Island grown festivals – e.i. New Year's Lantern Festival
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 1800’s 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