Valentine Mountain offers one of the best views in the Powell River & qathet Regional District area. Here, you’ll ascend a very short uphill trail (less than one kilometre in length) that includes a set of wooden and rocky steps. At the top you can enjoy a panoramic view of the Historic Townsite, the old mill, the Hulks (a breakwater made of WWll merchant marine vessels), and the surrounding ocean, lakes, and mountains beyond.
This hike is great for couples and families as it is short and fairly simple, while also offering unique views of the Sunshine Coast.
Location & Trail Notes
To get to the trailhead, you’ll need to make your way to Valentine Mountain Park. Follow Joyce Avenue north until it ends at Manson Avenue. Then take a left on Manson Avenue and follow it for about 5 minutes until it ends on Cranberry Street. Take a left onto Cranberry Street and drive approximately 500 metres until you reach Crown Avenue. Turn right on Crown Avenue (between the cemetery and the curling rink), and at the end of the road you can park.
Keep an eye out for a set of stairs just off the trail to the right. The climb includes about 100 wooden and rocky steps that are somewhat steep. It takes about 20 minutes to reach the top.
At the top, enjoy a picnic while taking in the views. To the west, you’ll see the Historic Townsite, the Hulks, sweeping views of the Salish Sea, and even a glimpse of both Harwood Island and Texada Island. On the east side you can see the Cranberry neighbourhood and Mowat Bay. If you head to the north side, you will get a spectacular view of the Powell Lake Marina and Scout Mountain.
There are also trails around the summit to explore.
Please adhere to any posted signage. Keep in mind that:
- Dogs are welcome, but you should keep them leashed and use waste bags.
- The stairs are somewhat steep, so take your time as you climb up and down.
- This is an area that wildlife frequents, so treat the area and its inhabitants with respect. Keep your distance and pack out what you pack in.
Click here to view Valentine Mountain Park on Google Maps.