Named after a university town in Sweden, Lund is located only 25
km (15.5 miles) north of Powell River
at the very end or the beginning of Hwy 101.
Hwy 101 or the Pan-American Highway is the longest highway in the
world, going 15,020 km (9,312 miles) from Lund all the way to Castro,
Located at the southern end of Manson Passage, Lund is a boaters'
dream come true with Desolation Sound, British Columbia's largest
marine park, located close by. Desolation Sound boasts over 60 km
(37 miles) miles of shoreline featuring sheltered coves, sandy beaches,
tranquil bays and small islands.
Located at the confluence of Homfray Channel and Malaspina Inlet,
Desolation Sound during the summer features very warm clear ocean
water similar to Mexico. If you enjoy swimming, snorkeling and scuba
diving, these waters are ideal. For kayaking the exploring is exceptional.
Just off the coast from Lund in Thulin Passage is another marine
park called the Copeland Islands Provincial Marine Park or known
locally as the Ragged Islands. Made up of a small chain of islands
that are all grouped together, Copeland Islands is an ideal spot
to go ocean kayaking or for safe moorage. The Copelands are about
halfway to Desolation Sound from Lund and is an easy day trip.
One relic that is a must to visit when you're at Lund is the Lund
Hotel which was built in 1905 by brothers Charlie and Fred Thulin
from Sweden. The Lund Hotel absolutely oozes of history from BC's
fabled coastline. The hotel was completely updated in 2000 by the
Sliammon First Nation and partner/businessman, David Formosa, providing
you with the very best in accommodation.
Besides the Lund Hotel you can also get a bite to eat at Nancy's
Bakery, a bakery style coffee shop located on the waterfront. Nancy's
is a great spot for treating yourself with an excellent coffee or
fresh-baked breads and pastries while enjoying a view of the harbour
Situated at the dock area near the Lund Hotel is where you can catch
a water taxi to one of British Columbia's best beach areas sometimes
called 'Hawaii of the North,' Savary
Island is a small island within view of Lund which is mostly
encircled by sandy beaches. If you like to walk, make your way around
the island, especially to South Beach where you can find probably
Savary's finest beach.
Arm Provincial Park
If you happen to be in Lund without a boat there is a marine park
you can visit that has road access. Okeover Arm Marine Provincial
Park is only 9 km (6 miles) east of Lund. The park features a pebble
beach with great access for kayaking up Okeover Arm. Just remember
if you want to camp, the campground is very small and can get quite
popular during the summer.
Sunshine Coast Trail
There is a very nice recreational trail located near Lund called
the Sunshine Coast Trail. The northern trailhead of the 180 km (112
miles) trail to Saltery Bay is located just north of Lund at Sarah
Point. If you want to start at Sarah Point, it is near the end of
the Malaspina Peninsula in Desolation Sound and has to be accessed
by water taxi.
If your plans don't allow for this, there is an access point to
the trail on Malaspina Road near Lund. You can now go either north
to Sarah Point, then return, or travel south towards Powell River
and come out near the Shinglemill Pub on Powell Lake.
To complete The Sunshine Coast Trail straight through from Sarah
Point to Saltery Bay you will have to plan on hiking at least 10-15
km (6-10 miles) per day. The good thing though, if you don't want
to do it completely, there are at least 20 access points throughout
the length of the trail.
The area around Lund, Savary Island, Harwood Island and south towards
Powell River are the traditional lands of the Sliammon First Nation.
Although many of the ancient villages have disappeared this land
is still considered sacred by the Sliammon. Take your time and visit
some of the art displays and kiosks that show this proud heritage.
If you would like to experience some of the recreation possibilities
that Lund has to offer, there are plenty of adventure groups working
out of Lund and Powell River. Many offer kayak tours, scuba diving
experiences and Zodiac rides throughout Desolation Sound and the
There are a few bed & breakfast outlets in the area. One that
you'll find quite fascinating definitely has to be The Dome. The
buildings are carved out of Cedar plants into a myriad of sculpture
and design. The Dome will introduce you to the unique West Coast
art found in Lund and the Powell River Regional District.
If you're RV camping overnight at Lund, please try Sunlund By-The-Sea.
The campground is conveniently located within strolling distance
of Nancy's Bakery, Savary Island Water Taxi and the Lund Hotel.
Sunlund By-The-Sea is especially enjoyable as it is situated on
the western slope which gives it lots of sun especially in the late
evenings and during the fall season. Just remember to pack a flash
light for the narrow trail at night.
Service Recreation Sites
There are also two old rustic Forest Service Recreation Sites in
the area called Dinner Rock and the other, Appleton Creek. Dinner
Rock is just south of town off Hwy 101 directly across from the
south-east tip of Savary Island. Appleton Creek is directly east
of Sliammon travelling on generally rough roads.
on Savary Island