PENDER ISLANDS LINKS & INFORMATION
General: www.penderisland.info; www.gulfislandsguide.com
Local News: Islands Independent
Organizations: Chamber of Commerce; Community Hall
Magic Lake Estates Property Owners Association (MLPOS)/Thieves Bay Marina
BC Ferries Schedules
Local (CRD/PIPC) Parks
Gulf Islands National Park
Pender Island Golf and Country Club
Golf Island Disc Golf Course
Sea Star Estate Farm and Vineyards
For links to restaurants, accommodations & travel info, see below.
LOCAL NEWS AND WEATHER
Weather Forecast from Environment Canada
Victoria Times Colonist
As of July 2021 there may still be some changes due to Covid.
See the the Pender Island Arts Culture and Entertainment Facebook page for details on upcoming Pender highlights.
See the Pender Post for the most current Pender Events.
Film Series: Films are at the Community Hall (MAP 3) at 7:30 pm unless otherwise noted (Donation). Subscribe to the Hall's newsletter for movie listings. Films also at the Kraken Theatre at Port Browning.
Gulf Islands Concert Series concerts are at the School auditorium at 7:30 pm
Advance tickets for special events are typically sold at Talisman Books and Southridge Country Store. Concerts are at the Community Hall unless stated otherwise.
TRAVEL INFORMATION & LINKS
Most travelers arrive on the Pender Islands via a BC Ferries vessel from the Victoria area (Swartz Bay) or Vancouver area (Tsawwassen). Phone: 1-888-BCFERRY; 250.381.5452.
To get from Washington State to the Victoria area, vehicle ferry options include the Washington State Ferry from Anacortes, WA to Sidney, BC (except in winter) and the Coho ferry from Port Angeles, WA to downtown Victoria. Passenger-only ferry options all arrive in downtown Victoria in the Inner Harbour and include Victoria Clipper from Seattle, and Victoria-San Juan Cruises from Bellingham.
Pender Local's Ferry Schedule
Ferry travelers in the know keep updated as to the boats that handle a particular sailing, in order to plan which ferry to take and how early to arrive at the terminal. The Pender kiosk and/or Pender Island Realty may have locals schedules to give out. The BC Ferries website may list ferries where overloads are expected.
To cross from Canada to the U.S, passports are now required. For the most current information see the Canadian and U.S. customs websites.
To fly into the major transportation hubs, see the websites for Vancouver (YVR), Victoria (YYJ) and Seattle (SEA) international airports. Alaska and Delta Airlines connect Seattle and Victoria airports. Float plane service is also available to Pender Island via Seair from Vancouver airport to Port Washington (N. Pender). Harbour Air /Salt Spring Air from Vancouver downtown and YVR to Poets Cove (S. Pender) on charter basis only, and Kenmore Air from Seattle/Lake Union to Poets Cove (S. Pender, summer only, and now charter only).
Bus service between points in Vancouver and the Tsawwassen ferry terminal is provided by Pacific Coach Lines, or you can use the public Translink (bus and SkyTrain or new Canada Line). From Victoria airport a taxi is your best bet to get to Swartz Bay terminal. From downtown Victoria, take a taxi or use Victoria Regional Transit, Route 70. Rent a car at or near the airports or in Vancouver or Victoria. Try Avis, Budget, National, Hertz. No car rentals are available on Pender, however, Poets Cove guests can ask the concierge for availability of a van for rent by the day.
Prior Centennial and Shingle Bay Campground Reservations
Otter Bay (Swanson Channel, near the ferry terminal. Seasonal Restaurant) 250.629.3579
Port Browning (Browning Harbour, halfway down N. Pender. Restaurant.) 250.629.3493
Thieves Bay (Swanson Channel. Private, MLPOS residents and guests only) 250.629.3686
Poets Cove Resort /Bedwell Harbour Marina (South Pender Island in Bedwell Harbour. Customs, fuel dock, restaurant, pub, hotel) 250.629.2111
Call restaurants for current open days and hours.
The Stand at the Ferry Terminal 629.3292
Otter Bay Bistro at the marina 629.3579 (Seasonal)
El Faro Cafe at the Golf Course 629.6263 (Seasonal)
The Hub at Hope Bay 1 250 222 9557
Jo's Place at Driftwood Center 250.629.6033
Penderosa Pizza (Medicine Beach Centre) 629.6666 Closed
Coffee + Kitchen (Woods on Pender) 629.3353
Port Browning /Bridgeman's Pub & Cafe 629.3493
Poets Cove: Syrens 629.2114 Aurora 629.2115 (Seasonal)
CHARTERS AND BOATS
Pender Island Kayak Adventures at Port Browning
Tours and Rentals
Also marine life tours.
GOLF COURSE EVENTS Call the golf course at 629.6659 for course closures due to tournaments. Weekly events are as follows (call anyway as there may be room if there is a low turnout):
Every Tuesday: Ladies Day 9-1
Every Thursday: Mens Day 9-1
Note: Wednesday has been 2-for-1 day to promote course use on a slow day. Check for current status.