Historic Charm on the Sunshine Coast

Photo Courtesy of Old Courthouse Inn

52 Getaways 2019: Autumn

The northern Sunshine Coast cradles the town of Powell River, a National Historic District townsite—one of only seven in Canada—that’s home to more than 400 original buildings dating back to 1910. Architectural jewels from the past dot the townsite, and many have been revived to host travelers.

No visit to Powell River is complete without at least a peek inside the Patricia Theatre, a Spanish Renaissance-style live performance venue and Canada’s oldest continuously running movie theatre. Is it haunted? Just ask. A block down the street, Townsite Brewing occupies an old brick gem, worth a visit for the exceptional brews of a genuine Belgian Brewmaster.

Nearby sits the old Tudor-style courthouse, today The Old Courthouse Inn (oldcourthouseinn.ca), its walls oozing with history. Here, the affable hosts will put you up in the old judge’s chambers, the jury room, the sheriff’s office or even a courtroom. Guests enjoy a hearty homemade breakfast at the inn’s Edie Rae’s Café, named after the proprietor’s mother, whose glam photos from her youth adorn the walls.

The backdrop to this history? The raw nature and beauty of the Sunshine Coast. Travelers can get to Powell River via ferry from Comox on Vancouver Island, or by ferry from Horseshoe Bay near Vancouver and a drive up the Sunshine Coast. To plan your getaway to Powell River, visit powellriver.info/Tourism-Powell-River/index.php. To learn more about traveling the Sunshine Coast of British Columbia, go to sunshinecoastcanada.com.