Nestled on the shore of the Salish Sea and extending into forested lands, Powell River’s Willingdon Beach Campground is a sold-out destination in the summer and a great recreational vehicle experience in the off-season.
With the oceanfront serving as a playground for whales, sea lions, seals and a wide variety of bird life, and McGuffie Creek, which runs through the campground, hosting a salmon run, the campground is teeming with wildlife. Venturing into adjoining Millennium Park, there is an extensive network of trails, including access to the much-vaunted Sunshine Coast Trail, which is a 180-kilometre backcountry hiking experience drawing hikers from around the world.
A scenic two-ferry ride from Vancouver, British Columbia, or a one-ferry ride from Vancouver Island, Powell River is an outdoor-lover’s paradise. With oceanfront opportunities, a number of highly accessible lakes, the Sunshine Coast Trail and hiking, plus world-class climbing and challenging cycling terrain, the Powell River region provides endless recreational challenges.
The Willingdon Beach Campsite offers 81 sites, including full and partial hookups. There are beachfront sites and tenting sites. The campsite has amenities such as coin operated showers and laundry facilities. There is a covered BBQ/picnic area as well. The campsite is in a natural park setting with year-round onsite caretakers.
The adjacent Willingdon Beach provides a sandy beach swimming area in the summer and the nearby waterpark and playground are favourites with the young ones. Anglers can fish off the wharf at the end of the breakwater or watch the most spectacular sunsets on BC's West Coast from that location.
There's mini-golf and great ice cream adjacent to the park. The Powell River Recreation Complex is a short hike away, through beautifully forested land. Take advantage of local bus service to access the nearby malls or Historic Townsite.
An amenity treasured by visitors and residents alike is the Willingdon Beach Trail. It is located on the top portion of the Willingdon Beach Campsite and is one of the easier loop trail systems to access. The trail system follows an old 1910 rail bed that was used to carry logs to the dumping wharf of what was then known as Powell River Company Mill, which has produced newsprint and other paper products for more than a century. Today the mill is known as Catalyst Paper Corporation. The Willingdon Beach Trail is a 1.2 km trail ideal for hikers and mountain bikers that connects to many other trails throughout the area.