Breakfast at The Cove Cafe by the ferry terminal included coffee and an egg/sausage wrap. I bought a turkey/cranberry sandwich for the road which turned out to be Debbie's favorite sandwich. This eatery was a good place to hang out while waiting for the ferry.
The 20 mile bike ride to Powell River from Saltery Bay was hilly ... mostly with a small shoulder on the road. Prior to the establishment of any settlement in the area, the area was inhabited by the Coast Salish people, and was used as a landing spot for gold prospectors coming from Vancouver Island. The town was named after Israel Wood Powell, the superintendent of Indian Affairs for BC at the time. Town is known for its pulp mill and lumber operations. The mill which was started in 1908 employed about 2,400 in its heyday but today is down to several hundred employees. At one time the Power River Company pulp mill was the largest of its kind in the world ... one in every 25 newspapers in the world was printed on paper from the Powell River mill. Today, the mill is downsized significantly, and the local economy has diversified to include eco-tourism, as well as fishing, mining and general forestry. There is good access to Texada and Savary Islands from its port. About 13,000 people live around the land-locked Powell River area ... the town has a laid back vibe.
Trivia: Thanks to Dr. Andrew Henderson, Powell River became the first community in BC to have a medical plan for its citizens in 1910, deducting one dollar from each workman's paycheck to cover medical costs.
We arrived at the Wiilington Beach Campground at 4:00 PM which is located on the North side of town. After setting up the tent, we enjoyed a dinner of grapes, local brie cheese, Hungarian salami, salads, a baguette and a bottle of red wine which we purchased at a local grocery store.
Willington Beach Campground is a nice campsite with good beach access and a park nearby. The town of Powell River is nearby and easy to access by walking or by bike.
Chris, a 25 year old, touring by himself, also camped there. We met him earlier at Earls Cove getting on ferry. He had a unique mountain bike touring set up.
We retired early at 8:00 PM with a plan to depart for Lund as early as possible.