There are two Pender islands: South and North. Separated by a narrow canal, they are joined by a bridge. From the canal you can see both Browning Harbour and Bedwell Harbour, which have visitor facilities, including moorings, motels, stores and restaurants. The two islands stretch for 16 km (10 miles).
Miles of good beaches are found here, along with three lakes, a 9-hole golf course and a frisbee golf course.
Getting Around the Islands
The islands can be toured by car, on a 45-kilometer (28 mile) drive. Don't be confused by the ever-changing names on the main road, which takes you from south to north. On the north island it's called Bedwell Harbour Rd., which becomes Armdale Road. In the center of the north island it changes to Canal Road and keeps that name on the south island. The 40 miles of shoreline include many small bays and beaches, mostly cobble.
The Pender Islands make a great place for a total getaway -- where you can relax in a quiet waterside setting for several days, or a week, or more. Exploring the waters around the two islands, and the nearby islands of the archipelago -- by canoe, kayak, sailboat, or motorboat -- provides a very satisfying time.
How to Get There
The ferries land at Otter Bay. Port Washington Road leads from this small, quiet community and heads to join Bedwell Harbour Rd. and your drive to the southern end of the island and on to the south island.
Tourist services are available at Driftwood Centre, where there is a small shopping mall with a cafe, grocery, liquor store and post office. While you're here, be sure to visit Razor Point by taking Razor Point Road to a public wharf beside a small beach.
After you cross the canal on to the south island, turn on to Spalding Road which leads to Bedwell Harbour. There is a resort and marina here, including a restaurant and pub.
One of the most scenic spots on the islands is at Gowlland Point, which has excellent views of the San Juan Islands which lie just to the south of this island chain.
Campsites are at Beaumont Provincial Marine Park and at Prior Centennial Park. For information, call the island Infocentre: (250) 629-6550.
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Here is a selective list of B&B inns and one resort on the two Pender Islands.
The largest hotel on the island is the Poet's Cove Resort (1-888-512-POET (7638) or 250-629-2100) located at Bedwell Harbour, in a secluded bay. The main lodge is a historic arts and crafts building, and it is accompanies by private cottages and two or three-bedroom villas. The marina has 110 slips,and is an official Canadian port of entry. The marina includes a market, plus a year-round outdoor pool, hot tub, and a deck-with-a-view. The resort is located at 9801 Spalding Road, on South Pender Island.
Eatenton House B&B Inn
4705 Scarff Road, RR#1
North Pender Island, BC V0N 2M1
(250) 629-8355 or toll free: 888-780-9994
Located on a quiet hilltop, within walking distance of the beach, restaurants, and shops, this B&B inn offers spectacular ocean and mountain views. Visitors enjoy the guest sitting room with fireplace, wingback chairs, and works of art. The three units provide varied accommodations. Other features of the inn include an outdoor gazebo with hot tub, and a deluxe breakfast with fresh baking and gourmet coffee. You may wish to book private time in the hot tub with-a-view.
3716 Capstan Lane, R.R. 2, Pender Island
Located on Boat Nook Cove, on North Pender Island, Fairview Haven offers a unique vacation place for families or groups of couples. It's a large separate house, set in a beautiful garden with 16,000 square feet of lawn area.The home sleeps ten people, easily accommodating a family or two, or three or four couples.Ocean views are available from spacious decks, and from the living room window-wall. Pender Island stores and other services are nearby. The house may be rented by the day (mid-week), by the weekend, week, or month.
Cliffside Inn and Retreat (250-629-6691), at 4231 Armadale Rd. (for adults) is in a greatl setting with its own beach plus a dining room, and breakfast is included. Corbett House Country Inn (250-629-2022) is 2 miles (3 km) from the ferry landing on Corbett Road. This is a restored old farmhouse with period rooms in an orchard setting. Inn On Pender Island (250-629-3353 or 800-550-0172) is a motel that has cabins and reasonable rates. At mid-island, it is closed December and January.
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