Events logger sports

Tree Climb Novice • Canadian Championship

Chair carving


Spurs, rope, belt, plus an 80’ climbing pole

Open • World Championship


Strength, balance, courage

This is how you do it

Climb the pole! Use the spurs to gain purchase on the pole and the flipline to keep from falling backwards.

Items of interest

Historically, high-riggers had the most dangerous – and highly-paid – jobs in camp. They were responsible for setting cables on spar trees.


Chainsaw, log or stump Artistry, precision


This is how you do it

You have four minutes to carve a chair out of a single piece of wood. Judged on neatness, consistency of lines, and general awesomeness.

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Husky Stock Saw Challenge Equipment

18”-diametre log, chainsaw of 100cc or less – may be modified.


Control, strength, knowing your saw.

This is how you do it

Make three cuts: one down, one up, and one down, trimming three disks off the log.

Items of interest


In all chainsaw events, competitors wear pants made of Kevlar or other material to protect their legs from errant cuts.

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100 cc PNE cut Open • Canadian Championship


100 cc chainsaw, 18” diameter log.


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This is how you do it

Within a total of just six inches, cut three perfect disks off the end of a log.

Events logger sports

Hot saw Open • North American Championship


140 cc or less (hot saw). 18”diameter log. Saws must be single-cylinder engines using mixed gas and must be hand-started. Legal modifications include installing a larger-volume carburetor, boring out the cylinder, installing a full-circle balanced crankshaft, polishing the intake exhaust ports, installing a larger chain sprocket, and adding an expansion chamber.


Control, strength, mechanics, knowing your saw.

This is how you do it

Make three cuts: one down, one up, and one down, creating three “cookies.”

Item of interest

The loudest of all events.

The Marquis family is proud to support the return of Logger Sports to Powell River in 2016

Good luck to all the competitors! Road building Excavating Drilling Blasting

Trucking Site development Land clearing Selective logging

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Events logger sports

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Springboard: two-and four-board Open two-man • World Championship Open four-board • Canadian Championship

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Metal-tipped wooden boards, axe


Strength, balance, accuracy, fearlessness

This is how you do it

Intermediate class - cut two springboard holes one on top of the other. Put the boards in, and climb on the top one. Chop halfway through the tree, turn 180 degrees, and chop through the remainder. The clock stops when the chopped block hits the ground. Open class - cut two holes as in intermediate class. Insert boards, chop halfway through the tree. Climb down, repeat on the other side of the tree, and chop through until the block hits the ground.

Items of interest

In the early days of logging, fallers worked in teams of two and used axes and crosscut saws. To cut down on the time it took to fall a large tree, they started their cuts in the straight part of the tree, above the swell of the butt. To reach that height, they chopped notches in the tree and inserted springboards. The name ‘springboard’ came about because the boards act like springs an can actually help a faller drive his axe harder into a cut. In this event, it’s vital to cut perfect springboard holes. A pro can cut his hole with four swings of his axe.

Honour your beard By Krystal DeWolfe


he beard isn’t novel. Its natural! Beards have been a sign of manliness since the beginning of time. What we call facial hair, bearded men call “awesomeness escaping from my face.” While 98% of the world’s richest men are clean shaven, 98% of lumberjacks, warriors and badasses are bearded. Beards have cycled in and out of trendiness for centuries and have definitely had a rise in popularity over the last few years, some would say, separating the men from the boys. Beards provide warmth, intimidation and protection from the elements. Whether you’re a logger or a hipster, beards are still considered manly today... even if your cuffed skinny jeans aren’t. Fad or not, there are endless Instagram and Twitter accounts dedicated to the love of the beard as well as numerous facial hair clubs worldwide where men gather monthly to drink beer and celebrate their follicular achievements. So why the sudden display of facial armour? Men with beards seem to be having more fun. But is it with women? Many women associate beards with being dirty or unmotivated while a growing percentage see bearded men as being in touch with

their wild, more natural side. They’re certainly not for everybody, but I have to agree with Mother Nature on this one. LET IT GROW! So, what do you do if your man is dead set on growing his beard? Embrace it! Beards can be lovely with way less effort than shaving. Keep it healthy. Men produce ‘dihydrotestosterone,’ a chemical that promotes beard growth. It varies seasonally, so don’t be surprised if your beards turn into Grizzly Adams during the summer months. Beards require zero exercise although eating well is beneficial and proper grooming is important to keep your lady in favour of your face sweater. Ask your barber or stylist to help with upkeep and keeping it tidy. Use products to keep your beard touchably soft, your chin skin moisturized and they usually smell pretty great. There are many beard care products on the market these days, and for Powell Riverites, there are beard products locally made! Krystal DeWolfe created Beard Etiquette in 2014. Visit for the full lineup or come say hi at the Beard Etiquette booth at Powell River Logger Sports.

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Logger immersio  Forestry museum

If logging and forestry is new to you, jump in your car for an afternoon of discovery. Powell River offers a unique range of experiences that, together, will help you get a handle on just how broadly wood impacts this region.

Open daily noon to 4pm. 4815 Marine Ave, Willingdon Beach. By donation. Stunning historical photographs, vintage chainsaws, a kids area, miniatures and more illustrate the rich story of the industry in Powell River.

