Society of Powell River


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Townsite Heritage

Powell River Townsite is a unique coastal community of British Columbia that was designated as a National Historic District of Canada in 1995. One of only seven in Canada, and the only one in western Canada, it is a very prestigious designation that confirms
Powell River Townsite is an historical asset to the entire country.  It is remarkably intact with over 400 original buildings contained within the borders of the 1910 town plan,

Historically, our community was preplanned with principles generated from progressive philosophical movements arising as a result of the excesses of industrialization in the late 19th century.

The Garden City and Arts and Crafts Movements influenced Powell River's planners of 1910 in regard to the location and architectural style of our homes, parks, green belts, commercial buildings and recreation facilities.

The prime mover behind the town's development was the Powell River Company, which was responsible for preplanning, constructing and providing for most of the community's needs.

See the transformation of Dr. Henderson's House to a resource and interpretive centre that offers an opportunity to inspire preservation.

Powell River
House Histories and Heritage
Volume I Now Available
Sample Pages
(large PDF file; please be patient)

Over 900 pages of meticulously researched local history presented in picture and story in three volumes by Powell River historical author Karen Southern.

Volume I can be purchased at the Patricia Theatre, Townsite Heritage Society or Breakwater Books.

To order all 3 volumes, which includes a slipcase box, call 604.483.3901, email

We acknowledge the financial assistance of the Province of British Columbia.

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