Powell River Wharf at Westview

City of Powell River

Sources of Funding
ICET:$1,422,170
City of Powell River:$551,545
BC Ferries Corporation:$489,475
BC Spirit Square Program:$300,000
WestCCAP:$250,000
UBCM:$48,004
Total Budget: $3,061,194
Quick Facts: 

The completion of the Wharf at Westview project has revitalized the heart of the Powell River  waterfront.

The Wharf at Westview project, located in the center of the Powell River waterfront, had been in the planning and construction phases for nearly 10 years. Due to unresolved tenure issues, the site languished in an incomplete state. The BC Ferries Terminal area sees significant tourism traffic and important  economic opportunities had been missed over the previous decade.

The new Wharfinger building is centrally located within the site, allowing for easy access for visiting boaters and commercial fishermen. The renovated tanker-wharf  has been transformed into a community fishing pier providing an open-air venue for local and visiting entertainers to hold performances. The wharf has also been designed to accommodate smaller cruise-ship type vessels or visiting military vessels. Many local components were used in the project including handrails fabricated in Powell River, timber work on the walkway, benches, and wood used for framing the Wharfinger building.

The completion of the Wharf at Westview project in 2013 has revitalized the heart of the Powell River waterfront and has allowed for the integration of the site to other areas of the waterfront by linking them with boardwalks. The Wharf at Westview area is now a welcoming gateway for visitors arriving in Powell River and enables the City to capitalize on the tourism traffic passing through the BC Ferries terminal.

The City of Powell River does not have an official Town Square, so the new Wharf at Westview also serves as a gathering and celebration space for the community, adding increased vitality to the downtown core and increasing business and opportunities for downtown merchants. 

ICET By The Numbers

2,500
person years employment created (construction phase)

ICET By The Numbers

50
locally elected officials and MLAs working together

ICET By The Numbers

$10.4
million annual provincial government revenue generated

ICET By The Numbers

2,600
post completion jobs created

ICET By The Numbers

$4.6
dollars leveraged for every ICET dollar invested

ICET By The Numbers

$230
million leveraged into the region

ICET By The Numbers

$49.1
million disbursed

ICET By The Numbers

$50.9
million committed

ICET By The Numbers

185
economic development projects

ICET By The Numbers

150
projects completed

ICET By The Numbers

36%
projects in small (less than 5,000) communities

ICET By The Numbers

50+
communities with ICET projects

2019-21 Strategic Plan

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