Pender Island

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Pender Island featuring 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, V0N2M3
The price is CA $265 per night from May 29 to May 30
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 ...
4.2/5 Very Good! (168 reviews)
"The property was brilliant Food was excellent Staff helpful and friendly Pool was warm and clean The villa was run down and filthy Giving it 4 stars instead of 5"

Reviewed on May 12, 2022

Poets Cove Resort & Spa
Cosy Cottage in Sunny Garden Setting. Central Location. Pet Friendly. Private.
Cosy Cottage in Sunny Garden Setting. Central Location. Pet Friendly. Private.
Pender Island, BC
Stay at this business-friendly cottage in Pender Island. Enjoy WiFi, onsite parking, and a garden. Our guests praise the comfy beds in our reviews. Popular attractions ...
4.9/5 Exceptional! (52 reviews)
Great property
"Zoe went above and beyond to ensure our stay was comfortable!"

Reviewed on Apr. 8, 2022

Cosy Cottage in Sunny Garden Setting. Central Location. Pet Friendly. Private.
Unobstructed Ocean, Islands, Mountain View. Complete privacy in fully gated area
Unobstructed Ocean, Islands, Mountain View. Complete privacy in fully gated area
Pender Island, BC
Stay at this family-friendly cabin in Pender Island. Enjoy WiFi, onsite parking, and fenced yards. Popular attractions Browning Harbour Marina and Driftwood ...
4.8/5 Exceptional! (5 reviews)
Bliss, just sitting and looking at the view
"The house is spectacular and the views are he best we have see. The property manager has stocked the place amazingly well. Communicating through the vrbo system is cumbersome but Vernise always answered he phone, whihc was good. The only drawback was the cleaning, which was generally good but there ..."

Reviewed on Apr. 16, 2022

Unobstructed Ocean, Islands, Mountain View. Complete privacy in fully gated area
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.
Cosy Cottage in Sunny Garden Setting. Central Location. Pet Friendly. Private.
Cosy Cottage in Sunny Garden Setting. Central Location. Pet Friendly. Private.
Pender Island, BC
Stay at this business-friendly cottage in Pender Island. Enjoy WiFi, onsite parking, and a garden. Our guests praise the comfy beds in our reviews. Popular attractions ...
4.9/5 Exceptional! (52 reviews)
Great property
"Zoe went above and beyond to ensure our stay was comfortable!"

Reviewed on Apr. 8, 2022

Cosy Cottage in Sunny Garden Setting. Central Location. Pet Friendly. Private.
Unobstructed Ocean, Islands, Mountain View. Complete privacy in fully gated area
Unobstructed Ocean, Islands, Mountain View. Complete privacy in fully gated area
Pender Island, BC
Stay at this family-friendly cabin in Pender Island. Enjoy WiFi, onsite parking, and fenced yards. Popular attractions Browning Harbour Marina and Driftwood ...
4.8/5 Exceptional! (5 reviews)
Bliss, just sitting and looking at the view
"The house is spectacular and the views are he best we have see. The property manager has stocked the place amazingly well. Communicating through the vrbo system is cumbersome but Vernise always answered he phone, whihc was good. The only drawback was the cleaning, which was generally good but there ..."

Reviewed on Apr. 16, 2022

Unobstructed Ocean, Islands, Mountain View. Complete privacy in fully gated area
PENDER ISLAND GETAWAY - Luxury Modern Cottage For Rent:
PENDER ISLAND GETAWAY - Luxury Modern Cottage For Rent:
Pender Island, BC
Stay at this family-friendly cottage in Pender Island. Enjoy free WiFi, an outdoor pool, and onsite parking. Our guests praise the pool in our reviews. Popular ...
4.9/5 Exceptional! (43 reviews)
Gorgeous view, but fell short of our expectations.
"Pros: - Gorgeous view. Absolutely beautiful! - Large deck space and outdoor furniture. - Well stocked kitchen. - Lovely property and grounds. - Enough space for 4. - New couch delivered on our day of arrival. Cons: - Horrendous customer service by onsite staff member. I have never before experienced ..."

Reviewed on May 2, 2022

PENDER ISLAND GETAWAY - Luxury Modern Cottage For Rent:
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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Ina

Aug 13, 2019

Some options available for restaurant, but some places only open 5 days/week or only for lunch

5/5 - Excellent

Verified traveller

Mar 22, 2019

Beautiful island and friendly people.

5/5 - Excellent

Verified traveller

Mar 18, 2019

Pender is my favorite gulf island due to all the fantastic hiking, easy access trails to coastline and the amazing people!

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