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Pender IslandCanada

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.

Top Hotels in Pender Island

Estimated price for 1 night / 2 adults
Poets Cove Resort & Spa
Poets Cove Resort & Spa
4 out of 5
9801 Spalding Rd, Pender Island, BC
The price is ¥21,294 per night

Located on the waterfront, this family-friendly resort is within 12 mi (20 km) of Driftwood Centre, Pender Island Golf and Country Club, and Pender Island Museum. ...

4.1/5Very Good! (110 reviews)

"The very warm family pool was a huge hit with my son."…"

Reviewed on Sep 16, 2019

Poets Cove Resort & Spa
Salmonberry Inn
Salmonberry Inn
2.5 out of 5
9888 Canal Road, Pender Island, BC

Situated on the waterfront, this hotel is within 9 mi (15 km) of Driftwood Centre, Browning Harbour Marina, and Sea Star Vineyard. Pender Island Museum is 7.1 ...

4.9/5Exceptional! (52 reviews)

"Beautiful location overlooking the ocean, very private and spacious for the few nights we stayed."…"

Reviewed on May 26, 2019

Salmonberry Inn
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 mi (10 km) of Driftwood Centre, Browning Harbour Marina, and Sea Star Vineyard. Pender Island Museum ...

Shangri-La Oceanfront B&B

Popular places to visit in Pender Island

Butchart Gardens
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Butchart Gardens

5/5(579 reviews)

Inhale intoxicating fragrances and marvel at the dazzling colors of these gardens, which host engaging events and family-friendly activities.

Roche Harbor Marina
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Roche Harbor Marina

4.5/5(32 reviews)

Explore the waterfront in Roche Harbor with a trip to Roche Harbor Marina. While you're in the area, stroll along the seaside.

Victoria Butterfly Gardens
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Victoria Butterfly Gardens

4.5/5(32 reviews)

Visit the native and exotic animals who call Victoria Butterfly Gardens home during your trip to Brentwood Bay. Wander the picturesque gardens and waterfront in the area.

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Sep 25, 2019

Pender Island is a secluded area that is quiet, quaint and relaxing. Nothing to do - but not expected.

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