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  • Pender Island is one of the Southern Gulf Islands. It consists of two islands, North Pender and South Pender, which are separated by a narrow canal connected by a one-lane bridge. Pender Island lies between Vancouver, BC and Victoria, BC. Pender Island is a 2-hour ferry ride from Vancouver and a 40-minute ferry ride from Sidney, BC.

    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 islands, along with Pender Harbour on the Sunshine Coast, were named after Captain Daniel Pender RN who surveyed the coast of British Columbia aboard the Plumper, HMS Hecate and the Beaver from 1857 to 1870. The first permanent resident of European descent arrived on South Pender Island in 1886.

    Pender Island enjoys a sub-Mediterranean climate and features open farmland, rolling forested hills, several lakes and small mountains, as well as many coves and beaches. In fact, Pender Island offers the most public beach access points of any of the Gulf Islands.

    INDUSTRY:
    Tourism, arts and culture


    • Population

      Town Population: 2,500


    • Health Administrative Information

      Health Authority: Island Health

      Health Service Delivery Area: South Vancouver Island

      Regional District: Gulf Islands

      Rural Designation: RSA community

      RRP Designation: B

      RRP Points: 15.30


    • Practitioners

      General Practitioners: 2 (www.cpsbc.ca)



    • Health Centre

      Bishop Coleman Memorial Health Centre
      5715 Canal Road North
      Pender Island, BC, V0N 2M1
      P: 250 629-3242 | F: 250 629-0001

    • Lab Services

      Bishop Coleman Memorial Health Centre
      5715 Canal Road North
      Pender Island, BC, V0N 2M1
      P: 250 629-3242 | F: 250 629-0001

    • Ambulance

      BC Ambulance Service provides coverage in this community.

    • Extended Care

      Bishop Coleman Memorial Health Centre
      5715 Canal Road North
      Pender Island, BC, V0N 2M1
      P: 250 629-3242 | F: 250 629-0001
      
      WeCare Home Health Services (in-community)
      2631B Douglas Street
      Victoria, BC, V8T 4M2
      P: 250 389-0202 | F: 250 389-0210
      www.wecare.ca
      

    • Physiotherapy

      Bishop Coleman Memorial Health Centre
      5715 Canal Road North
      Pender Island, BC, V0N 2M1
      P: 250 629-3242 | F: 250 629-0001
      
      Mieke Truijen Physiotherapy Clinic (in-community)
      Pender Island, BC
      P: 250 629-9910
      

    • Occupational therapy

      Bishop Coleman Memorial Health Centre
      5715 Canal Road North
      Pender Island, BC, V0N 2M1
      P: 250 629-3242
      F: 250 629-0001

    • Mental Health and Addictions

      Bishop Coleman Memorial Health Centre
      5715 Canal Road North
      Pender Island, BC, V0N 2M1
      P: 250 629-3242
      F: 250 629-0001

  • Located in the Salish Sea, between Vancouver on the mainland and Sidney on Vancouver Island, and just north of the American San Juan Islands, lie the Canadian Gulf Islands and the Penders.

    The Gulf Islands are accessible via BC Ferries which carry passengers and vehicles, float planes and private boats. Ferry reservations on the Tsawwassen – Pender route are strongly recommended during the summer season and other peak holiday periods.

    Airlines

    Harbour Air, Kenmore Air, Saltspring Air and Seair provide floatplane services to Pender Island. Click here for links.

    Bus Services

    Pacific Coach Lines offers service to Vancouver Island.

    Public Transit

    There is no public transit on Pender Island.

    Ferry Schedules

    There are numerous ferry services that will get you to Pender Island. BC Ferries, Coho Ferry, Victoria Clipper, Washington State Ferries and The Ferry Traveller. Click here for links.

    Taxi Services

    Pender Island Cab Co.
    Box 134
    Pender Island, BC, V0N 2M0
    P: 250 629-2222
    

  • The Pender Island Chamber of Commerce provides valuable information about the community, relocation and local businesses. Visit their website here.

    Banking

    Pender Island currently has an Island Savings Credit Union and a ATM at the Pender Island Pharmacy.

    Schools

    Pender Island is in Gulf Islands School District #64.

    Pender Island School (K-12, 166 Students)
    5714 Canal Road
    Pender Island, BC, V0N 2M1
    P: 250 629-3711 | F: 250 629-2023
    
    Visitor Center

    Pender Island does not have a visitor centre but provides information at the Driftwood Centre. A 10 minute drive from the Otter Bay ferry terminal on North Pender.

  • Pender Island is a popular destination for cycling, fishing, hiking, boating, sailing, scuba diving and other outdoor pursuits. The island also boasts a 9-hole golf course as well as a 27-hole disc golf course (frisbee golf).

    Pender Island also has numerous art galleries, shops, and restaurants and hosts a variety of local events throughout the year, including the Pender Island Fall Fair and the Lantern Festival.

    On Saturday mornings during the summer, the Pender Island Farmers’ Market at the Community Hall offers local produce and handcrafts, as well as entertainment.

    Pender is a choice weekend and year round holiday destination. Summer is generally a busy time, while the island pace slows down considerably during the winter months. Spring and fall are pleasant times of the year, with fewer tourists and mild weather.