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Pender Island
Travel Guide

Pender Island showing rugged coastline, a bay or harbour and kayaking or canoeing

These two idyllic islands in the archipelago outside Vancouver promise relaxing walks, charming towns and a warm rural atmosphere.

Pender Island, in spite of its singular name, actually consists of two islands. The sense of community here is felt strongly through its rich connections to the past and a large presence of artistic and creative types. Enjoy the relaxed pace of Pender, a laid-back and peaceful vacation destination.

The two islands were once connected to one another, before a canal was carved through the isthmus in 1902. Today, most residents live on North Pender, where old-world farms grow organic produce. Explore Roesland, once farmland and then a coastal resort, now part of a national reserve Here, browse the Pender Island Museum to learn more about the community’s agrarian past.

Swim or engage in watersports in the ocean waters around the islands. Rent a kayak to paddle in the coastal coves and inlets at a gentle pace. Don goggles and dive into a cave at Tilly Point, where glowing anemones line the ocean bed.

Tee off on the scenic nine-hole course at Pender Island Golf & Country Club. The putting greens and driving ranges here are surrounded by thick woodland.

Explore the scenery of Gulf Islands National Park Reserve, a large portion of which is on South Pender. Hike up Mount Norman or take a more leisurely walk to places such as Enchanted Forest Park, a fairy-tale glade. Tour the wilderness and look for bears, whales and other wildlife.

Come to Pender Island on the first weekend in August to witness the annual Hope Bay Boat Days, a 2-day festival with music, boat shows and communal dinners. In the same month, purchase the best produce from local farms at the lively Fall Fair.

Peak season in the Gulf Islands is in July and August, when the sun is out and the water is perfect for swimming. Travel to the island by ferry from Swartz Bay on Victoria Island or Tsawwassen in Vancouver. Fly in on a float plane to view the beauty of Pender Island from above.

Poets Cove Resort & Spa
Poets Cove Resort & Spa
4 out of 5
9801 Spalding Rd, Pender Island, BC
The price is £178 per night from 21 Jun to 21 Jun
Located on the waterfront, this family-friendly resort is within 9 mi (15 km) of Gulf Islands National Park Reserve, Driftwood Centre and Browning Harbour Marina. ...
4.2/5Excellent! (125 reviews)
"Staff extremely friendly and helpful with check in and check out, especially With accommodating to toddlers nap times! Beautiful room and wonderful experience :)"

Reviewed on 14 Apr 2021

Poets Cove Resort & Spa
High on the Hill, With Privacy
High on the Hill, With Privacy
4705 Scarff Rd, Pender Island, BC
Situated in Pender Island, this bed & breakfast is within 1 mile (2 km) of Driftwood Centre and Browning Harbour Marina. Gulf Islands National Park Reserve and ...
4.7/5Exceptional! (6 reviews)
Best Bed
"Victoria is very good at communicating, checking in and a friendly host and is ready to help with whatever is needed."

Reviewed on 24 Sep 2020

High on the Hill, With Privacy
Shangri-La Oceanfront B&B
Shangri-La Oceanfront B&B
3.5 out of 5
5909 Pirates Rd, Pender Island, BC
Situated in Pender Island, this bed & breakfast is within 6 miles (10 km) of Gulf Islands National Park Reserve, Driftwood Centre and Browning Harbour Marina. ...
Shangri-La Oceanfront B&B
Lowest nightly price found within the past 24 hours based on a 1 night stay for 2 adults. Prices and availability subject to change. Additional terms may apply.
Shangri-La Waterfront Vacation Home
Shangri-La Waterfront Vacation Home
3.5 out of 5
7911 Bedwell Dr., Pender Island, BC
Situated in Pender Island, this golf holiday home is within 6 miles (10 km) of Gulf Islands National Park Reserve, Driftwood Centre and Browning Harbour Marina. ...
Shangri-La Waterfront Vacation Home
Connected Hearts Home - Entire Guest Suite on Lovely Pender Island, BC!
Connected Hearts Home - Entire Guest Suite on Lovely Pender Island, BC!
38234 Schooner Way, Pender Island, BC
Situated on a lake, this holiday home is within 3 miles (5 km) of Driftwood Centre, Browning Harbour Marina and Gulf Islands National Park Reserve. Sea Star ...
5/5Exceptional! (2 reviews)
Connected Hearts Touched My Heart
"Pender Island is a magical place and staying at Lesley & Sarah's home was a comfortable gift for my weekend get-away... If you get a lucky treat sometimes Sarah sings by the campfire which we got to listen to and really enjoyed. The upper unit is spacious with 3 full bedrooms and then 2 additional ..."

Reviewed on 17 May 2021

Connected Hearts Home - Entire Guest Suite on Lovely Pender Island, BC!
Delightful Country Cottage With Ocean Outlook
Delightful Country Cottage With Ocean Outlook
8960 Gowlland Point Road, Pender Island, BC
Situated on the waterfront, this cottage is within 9 miles (15 km) of Gulf Islands National Park Reserve, Driftwood Centre and Browning Harbour Marina. Sea Star ...
4.9/5Exceptional! (45 reviews)
A great comfortable cottage in a peaceful setting!
"We loved our stay at this cottage! We stayed with our two young daughters and three large dogs (a big group!) and it was a perfect and comfortable place to stay! The cottage was exactly as described, outfitted very well with everything we needed, and had lots of little details we enjoyed, such as ..."

Reviewed on 21 Nov 2020

Delightful Country Cottage With Ocean Outlook
Lowest nightly price found within the past 24 hours based on a 1 night stay for 2 adults. Prices and availability subject to change. Additional terms may apply.

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