The hut at Inland Lake West is one of two huts on Inland Lake that are managed by BC Parks and require a modest user fee. (Reservation information.) This hut has been made accessible to all users of the Sunshine Coast Trail, but be aware, hikers with mobility issues do have priority. This facility, located along the popular Inland Lake Trail, is wheelchair accessible. Inland Lake became a provincial park in 1997, and qPAWS is proud to have been part of those negotiations. To get to this hut, you must walk around to the west side of Inland Lake, which is an easy, flat few kilometres.
Inland Lake is a wonderful place to swim, and there are multiple private swimming spots from the trail around the lake. It is a popular spot with locals, but big enough that it never feels crowded. Don’t miss a stop here!
Inland Lake-West Hut At-A-Glance
- Small, closed hut
- Outhouse, picnic tables, wheelchair access, great swimming
Why you should go
Inland Lake is a favourite day hiking / picnicking / swimming / biking / canoeing spot in Powell River. It is easily accessible, just a 20-minute drive from town, and the trail around the lake is completely flat and very beautiful. This is a great “first hut” visit for those just getting their feet wet on the Sunshine Coast Trail. It’s an easy hut to visit with small children — even those in strollers since the trail is wheelchair accessible.
How to get there
Inland Lake Park is located north of Powell River. Turn uphill on Duncan Street to Manson Avenue and then turn left at the stop sign. Follow Manson a little over 2 km to Cassiar, and turn right, driving around the northeast side of Cranberry Lake to Haslam. Turn right up Haslam, and at the top of the short hill turn left onto the gravel road for about 5 km. Turn right at the Haywire Bay/Inland Lake intersection for another 2 km, then turn left into the campsite parking lot.
Hike northward on the gravel trail that loops around the lake. Two of the three small huts that were originally built for persons with disabilities are now available for use by the general public. These huts, which can accommodate two people each, are situated away from the main campsite at the parking lot. (The one at the parking lot is always reserved for people with mobility challenges). Inland Lake West hut is located around the KM 9 marker across the lake.
See the Sunshine Coast Trail Guidebook for more detailed information.