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Pender Island

Sep 16, 2008
A portage at a narrow strip of land that joined Pender Island was made into a canal in 1903 to assist marine traffic. This separated the Penders into North and South Pender Islands. The Penders were once again joined in 1956 by a one-way bridge.

Pender Island is really North Pender and South Pender, they are in the Pacific Ocean between Victoria and Vancouver British Columbia. They lie in the Strait of Georgia among the Southern Gulf Islands.

With the best climate in Canada and only 30.7 inches of rain a year and a sub-Mediterranean type climate Pender Island is the perfect place for getting married, or the family vacation. Whale watching, kayaking, golf and quite walks on the peaceful trials all enhance the family vacation.

Pender Island is known as the Island of Hidden coves and beaches. It has over 20 public ocean access to the beaches. Hamilton Beach and Mortimer Spit are just across the bridge on South Pender Island and offer swimming and picnic sites.

The Parks and Recreations Commission have opened more beach accesses and clearly mark and maintain the many trails on Pender Island. The climb to the top of Mount Norman is well worth the effort, once you see the view you will understand why so many people are coming to Pender Island.

Local produce, arts and crafts can be purchased from the roadside stands that still are in existence along the quite country side roads. It's like stepping back in time.

BC Ferries provide scheduled service between Vancouver Island Swartz Bay,and Vancouver on the mainland from the Tsawwassen terminal. There is Harbour Air seaplanes and Seair Seaplanes Ltd. Canada Customs operates from May to September at Bedwell Harbour.

Accommodation on Pender Island include Poet's Cove Resort, The Inn on Pender and numerous Bed & Breakfast Inns. There are also camping sites available at the Provincial camp grounds. Reservations should be confirmed during the high traffic summer months.
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Hotels & motels on Pender Island are limited. Vicky and Ken Hatton of Eatenton House B & B recommend that you make reservations during the busy summer months. Go here to learn more about Pender Island
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