Willingdon Beach Trail North of Willingdon Beach This 1.2 kilometre trail is an outdoor museum of vintage forestry equipment. See (and climb on) a steam donkey, a log-hauler, side-winder, and a reconstructed trestle bridge, among more. Plus, signage will help you identify local trees and plants. Take your phone, and you can also listen to an audio-walk about the trail by local artist Megan Dulcie Dill:

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Sundays 12:30 to 2:30pm. Powell River Farmer’s Market. 4365 McLeod Road. $2. If you’re here with kids (and even if you’re not) make sure you visit the miniature railway at the Farmer’s Market. Ride the train or drive hand-carts. The 800’ track goes through fields and forest. Operated by the Powell River Forestry Heritage Society, as an homage to the logging railways that once criss-crossed this region.

Yet-to-be-named amphitheatre Willingdon Beach Newly-rebuilt permanent seating area with two 80’ climbing logs. The amenity was built in early 2016 with the help of nearly 200 volunteers – many of them loggers - and a $50,000 grant from the Powell River Community Forest. It’s owned by the City of Powell River, and will be home to many events – including Logger Sports.

Catalyst lookout

Marine Avenue and Elm Street, water side. The Powell River Paper Mill built the town in 1910, and you can see it still operating on the waterfront. This newlyrevamped vehicle pull-out features a sweeping view of the mill, ocean and islands, and The Hulks – a series of nine decommissioned concrete ships that form a breakwater. Signage explains the history of both the mill and the ships.

Totem poles at The Lookout and Tla’amin Governance House The Lookout: Marine Avenue and Lytton Street and at Governance House: 6686 Sliammon Rd. Traditional carving is coming back – encouraged by the commission of three welcome and three totem poles to celebrate the Tla’amin Nation’s treaty implementation this April. See older poles at The Lookout, too.

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Henderson House 6211 Walnut St., A beautiful example of building with old-growth Douglas-fir, Dr. Henderson’s house and hospital is preserved as a museum by the Townsite Heritage Society. It’s located in Townsite, the “garden city” built for the mill workers a century ago – one of just seven National Historic Districts. Take the walking tour (lead, or self-directed: brochures can be picked up at Henderson House) to see much more West coast wood architecture.

Log dump at The Hulks South of the Catalyst parking lot, Townsite Each morning before 9am, logging trucks rumble below Townsite to the log dump, and release their loads into the sea. It’s worth watching, if you’ve never seen it before. Big trucks, big logs, big splashes.

Powell River Canoe Route Lois Lake to Powell Lake, 57 km. This five-day paddle through local lakes takes you through the heart of Western Forest Products’ Stillwater Area TFL. The company maintains the canoe route under a management agreement with the Ministry of Forest, Land and Natural Resource’s Recreation Sites and Trails branch. You’ll be able to see all ages of forest, from recent cuts to old stands. Rent a buggy to portage in style.

Bike Park Powell River Recreation Complex, 5001 Joyce Avenue Built in 2015, the first ever concrete-poured pump track in North America and the adjacent dirt bike track was paid for by a $550,000 grant from the Powell River Community Forest. The forest is 7,100 hectares of land adjacent to the city – most of it, in our watershed.

Michelangelo with a chainsaw


n the gravel parking lot during logger sports, 10 chainsaw carvers from across North America will transform rough logs into statues. Many are former or active loggers - but also artists. Powell River’s own Clint Bleaney will carve alongside Jacob Lucas (Washington State), Randy Gauthier (Chetwynd, BC), Liam Tromans (Cape Breton), Jordan Anderson (Alaska), and more. Organizers have given the carvers a theme: ‘nautical.’ All 10 pieces will be gifted to the City of Powell River as public art, sponsored by Logger Sports and Western Forest Products. Coincidentally, locals Karen Maurage and James Lazaruk recently commissioned a piece of chainsaw art by Jesse Toso (See Ferns & Fallers Page 6-7). Chainsaw carving has taken off recently. The English Open and World Cup in Germany are two of the biggest competitions, but the Campbell River Shoreline Arts Festival is making its mark as well ( It all starts Thursday afternoon, and the artists will carve until official judging Sunday at 1. You’ll be able to vote for a “people’s choice” award by dropping twoonies in the buckets of your favourites.

WOOD NOT MARBLE: Liam Tromans (above, from Nova Scotia) and Clint Bleaney (left, from Powell River) are two of 10 carvers coming to compete in the chainsaw art competition at logger sports.

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Rusty remains


n his free time, Rob Tremblay heads into the woods around Powell River, looking for the remains of logging camps. Rusting and rotting into the wet rainforest floor, railroad beds, old logging equipment, homesteads and other artifacts from the historic industry are his treasures. “I have noticed the remaining visual and verbal history has slowly been lost,” Tremblay writes on this Web site,

28 • Your Guide to Logger Sports 2016 - a labour-of-love with a remarkable collection of photographs and descriptions of his finds. “Logging has been Powell River’s main industry since its beginning....The things being lost are irreplaceable, and although it would be nice to save it all, it’s impossible.” If you’re a fan of logger sports, Tremblay’s Web site is a must-search.

WHAT HE FOUND: 200 feet from land under Haslam Lake, Rob Tremblay found this old railway trestle (big image, left). On the shore, he found the remains of a building (top left). At Chippewa Bay he photographed the Steam Donkey (top right, and centre left). While swimming in Nanton Lake, Tremblay photographed what he believes is a log-loader (centre right). This abandoned log loader was found at Granite Mountain (bottom, right). Tremblay himself, standing on a stump, on a mission to find the Dodd Lake plank road (bottom left).

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