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
The price is CA $195 per night from Dec 2 to Dec 2
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. ...
4.2/5 Very Good! (151 reviews)
"The only problem was with a clogged shower stall."

Reviewed on Nov. 10, 2021

Poets Cove Resort & Spa
Private, spectacular ocean vistas, swimming pool !
Private, spectacular ocean vistas, swimming pool !
Pender Island, BC
This family-friendly Pender Island villa is located in a rural location, within a 15-minute walk of Otter Bay Marina and Pender Island Golf and Country Club. ...
4.9/5 Exceptional! (60 reviews)
WONDERFUL STAY
"My sister, an old friend, and I stayed at Sun Raven in September and it was excellent. The place is beautiful, with an incredible view, and Steve was a perfect host. He went above and beyond to make our stay ideal, advising us about good hiking trails, providing wood for the fireplace, and helping ..."

Reviewed on Oct. 12, 2021

Private, spectacular ocean vistas, swimming pool !
Connected Hearts Home - Entire Guest Suite on Lovely Pender Island, BC!
Connected Hearts Home - Entire Guest Suite on Lovely Pender Island, BC!
Pender Island, BC
Situated on a lake, this vacation home is within 3 mi (5 km) of Driftwood Centre, Browning Harbour Marina, and Gulf Islands National Park Reserve. Sea Star Vineyard ...
5/5 Exceptional! (4 reviews)
A great weekend away
"It was very cute, clean and well set up. Loved that there was a continental breakfast included and a fully stocked bathroom. It is very thoughtful. Was easy to communicate and set things up with. We really enjoyed our stay. :)"

Reviewed on Sep. 16, 2021

Connected Hearts Home - Entire Guest Suite on Lovely Pender Island, BC!
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.
Private, spectacular ocean vistas, swimming pool !
Private, spectacular ocean vistas, swimming pool !
Pender Island, BC
This family-friendly Pender Island villa is located in a rural location, within a 15-minute walk of Otter Bay Marina and Pender Island Golf and Country Club. ...
4.9/5 Exceptional! (60 reviews)
WONDERFUL STAY
"My sister, an old friend, and I stayed at Sun Raven in September and it was excellent. The place is beautiful, with an incredible view, and Steve was a perfect host. He went above and beyond to make our stay ideal, advising us about good hiking trails, providing wood for the fireplace, and helping ..."

Reviewed on Oct. 12, 2021

Private, spectacular ocean vistas, swimming pool !
Connected Hearts Home - Entire Guest Suite on Lovely Pender Island, BC!
Connected Hearts Home - Entire Guest Suite on Lovely Pender Island, BC!
Pender Island, BC
Situated on a lake, this vacation home is within 3 mi (5 km) of Driftwood Centre, Browning Harbour Marina, and Gulf Islands National Park Reserve. Sea Star Vineyard ...
5/5 Exceptional! (4 reviews)
A great weekend away
"It was very cute, clean and well set up. Loved that there was a continental breakfast included and a fully stocked bathroom. It is very thoughtful. Was easy to communicate and set things up with. We really enjoyed our stay. :)"

Reviewed on Sep. 16, 2021

Connected Hearts Home - Entire Guest Suite on Lovely Pender Island, BC!
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
Situated in a rural location, this romantic cottage is within 3 mi (5 km) of Driftwood Centre, Browning Harbour Marina, and Gulf Islands National Park Reserve. ...
4.9/5 Exceptional! (47 reviews)
Wonderful little spot!
"Beautiful property, cute and clean little cottage. Owner is friendly and the dog is great. We'll be back someday!"

Reviewed on Nov. 7, 2021

Cosy Cottage in Sunny Garden Setting. Central Location. Pet Friendly. Private.
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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