Every year we welcome new students to our beautiful city of Powell River. Powell River is at the north end of the province of British Columbia’s Sunshine Coast. It is home to about 13,000 people. Powell River has a small intimate atmosphere while still offering a variety of activities such as restaurants, shopping, music and entertainment. Powell River is safe and free of traffic, pollution and excessive noise. The city is surrounded by nature that will take your breath away. The climate is warm in summer and mild in winter.
In the early 1900’s, the town was built around a pulp and paper mill, which still operates today. Powell River was officially designated as a city in 2005. The City of Powell River includes the original Townsite, which became designated as a National Historic District in 1995, one of only 7 in Canada.
Powell River is a city that embraces diversity and welcomes people from all over the globe. You will have the opportunity to join local sports teams, get involved with local organizations and volunteer. People here will give you a warm welcome when they discover you are a student of Camber College. They will help you integrate into the activities and lifestyle of the city, and you will have the chance to make some Canadian friends while learning new vocabulary, and become more than just a visitor.
The Province of British Columbia (BC) is on the west coast of Canada, between the Rocky Mountains and the Pacific Ocean, with a population of about 4.6 million people surrounded by natural beauty with many mountains, rivers, lakes and forests. BC is a very large province — larger than many countries in the world. For example, BC is four times larger than Great Britain.
Vancouver is the biggest city in the province of British Columbia, and the third largest city in Canada. More than two million people live there, almost half of the population of the province. Vancouver is a five-hour trip from Powell River, a very scenic drive with two ferry crossings.
Victoria is the capital city of BC, located across the Strait of Georgia from Powell River, on Vancouver Island. About 350,000 people live in Victoria.
The province is known as Canada’s playground, with an emphasis on outdoor activities summer and winter. The proximity of the Pacific Ocean provides not only beautiful scenery and wildlife viewing but opportunities for sailing and salt-water fishing. You are sure to enjoy British Columbia while you are here studying English.
Canada is known globally as being one of the world’s most diverse, tolerant and welcoming countries. Canada was ranked the eighth most peaceful country in the world.* In Canada, 76% of people feel safe walking alone at night, higher than the OECD average of 69%.
Canada is a democratic country with laws that protect the rights of citizens. In 1971, Canada was the first country in the world to adopt multiculturalism as an official policy. By doing so, Canada affirmed the value and dignity of all Canadian citizens regardless of their racial or ethnic origins, their language, or their religious affiliation.
Canada offers a world class language education for you. The Canadian education system has produced scientists, designers, educators, artists and humanitarians who have changed the world. A Canadian degree, diploma or certificate is recognized globally as being comparative to those from other Commonwealth nations and the United States. Learning opportunities in Canada will provide you with a high-quality education that will open doors for your future and benefit your career.
*Source: OECD Better Life Index, www.oecdbetterlifeindex.org/countries/canada/