There are lots of interesting and funny stories about Powell River and the Sunshine Coast region in the Coastal BC Series of books written by Wayne J. Lutz.  Up the Lake focuses mainly on stories about the Powell Lake area.  Up the Main focuses on ATV riding and hiking in the backcountry around Powell River.  The newest book, Up the Winter Trail, focuses on winter activities in the Powell River area.  If you are planning on coming to the 2010 Winter Olympics this would be a good book to read.  All books are available in Powell River or at www.PowellRiverBooks.com.  Consider coming to Powell River any time of year.  It is truly the Pearl of the Sunshine Coast.