Pender Island is one of the Southern Gulf Islands on the Pacific Coast of British Columbia, Canada. Pender Island lies between Vancouver, BC and Victoria, BC. Pender Island is a 2-hour ferry ride from Vancouver and a 40-minute ferry ride from Sidney, BC.
Pender Island offers the most public beach access points of any of the Gulf Islands and actually consists of two islands, North Pender and South Pender, which are separated by a narrow canal connected by a one-lane bridge.
Pender Island enjoys a sub-Mediterranean climate and features verdant farmland, rolling hills, areas of mossy rain forest, several lakes, some small mountains, and many quiet coves and beaches.
Pender Island is a popular destination for cycling, fishing, hiking, boating, sailing, scuba diving and other outdoor pursuits. The island also boasts a 9-hole golf course as well as a 27-hole disc golf course (frisbee golf).
Pender Island has numerous art galleries, shops, and restaurants and an active community which comes together for local events, including the Pender Island Fall Fair and the Lantern Festival. On Saturday mornings during the summer, the Pender Island Farmer’s Market at the Community Hall offers local produce, handcrafts, and entertainment.
Call 250.629.6930 to make your reservation at Artwood Cottage…a perfect homebase for exploring our friendly island.