||Pender Island "the friendly island" (people wave)
is approximately 36 kilometres squared, has a population of 2,200 and is
actually two islands. North Pender and South Pender were connected until
1903 when a canal was dredged for marine traffic. It was not until 1956
when a single lane bridge was built that the islands were rejoined. Now,
North Pender is more developed and South Pender is more rural.
Pender offers many beach accesses, more accesses
for its size than any other gulf island, 37 in total. There are also
walking trails, kayaking, canoeing, tennis, and cycling. Pender boasts a 9
hole golf course and a well reputed 27 hole disc golf course. This 4
hectare frisbee golf park is interlaced with arbutus and fir, and offers an
annual tournament the last week in May. There are at least 4 island
marinas to accommodate the many boaters. Bedwell Harbour is where
customs is located and it is also the site of a luxurious resort known as
Poet's Cove. There is a government campground midisland and private camping
offered at Browning Harbour.
The Gulf Islands National Park Reserve encompasses part of both of the
islands providing much to explore. Fawn Lilies, Rattlesnake
Orchids and tidal pools where hermit crabs, anemones and other sea
creatures abide are examples of the southern gulf island specific
ecosystem that may be enjoyed.
Galleries, shops and restaurants are scattered throughout Pender
with the largest concentration of shops at the Driftwood Centre.
Hope Bay, site of the Hope Bay
Store has been purchased by a group of Penderites and has shops and galleries
that may be perused on the waterfront. A farmer's market can be visited on
Saturday mornings at the Community Hall.
Other annual events include an Easter Annual
South Pender Art Walk, Art Off The Fence in a lovely location on South
Pender in the third weekend in July, the Fall Fair in August and the
Magic Lake Lantern festival on New Year's. An artist's studio tour
featuring over 27 studios and galleries may be visited, often by calling
ahead, and is sponsored by the Trincomali Community Arts Council.