I am not considering it seriously (too much $$$ to begin with), but sometimes just daydream "get the heck out of it all, calm, peace, quiet, nature, self-sufficient"
That pretty much sums up why we love Powell River. To start with the cons:
- small population (about 20,000 on the peninsula, about % in Powell River itself). I don't mind this, but it does mean that we don't have the big box stores, apart
from Canadian Tire and Staples
- isolation. We are ferry dependent, although there are several flights a day to the south terminal in Vancouver
- alpine access. The alpine here is stunning (think heather, blueberries and slab granite), but it takes about 2 hours on logging roads to access it
- very quiet in winter.
- not much good for cross-country skiing. We do have a back country ski area with huts.
- hiking, hiking, hiking. The 180 km Sunshine Coast Trail, with multiple access points, for starters, plus many other trails. And our trails are hikeable all year round, and are fantastically well maintained by the BOMB Squad.
- 32 warm lakes for easy summer swimming. Many great hikes combine hiking with a dip in the lake. For example, yesterday I took my guests for a lovely hike on the SCT, and we stopped for a great swim in Lois Lake.
- lots of kayaking options. Desolation Sound, obviously, but lots of other choices, and the lakes are big enough to make for good kayaking.
- surprisingly good cultural scene, PRISMA (Pacific Region International Summer Music Academy) just wrapped up, and every other year we have the amazing Kathaumixw choral festival which brings choirs from around the world
- logger sports! Just revived last year, and probably the most fun I have had in years
- good selection of reasonable restaurants
- km upon km of mountain biking trails. One of the favourite stops on the annual BC Bike Race
- housing prices. Substantially less than the island or lower Sunshine Coast. And Powell River is built on a west facing slope, so many houses have ocean views.
- more sun than Vancouver.
In other words, we like it here - and it's a very friendly community.