British Columbia Travel Guide
The unofficial BC Travel & Tourism Guide
North Pender is the village and arts community center for amenities and activities. The artists who live here enjoy the small scale living and are concerned about keeping the population this way. The community has special acts and policies in place which prevent big development of any kind. This is how, even with ferry and marina access, this relatively quaint setting has remained cozy and harmonious with nature.

Here the fragrances of the saltwater, pine trees and free spirited incense remind visitors that North Pender is remote and draws only on mostly natural resources and environmentally friendly solutions to living. Be humbled, be removed, and be rejuvenated, visit North Pender Island!

Population: 1,800

Community theatre,
Arts activities
Fall fair
Island grown festivals e.i. New Year's Lantern Festival
Scooter rentals

For over 8,000 years or more, families of the Coast Salish First Nations used the island shores for making short term or long term stays while fishing and hunting in the area. The time of year generally determines the location of the fish runs during the various months. The First Nation bands learned of these runs and carved themselves cedar wood canoes and hand fashioned fishing lines or nets to harvest fish and even smoke the fish to preserve it for winter.

In the late 1800s one of the first settlements to the island was a sheep farm now located in an area reserved as Beaumont Park in 1963. Pender Island South has remained rural and small with efforts from the residents and surrounding island community in hopes of preserving its natural wilderness and charm.

Summer average 18 degrees Celsius
Winter average 4 degrees Celsius


Pender Island North Accommodations

Pender Island North Things to Do