Tuesday, September 3, 2013
The Old Courthouse Inn
Besides the Rodmay, the "Historic District" has another hotel, the Old Courthouse Inn, where I breakfasted at a cafe named after a native daughter from the nearby town of Cranberry. Edie Rae is in her 70s now. Her picture is everywhere.
The Old Courthouse was purchased a couple years ago by a couple from Alberta. These two have done a marvellous job restoring the hotel, enhancing what is best about the building, without losing sight of how we live today.
During my second visit to Edie's I spoke with one of the owners. He said the former mall just south of the hotel was recently purchased by a West Vancouver businessman, with the intention of turning it into a "Granville Island-style public market."
Below is a picture of the mall looking south from the Old Courthouse (note the inverted Jim Price Social Credit campaign sign in the upper window):
Here is a picture of the mall looking northwest, a block east of the Rodmay:
Here is a picture of the Powell River Open Air Market, a long-running community institution that features food and crafts, as well as music, archery and a miniature train ride for children: