Welcome to beautiful Pender Island, BC Canada!
Pender Island is located in the Southern Gulf Islands within the Georgia Strait in the Salish Sea, between the BC mainland and the east side of southern Vancouver Island, just north of the San Juan Islands.
Pender Island, about 36 square kilometres in size, houses around 2,500 full time residents, a figure that more than doubles during the busy summer months when seasonal residents and visitors arrive to take advantage of the recreational opportunities.
These tree covered islands have incredible vistas of the ocean, San Juan Islands, Gulf Islands, the Olympic Mountains, Mount Baker and the mountains of British Columbia. It is often possible to whale watch from shore, enjoy the otters and eagles while exploring the many parks and beaches.
North Pender and South Pender were originally one island connected by an isthmus. This is a site that was used by the Coast Salish First Nations for thousands of years, and has a rich history. A canal was dredged in the early 1900′s to allow the ferry and boats quicker, safer passage between the islands. The two islands were later connected in 1955 by a one-lane bridge, which is still in use today.
To learn more about the history of Pender Island check out www.hopebayrising.com.