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Portaging from Nanton Lake to Ireland Lake Lower Lois Lake campsite


Mitchell's, the company that services The Powell Forest Canoe Route and surrounding ocean & mountain's of Powell River, B.C., Canada.

The Powell Forest Canoe Route, located in Powell River at the top of the Sunshine Coast in B.C., consists of 8 lakes and 5 portages, for a total distance of 57 km. The portages range in length from 0.7 km to 2.4 km (20 min. - 1 hour 15 min.). You will get in a total of 49 km of paddling, which range in stretches of 1 km to 28.5 km (10 min. - 4 hours 45 min. depending on wind).

Ireland Lake Entrance to Nanton - Ireland portage

The best time of year to do Powell River's Powell Forest Canoe Route is June till October. You can comfortably canoe the route in 5 days - we recommend 5 days - but if you have longer, we have more lakes! A popular 3 (or relaxing 4) day trip is for us to drive you up to Windsor so that you can descend to Lois. You get in the majority of the circuit, and the most beautiful portion too. A great 2 day trip is paddling Lois Lake and then through the canal into Khartoum Lake.

Each campsite has a picnic table, outhouse, fire pit, and sometimes firewood, except when campfires are not permitted (inquire). We still recommend cooking on a stove though.

All the paddling is on flat water, and the portages are clear, comfortable, well marked paths with canoe rests at 4-5 min. intervals. (The trails are not built wide enough for boat walkers/wheels). Mitchell's does rent a very narrow wheel cart that will work about 55% of the portages. You don't have to wear heavy hiking boots, a hi-top runner would be sufficient.

Our friendly chipmunks One of the family of 9 Loons that live on Dodd Lake

If your main concern is to just get away from it all - Powell River, B.C. is the perfect place to go!


The Powell River Powell Forest Canoe Route is a great vacation to take with someone you haven't spent much time with lately & a wonderful family outdoor adventure!

Every lake on the route is accessible by logging roads, so no matter where you are, we can reach you. So whether this is your first outdoor trip, or one of many, you have the security of knowing help is available.


 We strive to meet your needs as soon as possible, therefore, a $100 minimum fee  applies as rescue / finding / emergency message services are unscheduled events.


If you love to fish, Powell River has great freshwater fishing. We have Cutthroat Trout, Rainbow Trout and Kokanee Salmon. You need to purchase a license to fish.

Beautiful butterflies Catching a fish on Little Horseshoe Lake

At Mitchell's, we rent the #1 light weight CLIPPER CANOE, outdoor gear, and offer transport & parking. This means that you can include this trip in your over-all vacation, without having to pack all the gear to do it!

All you need to bring is your clothing, footwear & food. (If you would like a complete packing list - give us a shout!) If you are interested in equipment rental, please contact us for an itemized list and prices!

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