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Trip 254 - May 31, 2022 (Tuesday)

Pender Island BC Visit

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Pender Island Location: Southern Gulf islands of British Columbia, West of Saturna and Mayne Islands, and East of Salt Spring Island.

Liked: 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.

Of Note: 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 C3-C4.

Related Websites: Wiki - Pender Island.


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 Mayne Island 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 Island.

2. We are on board BC Ferry "Salish Eagle", sailing from Galiano Island to Pender Island via Mayne Island.

3. Approaching Pender Island.

3. Otter Bay Ferry Terminal is straight ahead.

4. They are waiting for us.

Here is our video of approaching Otter Bay Ferry Terminal.

5. Foot passengers and cyclists disembark first, followed by vehicles.

Here is 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 Island roads.

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.

8. We are now on Otter Bay Road, ready to make a right onto Bedwell Harbour Road.

9. Almost immediately, Pender Island Community Hall would be on the left side.

Here is 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.

12-14. These are very pleasant paintings indeed.

15-16. We then started driving again, and encountered a trio of very cute and curious domestic hogs.

Here is our video of these hogs.

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17. The northern and southern parts of Pender Island are connected by a single-lane bridge.

18. There used to be a portage here.

19. A closer look at the bridge.

20. A view from the bridge, looking left.

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.

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).

23. Ocean Access Points on Pender Island have these small wooden posts with a name of the access point.

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.

27. And this is Drummond Bay Ocean Access Point at the end of Higgs Road off Gowlland Point Road.

28. A staircase leads to the beach.

29. Drummond Bay on Pender Island.

30. Also on Gowlland Point Road there is this very fine mailbox.

Our Pender Island Visit Trip Report Continues on Page 2.

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