Our family had a wonderful time holidaying near Powell River in Malaspina as you might have seen from our Malaspina Travel Diary 1, 2, and 3. After four years of doing this trip I’ve gathered some useful travel and best eats tips for planning a visit to the Northern Sunshine Coast.
It takes two ferries to get to Powell River from Vancouver although this Sunshine Coast city is still on the mainland. It’s always best to reserve a spot with BC Ferries if you’re taking a vehicle because missing your connection to the second ferry can mean a long wait. We take the Horseshoe Bay to Langdale Ferry and then the Earl’s Cove to Saltery Bay Ferry.
Taking a vehicle on the ferry may be the most expensive part of your trip.
Tip: You can redeem Save-On-More points for ferry coupons!
Driving from Langdale to Earl’s Cove
You wont know if you or your kids are prone to motion sickness until you drive the winding Highway 101. On our last drive on the 101 Levi started to feel sick so this year we gave him pressure bands for his wrists. Jethro was just a baby on that last drive. This trip we were five minutes from the Earl’s Cove Ferry and Jethro emptied his guts all over himself and his car seat. Lessoned learned: Highway 101 will take out even the hardiest stomach.
Tip: Buy motion sickness wristbands for the whole family and bring ginger gravol as a preventative measure.
Where to Camp
We stay at ocean front cabins in Malaspina which are about a 25 minute drive from Powell River. There are a number of campgrounds en route to Powell River and the Willingdon Beach Campground comes as highly recommended. From experience we know it boasts one of the best beachfront locations around.
Where to Glamp
If you’re not into camping there is the Desolation Sound Resort. A private balcony with view of the Strait of Georgia is featured in all accommodations and a fully-equipped kitchen and dining area are included in every spacious apartment or chalet at the resort. The rustic-themed accommodations offer a separate living room, and some provide a fireplace and multiple bathrooms.
Tip: I recommend the resort over any of the motels in Powell River.
Where to Eat from Earl’s Cove to Powell River
Skeeter Jack’s Outback Shack. Go to Skeeter Jack’s for mouthwatering homemade pie.
Magpie’s Diner. We were told by locals that Powell River does brunch well and indeed the quirky, cute and homespun Magpie’s Diner makes a delicious eggs benedict among other tantalizing menu options.
Costa Del Sol. Tacofino is worth talking about but Costa Del Sol fish tacos in Powell River take the cake for best Mexican in British Columbia. Can’t believe it? I guess you’ll have to go and find out for yourself!
Ecossentials. If you’re looking for a Whole Foods equivalent in Powell River than Eco Café is the place to shop for and eat local, organic foods.
Eagle River. Located just off the main road from Saltery Bay to Powell River, Eagle River is an amazing cliff jumping location with a gorgeous waterfall to boot. Further up the river is a local secret; An epic rope swing that ends with a splash into crisp, clear glacial water.
Haywire Bay. This is the best spot for a freshwater swim in Powell Lake. It’s also another great place to camp or picnic with the whole family.
Palm Beach. This regional park is the perfect way to spend a day jumping waves, boogie boarding, seal watching and discovering ocean life during low tide.
Growing an urban vegetable garden has become a huge source of joy and peaceful reflection for me. I planted my first vegetable garden 5 years ago with the oversight of my elderly Greek neighbour who grunted green advice to me.
Recently I shared my new found love of Saje Natural Wellness products and now I’ve had the chance to interview co-founder and CEO Kate Ross LeBlanc about the company. Saje has experienced rapid growth in recent years from a brand that started selling essential oils at the Lonsdale Quay and now has stores nation wide. Saje has so many products, Kate helped me narrow it down to her favourites for moms and kids.
I’ve always loved rubbing shoulders with people who go full out for any patriotic event: Painted Maple Leaf faces and flag bearing shoulders. However, I’m more of a subtlest and therefore smitten with this Glowing Hearts French Knot Bow Tie by Vancouver based company, Cursor and Thread.
If you’re ever on Granville Island with your family or visiting from out of town it’s easy to miss some of the special, more secluded spots. Last weekend we rode our bikes with the three boys in tow and headed to Ron Basford Park which is located on the easterly tip of the island.