Pender Island actually consists of two islands: North and South Pender. The narrow canal between them is spanned by a one-lane bridge.
Pender Island lies between Vancouver and Victoria and is a 2-hour ferry ride from Vancouver and a 40-minute ferry ride from Sidney, BC.
Pender Island enjoys a sub-Mediterranean climate and features open farmland, rolling forested hills, several lakes and small mountains, as well as many coves and beaches. In fact, Pender Island offers the most public beach access points of any of the Gulf Islands.
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). It has numerous art galleries, shops, and restaurants and hosts a variety of local events throughout the year, 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 and handicrafts, as well as entertainment.