Pender Islands

" The impersonal hand of government can never replace the helping hand of a neighbour. "
Hubert Humphrey 


The Pender Islands are part of the Southern Gulf Islands. The Pender Islands have been seasonally used by the Coast Salish for over 5,000 years and are now home to 2,500 permanent residents. This number triples during the summer months.

The Pender Islands were settled in the late 1800’s. Originally one island, a sandy isthmus was dredged in 1903 to create a shorter and safer shipping route to Vancouver Island. North and South Pender Island were rejoined in the 1950’s with a one lane bridge. The majority of the population is located on the northern part of the Islands. Industry has never survived for any length of time. The Pender Islands have seen a brick making plant, a herring saltery, a fertilizer plant, and logging. The Pender Islands joined the Islands Trust in the 1970’s to protect it from excessive logging and overdevelopment.

The Pender Islands are serviced by BC Ferries. They receive over 2,000 hours of sunshine per year, and are one of the most accessible islands with 38 public beach access points. It is small wonder that tourism has been the mainstay on the Pender Island sfor many years. Rolling farmland, winding country roads, orchards, forested parks, and several lakes create an irresistible attraction for outdoor enthusiasts. There are three marinas on the Pender Islands to service the many boaters, divers, fishermen, and kayakers. Enjoy one of the many walking or hiking trails. Cycling or renting a scooter is a fun way to explore the Pender Islands and discover the many farms, wineries, and art studios that populate the Islands.

Services are basic on the Pender Islands. There is one school that serves kindergarten through grade 12. There is a health clinic, two grocery stores, a bakery, liquor store, gas station, bank, pharmacy, liquor store, hair salons, and a building centre. There is also a community centre, churches, a museum, library, and a farmers market during the summer months. Residents must travel to Vancouver or Victoria for the remaining services that might be required.

If you are considering calling the Pender Islands home, BC Island has detailed listings of homes and properties for sale on the Pender Islands.

Your West has an Accommodations Directory with a complete list of the bed & breakfasts, cabins & cottages, condos & suites, farm stays, hotels, inns & motels, lodges, resorts & retreats, and vacation homes available to welcome you to the Pender Islands. Alternatively, a complete list of campgrounds and rv parks can be found in the Your West Recreation & Leisure Directory.

While staying on the Pender Islands, what better way to learn about the community than to seize the opportunity for some fun, food, and education! Your West has a complete range of directories for you to enjoy everything the Pender Islands has to offer. Plan out your day, your weekend, or your week on the Pender Islands using Your West Coast directories that include Arts Culture & HeritageFarms Farmers & FoodFestivals & EventsRecreation & Leisure, and Business & Services.

Community Events:

Check the Pender Islands community calendar on Your West every day for upcoming annual events, arts, meetings, recreation, music, and education in your community.

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