Pender Island, one of the Canadian Gulf Islands, is about 13 square miles (34 square kilometers), with about 2500 year-round residents. The Island has a temperate climate with open land for farms, forested areas, and several lakes and small mountains. There is regular ferry service provided by BC Ferries from Swartz Bay (near Victoria), Tsawwassen (near Vancouver), and other southern Gulf Islands. Other traffic options include a seaplane schedule and a water taxi service.
The Island was divided by a narrow, man-made canal in 1903, making the Island into two distinct areas: North Pender and South Pender, which are now connected by a one-lane bridge.
Most of the population and services are on the North island. The South island is more rural for the most part, with the exception of the Poets Cove Resort and Spa, an elegant destination resort with a lodge, cottages, and villas.
There are two public campgrounds, Prior Centennial and Beaumont Marine Park. Beaumont Park is accessibly only on foot or by boat. Private camping is available at Port Browning Marina, where you can pitch a tent anywhere on the large waterfront lawn.
Pender is popular for fishing, boating, and scuba diving. For other fun outdoor sports try the 9-hole golf course, or the 27-hole Disc Golf course. For other interests, there are art galleries, shops, restaurants and local events, particularly in the summer when seasonal population increases along with visitors and vacationers. Like most of the Islands in the archipelago, the pace slows considerably during the winter months.
Check out more San Juan Islands real estate with other islands in the archipelago: Sentinel Island, Cypress Island, Crane Island, Yellow Island, Brown Island, Guemes Island, Sinclair Island, Strawberry Island, Lummi Island, Saturna Island, Canoe Island, Orcas Island Washington, or Lopez Island Washington.
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