Apart from Desolation Sound, Powell River and the Upper Sunshine Coast has seemingly endless on-water options for kayakers.
The Powell Forest Canoe Route is an ever popular way to explore the incredibly vast freshwater lake system in the backcountry behind Powell River. The semi-circle route connects 12 lakes together with 20 campsites and a well-built system of portage trails.
A circumnavigation of uninhabited Harwood Island is an excellent day paddle launching from Gibson’s beach, 5 km north of Powell River. Harwood Island is part of the Sliammon First Nation’s traditional territory and has a large cultural significance for the Sliammon people.
Texada Island is the largest island in the Strait of Georgia and accessible via a 25 minute ferry from Powell River. The western shoreline is seldom paddled and offers excellent shoreline exploration, with sandy beaches and prolific marine wildlife.
Across from Texada to the west, Jedediah Island Marine Provincial Park is a remote island paradise in the middle of the Strait of Georgia that offers incredible exploration both by kayak and on foot. Originally homesteaded in the 1800s, much of the homestead and equipment remains, along with meandering trails, old growth forest and even wild goats and sheep - thought to be descendants of the animals left behind when George Vancouver and his crew first set foot on the island in 1792!
South of Powell River, Hotham Sound is easily accessible from Saltery Bay and offers sheltered paddling among various coves and bays with majestic scenery of sea to sky mountains carved by glaciers eons ago.