Pender Island

Pender Island

Pender Island was named after Daniel Pender, second master aboard the British naval ship HMS Plumper when it surveyed the Gulf Islands in the late 1850s. Other island features, i.e. Bedwell Harbour and Wallace Point, are named after other crew aboard the Plumper and its sister ships, the Beaver, Hecate, and Satellite.

Bays, coves, and rocky beachfronts offer plenty of access to the water along Pender Island’s 84km/52mi of shoreline. Public boat ramps are at Port Browning, Otter Bay, and Thieves Bay. One highlight: The causeway at Thieves Bay, which rates with Mayne Island’s East Point Park as the best spot in the Gulf Islands to view Orca whales.

The marina at Otter Bay offers moorage for pleasure boaters and includes shuttle service to the island’s nine-hole golf course and opportunities to rent bikes and motor scooters. The Driftwood Centre, the island’s commercial hub, is a 20-minute walk inland. Discovery Seatours stops at North Pender’s Hope Bay to pick up passengers for Orca whale expeditions, winery tours and trips to remote islands in the Gulf Islands National Park Reserve. Customized half and full-day trips for groups of four to six people are offered by Pender Island Charters aboard its double-masted wooden schooner.

Check out the farmer’s market on Saturday mornings starting in spring and running until November. You’ll come across a diversity of items from locally grown produce and home-made sushi to jewellry and skillfully sewn garments.