May 27 to 29 – Lund Shellfish Festival, Lund Harbour, lundbc.ca/Shellfish_Festival.html May 28 & 29 – Soap Box Derby, Sunset Park, Powell River, powellriver.info June 5 – Powell River Garden Tour, powellriver.info June 13 to 25 – Pacific Region International Summer Music Academy (PRISMA), orchestra-academy. ca June 28 & 29 – BC Bike Race, Willingdon Beach, bikepowellriver.ca July 1 – Canada Day Festivities, powellriver.info July 5 to 9 – International Choral Kathaumixw, kathaumixw.org July 16 & 17 – Sandcastle Weekend, Texada Island, texada.org/events/ July 22 to 25 – Diversity Festival, Texada Island, texada.org/events/ July 23 – Powell River Sea Fair Parade, powellriverseafair.ca July 31 – Texada Fly-in, Texada Island, texada.org/ events/ Aug. 6 & 7 – Blues & Roots 2016, Texada Island, texada.org/events/ Aug. 13 & 14 – Texada Artists Studio Tour, texada. org/events/ Aug. 19 – Blackberry Festival Street Party, Marine Avenue, Powell River, powellriver.info August 27 & 28 – Powell River Studio Tour, powellriverartists.com Sept. 2 & 4 – Sunshine Music Festival, Palm Beach Park, sunshinemusicfest.com Sept. 10 – Texada Paintout, Shelter Point, Gillies Bay, Texada Island, texada.org/events For more information about what to see and do in Powell River and the Sunshine Coast, stop by the Visitor Centre at 4760 Joyce Ave., Powell River, call toll-free at 1-877-817-8669 of visit online at powellriver.info
Island Camping: What You Need to Know From hike-in wilderness sites to full-service RV parks equipped with laundromats and stores, Vancouver Island is home to a wide variety of parks and camping facilities. Many of the Island’s provincial parks also feature campgrounds and some have sites that can be reserved ahead. A reservation fee may apply in addition to the regular overnight fee. For information and to make reservations, call Discover Camping at 1-800-689-9025 or visit discovercamping.ca for locations and details. Privately owned and operated campgrounds are located throughout Vancouver Island. For additional campground locations, check in at local Visitor Centres. The Ministry of Forests also maintains a number of recreation sites on Vancouver Island. Fees are collected for camping at a number of these sites to maintain the sites for future campers. For locations and details, visit sitesandtrailsbc.ca
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Exploring the Sunshine Coast
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village with a popular pub, dining room, art gallery and well-stocked grocery store carrying everything from beach toys to fresh deli sandwiches. From the Lund Marina, visitors can catch the water taxi to Savary Island, book a Desolation Sound boat tour, arrange an educational kayak tour of the wildlife sanctuary at Mitlenatch Island and more. Texada Island is BC’s largest Gulf Island and ferries leave from Powell River’s Westview ferry terminal for the 30-minute trip. The island has plenty to offer the outdoor enthusiast, including excellent hiking and mountain biking trails, more than 250 species for avid bird-watchers, and a nine-hole golf course, while history buffs will enjoy the two museums. Water recreation includes kayaking, skimboarding, scuba diving, swimming and exploring the newly protected karst caves near Davies Bay. Much smaller that Texada, Savary Island is a warm-water destination with stunning white sand beaches, with highly sensitive ecosystems ranging from sand cliffs to dune meadows and ancient forested dunes. While the island does have private holiday homes, there is no power and no public campsites or washrooms, though several cottage rentals, B&Bs and a private campsite are available. Daytrippers can be dropped off and picked up at the public wharf, with many visitors ar-
riving by water taxi or aboard chartered boats from Lund. The best way to get around is to cycle from beach to beach. Prime stops include South Beach, Duck Bay, Sutherland Beach and the Malaspina Promenade. The Coast Salish village of Sliammon, just north of Powell River, boasts a history dating back more than 2,000 years, and visitors can enjoy free interpretive hikes with a First Nations guide. The Sliammon Salmon Hatchery offers public tours of the hatchery. While in 1792 Captain George Vancouver named Desolation Sound for its remoteness, today its pristine isolation is one of its prime attractions among pleasure boaters and paddlers. Warm waters, wildlife and breathtaking scenery make this a must-experience destination. Grace Harbour, Prideaux Haven and Tenedo’s Bay are three main destination anchorages among the many sheltered bays and inlets. Popular activities include scuba diving, saltwater and freshwater fishing, and walk-in wilderness camping. Water taxis, guided kayak tours, cruises and boat charters can be arranged from Lund and Okeover Inlet. Continuing to the southern coast toward Vancouver, highlights include Gibson and Pender Harbour.
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