Pender Island Location:
Southern Gulf islands of British Columbia, West of Saturna and Mayne Islands, and
East of Salt Spring Island.
Views from ocean access points,
Enchanted Forest waterfall, paintings outside of the Community Hall, a
fairly large shopping mall for such a small island, meeting friendly domestic hogs.
A small island with
limited services, the roads have no shoulders, and are often narrow and winding - watch for
pedestrians, cyclists, and deer. Canal Road past Mount Norman trailhead
access road is restricted to 5,000 kg due to a sliding road surface.
Vancouver Island, Victoria & Gulf Islands Backroad Mapbook (9th edition)
Pender Island Coordinates:
Page 12 (Saturna Island) B3-B4 and
Pender Island is one of British Columbia's Southern Gulf
islands. A ferry from Swartz Bay or Tsawassen goes to Pender Island.
Also, inter-island ferries connect several Southern Gulf islands among
themselves. Thus, today we sailed from
Galiano Island via
to Pender Island, where we drove around for a few hours and also hiked
Mount Norman Trail.
This trip report covers interesting sights we found on
Pender Island, including views from several shore access points, which
are so fine on Galiano Island. The views on Pender were not as
impressive, but were quite good, nonetheless. Mount Norman Trail Hike
is covered in
the next trip report.
1. Here is a Google map of Pender
2. We are on board BC Ferry "Salish Eagle",
sailing from Galiano Island to Pender Island via Mayne Island.
Onboard BC Ferry "Salish Eagle"
3. Approaching Pender Island.
Approaching Pender Island on a Ferry
3. Otter Bay Ferry Terminal is straight ahead.
Otter Bay Ferry Terminal Pender Island BC Canada
4. They are waiting for us.
Pender Island Otter Bay Ferry Terminal
our video of approaching Otter Bay
5. Foot passengers and cyclists disembark first, followed by vehicles.
Onboard BC Ferry Salish Eagle Docked at Pender Island
our video of disembarking "Salish
Eagle" on Pender Island.
6. We decided to drive around and see what
we can find. Just like on Mayne and Galiano, there are no shoulders on Pender
Pender Island BC Canada
7. Like on Mayne (but not like on Galiano),
there are hitchhiking "car stops" on Pender Island, which feature exactly the
same sign design and exactly the same poem.
Pender Island Car Stop
8. We are now on Otter Bay Road, ready to make
a right turn onto Bedwell Harbour Road.
Otter Bay Road Pender Island BC
9. Almost immediately, Pender Island Community
Hall would be on the left side.
Pender Island Community Hall
our video of driving on Pender Island
from ferry terminal to the community hall.
10-11. A small building behind the Community
Hall has three paintings just sitting there under the open sky.
Community Hall Pender Island BC Canada
12-14. These are very pleasant paintings
15-16. We then started driving again, and
encountered a trio of very cute and curious domestic hogs.
17. The northern and southern parts of Pender
Island are connected by a single-lane bridge.
Pender Island - British Columbia - Canada
18. There used to be a portage here.
Pender Island Portage Information Sign
19. A closer look at the bridge.
Bridge connecting North Pender and South Pender Islands
20. A view from the bridge, looking left.
View from Pender Island connector bridge
21. If you drive a large vehicle, take note
that Canal Road just past Mount Norman trail access road is restricted to the
maximum weight of 5,000 kg due to a sliding road surface.
Canal Road Pender Island British Columbia
22. After that, we started checking out the
views from various ocean access points. Perhaps, there is a brochure which lists
all such points, just like the one made for Galiano Island, but we just looked
at our automotive GPS and took the roads which ended near the ocean. Sure
enough, ocean accesses were there more often than not. Here we are at the end of
Gowlland Point Road (southern Pender Island).
Pender Island BC Gowlland Point Road
23. Ocean Access Points on Pender Island have
these small wooden posts with a name of the access point.
Pender Island BC
24-26. And here are Gowlland Point Road ocean
views. Pender Island views generally do not match the best of what Galiano
Island has to offer, but are not bad either. Left to right.
Gowlland Point Road Ocean Access Point on Pender Island BC
Pender Island British Columbia Canada
27. And this is Drummond Bay Ocean Access Point
at the end of Higgs Road off Gowlland Point Road.
Drummond Bay Ocean Access Point Pender Island BC
28. A staircase leads to the beach.
Pender Island Drummond Bay Ocean Access Point
29. Drummond Bay on Pender Island.
Drummond Bay Pender Island BC
30. Also on Gowlland Point Road there is this
very fine mailbox.