Pender Island is one of the Southern Gulf Islands in British Columbia, Canada. It is situated in the Strait of Georgia between Vancouver Island and the mainland of British Columbia. The island is part of Capital Regional District and has an approximate population of just under 2,500 people.

The island is made up of two main communities, North Pender Island and South Pender Island, which are connected by a bridge and are surrounded by the Salish Sea. Each community has its own distinct character and amenities. North Pender Island is more developed and offers services such as grocery stores, restaurants, shops, and accommodations. South Pender Island, on the other hand, is more rural and features a quieter and more laid-back atmosphere.

Pender Island is known for its natural beauty and serene atmosphere, making it a popular destination for nature lovers, outdoor enthusiasts, and those seeking a peaceful getaway. The island offers a variety of recreational activities, including hiking, biking, kayaking, boating, fishing, and wildlife viewing. It is home to many species of wildlife, including whales, seals, and bald eagles.

Pender Island is blessed with stunning natural landscapes, including lush forests, picturesque shorelines and scenic viewpoints. There are several parks and nature reserves on the island which include the Gulf Islands National Park Reserve and Mount Norman Park, where visitors can explore trails, admire the local flora and fauna and enjoy breathtaking vistas.

The island also has a vibrant arts and culture scene, with local artists, galleries and studios showcasing their work. Throughout the year, Pender Island hosts various events and festivals that celebrate music, art and community.

Pender Island is accessible by ferry from Swartz Bay on Vancouver Island or Tsawwassen on the mainland. Once on the island, transportation options include driving, cycling or walking. It's worth noting that Pender Island does not have public transit, so having a vehicle is helpful for getting around.

To get to Pender Island from Vancouver or Victoria, you can take a ferry (run by BC Ferries). From Tsawwassen Ferry Terminal in Vancouver, there are up to 3 daily round-trip sailings to Otter Bay on Pender Island. The ferry from Vancouver to Pender Island takes around 1 hour and 20 minutes (for direct ferries) and about 2 hours and 15 minutes with stops at Galiano Island and Mayne Island.

From the Swartz Bay ferry terminal in Victoria, there are up to 8 daily round-trip sailings to Pender Island. Travel time is only 40 minutes for direct ferries to Pender (but longer for ferries that stop along the way at Galiano, Mayne, Saturna, or Salt Spring Island). 

You can find more information about BC ferries, their timetable, and prices by clicking on their logo.     


Amenities on Pender: 

While Pender Island is primarily a residential area, it offers a range of amenities, services and businesses to cater to both locals and visitors.  Here are some of the key features you can find on Pender Island:

Dining: There are several restaurants, cafes and eateries with a diverse range of cuisines. Whether you're in the mood for international dishes or farm-to-table organic fare, you can find options to suit your taste.

Grocery Stores & Shops:  There are a few grocery stores where you can find daily essentials, fresh produce and supplies. You will also find a selection of boutique shops and local stores selling unique gifts, crafts and artwork.

Health Services: There is a medical clinic that provides basic healthcare services to residents and visitors but you will need to go to the mainland or Victoria for any specialized or hospital care.

Artists & Art Galleries: There is a thriving arts community here with several local artists & artisans showcasing their work in galleries and studios. Enthusiasts can visit their work in these spaces to appreciate and purchase their unique pieces.

Community Center: There is a center that hosts various events, workshops and recreational activities throughout the year. It serves as a gathering place for residents and visitors.

Professional Services: While the island is primarily a residential community, you can find professional services including Realtors, Architects, Lawyers and Accountants.

Golf: Pender is home to a golf course which provides a scenic setting for all golfers to enjoy their sport.

Vineyards: There are several wineries that offer wine tastings, vineyard tours and cozy picnic areas with stunning views of the surrounding landscape. They produce a variety of wines and have become a popular tourist destination for wine enthusiasts.

Accommodations:  A variety of options including resorts, bed & breakfasts, vacation rentals & campgrounds. These all provide comfortable stays for tourists and travelers exploring the island.

Recreational Activities on Pender: 

There are so many things to do and places to go on Pender Island. Here are just a few ideas...

Relax on Hamilton Beach, hike Mount Menzies, Mount Norman or Roe Lake Loop.  Visit a wine-tasting room, get a massage in a vintage Airstream trailer and then grab a bite to eat at Woods on Pender. Camp in Shingle Bay or spend the night at Poets Cove & Spa. Visit Pender's museum or play a round of golf at golf island disc park. Stroll through Vern Simpson Studio and do some shopping at a farmers market or the 'Islnd Grl Collective'. Any day is well spent at Magic lake or hiking and taking in views from Gowland Point.

For a full list of places to see and a great resource for a business directory, check out the 'Chamber of Commerce' website by clicking on their logo.

Pender Island is a great destination for outdoor activities and exploring nature. Whether you’re spending a weekend, a week or living full time there, Pender Island is sure to provide a memorable experience .

Overall, Pender Island offers a tranquil and picturesque setting, making it an ideal destination for those seeking a peaceful retreat amidst beautiful natural surroundings.

Pender Island - New Listing  (7905 Bedwell Dr.)

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Waterfront home on Starvation Bay at the south end of North Pender Island. Built in 1973 with extensions done in 01/03 the house blends modern updates with rustic charm to create a comfortable and inviting living space. 2 Attached garages offer ample space for cars, rec vehicles. Interior features include updated kitchen, open plan to the dining living/living rooms with access to the deck facing the beach with views across to South Pender. Upstairs bedrooms feature hardwood floors, bay windows, access to a captivating sunroom with vaulted timber framed ceiling, a shared bathroom remodelled with limestone. Access to beach via engineered staircase. Extensive exterior stonework includes planning for outdoor kitchen along with covered double carport for your hobbies. *some cosmetic interior finishing required in the garage connections to the main house.

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