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Pender Island is a small, green-washed paradise set in the balmy blue Gulf of Georgia, in British Columbia, Canada. Pender - one of several eden-like Gulf Islands - boasts rolling woody fields, lake-stippled meadows, and rugged hills. Hikers will love exploring the island’s coves and forests, while water-sports enthusiasts can fish, kayak, and scuba dive. The island also boasts a strong cultural scene, with many galleries and museums that will keep culture-fiends satisfied.

Things to see

Planning your sun-struck Pender Island day depends on what kind of outdoor activities suit you. If you want to head out on the water, there are over 25 ocean access points across Pender Island. One of the most popular is Mortimer Spit, in a small beachside with a calm, aquamarine marina. Here, you can hire kayaks, snorkel to see purple starfish, or simply sunbathe on the beach. For those that want to explore Pender’s fresh landscape, head to Oak Bluff Park. Serious outdoor adventurers can take an endurance ascent to the top of the bluff - which provides crystal clear views over the waters - while relaxed walkers can amble around the nearby wetlands and woods, which offer some of the best birdwatching on the island. If all this outdoor excitement is too much, take it easy at the Pender Island Museum in the heritage Roe House. See fascinating artifacts, photographs, and articles from centuries of Pender history.

Hotels in Pender Island

The accommodation on the island mixes two extremes - you have luxury Pender Island hotels on one hand, and an abundance of lush leafy campsites on the other. Those after a lavish, indulgent holiday should stay in a 4-star resort-style hotel, where the sublime amenities seem endless. Wake up to full service spas and glistening outdoor pools, and finish your day by unwinding at the in-house restaurants and bar lounges. If you’ve come to Pender to get up close and personal with nature, then the island’s campsites are for you - there are plenty of family-friendly grounds complete with facilities.

Where to stay

There are several small towns and rustic villages scattered throughout Pender Island, usually gathered around coves, marinas, and beaches. Hope Bay is one of the larger towns, set on the northern shore. Here, enjoy independent art galleries, off-beat boutiques, and - in summer - old-fashioned farmers markets. Those after a idyllic resort setting should stay in Bedwell Harbour, which lies beside the Enchanted Forest Nature Park - perfect for wildlife-spotting - and the crystal clear Greenburn Lake. If you plan on camping, immerse yourself in nature at the tree-covered grounds of Beaumont.

How to get to Pender Island

There are 2 ways to reach the island - either by boat, or by air. If you plan on flying to the island, you’re in for quite an adventure. First, catch a plane to Vancouver International Airport, a huge hub of air travel which serves direct flights to top destinations across the globe. From there, take a cab or bus to Downtown, and head to Vancouver Harbour Water Airport. It’s then a short - and unforgettable - 25 minute seaplane ride to South Pender Island. Alternatively, make your way to Tsawwassen from Vancouver - a 35 minute drive - and take a ferry to the island. The ferries carry vehicles too, which is handy, as there’s no public transport on Pender.