Powell River Airport: Cheap Flights, Tickets and Travel Deals

Powell River Airport (YPW) is a small regional airport serving the city of Powell River on British Columbia's Sunshine Coast. Even though it's close to Vancouver, Powell River feels remote due to the massive fjords surrounding it. There is no road service to Powell River because of its staggering geography, so YPW is the main gateway for the entire city.

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Best Time to Book a Flight to Powell River, British Columbia

Powell River is located on the southwestern coast of British Columbia, just off the coast of the Georgia Straight which runs between Vancouver Island and the mainland. Surrounded by the ocean on one side and mountains on the other, Powell River is one of the most stunning landscapes in the world. However, it's also located in the middle of a temperate rainforest, so you should expect some rain no matter what time of year you visit.

The months of July and August are the driest and hottest times of the year, with temperatures between 15-20 degrees Celsius and only a few days of rain. If you're planning outdoor activities, it's the best time of year to visit. However, you might find that you can get a better deal on flights if you travel during the "shoulder season", either late spring or early autumn. If you visit during the spring, you'll get to see most of the local wildflowers in bloom, and a trip during the fall will treat you to stunning fall foliage and freshly harvested fruit.

Airlines that Fly to Powell River Airport

Powell River Airport offers daily flights between Qualicum Beach (XQU), Vancouver (YVR), and Powell River (YPW) through KD Air and Pacific Coastal Airlines. From Vancouver, the trip takes about half an hour and costs around $200 round-trip.

What to Expect When Arriving at Powell River Airport

YPW is conveniently located inside Powell River's city limits, making it easy to get downtown and to your hotel quickly. By car, you can reach the city centre in about 5 minutes by turning left onto Duncan Street from the airport and following it down to the coast. You can also rent a car at the airport, take a taxi for about $10, or hop on the number 3 (Upper Westview) BC Transit bus heading south into town from the airport. We recommend renting a car if you plan on exploring the Sunshine Coast, as the bus service only offers a few routes and many attractions are too far to walk to from downtown.

Powell River Airport Facilities

YPW is a small airport with only one terminal and few amenities. There are washroom facilities, a public phone, Wi-Fi, and a car rental service on site. There is no restaurant at the airport, so we suggest grabbing a bite to eat before you leave. Plan on arriving at least 60 minutes before your flight to check in and get settled before departure.

What to See and Do in Powell River

Powell River is a sleepy city nestled between the mountains and the ocean. Naturally, outdoor activities are encouraged. Canada's Sunshine Coast Trail is one of the most popular attractions; with over 180km of hiking trails through temperate rainforest and only 16 huts along the way, so it's not for the faint of heart. If you plan on tackling the Sunshine Coast Trail, be sure to plan far in advance and pack accordingly. There are also hundreds of hiking trails in the area for enthusiasts of all skill levels, so be sure to check the visitor's centre for a list of the most appropriate trails for you.

There are a variety of adventure tour companies in the area offering everything from kayak rentals to ziplining tours so you can be sure to find an opportunity to explore the surrounding parks. Camping, canoeing, fishing, and swimming are all popular activities. Or, you can just explore the historic townsite of Powell River, which offers Canada's longest-running movie theatre, the Patricia Theatre, as well as a number of museums and a great craft brewery.

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Longitude:124° 30' 2'' W
Latitude:49° 50' 2'' N

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