to the Start of the Powell Forest Canoe Route
courtesy of Tourism Powell River and Bigpacific.com
TRIP TIME: 5 DAYS
Leave yourself ample time
to complete the route - don't rush.
bear aware throughout the trip.
TIME TO MAKE THE TRIP: April to November
of the route, please see this great
This renowned canoe route is one of Powell River's recreational
jewels, encompassing 8 lakes, 48 miles of canoeing and 6.4 miles
of portaging. Along the route you will find 20 recreation campsites,
well maintained portages and conveniently located canoe rests. For
more information and maps, contact the Visitor InfoCentre on Marine
Avenue or by calling 1-877-817-8669.
While you can
start at either end, the best route is to begin at Lois Lake, thus
avoiding the big climb from Powell Lake to Windsor Lake.
- Lois Lake
Watch for deadheads and snags, as well as variable winds at the
entrance to the bay.
- Horseshoe Lake Portage - take some time for
the spectacular scenery of old growth forests and the river running
beside the portage route. Great freshwater fishing in the Horseshoe
River. Estimate 25 minutes to traverse this route. Canoe racks
are available at several points.
- Horseshoe and Nanton Lakes
These are linked lakes also sporting some underwater debris so
exercise caution. Nanton Lake is accessed through the narrows
at the western end. At low water canoes may need to be walked
through the shallows to reach the start of the next portage.
- Nanton Lake to Ireland Lake Portage - revisit
BC's coastal logging heritage on this portage as you journey past
behemoth stumps and the forgotten hardware of this bygone era.
Calculate 40 minutes for this portage. There are two rest areas
- Ireland Lake - 1 km
Offering excellent freshwater fishing opportunities.
- Ireland Lake to Dodd Lake Portage - 5 minutes
Exercise caution when carrying canoes over 16ft into corners.
Avoid the lure of canoeing the connector stream.
- Dodd Lake
Beautiful but known for sudden wind squalls, best times for canoeing
are morning and early evening.
- Dodd to Windsor Lake Portage - .4 mile
Good skid road portage with two canoe racks.
- Windsor Lake - the highest lake on the circuit.
- Windsor Lake to Goat Lake Portage - 1.4 miles
Steep! Be prepared for switchbacks, and take advantage of the
numerous canoe racks on the route to save your shoulders.
- Goat Lake and Goat Island, Powell Lake - 2.7
Campsite available on the southern tip of Goat Island on Powell
- Chippewa Bay, South Powell Lake and alternate
route to Inland Lake
If you're having the good fortune to paddle in hot and sunny summer
weather, watch for northwesterlies out of Chippewa Bay. To avoid
the winds entirely, take the newly opened alternate portage route
to Inland Lake. This is the longest stretch of the route, with
over 25 km of paddling.
see our Recommendations
for other helpful tips for travelling the Canoe Route.
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Saltery Bay (604)487-9333
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Lois Lake Forest Service main campsite.
2. Herondell Bed & Breakfast on Hwy 101.
3. Free parking at Shinglemill marina parking lot.
Taxi ride back to 1 costs approximately $50.
4. Free parking at Wolfson Creek Ventures on Nassichuk Road. Transport
& canoe rentals available.
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