Powell River Airport (“YPW”) – Runway Rehabilitation Project (“Project”)

In accordance with the 2020-2045 Airport Master Plan, the City of Powell River is proceeding with the YPW runway, pavement and electrical rehabilitation. This grant-funded project is anticipated to proceed quickly this year and will require a full closure of the runway. This letter is to advise their partners and community to be prepared to make alternate travel arrangements for a limited period of time.


Following the closure of a bid process yesterday, March 5, 2024 the process for reviewing bids is now underway. Subject to the award of the contract, a full closure of the airport runway is required for an uninterrupted period limited to a maximum of 8 weeks between April – mid-June, 2024. Once Council have awarded the contract to the successful bidder, the City will be in a position to provide more details and certainty regarding the exact dates for the full closure period. Helicopter services will continue to operate throughout the Project. Floatplane service out of the Powell Lake water drome will also continue uninterrupted.


Please visit the following links for background and updates throughout this process:
Should you have a question not answered in the links provided above, please get in touch with the Powell River Airport: 604 414 3401 or Duane Ranta at dranta@powellriver.ca.


The City is grateful for the approximately 8 million dollar grant funding from the Airport Capital Assistance Program (ACAP) that will provide our community with an upgraded runway. However, they acknowledge that this project will impact our community, businesses and visitors and thank you for your patience as the City improve this important and critical transportation asset for our community.


About the qathet Regional District:
The City of Powell River is the member municipality of the qathet Regional District. The qathet Regional District serves the rural areas from Lund to sḵelhp (Saltery Bay), the City of Powell River, Texada Island, Savary Island, and Lasqueti Island. The qRD provides some services, through contract, to Tla’amin Nation. To learn more please visit qathet.ca.