Pender Island

Travel Guide
Pender Island showing kayaking or canoeing, island images and a bay or harbour
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.

Coast Tsawwassen Inn
Coast Tsawwassen Inn
3 out of 5
1665 56 St, Delta, BC, V4L2B2
The price is CA $172 per night from Jun. 5 to Jun. 6
CA $172
per night
Jun. 5 - Jun. 6
Stay at this 3-star eco-friendly hotel in Delta. Enjoy free breakfast, free WiFi, and free parking. Our guests praise the breakfast and the helpful staff in ...
9.4/10 Exceptional! (1,125 reviews)
"Beautiful Hotel and accommodations. Great place to stay!"

Reviewed on May 28, 2023

Coast Tsawwassen Inn
Poets Cove Resort & Spa
Poets Cove Resort & Spa
4 out of 5
9801 Spalding Rd, Pender Island, BC, V0N2M3
Stay at this 4-star beach resort in Pender Island. Enjoy free WiFi, free parking, and an outdoor pool. Our guests praise the pool and the comfy rooms in our ...
8.4/10 Very Good! (208 reviews)
"This property need to have a/c"

Reviewed on May 23, 2023

Poets Cove Resort & Spa
Travelodge by Wyndham Victoria Airport
Travelodge by Wyndham Victoria Airport
3 out of 5
2280 Beacon Ave, Sidney, BC, V8L1X1
Fully refundableReserve now, pay when you stay
The price is CA $209 per night from May 30 to May 31
CA $209
per night
May 30 - May 31
Stay at this 3-star business-friendly hotel in Sidney. Enjoy free breakfast, free WiFi, and free parking. Our guests praise the helpful staff and the clean rooms ...
8.4/10 Very Good! (1,004 reviews)
"The breakfast was very good with lots of options to choose from."

Reviewed on May 24, 2023

Travelodge by Wyndham Victoria Airport
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.
Elk Lake Inn Suites Victoria
Elk Lake Inn Suites Victoria
3.5 out of 5
4670 Elk Lake Drive, Victoria, BC, V8Z 5M2
Stay at this 3.5-star business-friendly aparthotel in Victoria. Enjoy free WiFi, free parking, and an outdoor pool. Our guests praise the helpful staff and the ...
6/10 (2 reviews)
"Really clean and great location"

Reviewed on May 15, 2023

Elk Lake Inn Suites Victoria
Ocean Front- 8 bedroom luxury vacation home featuring  boat moorage and kayaks
Ocean Front- 8 bedroom luxury vacation home featuring boat moorage and kayaks
Capital G, BC
Stay at this beach vacation home in Pender Island. Enjoy free WiFi, a beach locale, and onsite parking. Our guests praise the family amenities in our reviews. ...
10/10 Exceptional! (67 reviews)
Wonderful
"Beautiful home in a beautiful location with everything provided, fully equipped. Well maintained. Couldn’t be better."

Reviewed on May 13, 2023

Ocean Front- 8 bedroom luxury vacation home featuring boat moorage and kayaks
Delightful Country Cottage with Ocean Outlook
Delightful Country Cottage with Ocean Outlook
Pender Island, BC
Stay at this family-friendly cottage in Pender Island. Enjoy free WiFi, onsite parking, and a garden. Popular attractions Thomson Park Saturna Beach and Sea ...
9.8/10 Exceptional! (74 reviews)
3 day Getaway from the mainland
"Beautiful quiet setting. Great location for small hikes and access to the beach trails. Everything you need in the kitchen to do all your own meals."

Reviewed on May 22, 2023

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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