Monday, September 29, 2008

Powell River - 1

Our very wonderful, much-anticipated summer/fall holiday began about 4:30 a.m. two weeks ago -- Monday, September 15th. We rose early because we had a reservation on the 7:20 ferry to the Sunshine Coast with our final destination Powell River. Though the city of Powell River is on the B.C. mainland it's accessible only by ferry (two of them actually.)

Maybe it was overkill, getting up so early, as we did catch our first ferry with time to spare and after disembarking in Langdale enjoyed a leisurely drive down highway 101 through Gibsons, Sechelt and past tranquil Trout Lake.


At Earl's Cove, the fog was still lifting on a beautiful morning as we waited for our connecting ferry to Powell River.


Once on board we spent most of the 50-minute trip outside in the bright sun and nippy breeze. Mountains rim the horizon of this picturesque boat ride past islands, with fish farms visible on the far shore.




We quickly got settled in our motel -- the Powell River Town Centre -- then went off to find the Information Centre. The lady there had lots of good ideas of what to do during the four days we planned to spend here and loaded us with maps and brochures.

We began our explore by hiking down the hill to Marine Avenue and the beach


where the water looked clear and inviting (love the jellyfish).


There were also murals, like these on the sides of several buildings,



funky signs,


and Silke's Market with its raspberry lemonades


and lovely view when we got tired of walking.


What a great way to begin a vacation!

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